Daily Cooking Quest

easy Indonesian recipes

Ginkgo Nuts and Ginseng Chicken Soup

Ginkgo nuts, ginseng, lotus seeds, and jujube fruits cooked with one whole chicken to produce a scrumptious and healthy soup. This is another family favorite for a Chinese herbal soup. Enjoy!♥

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Pisang Goreng - Indonesian Fried Banana

I love LOVE pisang goreng (fried bananas), and I am sure this is among Indonesian most favorite food. Pisang goreng is popular eaten as snack, breakfast item, or pretty much anytime of the day. It is more traditional to use pisang kepok, but regular banana (like the one in picture) works just as well, so don’t worry if you cannot find pisang kepok. Best if you can eat these with a glass of red jasmine tea.

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Balado Tempeh dan Udang

Balado basically means cooked in chili sauce and if you see this in a menu, be prepare for a spicy and hot dish with a hint of sweetness and freshness of lime, and have I mentioned that it will be spicy and hot? Yup, some iced drink will be perfect to have with this :) I am using tempeh and shrimp in this recipe, but there is no fixed rule for a balado dish, you can use fried eggs (telur balado), eggplants (terong balado), potatoes (kentang), and so on. Sometimes I just go along with what I have…

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Gulai Ayam Padang

Gulai ayam Padang is much closer to Indian curry compared to kari ayam. Notice that we are using a lot more spices for this recipe resulting in a richer and spicier taste. As usual, please be warned that the chilies can be really hot (and 50 gram of red chilies is not to be taken lightly), so feel free to remove the seeds to suit your preferred level of spiciness :)

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Chicken and Vegetables Soup

We have been eating too many fried food lately and desperately crave for a more wholesome food. The fix: chicken and vegetables soup. Piti has been begging me to cook him this soup, and lucky for him this is my favorite too. Enjoy! ♥

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Banana and Papaya Juice

Very tropical, very tasty, and very healthy. This banana and papaya juice is great when your body needs a boost of vitamin C, especially if you are recovering from a cold or something like that. Super easy too since the blender does all the work.

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Wonton and Chicken Mushroom Noodles Soup

Sunday is a great day since it is when we usually see my parents or Piti’s parents. If the meet up happens to be in the morning, we always end up either having a big bowl of noodles or going for a dim sum brunch, a delight either way :D I thought I would write up a recipe for the all time favorite when it comes to noodles soup, which is none other than wonton and chicken mushroom noodles soup, or more commonly known as bakmi ayam jamur dengan pangsit kuah in Indonesian.

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Kwetiau Goreng Sapi - Stir Fried Beef and Flat Rice Noodles

This recipe is a build up from my previous post on Kwetiau Goreng with the addition of beef, egg, and sweet soy sauce. If beef is not your choice of meat, you can also use chicken, shrimp, squid, etc, but we like our beef and hence the recipe. To increase the success rate of your kwetiau goreng, you must be on top of your mise en place (that is, all ingredients needs to be ready to go into the wok when it is needed), since the cooking has to be done very quickly, definitely under 4 minutes, with…

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Fried Tempeh with Chili Sauce

I find that tempeh is best when they are cut to thin slices and deep fried, and this dish is no exception. The addition of chili, ginger, lime and caramelized sugar turns the humble tempeh into something that is fit to be served in any party, and it is quite possible that this might be the crowd’s favorite too :)

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Empal Gentong - Cirebon Beef Soup

Empal Gentong is a famous beef soup from Cirebon, West Java. A more traditional (or perhaps original) recipe calls for equal part meat and entrails (typically tripe and intestines). I prefer the all meat version, but it is definitely okay to use half meat and half entrails for this recipe.

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Kwetiau Goreng - Stir Fried Flat Rice Noodles

The Chinese first made contact with the Indonesian in the 1400s and by 1600s Chinese settlements have already cropped up along the coast of Java. With centuries of interactions between the two cultures, new kind of exciting dishes cropped up that blend together the cuisines of the two cultures. Today, there are a lot of Indonesian dishes are definitely Chinese in origin, for example, bakmi, bakpao, bakso, bakwan, kwetiau, and bihun to name a few. Today I am going to post a recipe for the…

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Snake Bean and Egg Stir Fry

When I was small, I remember my Grandpa going to the market and brought home fresh produce and my Grandma busy preparing dishes in the kitchen. My Grandpa passed away when I was only 5 years old, but somehow that image sticks with me for the rest of my life, I guess sweet things have a way to stay with you forever huh? Grandma passed away when I was a bit older, around 9 years old I guess, and I have a bit more fun memories to treasure. I apologize for being a bit nostalgic, but this dish really…

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