Semarang is about an hour by flight from Jakarta, distance is about 400km. Semarang is the capital of Central Java and the fifth largest city in Indonesia. After a day of hard work : pen pushing and winning at staring contest with customers, it was time for dinner . Huuurrahh…
Destination : Kampung Laut ( translated to mean Sea village). There were a few choice in seating areas / settings , sitting cross legged on the raised wooden platform , or on the chairs, under cover or no covers. As it was a breezy night, we chose to sit by the river , or was it a lake ? can’t tell really as it was dark and I could only tell that the boardwalk was above the water . To get a better idea, you can view pictures of Kampung Laut by clicking here
What we ate that night :
Grilled fish paste. This was yummy-licious, the fish paste had a firm and springy texture and the fragarant of the banana leaves penetrated the fish paste making it so aromatic .Do we have fish paste cooked this way in Malaysia ?
Fried gurame – the fish was deep fried and part of the flesh was thin and crunchy, the fish had a ‘earthy’ kinda smell which I do not particularly like. And being deep fried, it was a bit hard to try to tear / break off a chunk of fish meat without causing too much of commotion at the table.
Prawns in sweet and spicy sauce – the gravy was very good, thick and sufficiently sweet and not overly sour. I had an extra prawn just so that I could taste more of the gravy. The prawns were fresh and sweet too.
Stir fried kailan- this was a bit overcooked for my liking, the kailan were too soft and lost it’s crunchiness. So so la
Overall, food wise an average meal, great ambiance though