It's been ages I don't eat lontong sayur, I think since I left Indonesia I never taste lontong sayur anymore. Though I moved to Singapore which is easy to find lots of malay foods there, but for some reason I can't find it. I might never missed it too.
Suddenly, last few days ago I do really want to eat lontong sayur. But, in America where can I find lontong sayur? So, I tried to make by myself. And it tasted good to me, but not for my hubby.
The first time he saw the lontong's gravy, he asked me,"Is that curry?" and giving me sick-face-looking :(. Tho I told him it wasn't, he still not a fan of it. He ate a bowl tho, but then everytime I asked him, "Do you want lontong sayur?" He shaked his head :).
Now I know, after all this time I thought he liked almost all Indonesian food, lontong sayur is an exception :).
However, I still like lontong sayur ;).
4 pieces lontong, cut into square
5 chayote squashes, cut into strips
A bunch of green bean or chickpeas, cut it
500 ml coconut milk
2 cm galangal, smashed
1 stalk lemon grass, the white only
3 pieces bay leave
3 pieces red chilli, slice
Salt and pepper, to taste
7 cloves shallot
5 cloves garlic
50 gr Indonesian palm sugar, grated
3 tbsps sambal oelek
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp salt
1-1/2 tbsps dried shrimp (aka ebi)
Stir fry spice paste over medium-high heat until half done. Add in lemon grass, galangal, bay leaves and sliced chilli, stir fry until fragrant. Pour in coconut milk, stir well and until the coconut is bubbling. Add in chayote squash, green bean, season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to boil. Turn off the heat.
Serving: place lontong into a serving bowl. Pour in the gravy. Add in telor balado and crackers. Serve it immediately.