In Praise of Pedestrian Tastes
Daniel Pope prods his proletarian fork at a few Indonesian favourites.
“Food, glorious food! Hot sausage and mustard! While we're in the mood, cold jelly and custard!” So sang Oliver and his hungry chums in the musical version of Oliver Twist. An Indonesian version might go like this: “Food, glorious food! Hot bakso and sambal! While we're in the mood, cold fried eggs and, er, sambal!” While Indonesian cuisine is diverse, as you’d expect in an archipelago of 13,000 islands (including the Spice Islands), I’m going to limit today’s menu to just a few of my favourites. A word of caution: I’m English. Accordingly, gourmets might say I couldn’t be trusted to choose between a platter of finest Caspian caviar and a second bowl of gruel for Oliver.