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 […]
The Sundanese are famous for their dishes that use a lot of fresh vegetables. Lalap with sambal terasi, karedok, and sayur asem are probably among the most famous and most familiar dishes to all Indonesian. They are also quite famous for their fish dishes, especially ikan goreng gurame (deep fried butterflied gourami), and their pepes […]
My Mom is insistent that we must consume a bowl of Chinese herbal soup once a week, no more and no less, and each week she will always prepare a different soup so we would drink them. I don’t know why but the routine did not feel that special when we were young, but I […]
It is always a delight to spend a lazy Sunday dim sum brunch with my family. Favorite dishes: shu mai, har gao, char siu bao, egg tart, xiao long bao, and so much more. There is something charming about going for a dim sum, I guess it must be something I treasure from spending so […]
For my more keen readers, you are probably getting to the conclusion that a lot of Indonesian dishes are cooked in two steps, the first involves boiling/braising/poaching to let the spices fully absorbed in the meat/tofu/tempeh/etc, then followed by the second step of deep frying the said meat/tofu/tempeh/etc, and you will be absolutely right. It […]
I love daikon, and with the addition of chicken in this soup, this easily makes for a filling meal when served with a bowl of steamed white rice. Some of you may wonder as to the purpose of boiling and draining daikon before adding them to the final soup with the chicken. Well, daikon can […]
It seems that every time we go to a Chinese restaurant, we will inevitably order this dish, we simply are in love with this I guess. Preparing this at home is simple albeit a bit tiring, especially the part where I need to remove the shells and devein all the shrimps. Yup, now you know […]
Growing up, my childhood home was frequented by a lot of hawker vendors passing by the neighborhood yelling out wares from the top of their lungs. “Bakpao”, “es krim”, “sate padang”, “roti tawar”, are some of the examples, and they would be passing by at different time of the day, and they all have their […]
Kari ayam is the Indonesian take on chicken curry. Unlike Indian curries, we use coconut milk instead of yoghurt, and a lot less spices as well, and with the addition of vegetables like carrot and potato, Indonesian curry is decidedly much milder compared to Indian version.
Finally I got the time to make this. It is quite a production to prepare this dish, since nasi kuning (or yellow rice) is traditionally served with the requisite perkedel kentang, ayam ungkep, telur dadar gulung, kerupuk udang (shrimp crackers), quick lalap, and sambal. So, everything has to be timed just so, thus bits of […]
Ayam ungkep is Javanese friend chicken where chicken pieces are first cooked in spices prior to deep frying. A popular party dish since chicken pieces that have gone through the first cooking process can be kept in the fridge for several days and even longer if frozen. Prior to serving, deep fry chicken pieces to […]
Telur dadar gulung or rolled fried egg is a super simple dish that anyone can make and you need only eggs, a bit of salt, a bit of oil, and a frying pan for this. Ready in 5 minutes (at most) and looks pretty to boot 🙂
Dishes that contain ang kak will have a distinctive bright red color, hence the color of the chicken and the soup. The color may be quite a shock, but the taste of this soup is so subtle and with a definite hint of ginger, a perfect soup to be had in cold weather.
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 […]
I love Padang cuisine. Among the cuisines from so many regions in Indonesia, Padang cuisine is probably the most widely available no matter where you are in Indonesia, and it is easy to see why. In Padang restaurants, dishes are usually stacked in plates, and this marvelous sight can be seen from the restaurant big […]
Exceedingly simple to make yet the flavor is so divine. The Japanese breakfast almost always include a bowl of miso soup and I totally can see the appeal. Once you cook this yourself, it is almost guaranteed that you will no longer be returning to the diluted not too appealing miso soup served in Japanese […]