Daily Cooking Quest

easy Indonesian recipes

Steamed Ginger Egg Custard

There are desserts that I make because there is always room for dessert. :) But there are some I make because it reminds me of my childhood, like this steamed ginger egg custard. These are super easy to make, and they are supposed to be good for you too! So totally no guilty feeling even if you prepare them often. :)

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Sayur Lontong Zucchini - Zucchini and Vegetables Coconut Milk Stew

When I have plenty of vegetables that need to be cooked, I love turning them into sayur lontong. Sayur lontong is essentially a medley of vegetables and meat cooked in a spiced coconut milk broth. Since summer is the season when zucchini looks its best, I decided to prepare sayur lontong with zucchini.

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Sup Bakso Ayam - Chicken Meatballs Soup

Nothing is better to warm up the body from rainy season and a bit of cold weather than a bowl of piping hot sup bakso ayam (chicken meatballs soup). Those that have visited Indonesia probably have experienced the many sup bakso sellers scatter in the many side streets around the country. Back when I was still in school, a bowl of sup bakso is definitely among my favorite food. :)

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Bakso Ayam

Bakso is definitely one of Indonesian most favorite food. Popular meatballs include bakso ayam (chicken meatballs), bakso sapi (beef meatballs), and bakso ikan (fish meatballs). The method of making meatballs are more or less the same, so I will just share how to make bakso ayam (chicken meatballs) and hopefully you can experiment with other meat of your choice.

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Pisang Goreng Madu

Anyone who grows up in Indonesian definitely has a fond memory of pisang goreng (banana fritters). It is the most ubiquitous street food snack, a perennial favorite for all ages, from little kids to grandmas and grandpas. Here I added honey to the batter to produce pisang goreng madu (honey batter fried bananas).

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Sambal Tauco Labu Siam - Chayote in Spicy Fermented Soy Beans

Have you ever tried chayote before? You can find this beloved squash in many traditional Indonesian dishes. Today I will introduce you to sambal tauco labu siam, a spicy vegetable (and vegetarian) stew dish. This is usually a side dish for many Indonesian rice dishes, such as nasi rames, nasi liwet, e.t.c. But you can always prepare this as one of your many sides to create an Indonesian feast.

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Bakwan Jagung Panggang - Baked Corn Fritters

The moment summer comes and fresh corns flood the market is the time I start cooking up batches upon batches of bakwan jagung (Indonesian corn fritters). I don’t mind a bit of deep frying every so and then, but I have received quite a fair amount of requests to create oven-baked version of bakwan jagung. After a bit of experimentation, I think I can say I have come up with a delicious baked version. I hope you will give it a try and let me know what you think.

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Bakwan Jagung ala Pancake Korea - Corn Fritters ala Korean Pancake

I love bakwan jagung (Indonesian corn fritters), and every summer when corns are bountiful, I make sure I buy plenty of fresh corns to stave off the cravings. But summer is not exactly a fun time to deep fry, so I transformed traditional bakwan jagung recipe into Korean pancake. It tastes absolutely delicious! I hope you will give my bakwan jagung ala pancake Korea - corn fritters ala Korean pancake a try.

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Gochujang Hobak Jjigae - Spicy Zucchini Soup

Zucchini is bountiful in summer, and look no further for inspiration to turn zucchini into delicious dish than this easy gochujang hobak jjigae recipe. This Korean soup uses anchovy stock as base, and the spiciness of gochujang paste to create a wonderful flavor with zucchini, tofu, and shiitake as the main ingredients.

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Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken

Taiwanese popcorn chicken is one of many must-try street foods for those visiting Taiwan. When I took a trip to Taiwan back in 2014, every night market I went to have at least 3-4 stalls selling these popular treats, each with a long line of hungry customers. If you have never tried popcorn chicken before and a trip to Taiwan is nowhere in your horizon, fear not, you can now recreate this delicious snack right in your own kitchen.

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Matcha Ogura Cake

I have a super airy and cloud-like fluffy cake recipe to share, matcha ogura cake. This is my second ogura cake recipe, the first one being cheesy pillowy ogura cake. If you have never tried an ogura cake before, you really owe it to yourself to bake this hugely popular Malaysian cake at home.

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Char Siu - Chinese Glazed Roast Pork

My parents house in Jakarta is only three doors away from a superb family restaurant selling char siu - Chinese glazed roast pork and siu yuk - Chinese crispy skin roast pork. Whenever I have the chance to visit my parents, I always make sure to drop by and buy loads! But I can only fly home so many times, and thus, must find a reliable recipe to reproduce my favorite food. This is, by far, my favorite recipe for char siu. I will be the first to admit that my neighbor’s version is still…

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