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Faithfully Devoted

Due to today’s lunch at home, and the fact that I’m reading a novel with cuisine as its primary concern, I’m inspired to pick up where I left off and make another post about the wonderful necessity that is food.

Here it goes.

So, the menu above is 1) a steaming plate of rice; a staple in our everyday diet, 2) sautéed kale 3) fried soybean cake or “tempe” as we call it, and 4) spicy tuna mackerel with a side plate of sweet soy sauce with small cuts of chilli.

When combined together, I have a fulfilled stomach with all the nutriments beneficial to my body and they can make up a go-to meal in an Indonesian household because of how effortless they are to cook. Even without red meat in sight as a source of Vitamin B and iron, this meal still gives us balance without that heavy feeling in your stomach throughout the day. I brought the kale and fish together with the rice and as they entered my mouth, savory sensations exploded around my palate. Then, I reached out for the tempe, dipped it in the soy sauce-chilli concoction and there was peaceful balance in the sweetness. Utter bliss. Now, this explains why I am a slower eater in the eating table because I like to savour the case of food in my mouth as there’s a sense of art within. But, what I’m trying to say to all of you follows.

When I finished my meal and that little burp, I thought to myself, “I will never be tired of this”. Sure, I occasionally crave a beef kwetiaw or a hot plate of spicy minced chicken with basil leaves in a Thai restaurant – to think about it again, their ingredients to ours are along the same lines. However, let me get it straight:

As delicious as a wide assortment of pizza, pasta, and steak in this world (which I love, don’t get me wrong), nothing truly beats the amazing set of dishes lovingly made with ingredients that sprout out of my country’s soil.

Due to today’s lunch at home, and the fact that I’m reading a novel with cuisine as its primary concern, I’m inspired to pick up where I left off and make another post about the wonderful necessity that is food. Here it goes. So, the menu above is 1) a steaming plate of rice; a…