Daily Cooking Quest

easy Indonesian recipes

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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Soto Ayam Lamongan

Each region in Indonesia has its version of soto, typically prepared by first boiling meat (can be chicken, beef, entrails, or any combination), then the stock is further cooked by adding various spices. Soto is typically enjoyed by adding the meat with some carbs (steamed rice or simply boiled noodles), hard boiled eggs, some vegetables (varies depending on which soto), juice of kaffir lime (almost always present), chili sauce, and of course the wonderfully flavorful broth. This version of soto…

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Chayote and Chili Stir Fry

It is not exactly a must to use chayote in this recipe. Think of the chayote as the star of the day if you must, in which you can swap it with any other firm vegetables that are fresh in your market for that day like carrot, zucchini, or cucumber (remove the seeds if you are using this).

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Wedang Jahe

We only have two seasons in Indonesia, the dry season and the rainy season. When the rainy season comes, wedang jahe is especially popular since it warms the body and is also believed to ward off the cold that usually will start spreading around. Whether you are a believer or not, the taste is indisputably good.

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Tonkatsu - Pork Cutlets

I had my very first tonkatsu (豚カツ) in United States when I was in college and I was hooked! Sure I love sushi and ramen and udon and tempura and oh so many other Japanese food, but I reserve a special place for a good tonkatsu on a bowl of rice (katsu-don) in my stomach. In any case, it is quite simple to make at home and the ingredients are commonly found in any supermarket around the world. If you can find Bulldog sauce, you can safely skip making the sauce yourself.

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Opor Ayam

Originated from Central Java, opor ayam (chicken cooked in coconut milk) is especially popular during lebaran (Idul Fitri) where it is typically served with ketupat (boiled rice cake wrapped in woven palm leaf pouch) or lontong (boiled rice cake in the shape of a cylinder wrapped in banana leaf). Opor ayam is also the meat of choice for the famous Yogyakarta nasi gudeg, a rice dish consists of gudeg (young jackfruit sweet stew), opor ayam, and sambal goreng krecek (crispy beef skin and chili…

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