Kudus is located in Central Java and is the birthplace of some of the popular dishes in Indonesia, such as soto kudus, nasi pindang, and tahu kecap. The main ingredients for tahu kecap are tofu and kecap (sweet soy sauce), and of course one will need the other ingredients to make this a truly delectable […]
Side Dish Recipes
Sambal goreng hati is probably about the only liver dish that I love, and that is saying a lot given how I cannot stand other dishes where liver is involved. This dish is usually part of a celebration buffet in weddings or the Eid-al Fitr along with ketupat (Indonesian steamed rice cakes) and opor ayam.
You are probably getting sick of reading another balado recipe, but I can’t help it. I love balado dishes so much that I probably prepare some sort of balado dish every single week and still not getting tired of them. I promise that you will love this one, it is so easy to make. If […]
Another balado (chili sauce) recipe, this time with eggplants as the star ingredient. Eggplants taste really nice when fried in oil (deep fried is best), but I tend to avoid deep frying if I can, and usually just stir fry in a frying pan/wok with a little bit of oil. There are many varieties of […]
Balado basically means cooked in chili sauce and if you see this in a menu, be prepare for a spicy and hot dish with a hint of sweetness and freshness of lime, and have I mentioned that it will be spicy and hot? Yup, some iced drink will be perfect to have with this 🙂 […]
I find that tempeh is best when they are cut to thin slices and deep fried, and this dish is no exception. The addition of chili, ginger, lime and caramelized sugar turns the humble tempeh into something that is fit to be served in any party, and it is quite possible that this might be […]
When I was small, I remember my Grandpa going to the market and brought home fresh produce and my Grandma busy preparing dishes in the kitchen. My Grandpa passed away when I was only 5 years old, but somehow that image sticks with me for the rest of my life, I guess sweet things have […]
It is always a delight to spend a lazy Sunday dim sum brunch with my family. Favorite dishes: shu mai, har gao, char siu bao, egg tart, xiao long bao, and so much more. There is something charming about going for a dim sum, I guess it must be something I treasure from spending so […]
For my more keen readers, you are probably getting to the conclusion that a lot of Indonesian dishes are cooked in two steps, the first involves boiling/braising/poaching to let the spices fully absorbed in the meat/tofu/tempeh/etc, then followed by the second step of deep frying the said meat/tofu/tempeh/etc, and you will be absolutely right. It […]
It seems that every time we go to a Chinese restaurant, we will inevitably order this dish, we simply are in love with this I guess. Preparing this at home is simple albeit a bit tiring, especially the part where I need to remove the shells and devein all the shrimps. Yup, now you know […]
Telur dadar gulung or rolled fried egg is a super simple dish that anyone can make and you need only eggs, a bit of salt, a bit of oil, and a frying pan for this. Ready in 5 minutes (at most) and looks pretty to boot 🙂
This is my go to recipe when I am in a hurry to prepare some dishes for lunch/dinner. This is so easy and so fast to prepare and everyone in my family love it.
Acar, also known as Indonesian raw vegetable pickle, is a very popular accompaniment in many of Indonesian dishes, such as nasi goreng (fried rice), sate, and almost all varieties of soto. It is very easy to prepare at home, the key to a successful acar is to use the freshest ingredients possible.
It is not exactly a must to use chayote in this recipe. Think of the chayote as the star of the day if you must, in which you can swap it with any other firm vegetables that are fresh in your market for that day like carrot, zucchini, or cucumber (remove the seeds if you […]
If I must pick two of the most popular side dishes that seems to be sold everywhere in Indonesia, then I will have to settle for perkedel kentang and followed closely by bakwan jagung. Both are delicious and the smell of these can make you feel hungry instantly even after a full course meal.
Another take on the ever present perkedel in Indonesia, this time with tofu as the main ingredient.
A ubiquitous everyday side dish in Indonesian popular for lunch or dinner. The humble perkedel is tasty and filling, and is easily found everywhere, from street hawkers, little family restaurants, all the way to fancy formal banquet. Interestingly, the name is derived from “frikandel”, a Dutch term for deep fried mince meat patties. It becomes […]