Cooking in New Zealand. Masak dan Piknik di New Zealand

Selama liburan di New Zealand, aku tiap hari masak. Pertama karena eat out mahal dan jumlah restoran terbatas. Di beberapa kota atau banjar (hamlet) bahkan nggak ada restoran. Jadi, ya wes lah. Bring it on. Kedua, karena tinggal di apartemen yang alat masaknya lumayan lengkap, jadi semangat masak. Lalu kita pindah ke campervan yang dilengkapi alat masak. Ketiga, di tiap holiday park ada dapur umum, jadi mending masak aja.

Aku selalu suka cek toko bahan makanan pas jalan-jalan untuk cek mereka makan apa sih dan apa produk lokalnya. Harga bahan makanan di NZ mahal, terutama buah dan sayur. Buah kiwi yang ditanam di tanah negeri itu aja harganya 20 NZD (Rp200 ribu) per kg! Mungkin wajar kalau dilihat perbandingan lahan yang luas tapi penduduk yang sedikit, belum lagi letak kota berjauhan. Mahal di produksi dan transportasi. Entahlah.

Jadi, kita belanja aneka produk lokal yang harganya mirip atau lebih murah daripada di Indonesia: keju, roti tawar (cuma NZD1), selai (NZD3), daging sapi dan daging domba, jus, beras, sereal, kacang-kacangan, dan wine. Kapan lagi dapat red wine enak-lezat cuma NZD8?

Satu-satunya kemewahan adalah…cabai! OMG 1 kg cabai rawit harganya NZD80 (di Wanaka) dan NZD60 (di Queenstown)! Ampun dah. Tapi, mengingat lidah ini lebih menerima rasa cabai segar yang surgawi daripada sambal kemasan, kita beli juga. Ya nggak 1 kg pastinya, hahaha!

Well ayway, berikut ini beberapa resep dan tips memasak:

Cara Masak Nasi di Microwave

Nggak semua apartemen dan holiday park dilengkapi rice cooker. Alternatifnya microwave karena aku nggak punya kesabaran mengaron nasi. Caranya gampang banget:

  1. Cuci beras dan masukkan di panci (tentu yang muat di microwave).
  2. Di panci terpisah, jerang air sampai mendidih, lalu tuangkan sampai menutupi beras.
  3. Tutup panci, masukkan ke microwave, dan masak sekitar 40 menit. 

Aku masak sekalian banyak. Sisanya kudinginkan di suhu ruangan, lalu aku masukkan ke kontainer plastik dan dikulkaskan. Campervan dilengkapi kulkas mini, jadi nasi bisa disimpan di situ. Kemarin, 1 kg beras cukup untuk makan 12 hari lho.

Beef Steak in Rich Gravy, Simple and Savoury Baked Vegetables, & Fresh Sambal Matah

Beef Steak: minute beef, salt and pepper, minced garlic and onions, salad oil.
Methods: Arrange beef on an aluminum foil, rub with oil and onions and garlic, and then season with salt and pepper. Wrap the foil. Bake in a microwave for 10 to 20 minutes.

Savoury Baked Vegetables: package of mixed vegetables (sold in supermarkets in an aluminum foil bowl for about NZD3), gravy, salt and pepper, minced garlic and onions.
Methods: Pour some gravy from the steak on the vegetables, sprinkle with salt and paper and minced garlic and onions. Bake in an oven or microwave for 20 to 30 minutes.

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Fresh Sambal Matah aka Cara Bikin Sambal tanpa Cobek dan Ulekan

This is the closest thing to my favorite Balinese condiment sambal matah. It tastes tangy, spicy, yummy, and zesty. Well, the chillis we bought were not cabai rawit, but more of cabai keriting, but that was the hottest variant I could find in the South Island. The onions used were the small-sized onions which tasted like onions and shallot (bawang merah) which was good because shallot is also the main ingredient of sambal matah.

Ingredients: chillis, salt and pepper, minced onions, heated salad oil.
Methods: Nggak ada ulekan dan cobek? No mortar and pestle? No problemo. Cut chillis into small pieces, put in a bowl. Pour in salt and pepper and onions. Using a cleaned bottom of a glass, crush the mixture coarsely. Hmm, it’s so fragrant! And then pour some hot oil to make it even more delicious!

Sauteed Crunchy Yummy Vegetables

Who has the time to clean fresh vegetables, wash it in the sink (still haven’t found out why people there separate freezing and boiling taps!), and cut them? That is why I bought frozen vegetables. Not only cheaper, they are also delicious! So I cooked a lot sauteed vegetables.

Ingredients: frozen vegetables, cut chillis, minced garlic and onion, salad oil, salt and paper.
Methods: defrost the vegetables in the microwave. Heat oil in a frying pan, and sautee garlic and onions and chillis until the kitchen is filled with the heavenly aroma and you begin to apologize to other guests because it makes them sneeze hahaha. And then put the vegetables. Stir fry for some minutes but not until it is overcooked.

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On Powdered Ground Bearing the cold just for a snapshot? With a view this grand and a warm cup of coffee, I wouldn't mind. Anyway I always bring my own coffee to places that grow no coffee. This time the coffee was Lintong arabica. I thought North Sumatra only produces Mandheling coffee! Turns out there are so many specialty coffee beans grown in the province. So delighted to taste this rich, flavorful, fragrant, full bodied coffee. Prior to the trip, read that Aotearoa has a very tight regulation when it comes to biosecurity (think every country has to do the same in order to protect their biodiversity—a very priceless asset). However, we were still confused even after reading all the PDF’s about all biosecurity risk items. So I insisted on yessing certain points in the arrival card. After that, I prepared a separate paper and wrote down items to declare because “when in doubt, always declare.” So, in front of the custom officer, I read aloud the list: 1. Ground coffee, factory sealed 2. Lip balm, because it contains bee product: beeswax 3. Color pencils, because they're wooden 4. Outdoor shoes, pants, and jackets because in 30 days before arrival I wore them to the ‘wilderness’, which was Lake Tamblingan 5. A hat I thought was made of straw The officer smiled and said it's OK to bring outdoor gears as long as they’ve been cleaned. After that, a cute beagle sniffed our bags. His name is Fritz. Oh I love beagles. They're so energetic and funny, just like Gerombolan Siberat aka the Beagle Boys. #coffee #kopilintong #lintongcoffee #morningcoffee #tewaiponamu #makarora #purenewzealand #nzmustdo #nzcustom #autumninnewzealand #winterinnewzealand #mountscape

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Menu Pengganjal Perut yang Lain (Other Stuffing Comfort Menu)

Sandwich: For meals on the go, I prepared a lot of sandwiches. I used spreads (jam, dips), cheese, eggs, even leftovers to make sandwiches and then cut it into bite size. Sometimes, I made a simple nasi goreng (fried rice) and reheated it in the parking lots. It saved me time and sanity since it could be so so cold outside hahaha.

We ate a lot of luxurious mixed nuts and dried fruits there because some of them are cheaper than in Indonesia: sunflower seed, goji berries, macadamia nuts. To add more taste, we added chocolate and biscuits.


If I have to do it again, I would love to. I will do more preparation so I can cook more delicious menu. Does anyone need a cook during their trip? Hahahaha.

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