A Muttony Lunch In Aceh
Trip Start Mar 22, 2012
25Trip End Mar 26, 2012
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We followed the driver to the last stall, which he mentioned was his favorite. It was pretty basic. They only sell mutton curry Acehnese Style, which is slightly different from the Indian way of cooking mutton. Business starts from morning and ends when all is sold and on a usual business day, this would be around 2 pm.
The have a large wok right outside the shop and the mutton gravy is displayed there.We found our seats inside the shop and for the heat here, it was pretty much like being inside an over. Within a short while, the food arrived. First plain white rice, then followed by a bowl of mutton gravy along with some meat and other parts....most of which I do not usually eat. The best part, mine even had a mutton penis which I was not quite into. Along with this, came some mutton pickles. These were mutton which were grilled with chillies and marinated in vinegar over a long period of time with some onions. A lime is also given for us to add to taste.
As for the drink, we ordered cucumber drink. I was told by the driver that it is good to rejuvenate especially in this hot weather. Honestly, the drink was excellent. I had never tasted this drink before but truly, it was great and the cooling effect of the drink, did work...at least for me.
The mutton curry was good too and as you can see from my plate, I had had it almost dry except for the parts that I do not eat which I have left back. The entire combination was superb and it was great that the driver had brought us here to try out this local delicacy.
Just as we were about to leave this shop, I found an interesting seller just outside the shop. It was a mobile bird shop on bicycle. This guy goes around on his bicycle selling birds, not for eating but these include birds that one rears at home and also cocks which are used for fighting...though cock fighting is already declared illegal in Indonesia. He had an entire range of birds from parrots to mynas and even some rare birds. Interesting how he had carried his entire offering on his bicycle.