ketoprak

Ketoprak is an Indonesian dish originally from Jakarta.

Although it is best served as breakfast, ketoprak is basically a one-dish meal which can be had at any meal time. Its main ingredients are tahu (tofu made of soya bean), bihun (vermicelli noodle), tauge (soyabean sprouts), chopped celery, fried shallot, kerupuk bawang putih (garlic crackers), kecap manis (Indonesian thick sweet soya sauce) and peanut butter sauce.

In Jakarta ketoprak is normally enjoyed with some pieces of ketupat, cubes of rice cake, to make it a more filling breakfast. And it is totally vegetarian. It does not even consist egg in it.

Although it may not be complete, you can ommit the fried shallot, red kerupuk and the rice cake, depending on the availability of the ingredients at where you live. The rice cakes can be substituted with just simple cooked white rice.

Sometimes I make ketoprak for breakfast in the weekend. I would make the rice cakes one day or two in prior for it takes time for the rice cakes to be nicely firm.

Cut the tahu into 1 cm cubes and fry them in plenty vegetable oil until the color almost turn to golden brown. Then put them on a kitchen paper towel to remove the excess oil. Bleach the vermicelli noodle and tauge in boiled water separately in two different bowl. Each for 3 minutes and 1 minute.

How to make the peanut butter sauce?

Paste 1 small clove of garlic and 1 green chili rawit (optional) and mix with 3 tablespoon of ready made peanut butter. Add 1/2-1 teaspoon of lime/lemon juice, 1-2 tablespoon of kecap manis and some tablespoon of water. Stir well until it makes a tempura batter consistency, not thick and not thin.

How to serve for one portion?

Get a plate. Put 5 tablespoon of peanut butter sauce. Add some cubes of rice cake (optional), a handful of fried tahu cubes, a handful of bleached tauge, 1 teaspoon of fried shallot (optional), 1 teaspoon (or two) of chooped celery. Add and sprinkle 1 tablespoon of kecap manis all around the surface of the dish. Serve it by topping it with some kerupuk bawang putih (optional).

How to eat ketoprak?

Mix it well using a fork and a spoon or a table knife and have it. If the kerupuks give you trouble while mixing the dish, you can put them in a separate plate or bowl and just take one or two at a time every now and then while having the ketoprak. If you prefer to have the ketoprak without rice cake but with simple white rice instead, you can put the rice in a separate plate. Scoop some tablespoons of ketoprak and put it into your rice plate, mix well a part of rice with the ketoprak before you have it.

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