Pepes was Indonesian tradional way to cook using banana leaves to covered the food and then steamed it.
Banana leaves was rare here, very difficult to find and quite expensive. I found alot of banana leaves in the market since yesterday was onam festival. Actually i can prepared "pepes tahu" and covered with alumunium foil but banana leaves making a differents on taste. The fragrant was very nice and really homey!
Recipe: pepes tahu
Tofu 2 pieces (300 gr), teri 50 gr (small dried fish), green tomato 1 chopped, garlic 3 crushed, 1 big onion choped, green chili 5 split into two, spring onion chopped, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, salt& papper as required, bay leaves, banana leaves.
Smash tofu then mix with all ingiderents except banana leaves. Take 3-5 spoon tofu then add 1 pieces bay leaves and covered with banana leaves. Repeat until tofu has finished. Heat steamer then steam tofu for 20-30 min. Served with warm jasmine rice.