STEAMED TARO CAKE WITH DRIED SHRIMP TOPPINGS / O KUE

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...

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ASIAN MUSTARD GREENS RICE / KUA CHAI PUI

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...

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KHAU YUK / TWICE-COOKED PORK BELLY

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...

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INDONESIAN STEAMED VEGETABLE WRAP/ CHAI PAO

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...

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CURRY LAKSA

CURRY LAKSA

Laksa is a popular spicy noodle soup from the Peranakan culture. Peranakan is a merger of Chinese and Malay elements found in Malaysia and Singapore, and to a lesser extent Indonesia. There are...

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VIBRANT CARROT SALAD

VIBRANT CARROT SALAD

I’m not a big fan of eating raw carrots. This probably had been the case ever since I was young. The habit of eating raw vegetable was simply not there in our family...

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GRAPEFRUIT SALAD

GRAPEFRUIT SALAD

If you think dressing the grapefruit with some fish sauce, dried shrimps, and shallots are going to taste like SUPER WEIRD!! well, I can tell you, it’s not! I’m not lying! I have...

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TOMATO AND SPINACH SALAD

TOMATO AND SPINACH SALAD

As much as I like to stir-fry vegetables, it can get old some days. Spinach is always in our refrigerator and I just need some new idea to make it refreshing and yet...

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INDONESIAN BOILED NOODLES WITH GRAVY / MEE REBUS / E MIE

INDONESIAN BOILED NOODLES WITH GRAVY / MEE REBUS / E MIE

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...

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RICE CONES/ ZONG ZI (USING JASMINE RICE)

RICE CONES/ ZONG ZI/ BAK CHANG (USING JASMINE RICE)

After making glutinous rice cones or zong zi, I decided to make more using jasmine rice instead of glutinous rice. They are equally delicious for people who do not like to consume glutinous...

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SPICY OKRA/ LADY'S FINGER STIR-FRY

SPICY OKRA/ LADY’S FINGER STIR-FRY

Of course you know that every now and then I gotta throw in some vegetable stir-fry recipe Just bear with me please. It’s a pretty tasty one though. I like okra, or often...

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appetizers/snacks

THAI SAVORY CREPES/ PAEN NA GOONG

One of my favorite things about Thailand, besides the wonderful culture, people, shopping (I’m a woman, what can I say) is the food. I love the sweet, sour, salty, and spicy flavor that...

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