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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Deng Deng

Hankering for paratha (Indian flatbread), the hubs and I hopped into a restaurant called The Paratha Kitchen. Funnily, there was no paratha on the menu!  A man who was seated next to our table complained loudly, "It's like going to a cafe named The Apple Pie that doesn't serve apple pies". Yup, I couldn't agree more.

Anyway, I ordered something unfamiliar called Beef Deng Deng.
Beef Deng Deng
Turned out, the beef was scrummy. The meat had a melt-in-the-mouth texture with just the right hint of spices in it. I learned from the waiter that Beef Deng Deng Balado is an Indonesian dish from Padang, West Sumatra.

According to Wikipedia:
Dendeng refers to thinly sliced dried meat in Indonesian cuisine. It is preserved through a mixture of sugar and spices, sun-dried, then deep-fried and simmered in a spicy sauce. It is similar to jerky. Dendeng was originally founded by the Minangkabau people. At first they made Dendeng from beef, drying it so it could be eaten for days and bringing it with them when they traveled. Balado is the sambal, a sauce made from  a mixture of cooked large bananas, red chili peppers and shallots and seasoned with salt.

Deng deng!  I thought it rang a bell !

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  1. That deng deng looked interesting and sounded interesting where it originated from. Sometimes I guess it is good to go to a restaurante wanting something else but being delighted with what you got instead :) Such cute cookies!!!


  2. I'm glad you got a dish you liked! I bet they get a lot of the apple pie sentiment. ;)

    Your cookies are always so awesome. You've got a huge talent there. :)

  3. Both the full dish and the cookies look great!

    We love Indian food. I just wish we had it more.

  4. that is interesting..
    a paratha kitchen without paratha's is just stupid!

  5. sounds like "comfort food". You are making me hungry. It's almost lunch time here. My son is taking me and my girlfriend out for supper tonight to a wonderful cafe downtown. They serve good wine too. :)

  6. Looks so good. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you on Monday at 7, we can’t wait to party with you! Lou Lou Girls