Daily Cooking Quest

easy Indonesian recipes

Lemper Ayam - Steamed Glutinous Rice with Spiced Chicken Floss

Lemper ayam is an Indonesian snack consists of steamed glutinous rice filled with spiced chicken floss, and typically wrapped in banana leaves. I think of lemper as Indonesian version of onigiri, except of course we don’t eat the banana leaves, just the rice and the filling. And if I have to choose between the two, I will always choose lemper.

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Clementine Chocolate Lava Cake

When I think of Valentine’s Day, I immediately think of chocolate. And this easy clementine chocolate lava cake is my kind of dessert; delicious, easy, and I can be in and out of the kitchen in a jiffy to concentrate on, ahem, more important stuff.

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Red Dates, Goji Berries, and Longan Jelly

I love Chinese herbs such as red dates, goji berries, and dried longan. Though they are most commonly used in Chinese herbal soups, there is nothing wrong in whipping out desserts out of them, especially when the the said dessert looks this pretty and tastes so light and yummy. Not to mention these herbs are supposed to be good for your body. And are you loving the deep ruby red color of the jelly? ♥

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Black Sesame Seeds Cookies

Sesame seeds are super common in Asian desserts and it is not surprising that we even have them as cookies. These black sesame seeds cookies are the perfect thing to bake and serve your family and guests to celebrate Chinese New Year. If you love sesame seeds, definitely give this cookies a try.

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Chinese Almond Cookies

There is nothing like Chinese New Year to send my whole family into cookie baking frenzy. Most Chinese families will do a cookie baking marathon, churning out boxes and boxes of different kind of cookies. What is surprising to most is that we do this mainly for the enjoyment of our guests, though it is not a secret that most people bake extras for their own enjoyment. Among the top must bake in my house is this Chinese almond cookies. These are super easy and perfect for beginners, so even the…

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Lekker Holland - Dutch Boterkoek

The Dutch East Indies lasted for 350 years in Indonesia and it is inevitable that some Dutch recipes become part of Indonesian culinary tradition. Case in point, the Dutch boterkoek, though most Indonesians know it by another name, Lekker Holland. I am no culinary historian, so don’t ask me how we end up with this name. But I can tell you that this stuff is sinfully delicious. If you still need to bake something for Chinese New Year (or any other festive occasion), then a boterkoek can be…

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Chinese Five Spice Chocolate Chips Rolls

If you cook Chinese dishes regularly, chances are high that you have Chinese five spice powder stocked in your pantry. This Chinese five spice chocolate chips rolls is probably something most would not think to attempt, but once you give it a try, it seems such an obvious thing to do. It elevates the more ubuquitous cinnamon rolls that we all know and love into something that is slightly more exotic, plus you get to finish that bottle of Chinese five spice powder for once.

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Oatmeal Cereal Butter Prawns

When I was still living in Indonesia, there is always a big family gathering from my husband’s side of the family for the big Chinese New Year Eve dinner feast, and cereal butter prawns is a dish that appears every year without fail. Since Chinese New Year is coming up, I am recreating this beloved family dish with what I can find easily in the United States using oatmeals.

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Loaf Pan Cheesecake

This loaf pan cheesecake recipe is for when you need a smaller size cheesecake, made with a regular loaf pan, and without the need of a water bath. If you have never made a cheesecake before, this is a great introduction recipe. Also equally great for people who seldom make a cheesecake since you don’t need to buy a springform pan.

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Nastar Gulung - Rolled Pineapple Tart

Every year when Chinese New Year approaches, most Chinese families will start with the huge task of preparing mountainous amount of baked goods. The most ubiquitous among these baked goods is definitely pineapple tarts. There are endless variation of tart crust among individual families. After so many years and testing so many different crust recipes, I consider this my favorite tart curst. It has plenty of grated parmesan for the cheese lover in me, with minimal to non-existent expansion while…

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Cream Cheese & Berries Jam Bread Rolls

Cream cheese, plus berries jam, wrapped in cutely shaped bread rolls! If you love bread from Asian bakery, I guarantee you will love this too, unless you hate cream cheese, or berries. These lovely bread rolls taste as great as they sound, so what are you waiting? Go grab the ingredients and start baking!

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Bitter Melon Egg Frittata

Have you ever tried bitter melon before? If you are new to bitter melon and need a gentle introduction on how to prepare one, this easy bitter melon egg frittata may be the perfect recipe to try.

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