Daily Cooking Quest

easy Indonesian recipes

Telur Dadar Gulung

Telur dadar gulung or rolled fried egg is a super simple dish that anyone can make and you need only eggs, a bit of salt, a bit of oil, and a frying pan for this. Ready in 5 minutes (at most) and looks pretty to boot :)

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Ang Kak and Ginger Chicken Soup

Dishes that contain ang kak will have a distinctive bright red color, hence the color of the chicken and the soup. The color may be quite a shock, but the taste of this soup is so subtle and with a definite hint of ginger, a perfect soup to be had in cold weather.

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Steamed Tofu

This is my go to recipe when I am in a hurry to prepare some dishes for lunch/dinner. This is so easy and so fast to prepare and everyone in my family love it.

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Rujak Mangga

Mango is in season, they smell so nice and so mouthwatering I could not resist buying a couple home from the market :) They are delicious as is, but I decided to make rujak this time. I am using Indramayu mango for this recipe, but I suspect it can be substituted with any variety of mango.

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Ayam Pop Padang - Padang Fried Chicken

I love Padang cuisine. Among the cuisines from so many regions in Indonesia, Padang cuisine is probably the most widely available no matter where you are in Indonesia, and it is easy to see why. In Padang restaurants, dishes are usually stacked in plates, and this marvelous sight can be seen from the restaurant big glass window to entice hungry passerby into the restaurant. Rendang, gulai of various meat, myriad of balado dishes, perkedel, and the ubiquitous daun singkong (cassava leaves) are…

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Miso Soup

Exceedingly simple to make yet the flavor is so divine. The Japanese breakfast almost always include a bowl of miso soup and I totally can see the appeal. Once you cook this yourself, it is almost guaranteed that you will no longer be returning to the diluted not too appealing miso soup served in Japanese fast food joints the world over.

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Ayam Rica Rica

Ayam rica-rica is a specialty from the city of Manado in Indonesia North Sulawesi. Rica means chili in North Sulawesi language, so ayam rica-rica translates to chicken with chili sauce. My family cannot tolerate dishes that are too spicy, so I usually omit the Thai chili since the red chili gives enough spiciness level that is right for us. You can be bold and use the requisite Thai chili, or perhaps just add a couple in your ayam rica-rica.

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Dorayaki

Sundays used to mean waking up early to watch Doraemon series in the television. It is an incredible story about a blue robot cat from the future who can conjure many wondrous gadgets and trinkets from his tiny little pouch to help his friends getting out of troubles. And for those who are fans (like me) would know that Doraemon’s favorite food is dorayaki. Back then, I had no idea how it tasted like since nobody was selling them. Nowadays, a lot of bakery and even some specialty stores…

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Sweet Red Bean Paste

Azuki-an, or sweet red bean paste, is a very common filling used in Japanese and Chinese desserts. Anpan (red bean bread), dorayaki (red bean pancakes), manju, taiyaki (fish shape waffles), and daifuku are some of the more popular Japanese desserts where azuki-an is used as filling, while the Chinese use this in their mooncakes, tang yuan (glutinous rice flour balls), bao (steamed bun), and red bean ice. For those who does not want to make their own red bean paste, you can buy this in Asian…

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Vegetables and Bee Cheng Hiang Bak Kwa Salad

My Mom brought me bak kwa from Bee Cheng Hiang the other day. I was at a lost of what I to do with it until my little brother posted a photo of a scrumptious looking salad the other day and I spotted bak kwa on it. So naturally I have got to get the recipe from him :)

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Soto Betawi - Jakarta Beef Soup

Jakarta is the birthplace of soto betawi, where it can be found everywhere, from side street food carts, hole in a wall places, food courts in malls, up scale restaurants, all the way to five star hotels. Each place will have their own way of preparing soto betawi, with highly guarded blend of secret spices, and each with fierce die-hard fans touting theirs has got be the one offering the most original and most delicious soto betawi.

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Acar - Indonesian Pickle

Acar, also known as Indonesian raw vegetable pickle, is a very popular accompaniment in many of Indonesian dishes, such as nasi goreng (fried rice), sate, and almost all varieties of soto. It is very easy to prepare at home, the key to a successful acar is to use the freshest ingredients possible.

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