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 […]
Many people seems to hate bitter melons mainly because they are, well, bitter. But we will be stuffing them with ground pork and shiitake and further braised them in black bean sauce, and I promise you that the end result is a bitter melon dish that will not be bitter at all. ♥
Slowly cooking ginseng, along with some Chinese herbs and a whole chicken results in one of the most luxurious herbal soup. I tend to be a bit purist when it comes to cooking ginseng soup, adding just jujube fruits (or red dates) and goji berries to give enough sweetness to counter the natural bitterness that […]
This version of fish ball soup is all about enjoying the fish balls, so try to get the best quality money can buy. Only three ingredients are needed to make the soup : fish balls, Tianjin preserved vegetables, and garlic. The soup can be served as is, or with steamed white rice. But the best […]
Tofu, shrimps, and shiitake mushrooms are among my favorite food. And having the three of them in a simple steamed dish every now and then is a no brainer. I find that silken tofu works better in this dish since you will get different textures playing in your mouth, the silky soft tofu, the crunchy […]