When I was new in London and feeling slightly home-sick I looked for home-food, my friend had told me about this little Indonesian cafe like place which is often found in Indonesia in every street corner called ‘warung’. The one in London is located in Leicester Square behind the busy China-town in a two story shop.
I decided to go there to get some home food, however when I went there I saw some of the ‘staff’ who were eating a rice like cake called ‘Ketan’ which is a famous snack found in Indonesia. Ketan is something that is made within households not really something that is sold on streets so I was really excited that they were selling it, however the staff said that it was their secret recipe they weren’t selling it, they were kind enough to share that recipe with me, so here it is…….
2 cups glutinous rice/sweet rice, soaked for 1 hour, drained
1/2 tsp salt + 1 pandan leaf
1/2 cup coconut milk
1. Steam rice with pandan leaf and salt until half-cooked. Remove from steamer. Set aside.
2. Mix coconut milk, salt and pandan leaf, stir well, bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
3. Add coconut milk to the half-cooked rice. Stir until absorbed.
4. Put the rice back on the steamer. Steam for 30 minutes.
Spices to grind :
3 cloves garlic
1 tbsp dried shrimp
1 tsp palm sugar/gula jawa/dark brown sugar
2 red chillies (as desired)
salt to taste
2 tbsp fried peanut
1 tbsp vegetable oil for sauteing
saute the paste in a hot pan until fragrant, add dried grated coconut and chopped kaffir limes leaves, sprinkle with sugar, mixed well. Remove from heat.
Serve : form the sticky rice into mini balls shape and coated
Link of the cafe: http://www.eastwestoriental.com/