For your next visit to an Asian grocery market, I would suggest hunting down for a packet of dried osmanthus flower, usually found in the tea aisle. The flower has such a nice fragrant, though I guess one might need getting used to. The first time I had a taste of this flower was when I […]
One of standard oldies but good to know dessert recipe, this agar is very close to agar srikaya, but with an addition of egg, which makes it so much richer. Of course, if you or your loved ones are vegan, you will want to exclude the egg, which is fine, and you will end up […]
Among the many traditional Indonesian kue basah with banana, nagasari is probably the most widely known and most popular across the archipelago. It has come to the point where if you somehow forget the name of the cake and just ask for kue pisang (i.e. banana cake), you are almost guaranteed to get this cake. Nagasari is […]
I was doing my weekly grocery when I chanced upon boxes of beautiful pisang kepok (saba bananas). They are almost always available year round, but this time they looked especially beautiful with the right ripeness that I started dreaming of all sort of delicious Indonesian kue basah to make. There are endless of delectable traditional kue basah […]
Growing up, Mom used to make us all kind of sweet porridge for our breakfast or just tea time snack. This ranges from the more typical mung beans, sticky rice, red beans, azuki, pearl barley, and sometimes even to a more elaborate ones with dried bean curd and ginkgo nuts. The sweet soup or porridge […]
Super easy and super delicious dessert, not to mention vegan friendly and of course gluten free, what else can be this perfect right? Since we end up with two different colors, you can make an elaborate multi layer version by alternating white and green layers like this. Or if you prefer a simpler option, simply make […]
Zucchini is in season and I couldn’t stop myself from buying a huge load of fresh looking ones home. This vegetable is not common in Indonesia, and whenever I buy zucchinis, I usually end up making Korean, or even western dishes. But this time, I experimented a bit and see what kind of Indonesian inspired […]
This is a quick and easy stir fry and a good use of a head of cabbage. To prepare for stir frying, I usually tear the cabbage with hands and remove all the tough ribs to ensure the cabbage can be fully cooked in a short time, it is stir frying after all. You can save […]
It is not a secret that eggplants paired with spicy sauce is definitely going to be delicious. This spicy Sichuan eggplant recipe is no different. With just a handful of ingredients, you can whip up a delicious healthy vegetarian dish in minutes.
Martabak is one of Indonesian most popular street food. There are savory version and sweet version. The savory version is more like a crepe, or thin pancake, stuffed with filling which is typically a mixture of egg, vegetables, and ground meat. I am using tofu instead of ground meat, so this martabak is vegetarian friendly 🙂
Amazu-zuke (甘酢漬け) is a Japanese technique of pickling fresh vegetables in sugar and rice vinegar. The most well known example of an amazu-zuke is gari, or pickled ginger, the ever present companion to sushi. In my opinion, radish, daikon, and turnip are also good when pickled with this technique.
Kolak is an Indonesian dessert made with coconut milk, palm sugar, and scented with pandan leaves. Popular ingredients in a kolak are plantain (either pisang tanduk or pisang kepok is fine), cassava, sweet potato, pumpkin, kabocha, jackfruit, atap seeds (toddy palm seeds), and sago (tapioca pearls). This dessert is widely consumed throughout the years, and […]
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 […]
Mitsumame is a traditional Japanese dessert where kanten (agar-agar) cubes is served with kuromitsu (sweet black syrup). There are many varieties of mitsumame, such as: anmitsu: the deluxe version of mitsumame, with an (bean paste), mochi, shiratama dango, and seasonal fruit slices mamekan: mitsumame served with bean only coffee mitsumame: mitsumame where the kanten is […]
Susu jagung, or corn milk, is something that has only been popular in recent years. I guess it is not exactly a ground breaking invention when the world is used to corn chowder and corn soup, corn milk is almost like that, except its sweet, and its a drink.
We are now entering the month of Ramadan, which means sea of sweet snacks as far as eyes can see. Well, not that dramatic, but definitely a spike of sweet snacks are being produced to satisfy the demand come iftar since it is common to break fast with something sweet 🙂
Ronde (rice balls) does not always have to be served in a syrup like this, this, or this. Sometimes, it can be served with a dollop of thick coconut sauce like this recipe. The skin of a ronde is usually made with white glutinous rice flour, but this time I am mixing both white and […]
The one dessert that I keep making again and again is definitely wedang ronde. I had the craving for another one today, but I thought I want to try a more interesting version, the one with pandan leaves so I get a natural green color for my glutinous rice balls, not to mention the added […]