MELBOURNE | Recently, I was treated to a delivery of Indonesian food by Nicole, founder of Mangan Yuk. Mangan Yuk translates as “let’s eat”, and is how Nicole is bringing the flavours of her Indonesian heritage, more specifically Batak and Jakarta, to Melbourne during lockdown.
Before being stood down, without any government entitlements, Nicole worked at Vertue Coffee, Humble Rays, Grossi Florentino, and Marnong Estate. She’s also helped cater for big events across town like the Formula 1.
Nicole’s focus is on the dishes that remind her of friends and family back home, the dishes that people always tell her that they miss when they’re outside Indonesia.
Nicole’s Ayam Goreng Rempah is the dish in the photo with that wonderful locking piece of fried chicken. It’s a West Javanese favourite of coconut milk, spice, and toasted coconut marinated chicken. Once nicely marinated and tender, chicken is deep fried until the coconut coating is nice and crispy. The name for this is serundeng.
The flavour of the chicken and coating is wonderfully fragrant. It’s served with rice, sambal terasi, fried egg, and salad. As well as Ayam Goreng Rempah, you can also order things like Beef Rendang, Perkedel Kentang Potato Cakes, and Chicken Satay Madura.
A trip to Indonesia might not be on the cards for a while, but at least the country’s flavours can be enjoyed from home. To order, simply use the link in the Mangan Yuk Instagram bio before 3pm, Mon-Wed.
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