Daily Cooking Quest

easy Indonesian recipes

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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Tori no Tatsuta Age - Deep Fried Marinated Chicken

Tori no tatsuta age - deep fried marinated chicken to me is a very underrated Japanese fried chicken dish. At a glance it looks very similar to the more popular tori no karaage. Both are bite-sized fried chicken thigh, both are popular izakaya fare, but I think tori no tatsuta age wins in term of flavor.

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Ayam Nasu Palekko - Makassar Spicy Chicken

When you need a quick chicken dish, this ayam nasu palekko - Makassar spicy chicken dish, might just be your answer. It is very fragrant and very citrusy from lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves. It is also savory, sweet, spicy, and tangy. Basically it has everything, and I am sure the umami is built in somewhere, because we sure couldn’t stop eating this and it was a very very satisfying lunch :)

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Pineapple Jam Sticky Rice Flour Bread Rolls

Pineapple jam sticky rice flour bread rolls. I have plenty of pineapple jam leftover from making pineapple jam squares, so I turn them into fillings for this bread rolls that is slightly unusual than my regular ones because the addition of sticky rice flour (a.k.a. glutinous rice flour) to make it slightly chewier, but ultimately, still very delicious.

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Pineapple Jam Squares

Most Indonesians prepare nastar (pineapple tarts) for festive occasions, such as Chinese New Year, Christmas, or Idul Fitri. They are delicious, but can be time consuming to make. I only make nastar once a year, and for any other day when I need a quick nastar fix, I make this pineapple jam squares instead. They are just as delicious, but come together very easily and quickly.

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