My friend Paijo's home in Jember, Java, Indonesia. The coffee beans from above are nearby to these homes. This is the home of his family. I spent Eid, the feast at the end of Ramadan here one year. There was so much food, love and laughter. I was treated like family and have an open invitation to return.
Sambal is a chilli sauce made from a mortar and pestle. Sambal is the backbone of Indonesian cuisine that no meal is complete without. It took me time to get used to so much heat, but I learned to love it.
Although most of Indonesia has heavy Muslim populations, Bali on the other hand is a Hindu island. So those who are looking for some nice pork to eat, Bali is the place. Babi Guling, meaning roasted pork, is a local delicacy. The whole pig is slowly roasted on a spit, over a flame for hours on end. The result is magical. A hard crystalized layer of skin is on the outside, with tender and moist meat inside. It is typically served with white rice, greens, sausage and soup.