Daily Cooking Quest

easy Indonesian recipes

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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Matcha Braided Loaf

Lately I see so many people in one of my FB groups showing off yummy looking bread, and they all use the same bread recipe. Although I already have my favorite bread recipe, I finally give this bread recipe a try, and it is delicious. I highly recommend the bread dough recipe, and you can use it with all sort of bread filling, and even plain one is a delight. Have fun!

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Matcha Checkerboard Shortbread Cookies

Do you love shortbread cookies? And do you love matcha? If you said yes to both, then you are going to love this matcha checkerboard shortbread cookies. They are so crumbly, and so melt-in-your-mouth. The cookies are not too sweet, which can be dangerous since they disappear so quickly before I even realize I have eaten half a dozen cookies before I stop myself. :D

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Stovetop Braised Char Siu

Char siu has always been one of my guilty pleasure. I know it can be quite fatty and growing up, my parents would always remind us not to eat too much char siu. For a long while, I was a good daughter and did restrain myself. Now that I know just how easy to prepare a good char siu at home, it has been a challenge. And especially with this stovetop braised char siu recipe, making a good char siu is such an easy thing the only way to stop is to not even buy any pork when doing my groceries. :D

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Five Spice Braised Peanuts

I have a very old fashioned Chinese recipe for you today, five spice braised peanuts. This is such an old fashioned snack that I remember only my older aunties used to make this and share with their younger sisters, my Mom being one of them. :) I almost forgot all about this snack until my friend shared hers. I simply must try her recipe and replicate, since it is so good and extremely easy. So a big thanks Pearlyn. :)

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Malaysian Nasi Lemak Sambal

If you are from Malaysia, or if you have ever took a trip to Malaysia, I am sure you have tasted nasi lemak before. And while the whole nasi lemak ensemble is a treat indeed, the one thing that I consider a must have is nasi lemak sambal that comes with it. So, if you are thousands of miles away from Malaysia (like me) and want to make the delicious nasi lemak sambal at home, give this recipe a try. This sambal (chili sauce) is good not only with nasi lemak, but with almost any other…

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