Indonesia was amazing 4: random stuff

This post is about a bunch of random stuff…

 

This is a typical toilet in Yogyakarta. I actually encountered few squat toilets. I’ll admit I never really understood what the giant bucket of water was for. It seemed too gross to do anything with other than flush the toilet. But all the toilets I encountered had flush capabilities (see the little button on the back?) and you wanted to use water to wash your nether regions, there was always a hose for that(see it behind the bucket?) and every bathroom typically had a sink for washing your hands.

 

Banyan tree

 

Pretty money. 10,000 Rupiah is about 72 cents.

 

I actually didn’t encounter very many garbage/compost/recycle bins in Java but this one at Prambanan is pretty nice.

 

After a hot day it was great to find these cold damp towels at a restaurant to wipe your face and hands with.

 

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Indonesia was amazing 3

I had some amazing foods and meals in Yogyakarta. Our hotel had this stunning breakfast buffet. Here some other meals.

Novotel Yogyakarta Hotel Breakfast Buffet

 

I actually can’t remember where this was!

 

Ordering off the menu at Novotel Yogyakarta Hotel. This was one of their local specialties.

 

 

I can’t recall the name of the restaurant but they had the best tempeh ever.

30 Days of New Foods: Day 27: Keripik Tempe Pedas

Is that oatmeal in there? No.

I recently visited an Indonesian Grocery store and encountered a number of new foods. I wanted to try some Indonesian snacks so when I visit Java next month there’s a touch of the familiar.

So what is Keripik Tempe Pedas? “Spicy Soy Bean.” The ingredients: soy bean, salt, black pepper, palm oil, sugar, water and flavour enhancer (probably a code word for MSG).

It is crispy, spicy little oil bomb. I couldn’t eat very much in one sitting. I have to wonder how it tastes in 90 degree humid equatorial weather? In cold Seattle, it’s like having a mini-sun explode in your mouth. Like this sunset: