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INDONESIAN STREET FOOD in MEDAN

INDONESIAN STREET FOOD in MEDAN

 

we’re in Medan in North Sumatra, Indonesia and we are here to eat, we’re gonna be filming a bunch offood videos here and we are so excited so let’s get food hunting Medan is made upof diverse ethnic communities and there is just one word for its food scene:exciting in this video we’re taking you to where the locals eat the city’s mostpopular curry noodles, spicy and sweet Indonesian fruit salad, smoky fish BBQand more, get ready for some mouth-

watering food I’m Thomas and I’m Sheena and we’re Chasing a Plate, we hope you’re hungry, let’seat! our first stop is at this really localplace where we’re grabbing a kari bihun which is a rice vermicellicurry noodle and this place is packed with locals and issuper popular and it’s meant to be amazing check out this bowl of kari bihun soit’s a curry vermicelli noodle soup and you can get beef or chicken but we haveopted for a mix of both so the best of both worlds and it comes with these hugechunks of potato which look really soft and just check out this soup, so it’s acoconut base and you can see there’s a tonne of spice on the top, all right sowhat I’m gonna do is just like get into it so a bunch of that vermicelli andthen some of that beef as well and hopefully I get a slurp of that broth which is sort of clinging to those noodles mmmmmm whoathat’s really good, the beef just melts in your mouth it is so tender and then thenoodles have sucked up a lot of the flavour from that broth,the broth is beautiful, I’m just going to get a spoonful of that broth and taste it properly ohhhhhh that’s amazing it’s got a really strong coconut flavour and just a really beautiful spiciness so you can really taste those spices and then theheat from the chilli, that is so good alright so there’s some condiments onthe table there’s some shallots they might be pickled actually so I’m goingto add a little spoonful of those just to give the bowl of kari some freshnessand crunch all right let’s go again, oh man thosenoodles then some of those shallots, mm-hmm and then a bit of chicken ohhhh this is really good, those shallots arepickled so they have a real vinegary sourness and they add a real freshnessto the bowl of soup and then that chicken, it’s really flavoursome and itstill has a bit of bite so it’s not just really tender, you can really, as you chew it,taste the flavour of the chicken, this is amazing look how the noodles are just covered in that broth, it’s such a great thicknessI want to try just a bit of the broth actually Oh yum, really really coconut-y and a really good chilli spice, not too punchy though Oh that is good oh the broth has just infused into thosenoodles and it’s just coating them really really thickly, I reckon this potato is gonna taste amazing because that will have taken onlots of that flavour, just gonna go potato ohhh that is good, the outer and then sort of theflesh on the outer edge had sucked in some flavour and then the centre was just a classic boiled potato so it had sort of two different flavours going on at oncethis is really, really good, I reckon these um shallots probably add quite a bitof flavour, so really small how they’re how they’re chopped up and pickled buthmm whoa massive punch of flavour, really reallytangy ohhhh they’re gonna start to I think release their flavour into thatsoup ohhhhh this is a great start to the day that was an incredibly good first stopwe were chatting with the owner when we finished eating and it’s been theresince 1983 and it came from another city so it’s even older than that so really established business and incredible- third generation! super good noodles, we are on to our nextstop I think we’re heading for rujak now real hot chilli this rujak place is incredible we’vejust watched the whole process of it being made but look at the end resultbefore I get into that, so rujak comes in many different forms this one is a fruitbased rujak so there’s just this so many different fruits underneath thisincredible sauce which we just got to see being made on the big stone overthere so he’s got a big stone press and a big stone slab and so in there ispeanuts, shrimp paste, chillies, little very hot, most likely, very hotchillies, what else? There was a ton of stuff went in there, oh young bananas was areally interesting ingredient so really small little young bananas not quiteripe yet and the dominant smell when he wascrushing all those ingredients together was the peanuts and the banana and itactually smelt like having peanut butter and banana on toast which is one of myfavorite breakfast little combos and so then that sauce was dumped on a wholelot of cut vegetables and fruits so there is from memory there is pineapple,there is cucumber, there’s wax apple there’s guava I think I might have seensome papaya go in there there’s definitely more than that in there butthat’s the start, it’s so incredible oh and then the peanuts on top so it’s had awhole lot of peanuts dumped on top of it as well, let’s just go for, let’s go forthis a piece of pineapple let’s keep it simple to start us off Ohhhhhh yum so they actually made up a special batchof the sauce for us, a small little batch so this is it’s fresh as it getsand we asked for lots of chillies but it’s not too spicy and not too hot fromthe chillies, it’s just got a beautiful zing and the peanut flavour is reallystrong, I want to get some more, let’s I need like a combo so I think I’ve got somecucumber here, I need a bit of guava or ahhhh this one star fruit, there’s some starfruit I might have some guava and some star fruit mmm, mmmhmm oh that is amazing, I got a bit more of the sauce that time so it had that shrimp paste taste,quite salty, a little bit it’s almost sharp, it’s very strong it’s a fermentedshrimp paste so it’s quite strong and punchy and salty and those chillies again just sing and the vegetables are all super fresh the fruit and vege are allfresh, so they’re not all cooked or anything they’re just as you’d expect so I hadcucumber in there just beautiful fresh crunchy cucumber covered in that sauce andit’s getting a bit more spicy now so those little chillies are ramping uptheir heat this is one hell of a good snack another vital ingredient in this rujak is palm sugar which Thomas forgot to mention and when you watch him hejust puts these huge chunks of palm sugar onto that big stone on which he’sgrinding the sauce on and they just fall apart, the palm sugar is really soft and ohmy gosh I just can’t wait to get in, I’m just gonna get just a huge spoonful of thissauce to see what it tastes like oh man that is beautiful, it’s thick, it’s verysweet from that palm sugar it’s just almost a smoky sweetness and then thathit of chilli at the end there is just amazing let’s get some of this fruit, allright the tropical fruit is just incredible that pineapple is just bursting with juice and flavour andsweetness, this is amazing that was incredibly, incredibly good, somuch flavour out of what seems so simple like a sauce on a bunch of fruit, doesn’tsound like much but wow it was, like blow your mind good and everyone was sofriendly, yes, it was a lot of fun filming there were lots of smiles and lots ofhelp from everyone with giving us the best stuff so we’re now heading off toour next location we’re going for ikan bakar which is fish barbecue I’m super excited about this ikan bakaror grilled fish feast we’re about to get into and there’s so much delicioussmelling smoke wafting out onto the street let’s go and get some food our seafood feast has arrived and oh mygosh it looks so good so let me talk you through what we’ve got, this here is gourami so gourami is a freshwater fish and what they’ve done is just butterfliedit and then slathered it with this spice paste and then they’ve cooked it overcharcoal on that grill, over here we have got some white rice and then this ikan kembung which is a mackerel and it’s been covered with that same spice pasteand then we have some sauces, so this is sambal which is a chilli paste and then Ithink that dark sauce is probably kecap manis which is a sweet soy saucewith I think some chilli in there and then to go with that we have got urapwhich is a salad and it’s made out of spiced coconut, some chilli and then cookedvegetables so I can see bean sprouts beans and I think some cassava leaves let’s start with this gourami so I’ve got a wedge of lime here, so I’m gonna squeeze that all over the top and then let’s just dig right in this fish looks insane so I’m just gonna get a piece from the side here, whoaaaaa and it is so soft look at that it just peels away I barely had to touch itI’m just gonna go with the fish and nothing else whoa that is insanely good, it’s reallymeaty but very soft so the flesh is very soft and that spice paste is very mild it’s not

overly chilli hot or anything like that it’s just a very mild, beautiful flavouryou can serve taste shallots and garlic in there and a little bit of a hint ofspice but man that fish it’s just melt in your mouth I’m gonna get more of this fish and dip it in those sauces you can see here how like just beautiful andcharred it is where that spice paste has sort of hit that heat and oh my goshthis is really, really good so I’m just going to dip it in that kecap that kecap manis is very sweet, has a hint of chilli, it’s almost smoky in flavour ohhh that fish though it is so soft and tender, has a beautiful smokiness from that, being on that grill, I’m gonna try some of this urap so I’ll get a bit of urap and then somerice so there’s coconut in there I can see beans and bean sprouts and then the long bits here are cassava leaves I believe that’s really good, the coconut isvery very fragrant it’s got a really nice spiciness toit and then those vegetable still have a bit of crunch they haven’t been boiled downto mush, they’re really still sort of vibrant and have a texture, a really great accompaniment I’m gonna rip into thismackerel so it’s a much more oily fish it will be, and much more firmer flesh andit’s covered in that spice mix again oh it’s so soft that came away reallyeasily but let’s get it in the sambal so the sambal looks really, really spicyit’s got full chilli seeds in there mmmm yum mmmm that’s got a beautiful smokiness it’sit’s really taken on from the smoke from all the charcoal and the fish itselfis perfect sometimes mackerel or any sort of oily fish like this can becomealmost chewy and squeaky on your teeth sort of almost bouncy and overdone that isnot at all, it’s incredibly soft and beautiful and it breaks up in your mouth, just flakes apart and the oiliness is really nice it’s not too heavy on the oil, mmm that is yum I want to try the one that Sheena’s already had, there’s a nice end bit herealready broken off it looks super crispy on the edge I’m gonna dunk it in thekecap with the spice of chilli in there as well just follow that with a bit of nasi mmmm wow that is much sweeter that fishthan the mackerel wow that is perfectly cooked both ofthese are just expertly barbecued, they’re just perfect I’m gonna go for a bit of acombo bite so get a big bit of this gourami and then some rice and also someurap ohh I spotted just a bone there on that fish, peel that away, okay Enak! Which means delicious, that isso good the fish is just so tender and soft and thenthat salad, is just a burst of flavour I really love the rice here in Indonesiait’s very loose and the grains sort of have a bit of bite, it’s really deliciousand this restaurant is just very casual it’s very simple eatery, I love how the fish is cooking right out on the street on those hot grills and then thatsmoke is just wafting up and down the street, it’s a really cool atmosphere a very very good meal and next we’reheading off to a place that’s got a lot of nostalgia going on, we want toshow you sort of a different side of some of the dining here in Medan our next is this restaurant that’s right behind me called Tip Top and this place has a bit of a history, it’s been here since 1934 and is one of Indonesia’s oldest restaurants so let’s go check outtheir menu this restaurant has the most crazy nostalgic feel about it, so it’sbeen here since the 30s but it kind of feels like it hasn’t changed since the70s, the colours of the place sort of mottled pinks and and maybe whites but now they’re yellows and old photos on the wall and cane andwicker chairs and the menu as well just look at this menu these ice cream photoswe’re gonna get this Moorkop one this is their house specialty but look atthese ice cream sundaes they have totally photos from the 70s it’sabsolutely brilliant it just takes you back in time it’s like being in a bit ofa museum and it’s so different to the food we’ve already been having in thisvideo so proper street food and what you think of when you think of Indonesia youdon’t think of this sort of place well I certainly don’t anyway check out Moorkop, it is crazy it’s like an old-school ice-cream sandwich sothere’s three layers, there’s the, I think it might be it looks like a sponge, it’s quite a soft sort of cake and then a scoop of vanilla ice cream and then I think that same sponge on the topand it’s just been slathered with chocolate sauceand it is going to melt really quickly so let’s just get into this thing ohhhhh, thank you oh my gosh look at that, oh my gosh this is gonna be so tasty alright so I’ve gotthe sponge and then some of that ice cream and heaps of that chocolate sauce ohhh that’s good, the ice cream is really

icyin its texture, just a plain vanilla ice cream and then it’s like a sponge cookie and then it’s just like a classic old-school chocolate sauce, that’s going down really well we’ve ordered this as well which is called Pukler and it just looks like a sliceof Neapolitan ice cream oh it’s quite icy the ice cream so I think chocolatevanilla and strawberry, let’s try some whoa, ohhhhh ice cream headache, that’s good it’s not too chocolatey it’s a little bit icythe ice cream and the vanilla flavour is actually really strong that’s good, justreally simple, I love this place it’s so ridiculously nostalgic like just thefact it’s a slice of ice cream on a little plate and that dish that Sheena had, you don’t see stuff like that anymore this is really cool and Ihope it’s shown you sort of the spread like we’ve talked about here in Medan how you’ve got that ridiculous amazing street food but then you can come to this sort of place as well it’s totally different, this city is incredible for food that was a great food day here in Medan, we hope you’ve… Heeeeeeey! Good afternoon! we hope you’ve enjoyed seeing those really local spotssuch good food we’ve really enjoyed our day we’ve got a bunch more videos comingfrom here and all over Indonesia, thank you so much for watching we hope youenjoyed that one, remember to hit that subscribe button, is that what you said already? I don’t know, the locals here are sofriendly, they’re so nice but if I didn’t say that hit that subscribe button andif you want to support more content like this check out our Patreon page, givethis video a thumbs up and pop a comment down below, we love to hear from you see you next time, jumpa lagi (see you)

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