SOUTHEAST ASIA


SINGAPOREAN MEE SIAM/ SINGAPOREAN SPICY VERMICELLI NOODLES
I’ve learned a lot about the local food during my short stay in Singapore. Mee siam is one of the food that has become my favorite ever since. Mee siam or often called Siamese noodles are very popular noodle dish in Singapore. In Indonesia, this is simply known as stir-fried […]

MEE SIAM/ SINGAPOREAN STIR-FRIED RICE NOODLES


SINGAPOREAN BRAISED NOODLES / SINGAPOREAN LOR MEE 2
This Singaporean braised noodles or known as Lor Mee is one of my most favorite noodle dishes EVER!! I can never say no to it. Seriously !!! I often eat too much of it too! Singaporean style lor mee is a noodle dish with braised pork, thickened dark gravy served […]

SINGAPOREAN BRAISED NOODLES / SINGAPOREAN LOR MEE


CHAR SIU / CHINESE BARBECUED PORK 2
Never in million years I thought I could make my own char siu or known as Chinese barbecued pork at home. I thought it was complicated and with the oven we have at home, I didn’t know how it’s gonna turn out. Well, it turned out delicious. Char siu is […]

CHAR SIU / CHINESE BARBECUED PORK



INDONESIAN STYLE GREEN SAMBAL
Each time I have this green sambal, I remember my mom. She always brought me some when she came to visit me. If you are not familiar with Indonesian culinary, sambal is one of the must-have to accompany many rice dishes, poultry, meats, seafood..well, lets put it this way….many dishes […]

MOM’S GREEN SAMBAL


CURRY PUFF 9
I’ve made these a while back and I haven’t made them for a while and I decided to do so and did few updates to improve the recipe Curry Puff is one of the famous snacks in South East Asia. Curry Puff is almost like an empanadas, but Southeast Asian style […]

CURRY PUFF


EASY ROAST BEEF BANH MI
I’ve made banh mi from scratch before and it wasn’t terribly hard or complicated. But if I can make a “cheat” version… (With two young kids around and lots of other things to be done), well, why not ? I was inspired to make a cheat version when I saw these […]

EASY ROAST BEEF BANH MI



home made bak kut teh
  Pork ribs tea soup or in a hokkian dialect known as bak (meat) kut (bone) teh (tea) usually is made of meaty pork ribs simmered in a broth brewed with Chinese herbs for hours. The color of the soup may be darker or lighter, depending on the herbs used. The version I made […]

HOME MADE PORK RIBS TEA SOUP / BAK KUT TEH


BROWN RICE PORRIDGE 2
Brown rice has been one of the staples in our diet for the past 5 years or so. We hardly every cook white rice anymore. I even made fried rice with brown rice. I’m glad to say both of my kids do not care if they are fed brown rice or […]

BROWN RICE PORRIDGE


AYAM MASAK BUGIS 2
Buginese chicken or known as “ayam (chicken) masak (cook) bugis” is from the Southern part of Sulawesi island in Indonesia where the Buginese ethic is the majority there. Traditionally the whole chicken is stewed in coconut milk along with other ingredients commonly used in Indonesian kitchen such as: cinnamon, bay […]

BUGINESE CHICKEN



tauco udang
You may think that the combination of bean sauce (or sometime calls Preserved beans/Fermented beans) or tauco (in Indonesian) and shrimps sounds a bit absurd, however, this is another one of my favorite Indonesian dishes. We call it tauco udang in Indonesian and it is one of my mom’s signature dishes. It […]

SHRIMPS WITH BEAN SAUCE AND TEMPEH


HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN TEMPEH AT HOME
Making my own tempeh is another one of the projects that has been on my list for few years now and finally I’ve gotten a chance to do it. Tempeh is considered a “street food” in Indonesia. It wasn’t popular outside Indonesia before. It’s sold at the market and considered […]

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN TEMPEH AT HOME


INDONESIAN-STYLE FRIED RICE/ NASI GORENG INDONESIA
Most Asians will agree with me that fried rice is pretty much the lazy fix and also a comfort food. You pretty much put what you like in your fried rice. The one I often made was more of the fusion between Chinese and Indonesian. This time around I made […]

INDONESIAN-STYLE FRIED RICE/ NASI GORENG INDONESIA



TURKEY LAAP WITH TOASTED BROWN RICE POWDER
Turkey laap or sometimes you’ll see written as larb is a Thai-inspired minced-meat salad. I’ve fallen in love with Thai cuisine for a long long time now. I love the robust flavor and taste from Thai cuisine. There are many different kind of laap and usually it does involve some […]

TURKEY LAAP WITH TOASTED BROWN RICE POWDER


thai rice soup khao tom
Rice soup or khao tom in Thai language is a very common Thai dish for breakfast or late night snack. This also holds true in other Southeast Asia countries and East Asia for porridge/congee. I remember back in college time when I was in Jakarta, Indonesia for a very short while, […]

THAI RICE SOUP/ KHAO TOM


CHICKEN ADOBO (VINEGAR-BRAISED CHICKEN)
This national dish of The Philippines was originally from the Mexico. I’ve had it before but never made it at home. I decided to whip it up since I had all the ingredients on hand. It’s one of the easiest one-pot dishes I must say. You gotta experiment to get […]

CHICKEN ADOBO (VINEGAR-BRAISED CHICKEN)



PINEAPPLE COMPOTE
Pineapples were on sale few weeks ago and with 4 pineapples at home, I thought I would made a compote or what we usually call pineapple jam (though I was tempted to make some cookies and cakes with them). They were easy to make but just take a bit longer […]

PINEAPPLE COMPOTE


EASY BANANA FRITTERS 2
Banana fritters or what we call Pisang Goreng in Indonesian language is one of my favorite street foods. You can see this being sold almost anywhere on the street. This, though is not the traditional Pisang Goreng you’ll find in Indonesia however. Preparation wise is slightly different. The Banana fritters […]

EASY BANANA FRITTERS


LEEKS OMELETTE
Leeks is one of my favorite vegetables to cook with. In the same genus with onion and garlic (also my two favorite ingredients to cook with). My mom likes to use leeks in stir-fry noodles, stew, and to make egg omelette. It flavors the dish pretty nicely. This leeks omelette […]

LEEKS OMELETTE



PANDAN-WRAPPED CHICKEN
Pandan or known as screwpine leaves in English, is truly one of my favorite leaves to cook with. The smell of fresh pandan leaves are simply amazing. It’s hard to describe. My dad used to place a bunch of fresh pandan leaves at the back of the car as an […]

PANDAN-WRAPPED CHICKEN


GRILLED PORK SALAD
If you have your grill our there this summer (A grill pan will work too, not the best, but will work), well, give this one a try. This delicious grilled pork salad is one of my favorite. The tender juicy pork paired with the fragrant lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves […]

GRILLED PORK SALAD


TEMPEH CAKE / PERKEDEL TEMPEH
When I made something with tempeh, you know I’ve been to the whole food store (I’m not paid to say this). I don’t have the luxury of browsing through the aisles and looking at some of the new products that are out there anymore like I used to, but that’s […]

TEMPEH CAKE / PERKEDEL TEMPEH



TAHU DAN TEMPEH BACEM / SPICED TOFU AND TEMPEH 5
The first time I learned of Tahu and Tempeh Bacem or loosely translated as spiced tofu and tempeh, was when I lived in Jakarta. Almost every day I had these for dinner. I’m a tofu and tempeh maniac to begin with. The tofu and tempeh are twiced-cooked. First, they are […]

TAHU DAN TEMPEH BACEM / SPICED TOFU AND TEMPEH


STIR-FRIED MEE TAI MAK / BEE TAI MAK 2
Mee Tai Mak / Bee Tai Mak is noodle made of rice flour. It is very similar to other type of noodle such as Flat Rice Noodles (Kwey Tiau) with an exception that mee thye mak are round, short and a little chewy (in a good way). Mee thye mak […]

STIR-FRIED MEE TAI MAK / BEE TAI MAK


DRIED ANCHOVIES WITH PEANUTS AND CHILI / SAMBAL IKAN TERI
Dried anchovies or knowns as Ikan teri in Indonesian language, play a big part in Indonesian kitchen and I believe other South East Asia countries like Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. More about dried anchovies can be read when I posted the dried anchovies powder recipe. The most common dish made […]

DRIED ANCHOVIES WITH PEANUTS AND CHILI / SAMBAL IKAN TERI



SHRIMP AND MANGO RED CURRY 2
I have to admit that I’m still in a “survival” mode. Meaning, I’m trying to survive motherhood with our 4 1/2-month old baby (as I’m typing this entry) and a 3-year old daughter. Fun ? yes. Exhausting ? yes. Hungry ? double yes!! I feel like I’m hungry all the […]

SHRIMP AND MANGO RED CURRY


BUN RIEU / CRAB MEAT NOODLE SOUP
I like to cook with seafood because not only they usually don’t require much of your time, they are also delicious. This crab meat noodle soup has home-cooking written all over it. I tried it once and so inspired to make it. The crab meat mixed with the beaten eggs […]

BUN RIEU / CRAB MEAT NOODLE SOUP


TEMPEH STEW / GULAI TEMPEH
If you have never heard of tempeh before, well, perhaps you should check it out. This nutritious food is one of my favorites. I talked more about tempeh here. It’s an excellent source of non-animal based protein. If you are wondering where to find tempeh here in the U.S., check […]

TEMPEH STEW / GULAI TEMPEH



STIR-FRIED BEAN SPROUTS WITH SALTED FISH
Bean sprouts or sometimes known as mung bean sprouts are one of my favorite ingredients in Asian cooking. They are very common in Southeast Asia and East Asia cooking. These sprouts are highly nutritious and couldn’t be easier to include in dishes. They do not require much cooking time. In […]

STIR-FRIED BEAN SPROUTS WITH SALTED FISH


SWEET STICKY RICE DUMPLINGS / LUPIS
Lupis or sweet sticky rice dumplings is one of my very favorite childhood snacks/dessert. This popular triangle-shape sweet dumplings in Indonesia is usually coated with grated coconut and smothered in the delicious dark palm sugar or known as gula Jawa/gula aren. There aren’t much ingredients involved in the making, but […]

SWEET STICKY RICE DUMPLINGS / LUPIS


SERUNDENG / SEASONED CRISPY COCONUT FLAKES
Serundeng is a seasoned crispy coconut flakes that you’ll find pretty common in Indonesian kitchen. Serundeng is used as a garnish to popular Indonesian dishes like nasi lemak and lontong sayur. My daughter loves serundeng because it is so crispy and fragrant Print SERUNDENG / SEASONED CRISPY COCONUT FLAKES (about […]

SERUNDENG / SEASONED CRISPY COCONUT FLAKES



GREEN TORTOISE CAKE WITH PEANUT FILLINGS / ANG KU KUEH
Last month my mom made the red tortoise cake with mung bean fillings again for Iven’s one month celebration and they were really good. This time around she made the green tortoise cake with peanut fillings. Let me tell you, the peanut fillings is my favorite one compare to the […]

GREEN TORTOISE CAKE WITH PEANUT FILLINGS / ANG KU KUEH


GLUTINOUS RICE BALLS WITH PEANUT FILLING / TANG YUAN
Glutinous rice balls or known as tang yuan in Chinese is a traditional food that is eaten in special occasion. December 22 (or sometimes December 21) is one of the days that people eat tang yuan. It is a Dong Zhi Festival or known as Winter Solstice. It is one […]

GLUTINOUS RICE BALLS WITH PEANUT FILLING / TANG YUAN