INDONESIAN CHINESE


STIR-FRIED SHREDDED ZUCCHINI WITH DRIED SHRIMPS
Zucchini is abundance in summer time and I love zucchini. My kids… not so much unless I made some breads, pancakes, or fritters with it. I was trying to use up all the zucchinis that we had around before they went bad. I decided to shred them and stir-frying them. […]

STIR-FRIED SHREDDED ZUCCHINI WITH DRIED SHRIMPS


NOODLES WITH BRAISED PORK HOCKS
I got a request from a fellow reader to include more slow cooking/crock-pot recipes. I personally like crock-pot recipes too. Little work and a meal ready for you in few hours or the next day. I can foresee myself doing more and more of this once my little girl goes […]

NOODLES WITH SLOW-COOKED PORK HOCKS


ROASTED PORK BELLY WITH CRACKLINGS
Another thing I wanted to check off the to-cook-list. And finally I got to check it off. I’ve done this roast pork belly with cracklings for handful times and failed that many times too !! The most desirable thing to me (and many others) when it comes to roasted pork […]

ROASTED PORK BELLY WITH CRACKLINGS



FOUR HERBS CHINESE SOUP
My mom made this four herbs Chinese soup for me as a in-between “snack” during Confinement time. I like this four herbs Chinese soup because it is easy to make and mild in terms of flavor from the herbs. The four herbs normally include: Fragrant Solomonseal Rhizome, Dong Quay, Goji […]

FOUR HERBS CHINESE SOUP


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


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



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


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


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



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


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


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


BARBECUED PORK STEAMED BUN / CHAR SIU BAO 5
Char siu Bao or barbecued pork steamed buns is one of the most popular item when you go for dim sum. The pork is marinated and basting in savory and sweet sauce and roasted to perfection 😉 You’ll see most Chinese restaurants that serve authentic Chinese food will sell barbecued […]

BARBECUED PORK STEAMED BUNS / CHAR SIU BAO


STEAMED TARO CAKE WITH DRIED SHRIMP TOPPINGS / O KUE
Steamed taro cake with dried shrimp toppings or what we call “o kue” in Medan, Indonesia, is one of our family’s favorite savory snacks. These delicious savory taro cake is commonly seen at the market or bakery/cake shop at our home town. I love home made steamed taro cake because […]

STEAMED TARO CAKE WITH DRIED SHRIMP TOPPINGS / O KUE



COCONUT-FILLED STEAMED BUNS
I, of course, blame my recent cravings to different food on our second baby in the tummy (I know it’s not you, but still!). Though really, I don’t mind it too at the same time. I haven’t made steamed buns or what we called “bao” in Chinese for a long […]

COCONUT-FILLED STEAMED BUNS


POPIAH / FRESH THIN SPRING ROLLS
Popiah or loosely translated as fresh thin spring rolls are popular street food in Southeast Asia countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. I grew up eating these and love them so much. The main filling in popiah always include yam bean or known as bang kuang in a Hokkian dialect. […]

POPIAH / FRESH THIN SPRING ROLLS


SWEET AND SOUR CHICKEN LIVERS
I can’t even remember when I start to enjoy eating offal meats (or known as organ meats). Offal meats are not entirely alien in Asian cooking actually. Well, I’m not saying all Asians like to eat offal, but maybe majority of us do. I know it’s a turn-off to most […]

SWEET AND SOUR CHICKEN LIVERS



MEE KANGKUNG BELACAN / SPICY STIR-FRIED NOODLES WITH WATER SPINACH 1
Mee kangkung belacan is one of the very popular street food almost every Medanese loves. It is basically a stir fry noodles with chili, shrimp paste (belacan), water spinach and some seafood. The dish is spicy (but won’t burn or numb your tongue), then it has this wonderful flavor from […]

MEE KANGKUNG BELACAN / SPICY STIR-FRIED NOODLES WITH WATER SPINACH


SOUR FISH SOUP WITH NOODLES / ASAM LAKSA
Asam laksa is a sour fish-based soup. Asam is the Malay word for tamarind, which is commonly used to give the stock its sour flavor. Asam Gelugur (dried Tamarind Peel) is also added for extra tartness. The main ingredients for asam laksa include shredded mackerel fish, finely sliced vegetables including […]

SOUR FISH SOUP WITH NOODLES / ASAM LAKSA


ASIAN MUSTARD GREENS RICE / KUA CHAI PUI
Asian mustard greens rice or known as kua chai pui, is quite a popular rice dish at my hometown, Medan in Indonesia. My mom made kua chai pui quite often. What I love about this dish is the Asian Mustard Green itself. It’s the stalk of the Mustard Green that […]

ASIAN MUSTARD GREENS RICE / KUA CHAI PUI



HOKKIAN-STYLE NOODLE 3
Hokkien originated in the Southern regions of Fujian province, an important centre for trade and migration, and has since been spread beyond China, being one of the most common Chinese languages overseas. Hokkian is one of the dialects spoken in Taiwan and many overseas Chinese throughout Southeast Asia. In Hokkian […]

HOKKIAN-STYLE NOODLE


RICE NOODLE WITH HERBAL DUCK SOUP / AK BIHUN 4
Duck noodle with herb soup or known as ak bihun at our home town where I grew up, Medan, Indonesia, was something I haven’t had for the longest time ever. Ask any Medanese and they will know what ak bihun is. It is a favorite street food for the local […]

RICE NOODLE WITH HERBAL DUCK SOUP / AK BIHUN


CHEE CHEONG FUN / STEAMED RICE ROLLS 10
Chee Cheong Fun is one of my favorite Dim Sum items to order. I never ever have Dim Sum without Chee Cheong Fun. Dim sum is the Cantonese term for a type of Chinese dish that involves small individual portions of food, usually served in a small steamer basket or […]

CHEE CHEONG FUN / STEAMED RICE ROLLS



APPLE AND PORK RIBS SOUP 2
My dad was a traditional man who liked traditional Chinese meal like rice with dishes like meat, fish, and a soup. A soup was always in a meal. Honestly, soup is not something comforting only to my dad, but many Asians as well. I find it comforting too. Whipping up […]

APPLE AND PORK RIBS SOUP


KHAU YUK / TWICE-COOKED PORK BELLY
This is another sinful affair that I had when I was home. Mom whipped up this wonderful twice-cooked pork belly or in one of the chinese dialects, called Khau Yuk. The meat is deep-fried and then double-boiled to fork tender. We will have this every year for Chinese new year […]

KHAU YUK / TWICE-COOKED PORK BELLY


INDONESIAN STYLE VEGETABLE STIR-FRY / CAP CHAY 3
Cap Chay in Hokkian language (one of many dialects spoken among Asian communities) means everything mixed together. Which is literally what this dish is all about. It’s a medley of vegetable stir-fry and you are welcome to throw any vegetable you want to make Cap Cay. Some seafood and meat […]

INDONESIAN STYLE VEGETABLE STIR-FRY / CAP CHAY



INDONESIAN STEAMED VEGETABLE WRAP/ CHAI PAO
I never knew I could love food this much until I’m far away from home. Lots of comfort food I took for granted because I never had to cook them. Food sure brings lots of sweet memories to most people and I am no exception. I also never knew that […]

INDONESIAN STEAMED VEGETABLE WRAP/ CHAI PAO


LAU SHU FUN / SILVER NEEDLE NOODLES / RAT NOODLES
Lau Shu in Mandarin means Rats. The name of this noodle dish is called lau shu fun mainly because of the shape of the noodles. The noodles are white in color short and round, hence the name lau shu fun or loosely translated as rat noodles (like rat’s tail). It […]

LAU SHU FUN / SILVER NEEDLE NOODLES / RAT NOODLES


YONG TAU FU 3
Yong Tau Fu is something that I ate very often when I lived in Singapore. It is a very common food everywhere around the hawker center there. It is easy to make and can be healthy too (if you don’t choose a lot of the deep-fried item). Common items in […]

YONG TAU FU



FRIED TARO CLUSTER / TALAS GORENG / UYEN 6
Uyen is my most favorite snack ever since childhood. I’m not exactly sure where the word Uyen came about, but my mom said, this snack belongs to the Hakka community. The Indonesian language is called Talas goreng. Talas is basically a Taro. I called it fried taro cluster because the […]

FRIED TARO CLUSTER / TALAS GORENG / UYEN


SWEET AND SPICY LEMONGRASS SHRIMP
Yes, I’m still cooking with lemongrass. This is to show you how versatile lemongrass is. I absolutely love this sweet and spicy lemongrass shrimp. The thought of actually eating the lemongrass stalk itself was kinda scary to me at first. But after you minced it up, it’s really nice. The […]

SWEET AND SPICY LEMONGRASS SHRIMP


BRAISED PORK WITH STAR ANISE
When it comes to cooking pork in the Chinese kitchen, the most popular method is to braise the pork. The pork is usually browned and saute with other spices and then slowly cooked until it is tender and the overall dish has a brown caramel color. Most Chinese like to […]

BRAISED PORK WITH STAR ANISE



INDONESIAN FRIED SHALLOTS CRISP / BAWANG GORENG 6
Shallots are important ingredients in Southeast Asia kitchen. They are called for in almost majority of Indonesian recipes if I can put it that way. They are used for stir-fry, stew, deep-fried as toppings, and also eaten raw too. It’s one of my favorite ingredient to cook with as well. […]

INDONESIAN FRIED SHALLOTS CRISP / BAWANG GORENG (UPDATED)


STEAMED FISH AND TOFU STACKS
Tofu is one of the common dishes you will see on the table during meal time. It is definitely also one of my favorite ingredients to cook with. Not too much messing around with tofu because it is so delicate (especially if you are working the soft tofu), but combining […]

STEAMED FISH AND TOFU STACKS


POTATO WITH SAMBAL / SAMBAL GORENG KENTANG
This potato with sambal or we call it sambal goreng kentang in Indonesia, is one of my very favorite side dish to accompany our multi-course meal. My mom made this very often when we were young and call me bias, but hers is always my favorite and I consider it […]

POTATO WITH SAMBAL / SAMBAL GORENG KENTANG



SHRIMPS WITH BEAN-THREAD NOODLES
Yes, another noodle dish. I wonder if I’ll ever get tired of eating noodles (very unlikely). I somehow think this noodle-eating thing runs in the family. My mom is also another noodle head. She actually prefers to eat noodles over rice, just like I do. My daughter is another noodle […]

SHRIMPS WITH BEAN-THREAD NOODLES


FISHERMAN'S SHRIMP WITH CHIVES/ 漁 家 炒 蝦 球
When I’m looking for an easy and tasty recipe, I somehow always resort to stir-fry type of dish. Stir-frying is not only a type of cooking method done on vegetables. In Asian cooking, stir-frying can be done on meat, seafood, rice, noodles, pretty much anything if you ask me. You […]

STIR-FRIED SHRIMP WITH CHIVES


MARTABAK / PAN-FRIED STUFFED-PANCAKE WITH CUCUMBER RELISH
If you fancy a martabak made from scratch, this is definitely for you. It is a little labor-intensive in terms of preparation for the dough, but not too bad really. The meat I used for this recipe is beef and flavored with curry powder and other good stuff. I have […]

MARTABAK / PAN-FRIED STUFFED-PANCAKE WITH CUCUMBER RELISH



BAGAN-STYLE STIR-FRIED FLAT RICE NOODLE / BAGAN CHAR KWE TIAU
Stir-fried flat rice noodle or known as char kwe tiau in Hokkian dialect is a highly popular dish across Southeast Asia. With that said there are also myriad of varieties of char kwe tiau out there. This particular one that I made is called Bagan Char Kwey Tiau from the […]

BAGAN-STYLE STIR-FRIED FLAT RICE NOODLE / BAGAN CHAR KWE TIAU


MOM'S MEAT ROLLS / BAK KIEN
This mom’s meat rolls recipe is truly one of the recipes that I’m glad my mom passed on to me. It is my mom’s classic meat rolls and I grew up eating this and in our hometown, we called this bak kien or chun kien in Hokkian dialect ( one […]

MOM’S MEAT ROLLS


INDONESIAN STEAMED RICE WITH CHICKEN / NASI TIM AYAM
This Indonesian-style steamed rice with chicken is another one of our family’s recipe and my all-time favorite that I’d love to share with you. Known as nasi tim ayam at my home town, this famous dish is favorite among the local and commonly sold at the Chinese eatery places in […]

INDONESIAN STEAMED RICE WITH CHICKEN / NASI TIM AYAM



INDONESIAN BOILED NOODLES WITH GRAVY / MEE REBUS / E MIE 4
My favorite thing to eat for supper when we were young was this Indonesian boiled noodles with gravy or famously known as e mie or mee rebus. I remembered I often walked to the nearby street food vendor nearby our house for this mee rebus. Indonesian style E mie/ Mee […]

INDONESIAN BOILED NOODLES WITH GRAVY / MEE REBUS / E ...


EGG FOO YONG
Egg foo yong (芙 蓉 蛋)/ Fu Rong Dan is an egg omelette dish said to be originated from China. However this dish is also being enjoyed a lot in other parts of Asia. Let’s take Indonesia for example. This dish is known as foo yong hai in Indonesia. I […]

OMELETTE WITH GRAVY / EGG FOO YONG


SWEET MAYONNAISE PRAWNS 4
This sweet mayonnaise prawns are absolutely our family’s favorite. Traditionally served as one of the Chinese cold-plate appetizers in special occasion like wedding banquet, parties, etc, this sweet mayonnaise prawns are popular in Asia. The prawns are coated with batter and then deep-fried. That one isn’t all that special. Once […]

SWEET MAYONNAISE PRAWNS