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Sunday, Feb 23
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10:00 AM Black Comix Day
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2:00 PM Stage: She Loves Me
5:00 PM Concert: The Music Of William Grant Still
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8:00 PM  The Benedetti Trio: George Harrison Tribute
Monday, Feb 24
All Day  Indigenous Writers and Their Critics: International Symposium
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6:00 PM Art Talk: Daniel Guzmán
7:00 PM Talk: Michele Norris
Tuesday, Feb 25
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All Day  Indigenous Writers and Their Critics: International Symposium
1:00 PM Film & Discussion: The Farewell
6:00 PM African-American Women in Film
6:00 PM Gaslamp Mardi Gras Party Hop
7:00 PM Victoria Martino: Carnival in Venice
7:00 PM Stage: Hurricane Diane
8:00 PM Music: The Chieftains
Wednesday, Feb 26
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7:00 PM  Writer's Symposium with Pico Ayer
7:00 PM Stage: Hurricane Diane
7:30 PM Stage: Orestes 2.0
Thursday, Feb 27
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10:45 AM Book Talk: Baja California Land of Missions
1:00 PM Music: Kembang Sunda Gamelan
3:20 PM Talk: Urban Redevelopment Projects in South Africa
8:00 PM Stage: Hurricane Diane
Friday, Feb 28
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
5:00 AM  28th Annual Kuumba Festival
3:30 PM Talk: The Racial Imaginary at Work Poetry and the Visual Arts
7:00 PM Música En La Plaza: Los Montaño
7:30 PM Stage: Orestes 2.0
8:00 PM Film: Jojo Rabbit
8:00 PM Stage: Hurricane Diane
8:00 PM Stage: She Loves Me
Saturday, Feb 29
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM  28th Annual Kuumba Festival
2:00 PM Stage: Safa's Story
2:00 PM Stage: Orestes 2.0
3:00 PM Stage: Little Rock
7:00 PM Stage: Safa's Story
7:30 PM Stage: Orestes 2.0
8:00 PM Film: Jojo Rabbit
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8:00 PM Stage: She Loves Me
9:00 PM Music: Los Pericos, Los Estrambóticos & Ecno
9:00 PM Spanglish At Finest City Improv
Sunday, Mar 1
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11:00 AM  28th Annual Kuumba Festival
12:00 PM 7th Annual Mariachi Festival
1:00 PM  Music: Kembang Sunda Gamelan
2:00 PM Stage: She Loves Me
3:00 PM Los Angeles Balalaika Orchestra
7:00 PM Stage: Hurricane Diane
7:30 PM Music: Miguel Zenón Quartet
Monday, Mar 2
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8:00 PM Music: iLe
Tuesday, Mar 3
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6:30 PM  Talk About Series: Venezuela - What Does It Mean To Live in a Failed State?
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Wednesday, Mar 4
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Thursday, Mar 5
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Friday, Mar 6
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8:00 PM Stage: Hurricane Diane
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Saturday, Mar 7
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7:30 PM Stage: Orestes 2.0
8:00 PM Stage: Hurricane Diane
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Indonesian Martabak

Martabak with Pickle

Many Indonesians survive the often sultry evenings by eating out with their friends or family with food from mobile roadside eateries called kaki lima (five feet) or at small eateries known as warung. These eateries serve a variety of dishes including; noodle soup (soto), skewered meat (sate), fried tofu with chili sauce (tahu goreng), deep-fried bananas (pisang goreng). A popular snack dish (but it can be a whole meal) in the Sumatran coastal town of Padang is martabak. The dish is believed to have originated in Deli, India. It is variously known as murtabak (Malaysia) mutabbaq (Saudi Arabia). In Indonesia martabak comes in sweet (martabak manis) and savory version that resembles a crispy fried crepe with a curried meat and vegetable filling. It is often served with a "mixed pickle" (acar segar) sauce that can either be sweet, vinegary or a combination of both. Expert martabak vendors are able to fry the "crepe," add the filling and finish by folding the crepe. The following recipe uses an easier method of making a small folded package and then frying it on both sides.

Martabak Uncooked


Ingredients:

Dough:
  • 2 cups general purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil (peanut, canola or grapeseed)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Filling:
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil (peanut, canola or grapeseed)
  • 4 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1 pound ground beef, lamb or chicken
  • 1 cup diced shallots (or yellow onion)
  • 1 small leek (white & some of the green) halved and sliced very thin
  • 1 scallion thinly sliced
  • 1-3 red Thai chilies seeded and sliced very thin
  • 3 tablespoons of minced celery leaves
  • 4 large eggs lightly whisked
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of white pepper
Mixed Pickle Ingredients:
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, de-seeded and cut into matchsticks
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and cut into matchsticks
  • 10 shallots (small size) peeled and quartered (fewer if using large shallots)
  • 1 cup diced fresh pineapple
  • 1 cup of water
  • 4 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Martabak Frying


Preparation:

Dough:

Mix and knead all of the dough ingredients. Place dough in a mixing bowl, cover the bowl and set aside for 2 hours.

Mixed Pickle:

Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl. This concoction actually improves with age. If you keep it refrigerated for 2 to 3 days before using it will develop its full flavor.

Martabak:
  1. Add oil in a frying pan or wok to frying temperature
  2. Add garlic for a half a minute
  3. Add ground meat and fry for 2 minutes
  4. Add the shallots, leek, chilies, celery leaves and curry powder and fry until meat is completely cooked
  5. Remove from heat, add scallion, salt, pepper and egg
  6. Divide dough into four equal portions
  7. Form each dough portion into a ball
  8. With an oiled rolling pin roll one of the balls into a very thin tortilla shape
  9. Fill each tortilla with the filling mixture and fold over the edges to make a thin square package
  10. Fry each martabak in about 1/4 inch of oil heated to a medium high temperature. The oil should not exceed 350 degrees, or else the wrap will burn

Serve the martabak with the mixed pickle.

Selamat Makan! (happy eating!)

Recipe adapted from Authentic Recipes from Indonesian by Heinz von Holzen and Lother Arsana
Photos: Shari K. Johnston-O'Neill
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