Sambal Berambang Asem dan Bola Bayam – Chili and Tamarind Sambal with Spinach Balls

Sambal Berambang Asem dan Bola Bayam - Chili and Tamarind Sambal with Spinach Balls

If Lombok has sambal plecing, then Java has sambal berambang asem. They are both always paired with simply boiled greens. In the case of sambal plecing, the traditional pairing would be kankung (morning glory). For sambal berambang asem, the traditional pairing is daun ubi jalar (cassava leaves). Fresh cassava leaves are hard to find when you live outside of Indonesia, so I tend to substitute cassava leaves with spinach :) You can use any greens of your choice, like kale, or even broccoli would be good. [Read more…]

Tempeh Penyet – Spicy Bruised Tempeh

Tempeh Penyet - Spicy Bruised Tempeh

The idea of a penyet is simple, combine a fried item, like fried chicken or friend tempeh with your favorite sambal in a cobek (Indonesian for mortar and pestle). This bruising action is what we call penyet, literally means to flatten, this is because once you bruise the fried items together with sambal, they are going to appear flatten (or penyet), hence the name. In an ideal world, everyone will have a mortar and pestle in their kitchen, but worry not since I am giving an alternative on how to make this dish even without one.  [Read more…]

Sambal Telur – Egg Sambal

Sambal Telur - Egg Sambal

Remember my obsessions with hard boiled eggs? Well, they are just simply so versatile, and a quick and easy recipe like this one is going to transform them into mouthwatering dish. Having them around has saved me unnecessary worries about what to eat for my next meal, LOL :) This recipe is kid friendly too with the use of ketchup and coconut milk, you can totally omit the chili to make this completely child proof. If you like spicy food though, feel free to add as many chilies as you like. [Read more…]

Chinese Spareribs with Shallots

Chinese Spareribs with Shallots

Finger licking spareribs with minimum effort! This is seriously one of the easiest and most delicious dish I can imagine, precisely how a comfort food should be. Plus, the recipe is so easy it is almost impossible to mess up. There are simply so many pluses to this dish that I am going to keep making this from time to time :) [Read more…]

Gulai Nangka dan Kacang Panjang Padang – Padang Young Jackfruit and Snake Bean Stew

Gulai Nangka dan Kacang Panjang Padang - Padang Young Jackfruit and Snake Bean Stew

This is the closest gulai Padang recipe that I have, and yes it tastes amazing, and yes, the spice list is going to probably include almost everything your grocery store carries. But please try not to skip any of the spices, since they make this such an awesome gulai dish, I am guaranteeing you are going to need at least a couple bowl of steamed white rice to go with it. ♥ [Read more…]

Kacang Panjang dan Tempeh Tumis Sambal Terasi – Snake Bean and Tempeh Stir Fry in Shrimp Paste Chili Sauce

Kacang Panjang dan Tempeh Tumis Sambal Terasi - Snake Bean and Tempeh Stir Fry in Shrimp Paste Chili Sauce

Stir frying in shrimp paste chili sauce is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser. To me, this is akin to Indonesian version of using Chinese dou jiang (bean paste), meaning it is almost impossible to end up with a not to-die-for dish when you use this sauce to whip up your next stir fry :) Kacang panjang (snake bean) can be easily substituted with buncis (green beans), and tempeh dan be substituted with firm white tofu. [Read more…]

Malbi Sapi Palembang – Palembang Beef Stew

Malbi Sapi Palembang - Palembang Beef Stew

If the Javanese have semur, then the Sumatrans have malbi. They are both stew made with Indonesian kecap manis (sweet soy sauce) and a lot of spices. Luckily, the spices used are pretty common, so there should be no problem finding them in your neighborhood grocery stores. As for the other main ingredient, i.e. the kecap manis, most Asian markets in the States should carry them, or as last resort, you can always get them online from Amazon. :) [Read more…]

Terik Tahu dan Tempeh – Tofu and Tempeh Stew in Coconut Milk

Terik Tahu dan Tempeh - Tofu and Tempeh Stew in Coconut Milk

Recently, I learned about the difference between opor and terik. Apparently, opor tends to have a runnier sauce, while a terik is when the sauce is reduced even further and it starts clinging to the main ingredient, this usually means chicken, hard boiled egg, tofu, and/or tempeh. Taste wise, they are very very similar (with the omission of cumin in a terik), and most people will just use their trusted opor recipe and up the cooking time until the sauce clings, and that will be okay too. I simply tweaked mine a bit to ensure extra creaminess which one would expect from a good terik. ♥ [Read more…]

Ayam Bakar Padang – Padang Broiled Chicken

Ayam Bakar Padang - Padang Broiled Chicken

Padang food is my favorite takeout in Indonesia. Whenever I am too lazy to cook, I can always drop by a nearby Padang restaurant and get a serving of nasi Padang (Padang rice meal). This usually means steam white rice, jackfruit curry (gulai nangka), eggs with chili sauce (telur balado), green chili relish (cabe ijo), and a choice of meat. Deciding on the meat can be tricky since I love everything, but if I must choose, then my top three choice would be beef rendang (rendang sapi), fried chicken (ayam pop) and ayam bakar (broiled chicken). There are of course, a whole lot more than just these three choices. So, what is your favorite menu from a Padang restaurant? ♥ [Read more…]