The Indonesian Kitchen

Rini Martinings and partner Iwan Wau at the Indonesian Kitchen stall at Mullumbimby Farmers Market. Photo: Kate O'Neill

Rini Martinings and partner Iwan Wau at the Indonesian Kitchen stall at Mullumbimby Farmers Market. Photo: Kate O’Neill

Every Friday, Mullumbimby local Tim Eichler orders a serve of corn fritters from the Indonesian Kitchen stall at the Mullumbimby Farmers Market.

“They’re just the best, it’s that simple. No one makes them quite the same,” he said.

Also known as Dadar Jagung, corn fritters are a popular snack in East Java, and are also one of the most ordered items on the Indonesian Kitchen stall owner Rini Martining’s market menu.

Rini’s version of this tasty deep fried snack includes carrot, chilli, garlic, onion, ginger, turmeric, coriander, spring onion and local sweet corn sourced fresh from the market.

She says the quality of the corn makes them even tastier than those in Java: “The corn over there is not as juicy and sweet as it is here,” she said.

Rini, who grew up in East Java, has been serving her fritters and other Indonesian street food at the Mullumbimby Farmers Market for more than six years, and has gained plenty of loyal customers like Tim during that time.

Apart from the corn fritters, they come for her chicken skewers served with freshly made satay sauce, spring rolls, veggie fritters, mee goreng (fried noodles) and nasi goreng (fried rice) as well as heartier meals like the beef rendang, made from local Hayters Hill beef.

“If I’ve had a big night – which is not often – I’ll do the beef rendang for breakfast,” said Tim. “It’s the breakfast of champions.”

All of Rini’s savoury street food is packed with fresh flavours, and often a bit of a chilli kick: “We put eschallots, garlic and chilli in everything,” she said.

Rini also creates a delicious gluten free Indonesian dessert known as lepet, a sticky rice dumpling containing local lady finger bananas, a pinch of of sugar, shredded coconut and coconut cream, wrapped in an organic local banana leaf.

Rini says it’s always a pleasure to see people her enjoying her food at the market.

“It’s very good when we hear the compliments from our customers.”

• Find the Indonesian Kitchen at the Mullumbimby Farmers Market every Friday.

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