Indonesian rice cakes (lontong) is accompanied by arrays of savory main and side dishes.
Few days ago I shared a post on how to make your own rice cakes (lontong). The lontong is usually paired with other dishes. It’s basically like eating rice. In a cake form (who wouldn’t like that !). My mouth literally drools whenever I think of lontong served with many other dishes. We call this lontong sayur. I often had this for breakfast as my childhood food.
It’s my favorite childhood food because my mom made it so often. I often helped her out prepping all the ingredients (I was a junior sous chef !). It was a fond memory because I love spending time in the kitchen with her. We talked about stuff while prepping. My mom’s lontong sayur is everyone’s favorite. She often made it in a big batch and asked our relatives and friends over to enjoy the lontong sayur. Perhaps it’s the gathering over food that I really enjoyed too.
HOW TO PREPARE LONTONG SAYUR MEDAN
Here are several of the dishes my mom usually prepared to go with lontong
1. Easy Rice Cooker Lontong (Rice cake) or Traditional Lontong (wrapped in banana leaves)
2. Vegetable dishes
Sayur Lodeh / vegetables cooked in coconut milk
Young Green Jackfruit/Sayur Nangka
3. Meat/Protein dishes
Sambal Telur / Egg Sambal
4. Side dishes
Sambal Ikan Teri/anchovies with sambal
My mom has her own rule of the sequence when it comes to putting all the dishes together lontong sayur 🙂
Lontong – Vegetable dishes – Meat/protein dishes – then the toppings
There are many different kinds of dishes people prepare to go with lontong througout Indonesia. I believe different regions or islands, have their own styles, but I call this lontong sayur Medan (where I grew up) 🙂 I only made sayur lodeh, tauco udang, sambal telur, sambal ikan teri, and serundeng to go with our lontong. My husband said it was the best meal he has ever had since the last time he ate my mom’s lontong sayur when she was here 3 years ago!
DID YOU MAKE THIS LONTONG SAYUR MEDAN RECIPE?
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Lontong Sayur Medan (Rice Cakes with Vegetables)
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How to assemble lontong sayur:
- Place about 4-5 pieces of rice cake on a plate. Ladle some sayur lodeh along with its gravy over the rice cake
- Top with main dish like few pieces of rendang and some tauco udang and then pile on some side dishes like half of sambal telur, a bit of sambak ikan teri, a spoonful of kering kentang, one perkedel and lastly sprinkle on some serundeng
If you like lontong sayur, you will like this nasi sayur too. It’s basically almost the same thing. Instead of rice cakes, you use white rice.
Don’t forget to check out Lontong cap go meh too. It’s another delicious variety of lontong found among Peranakan community in Indonesia.