This is one of many Chinese dishes that seems to disappear fast, especially from fancy Chinese restaurants. The only places that I think still serve this is the hole-in-wall restaurants selling Teo Cheo porridge, which is pretty hard to come by in Jakarta, maybe a couple of restaurants left in the Kota (old city) area? […]
Gado-gado is the one salad from Indonesia that needs no introduction. The creamy, sweet, sour, and spicy peanut sauce is really what makes this a great salad. If there is such a thing as a national salad, this gado-gado will be it. ♥
I read a pretty intriguing drink recipe from this serious eats article where it calls for combination of honeydew and coconut water. Lucky for me, honeydew is pretty much a year round thing in Indonesia, so is lime and coconut water. You can buy fresh coconut and get the water from that. But being lazy […]
In my family, we call this soup lak bi theng, which literally means six aroma soup. The six aroma comes from the use of six different Chinese herbs: Chinese yam, lotus seed, lily bulb, fox nut, Solomon’s seal rhizome, and dried longan. Simmering these six herbs and pork ribs results in a lovely and healthy […]
One of the simplest Indonesian way to prepare greens, especially green beans and snake beans, is definitely stir frying with dried shrimps and galangal slices. If you cannot find dried shrimps, Japanese katsuo bushi (dried bonito shavings) can be used instead, but sprinkles at the very end of the cooking.
The most popular way to serve guava in Indonesia is to make a juice with ice and sugar. But I actually rather like the idea of turning it into a smoothie by adding plain yoghurt, milk, and honey and taking out the ice and sugar, thus making it healthier and fit for a quick breakfast.
Don’t you think this dish can actually be served in a nice restaurant? I just love looking at how the blanched spinach make a nest for the quick braised silken tofu and shimeji mushrooms in oyster sauce, so pretty. This dish is also perfect for entertaining guests in your home, they are so easy to […]
Hands up if you ever buy a bunch of chives, then just use a bit on your noodles or something as garnish, you know like a tablespoon or two, and then wonder what to do with the rest of the bunch? Well, wonder no more because now you can just whip up a batch of […]
Living in Indonesia means year round tropical weather, which translates to high appreciation for all things cold and sweet and refreshing. Pretty much what this yoghurt lime sorbet is all about, actually. ♥
Not having enough time to make complicated dishes seems like the norm and I can totally relate to that. Ever since grad school (gosh, which was like years and years ago), I have been trying to come up with ways to prepare food in advance and still have something healthy and easy come meal time. […]
Mom recently gave me two big jars of deep fried mini anchovies (ikan teri goreng). They are super delicious and though I have been adding anchovies to my rice for lunch and dinner, I still got quite a lot left and I start to worry if they will turn bad. So, on a whim, I […]
Ever tried cooking Chinese Ya Li pears in a slow simmer along with snow fungus, red dates, and rock sugar? I know it sounds weird, but this dessert soup is one that my Grandma often made for us when we were little, especially when we were catching a cold or having sore throats. It has […]
First of all, Happy Idul Adha to all who celebrate this holy day. Today’s recipe still features lamb, always a fitting dish for this day 🙂 And it is a so simple dish to make despite the long list of ingredients. I basically just dump everything in a pot and let it slowly simmer away […]
Today is the Idul Adha holiday in Indonesia, and on this day, many family will prepare lamb dishes in the same way the Americans prepare turkey on Thanksgiving. So, to get into the spirit of the day, I am preparing nasi kebuli, a rice dish with lamb and ton of spices cooked in coconut milk. […]
Preparing a pan frying bite size fish fillets such as sole in a simple ginger and scallion sauce is a quick and simple affair. Depend on what is fresh in the market, you can substitute sole with other firm white fish, such as red snapper or grouper.
I love eating vegetables, and when I shop for grocery, I tend to linger a bit in the produce section looking at the different greens and decide which one looks the best. And that is how I ended up with this snake bean. You don’t have to use snake bean for this recipe, so if […]
Ground pork and Tianjin preserved vegetables with fresh egg noodles, a.k.a. bakmi keriting in Indonesian, is one of the more ubiquitous noodle dish, especially among the Chinese communities in Indonesia. The great thing with this noodle dish is you can make ahead the ground pork and Tianjin preserved vegetables part and blanch the fresh egg […]
To me, chicken stay (or any satay) conjures up images of street side hawker seller patiently fan a charcoal grill to cook the satay to perfection. The smell of satay grilling away is sure to lure hungry passerby. One can of course find satay sold in restaurants and food courts, but somehow not quite as […]