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National dish of East Timor: Ikan Pepes

th_easttimorflag_index-thumb__60x40East Timor is one of the world’s youngest counties, established only in 2002. However, it is already sending its first athlete to the winter Olympics, skier Yohan Goutt-Goncalves. Seafood is key in the national diet in this island nation, and culinary influence from Portugal and Indonesia is strongly felt. The national dish of East Timor is Ikan Pepes / Pepes Ikan (Ikan means ‘fish’ and pepes is the cooking technique), fish steamed with chili sauce in a banana leaf. Sounds pretty good! Here are two recipes for Ikan Pepes from Latitudes and Good Chef Bad Chef, which include ginger, garlic and turmeric in the aromatic fish marinade. We love foods cooked with this technique and it is a shame we haven’t tried to do it yet – maybe Ikan Pepes will be our first attempt. Fortunately, our favorite grocery store carries banana leaves.


Pepes Ikan by Alpha

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Cuisines of the seven countries making their Olympic debuts

OlympicFlagThough we started off the Sochi Olympics by covering Russian food, the Olympics are perfect time to highlight food from all around the world. The US, Canada, Russia and Northern European are usually heavy hitters in the medal count because they are COLD, however, many other countries are making winter Olympics appearances, including seven for the first time ever.  Check out the Olympic Teams from each of these countries – ParaguayMaltaTogoTongaZimbabweDominicaEast Timor – and get ready for ETW posts featuring national dishes and other foodie delights from each of these countries in the coming weeks.Olympic-Cookies

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