Ayam rica-rica is a specialty from the city of Manado in Indonesia North Sulawesi. Rica means chili in North Sulawesi language, so ayam rica-rica translates to chicken with chili sauce. My family cannot tolerate dishes that are too spicy, so I usually omit the Thai chili since the red chili gives enough spiciness level that […]
Jakarta is the birthplace of soto betawi, where it can be found everywhere, from side street food carts, hole in a wall places, food courts in malls, up scale restaurants, all the way to five star hotels. Each place will have their own way of preparing soto betawi, with highly guarded blend of secret spices, […]
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.
Each region in Indonesia has its version of soto, typically prepared by first boiling meat (can be chicken, beef, entrails, or any combination), then the stock is further cooked by adding various spices. Soto is typically enjoyed by adding the meat with some carbs (steamed rice or simply boiled noodles), hard boiled eggs, some vegetables […]
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 […]
We only have two seasons in Indonesia, the dry season and the rainy season. When the rainy season comes, wedang jahe is especially popular since it warms the body and is also believed to ward off the cold that usually will start spreading around. Whether you are a believer or not, the taste is indisputably […]
Originated from Central Java, opor ayam (chicken cooked in coconut milk) is especially popular during lebaran (Idul Fitri) where it is typically served with ketupat (boiled rice cake wrapped in woven palm leaf pouch) or lontong (boiled rice cake in the shape of a cylinder wrapped in banana leaf). Opor ayam is also the meat […]
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.
Siomay Bandung is one of my favorite hawker food. I grew up eating loads of this especially during junior and senior high where there was a hawker selling this right in front of the school. When I was really hungry, I would order a plate with everything in it 😀 Such sweet memories.
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 […]