Coconut: An Important Element for Indonesian Cuisine
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Coconut is a gift for countries in Asia especially those tropical ones. All parts of the plant are useful for daily life. From the leaves, the fruits, even the trunk. Indonesia, in particular, graces coconut as if diamonds. The leaves are used for cultural ceremonies including to sign a wedding is being held and to pray (for Balinese) as well as for a wrap and for a plate. Coconut is indeed not a mere plant to quench one’s thirst on a sunny day at the edge of beaches.
It has been observed that Indonesia is the biggest producer of coconut in the world has areas around 3.88 million ha in total. The power plants can grow well in almost every soil in the country because of no special treatment necessary and of course due to the quality profiles of the soil match. Regions in the countries can provide an array of coconut products ranging from cocochemical, cocofiber, coconut oil, desiccated coconut, to coconut charcoal. They are later distributed across the islands and other continents. Having said this, the potential of coconut has positively instigated specific beneficial opportunities in agriculture and culinary industries.
On the subject of Asian culinary, coconut is an integral discussion for authentic recipes from generation to generation. Visit some Thai or Indian restaurants and find almost everything contains coconut milk or grated coconut. Likewise, in the archipelago, coconut cannot be separated from our traditional and new dishes across the islands. From Sabang to Merauke, there is always a recipe putting coconut extracts in the composition.
Coconut milk (santan in Indonesian) particularly is the significant substance from the plants to create exceptional taste in certain dishes. Browse Sumatera traditional foods and find how many coconut-based curries are mentioned in the making of a dish. In Rendang or Gulai for example, it features an excellent quantity of thick coconut milk to produce robust flavors. Then travel to Java, Jakarta —for the start, has nasi uduk (rice steamed in coconut milk) and soto betawi (a gravy beef or chicken soup enriched with coconut milk). Reveling to West Java, opor ayam enhances the tantalizing taste with coconut milk for the broth as the boiled chicken and eggs will absorb it and deliver rich finish.
At BLANCO par Mandif, the presence of coconut expands in the menu. Mandif Warokka extends the use of coconut into notions. He believes coconut gives delicate emotion in recipes. Coconut creates elegance in authentic Indonesian dishes with a lot of complex seasoning. When combined, the palate can touch smooth, neat flavor thanks to coconut. Gastronomy requires this sensation to bold the meaning of the term itself: connecting the relationship between food and culture, the art of serving rich food.
Not to mention another role coconut takes part is to be a healthier substitution. At the Indonesian gastronomic restaurant, coconut butter substitutes regular butter consisting mostly salt and fat. Not only healthier, but the combination of coconut butter with the freshly homemade breads also compels one another, creating a perfect balance.