Daily Cooking Quest

easy Indonesian recipes

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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Sayur Asem - Vegetables in Tamarind Soup

The Sundanese are famous for their dishes that use a lot of fresh vegetables. Lalap with sambal terasi, karedok, and sayur asem are probably among the most famous and most familiar dishes to all Indonesian. They are also quite famous for their fish dishes, especially ikan goreng gurame (deep fried butterflied gourami), and their pepes (steamed food wrapped in banana leaves followed by grilling).

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Chinese Chicken Herbal Soup

My Mom is insistent that we must consume a bowl of Chinese herbal soup once a week, no more and no less, and each week she will always prepare a different soup so we would drink them. I don’t know why but the routine did not feel that special when we were young, but I absolutely love all these soup as I grow older, so much so that I would sometimes cook multiple Chinese herbal soup (and not just this one mind you) in a week!

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Dim Sum Chicken and Shrimp Shu Mai

It is always a delight to spend a lazy Sunday dim sum brunch with my family. Favorite dishes: shu mai, har gao, char siu bao, egg tart, xiao long bao, and so much more. There is something charming about going for a dim sum, I guess it must be something I treasure from spending so many dim sum moments with my family since I was really small, and back then we called it yum cha, a Cantonese word for drink tea, which of course is the proper drink to accompany a dim sum :)

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Tahu Tempeh Bacem

For my more keen readers, you are probably getting to the conclusion that a lot of Indonesian dishes are cooked in two steps, the first involves boiling/braising/poaching to let the spices fully absorbed in the meat/tofu/tempeh/etc, then followed by the second step of deep frying the said meat/tofu/tempeh/etc, and you will be absolutely right. It may seem excessive, but this method of cooking has its advantage. The first step is pretty simple, you usually just let it sit cooking in the pot until…

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Daikon and Chicken Soup

I love daikon, and with the addition of chicken in this soup, this easily makes for a filling meal when served with a bowl of steamed white rice. Some of you may wonder as to the purpose of boiling and draining daikon before adding them to the final soup with the chicken. Well, daikon can be bitter sometimes (not always) and boiling them separately help remove the bitterness, just to be safe. It is perfectly fine to skip the boiling part and just add the daikon along with the water, salt, and…

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Shrimp with Mayonnaise Sauce

It seems that every time we go to a Chinese restaurant, we will inevitably order this dish, we simply are in love with this I guess. Preparing this at home is simple albeit a bit tiring, especially the part where I need to remove the shells and devein all the shrimps. Yup, now you know where the majority of the time is spent, huh?. So, if you can get some help for this part, I promise that it will be done in no time :)

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Soy Bean Pudding

Growing up, my childhood home was frequented by a lot of hawker vendors passing by the neighborhood yelling out wares from the top of their lungs. “Bakpao”, “es krim”, “sate padang”, “roti tawar”, are some of the examples, and they would be passing by at different time of the day, and they all have their own unique tune too! One of my favorite vendor was the guy who sells kembang tahu, or soy bean pudding with copious amount of ginger syrup. He…

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Kari Ayam

Kari ayam is the Indonesian take on chicken curry. Unlike Indian curries, we use coconut milk instead of yoghurt, and a lot less spices as well, and with the addition of vegetables like carrot and potato, Indonesian curry is decidedly much milder compared to Indian version.

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Nasi Kuning

Finally I got the time to make this. It is quite a production to prepare this dish, since nasi kuning (or yellow rice) is traditionally served with the requisite perkedel kentang, ayam ungkep, telur dadar gulung, kerupuk udang (shrimp crackers), quick lalap, and sambal. So, everything has to be timed just so, thus bits of juggling is required, that way, if you start cooking at 8 o’clock in the morning, hopefully sometimes around 11 o’clock everything will be done and ready and…

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Ayam Ungkep

Ayam ungkep is Javanese friend chicken where chicken pieces are first cooked in spices prior to deep frying. A popular party dish since chicken pieces that have gone through the first cooking process can be kept in the fridge for several days and even longer if frozen. Prior to serving, deep fry chicken pieces to crisp up the skin and give a nice golden brown color to the chicken.

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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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