Each night we dined at ‘Java Red’, where we had a great choice of vegan Indonesian food meaning we got to try local dishes that had been veganised for us as well as those which were naturally plant-based.
We ate tasty salads made with the Mesa Stila homegrown mushrooms and we got a hit of local cuisine with vegan ‘lotek’, a salad of cooked and raw vegetables in a sweet and spicy peanut dressing served with traditional ’emping’ crackers.
More local food was eaten for our main course with a vegan ‘Pepes Tahu’ allowing us to tick one of our must try dishes off our ‘to eat’ list. Tofu replaced the usual fish element of this dish which is made by steaming the ingredients (that include a tasty spice mix) in a banana leaf which gives a distinct flavour that we can only liken to vine leaves.
The Mesa Stila nasi campur (‘rice with a bit of everything’) was served with rice cooked in coconut milk, sweet and spicy tempeh, a green vegetable dish and sweet, spiced tofu ‘becam’ which is not only typical of the region but is also vegan and tastes really good.
Although we were often so full by the time it got to dessert, we did manage to squeeze in some gorgeous ‘Solo srabi’ pancakes. Made from coconut milk and rice flour and served with a a sweet coconut milk sauce and maple syrup, we absolutely loved them!
The light and spongy thick pancakes, that are steamed in special pans, originate from the nearby town of Solo and we were very grateful to have a vegan version made for us (they sometimes contain egg in the pancake mix).