APPETIZERS/ SNACKS/ STREET FOOD


CORN FRITTERS / PERKEDEL JAGUNG
Corn Fritters or Perkedel Jagung in Indonesian language is a popular street food I grew up with. I am already crazy about corn itself. Made it into fritters and I’m out of control! lol! It’s so easy to overeat these little things, but trust me it’s really good. My mom’s […]

CORN FRITTERS / PERKEDEL JAGUNG


POACHED PORK BELLY WITH SPICY GARLIC SAUCE 2
I’m a big fan of Szechuan cuisine (read: spicy). Though not all of their food are spicy, but some of them are and those agree well with us. “Suan Ni Bai Rou” or loosely translated into “white meat with garlic paste” is one of my favorite of Szechuan’s. It was […]

POACHED PORK BELLY WITH SPICY GARLIC SAUCE


LEMPER AYAM / STICKY RICE CAKE WITH CHICKEN
Lemper Ayam is one of Indonesia’s popular snacks, one of my favorites !!! It is made of Sticky Rice/ Glutinous rice with shredded chicken meat wrapped in it. Usually they are individually wrapped in banana leaves and then pan-fried to impart that leaves flavor into the cake. The chicken meat and […]

LEMPER AYAM / STICKY RICE CAKE WITH CHICKEN



PAN-FRIED LEEKS PANCAKES 2
What do you do when you have leeks in the fridge ? Well, my original pan was to do a stir-fry with it, but for whatever reason I didn’t get around to do it and I just wanted to use up the leeks. I was going to do some leeks […]

PAN-FRIED LEEKS PANCAKES


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


COLORFUL MANTOU
Mantou or Chinese plain steamed bun was my childhood favorite and still is. I remember having that for afternoon tea snacks. It’s like steamed buns, but usually without any filling inside and has a half-circle shape, soft and fluffy. Mantou is a staple of the Chinese. It can be eaten […]

COLORFUL MANTOU



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


EASY SAVORY MARTABAK INDIA
Originated from the Indian population who lived in the Middle East, murtabak or martabak also made its way to the Southeast Asia. The word martabak itself means “folded” in Arabic. In Indonesia, we call it martabak. I call it a folded stuffed pancake. You’ll find different types of martabak depending on […]

EASY SAVORY MARTABAK INDIA


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



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


SZECHUAN BANG BANG CHICKEN WITH NOODLE SALAD
When I saw “Bang Bang Chicken” on the menu for the first time at a Szechuan restaurant a while ago, I knew I had to have it. I’ve never had authentic Szechuan bang bang chicken before. This popular Chinese street food, gets its name from a heavy baton that is […]

SZECHUAN BANG BANG CHICKEN WITH NOODLE 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



PARSNIP PANCAKES
I have a serious weakness when it comes to carbohydrates. I can go meatless for few days without any problem, but can’t take away my bread, noodles, potatoes, or any root veggies or tubers. I can’t live without carbs alright! A good friend of mine showed me a picture of […]

PARSNIP PANCAKES


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


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



TAIWANESE MEAT PINWHEELS / ROU JIAN 4
I never had the rou jian or loosely translated as Chinese meat pinwheels until my mom made them few weeks ago. Apparently rou jian is a popular Taiwanese street food. It does look like a pinwheel with some meat and spring onion filling inside. The rou jian is pan-fried and […]

TAIWANESE MEAT PINWHEELS / ROU JIAN


RISSOLES 10
There are many kind of Rissoles from all over the world. Rissoles are one of the appetizers in Indonesia too. It is almost similar with croquette, filled with meat (we used chicken meat) and some veggies and then wrapped in Risoles skin/wrap and deep-fried. The presentation of Risoles in Indonesia […]

RISSOLES


PAN-FRIED KIMCHI FRITTERS 1
I have soft spots for kimchi lately, or perhaps I should say ever since I was pregnant with our second baby. Perhaps it’s the sourness ? I never really craved for things like pickles, but I did yearn for kimchi and I still am 7 weeks postpartum This pan-fried kimchi […]

PAN-FRIED KIMCHI FRITTERS



SEAFOOD AND SCALLION PANCAKE
I enjoy eating savory pancake and this is one of my favorite. Crispy on the edge, moist and soft in the middle. We’re a seafood lover and to include it in a pancake is simply priceless. This seafood and scallion pancake makes a great snacks or appetizers. It seems pretty […]

SEAFOOD AND SCALLION PANCAKE


VIETNAMESE SPRING ROLLS / CHA GIO
Spring rolls are almost everyone’s favorite I must say. These great appetizers are commonly seen in lots of different Asian cuisines. The variety is also countless. Some of them fried, some aren’t. These cha gio or known as Vietnamese spring rolls are the classic fried spring rolls or sometimes they […]

VIETNAMESE SPRING ROLLS / CHA GIO


CRISPY PEANUT FRITTERS / REMPEYEK KACANG
Crispy peanut fritters or rempeyek kacang or what we usually call “peyek” in short at my home town is something that is good to eat on its own or usually will go with vegetable salad like gado gado and pecel. It is crispy, savory and fragrant (from the spices). Give […]

CRISPY PEANUT FRITTERS / REMPEYEK KACANG



OTAK OTAK / GRILLED FISH CAKE IN BANANA LEAVES
Otak otak was my favorite snacks from childhood. I remember how I always chose otak otak at the bakery shop when my dad asked what we wanted. My dad was a huge bread person. He loved bread, cakes, and pretty much anything sweet, which often explained our frequent visits to […]

OTAK OTAK / GRILLED FISH CAKE IN BANANA LEAVES


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


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



CRISPY TOFU CUBES WITH SWEET CHILI SAUCE
I was first introduced to this crispy tofu cubes with sweet chili sauce when we visited Singapore last year. We were at Crystal Jade and my sister ordered this dish. My then 23-month old daughter got hooked to this tofu dish (Yes, it’s fried, who won’t get hooked ). I […]

CRISPY TOFU CUBES WITH SWEET CHILI SAUCE


FRIED NORI ROLLS
Seaweed is very commonly used in East Asia’s cooking. Nori is the Japanese term for edible seaweed .You will mostly see it being used as a wrap (like in sushi roll) and also as snack. My daughter loves roasted nori seaweed. I actually have to hide the seaweed from her […]

FRIED NORI ROLLS


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



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


BANDREK / INDONESIAN WARM SPICED DRINK 2
Bandrek (pronounced as BUN DRAG) brings sweet memory of my dad to me. My dad was the one who introduced me to this drink calls bandrek. I used to go for a jogging with my dad on weekend morning when I was probably around 10 or so. Super early as […]

BANDREK / INDONESIAN WARM SPICED DRINK


CRISPY KALE CHIPS
Kale is one of my daughter’s favorite green vegetable to eat. I had always stir-fry it with some garlic and soy sauce, sometimes oyster sauce and she’ll polish it clean. The past few years, I’ve been hearing about this baked kale chips and even seen it being sold as chips […]

CRISPY KALE CHIPS



KIBBEH BALLS
The kibbeh balls are one of the well-known dish from the Middle East. The shell/skin of the kibbeh is made of mixture of bulgur, onion, and beef, lamb or goat meat. The filling also contains some meat with fried pine nuts. It is usually shaped like a torpedo, but some […]

KIBBEH BALLS


GARLIC CHEESE FRIES
The garlic cheese fries are not only my favorite sinful munch, they hold special memory to me. It’s all started in Hawaii when my husband and I were still dating. A stroll at a beach was romantic indeed. But even with romance, that doesn’t satiate the feeling of hunger. Hunger […]

GARLIC CHEESE FRIES


AMETHA PUDEENA SAMOSA / BEEF AND MINT SAMOSA
You may hear people who have traveled to or tasted Burmese food said that Burmese cuisine is somewhat a hybrid of Indian, Chinese and Thai. If I may put it this way, Ametha pudeena samosa or beef and mint samosa is one of the examples of the Indian-inspired dishes. The […]

AMETHA PUDEENA SAMOSA / BEEF AND MINT SAMOSA



MASHED FRIED PLANTAIN AND BLACK-EYED PEAS / ADALU
Mashed fried plantain and black-eyed peas or known as adalu in Ghana, is popular staple as how normally rice is eaten with other dishes. Plantain is considered one of the important staple foods in Africa. Plantain has different taste and texture with banana. While banana is sweet, plantain is not […]

MASHED FRIED PLANTAIN AND BLACK-EYED PEAS / ADALU


CHINESE DUMPLINGS / JIAO ZI
After cooking for a while now, I realize that dumplings are so widely found around the globe. Each country has its own version of dumplings. When I said dumplings, of course it’s a very broad term. When something is wrapped with a flour dough, it’s pretty much a dumpling. The […]

CHINESE DUMPLINGS / JIAO ZI


VEGETABLE SPRING ROLLS WITH COCONUT AND PEANUT DIP
Most people are probably familiar with the Vietnamese rice paper or known as bahn trang. They are sold in dried form in round packages. When the dried rice paper comes in contact with water, it will soften and hence allow you to use it for wrapping. I really like using […]

VEGETABLE SPRING ROLLS WITH COCONUT AND PEANUT DIP



SOBA NOODLES SALAD WITH SWEET SHRIMP ROLLS
Mention soba noodles and you will immediately think of Japan. Soba noodles are made of buckwheat flour and in Japanese language, soba does mean buckwheat. My mom and I are both noodle heads, however, she doesn’t care much for soba noodles. I, on the other hand, like all kind of […]

SOBA NOODLES SALAD WITH SWEET SHRIMP ROLLS


STEAMED RICE PAPER-WRAPPED SALMON WITH MACADAMIA NUTS PESTO
Hawaii has always been a special place to my husband and I. We love Hawaii not just because of its beautiful beaches and scenery. Hawaii is special to us because that’s where my husband proposed to me. To me, we were about to begin the journey of life together. So, […]

STEAMED RICE PAPER-WRAPPED SALMON WITH MACADAMIA NUTS PESTO


ROASTED PEPPERS WITH PRESERVED DUCK EGGS/ 烤 辣椒皮蛋
In her Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook, Fuschia Dunlop shared that in Hunan, you will find peppers being charred over a charcoal burner and then served with preserved duck eggs or known as “pi dan”/ 皮 蛋. This is the Chinese version of the Italian antipasto made with charred peppers, capers, and […]

ROASTED PEPPERS WITH PRESERVED DUCK EGGS/ 烤 辣椒皮蛋



SPRING ROLLS WITH THREE SILKEN THREADS/三 絲 春卷
This recipe is the first thing I learned about Hunan Province in China from Fuschia Dunlop’s Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook. As shared in the cookbook, Hunan lies in southern central China. The province has a southern, subtropical climate, four distinct seasons like we do here in the U.S. and fertile earth. […]

SPRING ROLLS WITH THREE SILKEN THREADS/ 三 絲 春卷


CHINESE COLD APPETIZER 2
I’m not exactly sure how to name this dish. This is called 冷 盤 (len phan) at my home town, which literally means cold plate in Chinese. This cold plate appetizer is a popular dish in Asia. Usually serves during wedding banquet or even for celebration like Chinese new year. […]

COLD PLATE APPETIZER