Overall, I was not incredibly enthused about the food in East Java. The tempeh with sauce on heaps of white rice was good the first time I had it…and the second…but after that I started to wish for something different and feel pretty unhealthy after snacking on deep fried krupak with every meal. And this was only for a week–I seriously sympathize with my friend Elle, who has been living on Indonesian food for a year. It’s tasty, but I’m happy for the wide variety of Lao food.
Though I was happy to return to Vientiane and exchange the Indonesian diet of nasi (white rice), for khao niao (sticky rice), I did have a brief love affair with one Indonesian dessert…ES.
Es can be a variety of sweet ice desserts served in a bowl or a bag, but my all time favorite was es oyen.