Sunday, October 28, 2007

An Indonesian gathering

We had so much fun yesterday! Most important, I ate so many good Indonesian foods! Since I didn't take any photos, I got some from the internet, just to show you guys some of the foods we had eaten.

Hubby was very excited in the morning as he loves to try out different kind of cuisine. When we arrived around 1pm we saw different kind of cookies and Indonesian appetizers plus some French one already on the table. I ate non stop while waiting for the others to arrive. Hubby had to keep reminding me to behave myself.

She invited like 8 couples, all men were French and all women were Indonesian except me and a Colombian friend. At this point I really wonder why so many French men married to foreign spouses. :-)

There were so many dishes. I started with the meatball soup with some dumpling. She made all the dishes by herself including the dumpling. They were all super delicious. Others dishes were all spicy and it went super well with the rice, with lots of favor and color. I was quite amazed that the dishes had a lot of Chinese influence, like the dumpling and the tofu she put in a dish.

Most of the French had their cheeses and salad. As for me, I went directly to the dessert, kuih lapis (layer cake). The Chinese has the "night layer cake", I was wondering whether this is from the Chinese influence or the Chinese Malaysian were influenced by the Malay-Indonesian cuisine.

It was such a nice afternoon, people chatting and enjoying the foods. They were many kids too, make me wonder how my kids would look like, seeing so many mixed couples and their creation.

One sad thing my friend told me was about her working experience. Basically she got laid off after one month of working, just because her female co-workers couldn't accept her. In this region, they voted for the far right, a racist political party. They are against the foreigner, mostly fear that they job would be grabbed by the others. She tried to defense herself by asking to be placed in the other department, but her superior just didn't accept it. Considering that her husband is working in the same company, they didn't want to make a big fuss into this issue. But, her moral was badly hurt.

And all these times I thought that racism is not that serious in France. How wrong was I.


  1. Anonymous12:52 AM

    Indon food eh? I like em, especially that ayam himpit or something, I forgfot. I went to the indon restaurant in ampang a few times. Like it very much. Looks and tastes very much or more or less like our food eh, no? by the way, I've added you to my blogroll. Have a nice day!

  2. Sorry abt what happend to ur friend. I think it is the fear of lossing their job to other people or because of where they are from.

    I don't know why they so the mean time. U take care now.

  3. Anonymous11:25 AM

    wah that kek lapis sure look tasty.. yum yum

  4. Anonymous12:10 AM

    You so lucky. I haven't met a lot of Indonesian while I was here all this while :( Do you know if any of the wives happened to be called Evi? Just wondering.

  5. cooking ninja,

    Actually I couldn't remember all the names of the wives. It didn't ring a bell though when I saw that name. Most of the Indonesians live outside of Nantes.