On my Top 10 of the favourite foods, there is Lotek; a delicious Sundanese version of the famous indonesian Salad called Gado Gado. Lotek differs from this last one by a few important ingredients. i always have my lotek when i’m in Jogjakarta, Central Java, in this little stall right around the corner where i use to sleep, in the neighbourhood behind Sosrowijaian Street.
Everything starts by crushing the most important spices together in the mortar: fresh red chillies, garlic, salt and dried shrimp paste.
Once they are grinded properly we are ready for the next ingredient to create the peanut sauce, wich is the main dressing.
An handful of peanuts is added to the base and grinded into a fine paste.
A chunk of palm sugar is crushed together with the mix.
Then some water previously scented with kaffir lime and tamarind is added to the mix in the right quantity to create a paste.
Then some steamed rice dumplings are added to the recipe.
Last but not least, a mixture of bleached vegetables complete the recipe: water spinach, soya bean sprouts, green beans and some cucumber slice.
Everything gets stirred together with the peanut sauce and the Lotek is ready to be served.
A final touch is added by some Kerupuk, a local kind of crisp and with 6000 Rupiahs (50 Euro cents), you can enjoy this delicacy..!! Selamat makan !