Rica-rica is a famous spicy sauce used widely in Manado cuisine from the province of North Sulawesi in Indonesia. The first time I tried this sauce in a Manado restaurant, my tongue gone numb and my eyes couldn’t stop tearing. I even ended up with a stomach upset from all the chilies. But don’t worry. […]
One of my favorite food is semur ayam, and it has been so since I was just a little kid. I grew up in Medan before moving to the capital city when I was twelve. Semur is easy to find in both cities, but there are significant differences between the two versions. In Medan version, […]
Pempek is Indonesian fish cakes, very similar to Japanese fish cakes. Our pempek is made from a mixture of ground fish and tapioca flour and comes in various shapes. Regardless of their shapes, they are first boiled, then fried, and finally cut into small pieces, and served with saus cuko, a rather thick, spicy, and […]
Congee is comfort food for most Asian and there are a wide variety depending on countries and regions. Today I am going to focus on Indonesian bubur ayam – chicken congee. This version of congee is the kind you find being sold by hawkers at almost every side street in the country. If you ever […]
I hesitated for a long time whether or not to publish this recipe. You see, this superb recipe is not mine, and decidedly non Indonesian, and non Asian too. But this oven fried chicken recipe is simply too wonderful I find it such as shame not to share. I positively cried with joy when I […]
I hope you are not bored with my barrage or fried chicken recipes, because today I am going to share another variation of my trusted recipe with a Thai influence, the spicy tamarind glazed fried chicken.
Sometimes the best meal is the simplest. Take this buttermilk roast chicken for example, they taste amazingly good, and all you need to recreate this at home are the commonest of pantry ingredients. Other than buttermilk, you only need salt, pepper, sugar, chili powder (or paprika powder), and garlic. This dish is one of the […]
Last week I received a question from my reader if there is a way to bake the chicken strips for many of my fried chicken recipes. It got me to thinking, and after experimenting a bit, I think the recipe that I come up with should work. And since I don’t want to repost one […]
The cold weather has been pretty insane lately, and here in Minnesota, the average day time temperature hovers around – 20 Celsius ( < 0 Fahrenheit!). It is the first time my life to ever experience such extreme cold winter, which by the way is business as usual around here. With such weather, I have […]
There are many dishes served in numerous Chinese restaurants in Indonesia that I cannot find anywhere else. One such dish is this super delicious ayam goreng lada garam, and another one is ayam goreng mentega. Ayam goreng lada garam – spicy chili fried chicken can be considered a more recent invention, probably in the last […]
There was a food stall I frequented when I was a student in Malaysia that sold superb inche kabin to go along with nasi lemak. Although rendang will always be the popular choice for nasi lemak, I almost always couldn’t stop myself and ended up with one inche kabin (fried chicken) too. Years later I learned […]
The weather is getting cold, the snow is falling, and people are trying to stay warm. It is winter time in Minnesota, and most definitely a perfect time to cook up a batch of laksa ayam – chicken coconut milk soup. Serve this spicy chicken soup with some steamed white rice and be ready for […]
Indonesia inherit croquette from its Dutch colonial past. There are a lot of croquette varieties, but basic Indonesian croquette has savory filling wrapped in mashed potato, coated with egg and bread crumbs and deep fried until golden brown. The most common and popular one is probably kroket ragout ayam – chicken ragout croquette, but nowadays there […]
What’s your childhood favorite food? To most Indonesian around my age, ahem, the top spot is probably reserved for ayam goreng mentega – fried chicken in buttery sweet soy sauce. Crispy fried chicken pieces, coated with sweet sticky buttery sauce that is finger licking good, you just know you are in for a good time […]
Curries and coconut milk are such a classic pairing that when I came across one without any coconut milk, it piqued my interest. The curry does look thinner than the one I am used to, but this kari ayam lengkuas – galangal chicken curry tastes mighty delicious and I don’t miss the coconut milk at […]
Want a recipe for an easy spicy sweet and sour fried chicken? There are a million ways to prepare sweet and sour sauce, but I think I have found a super easy way if your home is regularly stocked with Thai sweet chili sauce, tomato ketchup, and soy sauce.