Daily Cooking Quest

easy Indonesian recipes

Kue Lobak

Kue lobak or Chinese radish cake is one of the popular dish you can find in Chinese dim sum. But this snack is also a common street food you can find in Indonesia. In fact I grew up with this as one of the many snacks to choose from food carts parking outside my school compound. It was only later in life when going for a Sunday dim sum has become a family tradition that I learn that this is a standard dim sum offering.

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Korean Jja Jang Myeon

Jja jang myeon is a Chinese Korean noodle dish with thick black bean paste sauce, diced pork, and vegetables. Although this dish has a Chinese origin and derived from Chinese zha jiang mian, overtime, jja jang myeon has become uniquely Korean and is probably the most ubiquitous noodle dish in Korea.

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Korean Spicy Pork Zucchini Stew

Cold weather is the best time to enjoy a steaming pot of spicy dish, especially with how cold the weather gets in Minnesota, this is the perfect time to share the recipe for Korean spicy pork zucchini stew. It should take only 30 minutes from start to finish, so this is a good dish to prepare when you are busy and cold.

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Ayam Tempra

Ayam tempra is a Malaysian nyonya dish. The characteristic of this dish is that chicken pieces is cooked with plenty of onion and soy sauce, and brighten with calamansi juice right at the end of the cooking. The ingredients are very minimal, but the taste is exceedingly delicious, making this one of household staple dish in many Malaysian homes.

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Brown Butter Honey Sweet Potato Bread

Fall is when my kitchen is stocked with sweet potatoes and all sort of squashes, and I have a very delicious sweet potato bread recipe for you today. If you have some sweet potato at home, you must give this brown butter honey sweet potato bread a try. Forgive the literal name of this bread, it is quite a mouthful I admit, but I guarantee you and everyone you serve will enjoy every single bite of this bread.

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Hakka Char Yoke

My parents are Cantonese, but my in-laws are Hakka, and so over the years I have been slowly exposed to more and more Hakka dishes. One such dish is Hakka Char Yoke, a braised pork dish with wood ear mushrooms, often served in Chinese New Year or other festive gathering. This is very easy to prepare at home, so it doesn’t have to be a once a year dish.

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Mochi Sesame Seeds

If you love mochi and want a super quick recipe to curb your mochi craving, then you need to make this ASAP. You probably need less than 15 minutes from start to finish, and it is a good thing too since you may want to make another batch, and another batch. This is a good recipe to learn, not only because it is super easy, but also because this ticks all the boxes if you have guests coming. Vegan, nut-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free; everyone will be able to sample your treats and you will be…

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Matcha Kanten Mizu Yokan

When I think of Japanese dessert, I cannot think of anything more traditional and representative than matcha and red bean paste. So, today I am going to combine both in one pretty dessert, a matcha kanten paired with mizu yokan to create a two-layer agar-agar pudding. I decided to have a matcha kanten top layer and a mizu yokan bottom layer, but you can reverse this order if you like.

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Pizza Bread

Have you ever visited an Asian bakery? I can never decide if I love the sweet bread varieties more, or the savory ones. And I am not ashamed to admit I can never restrain myself from buying every single one whenever I visit. Today I am sharing one of my favorite Asian savory bread, pizza bread.

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Simmered Acorn Squash

Fall and winter is a great time for squash loving people. It is when the market is flooded with gorgeous winter squashes, from acorn squash, kabocha, butternut, and of course, pumpkins. If you are wondering what to do with all those pretty looking squashes, then I have a very easy recipe for you today, simmered acorn squash. This is basically a nimono, a very traditional Japanese recipe, though it is more commonly made with kabocha. But kabocha can be more elusive in the United States compared…

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Topo Map Matcha Cake

Since I have a huge stock of matcha, I decided to bake another matcha cake. Today I have a pretty looking topo map cake to share. The layers from the cake evokes the look of a topographic map, hence the name. Obviously I use matcha to create the green layers, but you can also use pandan paste if that is what you have. Also don’t be afraid to play around and come up with other color combo of your choice.

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Zucchini Pancakes

Am I the only person who loves savory pancakes more than sweet ones? When I have plenty of vegetables and need to use them up quickly, invariably they become pancakes! This time I use my favorite squash, zucchini, to make this easy and delicious zucchini pancakes. Of course it doesn’t have to be zucchini, it can be carrots, bell peppers, even lightly blanched broccoli. And you can add some meat/seafood too if you want to make fancy pancakes.

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