How well do you know Indonesian cuisine? It is more than just satay!

Before I moved to Southeast Asia I had always considered Indonesian cuisine as unhealthy and unimaginative. My limited views were coloured by a family holiday to Bali, many years ago, where we ate copious amounts of sticky chicken skewers covered in glutinous peanut sauce. But Indonesian food is more than just satay and peanuts. In fact, most people do not appreciate that satay refers to the preparation of meat on skewers rather than peanut sauce.

I’ve visited Indonesia several times during the past two years during which I took cooking classes in Bali and in Gili Air as well as visited several local markets. My views on Indonesian cooking were proven wrong; dead wrong! Indonesian food is complex. In fact, Indonesia is very special because many unique seeds and spices are native to this stretch of islands. Nutmeg, turmeric, coriander seeds, tabiabun, sesame seeds and ginger are just a few of the delightful pickings cooks have at their disposal.

If you asked me to describe Indonesian food now, I would say it is a combination of hot, sweet and fragrant flavours and tastes. They say Indonesian women never need to go to the gym because they get a workout in the kitchen. The preparation time required for most meals is lengthy, and it involves a lot of crushing and grinding of roots and herbs into pastes to form a basis for curries and stir fries.

How much do you know about Indonesian cuisine? Take this survey to test your knowledge and perhaps learn something new!

Which of the following nuts prevalent in Indonesian cooking is also a natural laxative?

What ingredient can be used to substitute for palm sugar, also known as gala mere or gala bali?

What is the most popular iced sweet dessert in Indonesia, which is perfect for cooling down on a hot day?

Which ingredient found in Indonesian curries is also widely used in medicine for skin disorders and cosmetics, due to its preserving qualities?

What type of lime is most widely used in Indonesian cooking?

Which of the following ingredients native to Indonesia is used primary to scent cigarettes rather than in food?

What is Indonesian's most famous national dish?

What is a popular Indonesian refreshment?

What is the preferred type of cooking oil used in Indonesian cooking?

What ingredient native to Indonesia is also a hallucinogenic when taken in large quantities?

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