A Brooklyn-based group of friends ranging from chefs to graphic designers have concocted a supper club of sorts, each month exploring a regional cuisine that is new and unfamiliar to them. Making their way through Italy, the Mediterranean, Jamaica and Germany, April’s supper club landed them in the heart of Indonesia, plating homemade tempeh and chicken sate for the twenty guests who gathered around a candle-lit table.
The club begins with a fifty-person invite list each month, but only the first twenty to RSVP snag a seat. Beginning around six o’ clock, guests linger in, socializing a bit before they are called in to dine. Once everyone has arrived, they take their seat and before digging in, the hosts explain what makes up the spread before them. In a true family style fashion, bowls of sauces and bottles of citrus water are scattered around the tables, and a meal is shared between friends old and new. Long after the food is gone, some guests play music, others drink wine and talk.
Below, a menu for this month’s supper, featuring a modern mix on traditional Indonesian dishes.
Homemade Tempeh – marinated in soy sauce and lime, coated in a kaffir lime batter and deep-fried.
Chicken Sate – chicken marinated in soy sauce, spies and lemongrass and then grilled.
Sambal – a spicy blend of soy sauce, garlic, shallot, chilies and lime.
Peanut Sauce – a slightly sweet sauce with hints of lime and ginger.
Terong Balado – a spicy blend of tomato, chili, ginger, garlic and shallot served over roasted eggplant.
Sayur Lodeh – baby bok choy simmered in a fragrant broth of coconut milk, lemongrass, ginger, cilantro, and spices.
Acar Ketimoen – carrot, cucumber and ginger dressed in a lightly sweet vinegar.
Es Krim Kelpapa Dan Pisang Goereng – homemade coconut milk ice cream served over fried bananas.
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