Due to similar dietary preferences amongst the humans, seafood and vegetables have dominated the meals so far. I'm not complaining! I'm happy that we don't have to look at meat as a compulsory item. Many of the official lunches contain the dreaded chicken. Thankfully, there's always something tofu or gado gado to go along with the main stuff.
I've been on the prowl for sustainable fishes that I can eat without guilt. It's quite sad that many of my favorite fish in this region are endangered too. Indonesia's been teaching me many things about fish. I've been introduced to the ikan empurau, the mahi mahi. I'm liking this ikan gurame. Deep fried, this gurame served to us still retained the moisture beneath its crispy surface. It made for quite a filling meal. My hosts were rather taken aback when they realized I didn't need any rice with the meal.
The only problem, these fish taste better when fried, which isn't exactly the healthiest way of eating fish. Sigh. I've tried them steamed and they just don't taste as good as the other usual sea water fish. :(