Ever wondered what the 5 National dishes of Indonesia are?
Sama Sama features a couple of these gems all under one roof.
Tourism Minister Arief Yahya previously declared five dishes as Indonesian foods. The dishes are soto (aromatic soup), rendang (meat stewed in coconut milk and spices), nasi goreng (fried rice), satay and gado-gado (vegetables with peanut-based sauce).
The decision, Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said, was made since Indonesia has not yet determined its national dish. “For example, Thailand is known for its Tom Yum and Malaysia for its Nasi Lemak. While Indonesia has many foods and so it is our problem of plenty.”
Rather more than less we say.
Nothing beats the comfort of Indonesian food for iftar (breaking-the-fast meal). During the fasting month, iftar is the most anticipated time of the day and is frequently seen as an opportunity to gather with friends, colleagues or family members.
Usually cooked with various spices, Indonesian food is dense with flavour, making it a rewarding meal after a long day of fasting.
Newly opened in Jewel Changi Airport, Sama Sama by Tok-Tok brings a wide selection of Indonesian cuisine across the Nusantara to Singapore. In a country so rich in multi-culture and tradition like Indonesia, each meal tells a story. Traditions, stories and culture are cooked into every humble recipe. Welcoming culinary influences from India, China and the Netherlands you can expect a drool-worthy mishmash of soups, curries, seafood and more.
Sama Sama by Tok Tok offers the authentic Sate Padang in Singapore. Traditionally grilled Padang-style premium beef skewers are tastefully marinated using 19 different types of spices. One cannot say he has eaten satay until he has eaten proper Indonesian sate – juicy chunks of grilled meat, fish or tofu served on a bamboo stick with a punchy peanut dipping sauce. The sauce is made by grinding together peanuts, kecap manis (a sweet, syrupy soy sauce) chillies, lime and shallots. Irresistible.
Savour one of the perennial favourites across the Nusantara – Ayam Bakar Taliwang, a whole grilled chicken marinated in signature Lombok’s style method and spiced with freshly pounded black peppercorns and purified sea salt as well as two most-loved seaside native delicacies from the fishing village of Jimbaran, Udang Bakar Jimbaran and Kakap Merah Bakar Jimbaran. The former features succulently grilled jumbo fresh water river prawns basted with traditional Balinese prawn paste and Javanese sweet soy sauce while the latter boasts the freshest catch of a whole 500g red snapper grilled Jimbaran-Bali style with traditional house-made Balinese shrimp paste and Javanese sweet soy sauce, making it a must-try dish for those looking for a hearty iftar meal.
The restaurant also serves Gado Gado, one of Indonesia’s five national dishes.
Watch as the staff make its fresh peanut sauce from scratch and then thoroughly toss and mix it with fresh vegetables – truly an entertaining spectacle to behold.
A melange of steamed veg and boiled eggs, drizzled in a sweet peanut sauce, this dish is a peanut butter lover’s wet dream. Literally translating as “mix-mix”, this dish is exactly that, served with a side of crackers, fried tempeh and tofu. Gado gado can be found in abundance in local hawker markets across Indonesia, and this rendition is absolutely divine.
With centuries worth of heritage, sambal remains an important culinary aspect in Indonesian cuisine as it compliments every dish, enriching flavour like no other before. The two must-try sambals are the exclusive Sama Sama specials, Sambal Daun Jeruk – extra spicy shrimp paste sambal with kaffir lime, and Sambal Goreng Terasi – fried sambal with strong taste notes of shrimp paste and sliced red chilli.
Immerse yourself in Indonesia’s rich culture of gratitude and hospitality as well as its cuisine heritage. The epicurean dining experience is one that is worthy of being called the unique ‘Sama Sama’ experience. An abundance of rich flavours will reward all those who venture though the restaurant door.
You are (truly) welcome.