Food & Travel

Closer Magazine Winter 2013-14

Indonesian Street Food Indonesian cuisine has a huge variety of cultural influence – Middle Eastern, Indian, Chinese and even Dutch (from the colonial era). It varies greatly by region. Traditional Indonesian stews, soups, rice and noodle dishes are well known for their spice ingredients, but fruit – particularly banana and coconut – are also commonly used. Native Indonesian fruits such as Rambutan can be found at local markets; its eye-catching hairy, red exterior protects the deliciously sweet treat inside. In the main cities, street vendors sell local delicacies to suit all tastes, including Kerak Telor, a spicy omelette dish; Siomay and Batagor – steamed fish dumplings; Krupuk, traditional crackers usually served with a main meal; and the unspicy Bubur Ayam and Chicken Congee, which are popular breakfast dishes. Sweet treats include lapis legit, a Dutch-Indonesian layered cake; and Pisang Epe – small grilled bananas covered in delicious sugar syrup – a local specialty in Semarang. 48 FOOD & TRAVEL Global GASTRONOMY Seafood cooking experience Fish is a mainstay of Norwegian cuisine, so next time you visit this region on a Fred. Olsen cruise, make sure you sample some of their specialities. Locally caught seafood is prepared in many ways, but the Norwegians are particularly well known for their delicious smoked salmon. On a Shore Tour in Bergen you can learn all about the history of fishing and how to prepare seafood. The Seafood Cooking Experience tour includes a visit to the city’s popular Fish Market and Norwegian Seafood Centre. As you watch the master chef prepare tasty local seafood in the market hall’s theatre, you’ll receive expert advice and information. You may even get the chance to join in and put your culinary skills to the test! Everyone in the group will get to taste each course that’s prepared and you’ll be given a Norwegian recipes booklet to take home, so you can try them out for yourself and impress your friends at your next dinner party. www.fredolsencruises.com


Closer Magazine Winter 2013-14
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