I used to make banana and strawberry smoothie (with real strawberries) in the States all the time. It is rather difficult to come by nice fresh strawberries in Jakarta, so I have to make do with using strawberry yoghurt instead which can be found in supermarket at all time. It is not bad at all, […]
There are a couple of Chinese restaurants near my parents home serving ayam goreng kiam boi. I find them delicious and it seems to be pretty popular with their customers as well. Since it is highly unlikely for the restaurants owners to divulge their secret recipe to me, I have to experiment and come up […]
Another balado (chili sauce) recipe, this time with eggplants as the star ingredient. Eggplants taste really nice when fried in oil (deep fried is best), but I tend to avoid deep frying if I can, and usually just stir fry in a frying pan/wok with a little bit of oil. There are many varieties of […]
Tomatoes and carrots, are they fruits or vegetables? 😀 The honey really helps make this a much drinkable juice, a great way to trick the kids (and adults) to consume more fruits/vegetables.
Ginkgo nuts, ginseng, lotus seeds, and jujube fruits cooked with one whole chicken to produce a scrumptious and healthy soup. This is another family favorite for a Chinese herbal soup. Enjoy!♥
I love LOVE pisang goreng (fried bananas), and I am sure this is among Indonesian most favorite food. Pisang goreng is popular eaten as snack, breakfast item, or pretty much anytime of the day. It is more traditional to use pisang kepok, but regular banana (like the one in picture) works just as well, so […]
Balado basically means cooked in chili sauce and if you see this in a menu, be prepare for a spicy and hot dish with a hint of sweetness and freshness of lime, and have I mentioned that it will be spicy and hot? Yup, some iced drink will be perfect to have with this 🙂 […]
Gulai ayam Padang is much closer to Indian curry compared to kari ayam. Notice that we are using a lot more spices for this recipe resulting in a richer and spicier taste. As usual, please be warned that the chilies can be really hot (and 50 gram of red chilies is not to be taken […]
We have been eating too many fried food lately and desperately crave for a more wholesome food. The fix: chicken and vegetables soup. Piti has been begging me to cook him this soup, and lucky for him this is my favorite too. Enjoy! ♥
Very tropical, very tasty, and very healthy. This banana and papaya juice is great when your body needs a boost of vitamin C, especially if you are recovering from a cold or something like that. Super easy too since the blender does all the work.
Sunday is a great day since it is when we usually see my parents or Piti’s parents. If the meet up happens to be in the morning, we always end up either having a big bowl of noodles or going for a dim sum brunch, a delight either way 😀 I thought I would write […]
This recipe is a build up from my previous post on Kwetiau Goreng with the addition of beef, egg, and sweet soy sauce. If beef is not your choice of meat, you can also use chicken, shrimp, squid, etc, but we like our beef and hence the recipe. To increase the success rate of your […]
I find that tempeh is best when they are cut to thin slices and deep fried, and this dish is no exception. The addition of chili, ginger, lime and caramelized sugar turns the humble tempeh into something that is fit to be served in any party, and it is quite possible that this might be […]
Empal Gentong is a famous beef soup from Cirebon, West Java. A more traditional (or perhaps original) recipe calls for equal part meat and entrails (typically tripe and intestines). I prefer the all meat version, but it is definitely okay to use half meat and half entrails for this recipe.
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 […]