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Nobby-W

Far more clumsy and random than a blaster
Some things can’t be rushed.
Rendang starts out with a lot of coconut milk in the recipe - about two cans per kg of beef - and you have to boil it down to quite a dry consistency without burning it. The last few hours consist of simmering it over a very low heat and stirring it every 10 minutes or so until it's dry enough for the coconut fat to be coming off.

The end result is delicious, though.
 

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Nobby-W

Far more clumsy and random than a blaster
A lot of Thai cooking uses coconut cream. Not a fan of it.
You might or might not like Rendang then - it uses a lot of coconut milk. Coconut milk is used all over south east asian food and seems to be a love or hate thing.
 

Zardnaar

Legend
You might or might not like Rendang then - it uses a lot of coconut milk. Coconut milk is used all over south east asian food and seems to be a love or hate thing.

I can eat Thai but it's usually because some is having a birthday or whatever.

I'll never think "gee I really want Thai tonight" and go get some.
 

Dannyalcatraz

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Also have 7 or 8 Turkish places more or less on top of one another almost one every block. One street has 3 of them on a 100 meter stretch.
Along the big North/South street we live just off of, there are HORDES of restaurants. When we moved here in ‘98, the two biggest categories were Tex-Mex, Italian and Chinese. We had about 11 of each in a space it would take 30 minutes to drive on an average day.

Now, Indian restaurants in that same corridor easily rival that, along with at least 4 Indian/Pakistani groceries and a few Indian fusion places (Indian-Mexican, Indian Pizzeria, etc). There’s a strip mall near my Dad’s current office location that has 3 Indian restaurants, an Indian grocery...and an Indian-owned creole place. o_O

But for whatever reason, the Indian places haven’t been as stable. There’s one suite that had a Tex-Mex place 20 years ago that has since held 3 different Indian restaurants in the past decade. Another one a block down the street was nice, closed and changed to a different Indian place, then closed, only to be replaced by the same restaurant it had supplanted- all within 4 years.

We even had a location for a high-end Indian chain near us- 6 locations worldwide, on 3 different continents, each in a major city. They only lasted 5 years before being replaced by a different Indian place.
 

Nobby-W

Far more clumsy and random than a blaster
I can eat Thai but it's usually because some is having a birthday or whatever.

I'll never think "gee I really want Thai tonight" and go get some.
Not sure where you'd go about getting Rendang in Dunedin, mostly what you would get in an Indonesian restaurant is Kalio, which is part-cooked Rendang, just down to about the consistency of an Indian curry. Rendang is not all that hard to make, though, just time-consuming.
 
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Zardnaar

Legend
Not sure where you'd go about getting Rendang in Dunedin, mostly what you would get in an Indonesian restaurant is Kalio, which is part-cooked Rendang, just down to about the consistency of an Indian curry. It's not all that hard to make, though, just time-consuming.

Google tells me there's 3 in town all in the CBD.
 

Zardnaar

Legend
Decisions decisions.

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Local Syrian place. 1NZD is about 0.7 USD.

Ordered lamb freekeh.
 
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Nobby-W

Far more clumsy and random than a blaster
I could see it working. In related news, I found Vegemite at Asda a few days ago, so I bought a couple of jars. Supply here in Blighty is pretty hit-and-miss these days, and the local heathens eat some other stuff called Marmite.
 

Zardnaar

Legend
Heh thankfully Danny hadn't had any mites inflicted on him.

Earthquake knocked out marmite production a few years back. By the time they got it up and running again Promite and Vegemite got a bit more shelf space.
 

Nobby-W

Far more clumsy and random than a blaster
Heh thankfully Danny hadn't had any mites inflicted on him.

Earthquake knocked out marmite production a few years back. By the time they got it up and running again Promite and Vegemite got a bit more shelf space.
Yes, I remember the great NZ marmite shortage. My folks live just outside Christchurch but I was living in Blighty by then. I went back to visit around 2013/2014 and large chunks of it were still looking quite post-apocalyptic.

They also nearly got burned out in the 2006 grass fires. I seem to mainly go visit just after some major disaster, but you could see where the grass had burned up to just a few metres from their house.
 

the Jester

Legend
I'm super excited- I just got a box with four varieties of durian in it! My friend who went in on it with me is on his way over. At last I will get to try ripe durian!

EDIT: Have now tried these four varieties: the red prawn, green skin, black thorn, and hor lor durians. I liked them all, though definitely preferred the 'peanut butter cup'-like flavor of the hor lor the most and was a bit turned off by the sulphurous/eggy flavor of the red prawn. Overall I am very satisfied! Although this was pretty pricy- about $150 with shipping, split between my friend and I- this was a wonderful experience and well worth it (as a fruit aficionado). If anyone is interested, I got them via yearofthedurian.com.
 
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Nobby-W

Far more clumsy and random than a blaster
I'm super excited- I just got a box with four varieties of durian in it! My friend who went in on it with me is on his way over. At last I will get to try ripe durian!

EDIT: Have now tried these four varieties: the red prawn, green skin, black thorn, and hor lor durians. I liked them all, though definitely preferred the 'peanut butter cup'-like flavor of the hor lor the most and was a bit turned off by the sulphurous/eggy flavor of the red prawn. Overall I am very satisfied! Although this was pretty pricy- about $150 with shipping, split between my friend and I- this was a wonderful experience and well worth it (as a fruit aficionado). If anyone is interested, I got them via yearofthedurian.com.
Durian is pretty much a love or hate thing. I tried it in Indonesia but the effect was like a sort of onion-flavoured custard, and didn't do a lot for me. It was only the one cultivar, though.
No weapons, flammable liquids or durians allowed on the train.
 

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