Lontong is an Indonesian style of rice cake with log form. It is usually served at room temperature as an accompaniment sauce or curry-based dishes such as sate, gado-gado, opor ayam (braised chicken in coconut milk) or cooked vegetables in coconut milk. It very popular carbohydrate source for breakfast and usually accompany with cooked vegetables/meat in coconut milk. Do not be confused with ketupat. Though, it is made from rice but ketupat has a different form and wrapping materials. While lontong is wrapped in banana leaves, ketupat is wrapped in woven palm leaf pouches.
500 g bamboo shoot strips
10 petai, sliced
250 g shrimps, peeled
1 tofus, cut each into 20 smaller pieces
1 block tempe, cut into small bite-sized pieces
2 lemongrass, bruised
3 cm galangal, bruised
2 Indonesian bay leaves
1 tsp ground dried shrimp (Indonesian: ebi)
2 pkgs cream coconut powder
1.5 L homemade shrimp stock*
lontongs, cut into bite-sized pieces
oil to stir frySpices to grind into a paste
3 cloves garlics
3 red chillies
3 candlenuts (Indonesian: kemiri)
1 tsp dried shrimp paste (Indonesian: terasi, Malay: belachan), roasted
*Homemade shrimp stock can be made ahead from shrimp heads and skins
1. In a pot, combine water, 1 tbsp sugar and bamboo shoots, cook until boiling, and drain.
2. Deep fry or bake tempe and tofu until done.
3. Combine shrimp stock and 1 package of coconut cream powder; stir occasionally. Bring to a boil and set aside.
1. Stir fry spices paste/ground ingredients in a large saucepan over medium heat for 1-2 minutes, add salam leaves, galangals, and lemongrasses, cook for another 1 minutes until fragrant.
2. Add stink beans, bamboo shoot, tempe, tofu and another package of coconut cream powder, stir until mixed.
3. Add shrimp stock and shrimp, stir and boil for another 5-10 minutes or until the shrimps are done.
4. Serve with lontong, sambal and kerupuks (any kind of kerupuks, either tapioca or shrimp ones).