Daily Cooking Quest

easy Indonesian recipes

Thai Red Curry Chicken & Cauliflower

When I am in a cooking rut, I tend to fall back to easy and quick recipes that get me reliably delicious result time after time. One such recipe is this Thai red curry chicken & cauliflower dish. In all honesty, the cauliflower is incidental. It just so happen to be what I have when I cooked this dish. You can pretty much use any vegetables you have. I have tried everything from carrots, potatoes, broccoli, eggplants, pretty much anything you can think of and so far none turns out to be a…

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Spicy Lemongrass Roast Chicken

Spicy lemongrass roast chicken. These roast chicken are very flavorful, and cooked in a cast-iron skillet from stove top to oven. Super easy and you will want to make them again and again and again.

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Hoisin & Five Spice Broiled Chicken

It is finally getting warm and I am in the mood for some really easy and simple chicken recipe that can be done in under 30 minutes from start to finish. This hoisin & five spice broiled chicken is a really versatile recipe that you can cook in an oven broiler, or with a charcoal grill if you are in the mood for outdoor BBQ, and even pan frying!

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Risol Bihun - Vermicelli Spring Rolls

Spring is finally here and I think it is the perfect time to share this recipe for risol bihun - vermicelli spring rolls, Indonesian street hawker style :D

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Tangy Honey Garlic Chicken

This tangy honey garlic chicken is all about getting delicious food to the table ASAP. I seriously don’t know if there is anything faster than this. I can cook this dish in one pan, and boil a pot of pasta in another, and have both be ready at the same time. What’s more, I use only all basic pantry ingredients for this chicken dish. This is the kind of recipe that is good for midweek when everyone is busy but still need a satisfying meal.

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Chicken Tikka Masala

Anyone who has ever eaten in an Indian restaurant will most likely have tried chicken tikka masala. Indian cuisine is hard to come by in Indonesia, but I spent close to two years in Malaysia and that was the first time I had a crash course in Indian cuisine. I remember every dish sounded very alien, yet I had to try every single dish, in multiple occasions of course, I am not a glutton you know :)

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Mrs Ng Old Fashioned Butter Cake

Butter cake is like a blank canvas. It tastes great when well made, and it can be dress up with a simple whipped cream, fresh berries, your favorite fruit preserves, and all the way to frosting if need be. This Mrs Ng version is a good one and has been shared around. I played with the original recipe a bit so I can adapt it to use only all-purpose flour instead of self-raising flour. So I present to you my version of Mrs Ng old fashioned butter cake.

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Corn Flakes Chocolate Chips Cookies

If you love corn flakes and chocolate chips cookies, then you are guaranteed to love this easy to bake corn flakes chocolate chips cookies. These cookies were all the rage back when I was still a little kid in grade school. I have never seen these sold in the States, and even back home in Indonesia, this stuff is next to impossible to buy nowadays. Luckily they are the easiest thing to bake. If you can bake a batch of chocolate chips cookies, you can definitely bake a batch of corn flakes…

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Cheesy Pillowy Ogura Cake

I have been dying to try out ogura cake every since they got popular back in the early 2000’s. Despite its Japanese sounding name, this cake hails from Malaysia. The best texture I can describe when you bite into a piece of ogura cake is its impossibly airy and soft texture. Though it looks like sponge cake, it is closer to a chiffon cake. And since I have tons of cheese sitting around in my home right now, I decided to bake this cheesy pillowy ogura cake.

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Saus Ayam Jamur - Chicken Mushroom Sauce

Saus ayam jamur - chicken mushroom sauce is probably the number one topping for noodles in Indonesia. Just about any noodle shop you visit will have this topping, so if you are Indonesian and you miss the kind of noodles you grow up with, try making this easy sauce. I usually have a large batch sitting in my fridge so I can boil a serving of egg noodles and just add this topping to make a delicious meal. Super useful on busy days as I don’t need to make complicated dishes.

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Sambal Terasi Udang - Spicy Shrimp Sauce Prawns

Nowadays I rarely cook prawns because I have developed allergic reaction to shellfish and nuts. They are not life threatening, but still, I would rather not deal with them. If I just eat a spoonful and remember to quickly pop some Claritin, I will be fine. That said, my hubby is missing this sambal terasi udang - spicy shrimp sauce prawns very much and has been begging me to prepare it for him. So I hope you guys are going to enjoy it as much as he does. Though I really really wish I can eat the…

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Sayur Gori - Jackfruit Stew in Coconut Milk

Young jackfruit is a very common vegetables in Indonesia. Each region has its own signature young jackfruit dish. In Medan where I grew up, our signature dish is probably this sayur gori - jackfruit stew in coconut milk. This dish involves a long list of spices and aromatics, but I guarantee that it is a super easy dish to prepare. If you are fellow Medan expats, you will want to give this recipe a try and cook this lovely sayur gori in your kitchen :)

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