Monday, September 28, 2009

Tahu Lontong

Tahu lontong is streamed-lined gado-gado. It doesn't have the cabbage, the krupuk, the eggs and other vegetables that gado-gado has. It is simply fried cubes of tahu (tofu), blanched bean sprouts, green onions and slices of lontong in a sweet and piquant peanut sauce.

In Java, tahu lontong is frequently sold by hawkers who specialize in just this dish. It is cheap, nutritious, and tasty. This is what becak (trishaw) drivers often have for a meal during the day because it is so cheap yet also provides protein and energy.

Once you have the lontong on hand, making this dish is easy. Fry four or five cakes of fresh tofu that have been quartered. Blanch two cups of bean sprouts by pouring boiling water over them and letting them remain in the water for about 2 minutes. Then drain them. Slice three to four green onions in half-inch lengths. Toss all the ingredients together and drizzle with sambal kacang. Enjoy.
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