The Chinese probably have a million dessert where everything is cooked in ginger syrup. We are firm believers that ginger is good for your body, especially when having a cold. Plus, we have this weird concept of masuk angin (i.e. your body is full of wind), and gingery stuff is supposed to cure you of […]
Somehow longan is heavily connected with festive seasons in Indonesia. Now that Idul Fitri is upon us, longan (fresh and in can) is sold everywhere. And I swear it is not just for Idul Fitri, come Christmas and Chinese New Year, you can bet these will also be everywhere. I saw so many cans of […]
Indonesians love their many incarnations of wedang in rainy days, which is perfect for the unpredictable weather that has been going on in Jakarta for a while now. Today, I am going to post a pretty popular wedang recipe: wedang teh susu jahe (ginger milk tea).
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 […]
A star fruit looks very much like a star when you cut them (as shown in the photo), and that is most likely where the western name comes from. In Indonesia, we call this fruit belimbing, which has nothing to do with stars at all. They are great when juiced, often time just by itself, […]
The weather in Jakarta has been pretty crazy lately, heavy downpour in July! no less, alternating with hot and humid weather in between. As a result, a lot of people caught the flu, me and Piti included. So, if you are on the same boat as us, you probably need to eat a lot of […]
I used to make banana and strawberry smoothie (with real strawberries) in the States all the time. It is rather difficult to come by nice fresh strawberries in Jakarta, so I have to make do with using strawberry yoghurt instead which can be found in supermarket at all time. It is not bad at all, […]
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 […]
Tomatoes and carrots, are they fruits or vegetables? 😀 The honey really helps make this a much drinkable juice, a great way to trick the kids (and adults) to consume more fruits/vegetables.
I love LOVE pisang goreng (fried bananas), and I am sure this is among Indonesian most favorite food. Pisang goreng is popular eaten as snack, breakfast item, or pretty much anytime of the day. It is more traditional to use pisang kepok, but regular banana (like the one in picture) works just as well, so […]
Very tropical, very tasty, and very healthy. This banana and papaya juice is great when your body needs a boost of vitamin C, especially if you are recovering from a cold or something like that. Super easy too since the blender does all the work.
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 […]
The Chinese first made contact with the Indonesian in the 1400s and by 1600s Chinese settlements have already cropped up along the coast of Java. With centuries of interactions between the two cultures, new kind of exciting dishes cropped up that blend together the cuisines of the two cultures. Today, there are a lot of […]
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 […]
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.
Mango is in season, they smell so nice and so mouthwatering I could not resist buying a couple home from the market 🙂 They are delicious as is, but I decided to make rujak this time. I am using Indramayu mango for this recipe, but I suspect it can be substituted with any variety of […]
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 […]