Daily Cooking Quest

easy Indonesian recipes

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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Ayam Suwir Saus Empal - Chicken in Spices & Coconut Milk Sauce

Empal is a very popular Javanese dish, typically made from thinly pounded beef shank, cooked in spices, and finally fried. It can be a pretty laborious dish, and Mom usually just buy them from her favorite empal specialty store. I recreate this dish with shredded chicken thigh meat, which cuts the cooking time significantly, but the taste is pretty much there. I hope you will give this ayam suwir saus empal - chicken in spices & coconut milk sauce recipe a try.

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Gyeran Bbang - Korean Egg Bread

Here is an easy breakfast idea from Korea, gyeran bbang - Korean egg bread. Make in standard muffin cups, the recipe yields 6, but easily doubled to yield 12 for a full size standard muffin pan.

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Indian Keema Ground Beef Curry

It is not the height of summer yet, but the heat is already unbearable. If you need a quick cook meal where you don’t need to spend much time in the kitchen, this Indian keema ground beef curry might just be the answer. It is very easy, and you can serve it with rice, or flat bread of your choice like naan, or pita :)

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Chinese Ground Beef Meat Sauce

People who have busy schedules need to learn how to make this Chinese ground beef meat sauce. When your fridge is stocked with this meat sauce, you can make meat sauce rice bowl, or meat sauce noodles whenever you need a quick and delicious meal.

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