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Spicy Hot Indonesian Foodways

Spicy pad Thai, recipes below

Today we go to Indonesia as part of our on going series on spicy hot food history. In Dutch colonial Indonesia (1800-1942) elites warned Dutch settlers not to eat the local spicy foods sold on the streets insisting that they had harmful effects on the liver and would destroy one’s digestive system. Since the end of colonial rule, elitist prejudices against spicy foods abated a bit. But one still sees that haute cuisine remains almost exclusively Eurocentric in most former colonial societies with elites still relatively cold toward spicy foods that street venders sell. President Obama lived in Jakarta, Indonesia with his mother S. Ann Dunham and step father Lolo Soetoro (a native of Jakarta and graduate student at the University of Hawaii) from age six to ten while his mother did field work as part of her doctoral studies in anthropology at the University of Hawaii (S. Ann Dunham, Surviving Against the Odds: Village Industry in Indonesia, Duke University Press 2009 a book based on the dissertation). The president speaks the native language and he is very familiar with the delicious spicy hot foods of Jakarta.

Home Style Thai Recipes: http://www.templeofthai.com/recipes/

Spicy pad Thai video recipe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vznd6-MJTIQ

President’s Jakarta years: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6VvlKlNfDE

Surviving Against the Odds: Village Industry in Indonesia http://www.dukeupress.edu/Catalog/ViewProduct.php?productid=46699

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