Tonight I'm having sop buntut for dinner, an Indonesian-style oxtail soup served with steamed rice, green sambal (pulpy green pepper with lemon) and emping (bitter nut) crackers. Sounds good, right?
Hungry from my trip and dulled by the huge plasma TV, I immediately assumed that an oxtail soup meant kare-kare (a stew made from peanut sauce, normally having oxtail, tripe and vegetables). And I thought the sambal was some kind of Indonesian bagoong (shirmp paste).
Pretending that it's kare-kare, The Ritz-Carlton, Jakarta. May 3, 2006