Spices


PULLED PORK WITH BLACK PEPPER VINEGAR SAUCE AND GREEN ONION SLAW
It is hard for me to walk away from pulled pork. Not only they taste good, but they are pretty versatile. You can use pulled pork on burgers, wraps, rice (yes…we can make everything work with rice), and of course noodles too, and any other starches you like! Summer is […]

PULLED PORK WITH BLACK PEPPER VINEGAR SAUCE AND GREEN ONION ...


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


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



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


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


JERK CHICKEN WITH PINEAPPLE SALSA
I heard of Jerk chicken so often but I’ve never actually had one before. Jerk is a method of cooking from Jamaica. The meats are usually rubbed with spices mixture (usually hot). The spices can be dry rub or wet kind. The meat is then traditionally roasted over charcoal grill. […]

JERK CHICKEN WITH PINEAPPLE SALSA



CHICKEN TARKARI
I love curries. Pretty much any kind of curries. There are lots of varieties out there around the world. The kind of curry I grew up eating usually rich in taste, red in color, fragrant thanks to the all the different spices and often made with coconut milk. I love […]

CHICKEN TARKARI


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


RUSTIC CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP
I had tried several chicken tortilla soup and while they tasted pretty good, I thought something was kinda missing. Then I saw another tortilla soup recipe from Jamie’s America cookbook and I simply couldn’t pass on this one and went ahead and gave it a try. The verdict: SPECTACULAR! I […]

RUSTIC CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP



MOROCCAN CHICKEN SOUP WITH COUSCOUS
After becoming a Monday-to-Friday-and-occasionally-weekend-cook for the past 4 years, I’m getting more and more “relaxed” when it comes to cooking. Honestly speaking, I’m not a kind that like to follow recipes to the tee. That’s probably why I don’t bake much because you can’t do that with baking 😉 I […]

MOROCCAN CHICKEN SOUP WITH COUSCOUS


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


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



SHRIMP IN YELLOW SAUCE
This shrimp in yellow sauce was an inspiration of a Balinese dish that is usually prepared with lobster or what they called Udang Pantung (lobster) kuning. The sauce is made of coconut milk and other fragrant spices and herbs typically found in Indonesian cooking. The main bulk of the work […]

SHRIMP IN YELLOW SAUCE


MINCED DUCK SATAY / SATE LILIT BEBEK
Sate lilit is a popular dish from the Island of Bali. The word “lilit” roughly means “wrap around”. The meat is usually wrapped around the skewers. Traditionally, lemongrass stalks are used as skewers instead of bamboo skewers. I really think using lemongrass stalk as skewers makes sate lilit taste even […]

MINCED DUCK SATAY / SATE LILIT BEBEK


KAREDOK / WEST JAVANESE VEGETABLE SALAD WITH SWEET AND SOUR DRESSING
I have to admit it can be challenging to prepare some of the Indonesian dishes because of the different uncommon spices and herbs being used. Take “kencur” for example. Kencur is a very common spice used in Indonesia, especially among the Javanese and Balinese. However, it is not easy to […]

KAREDOK / WEST JAVANESE VEGETABLE SALAD WITH SWEET AND SOUR ...



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


CHICKEN WITH RED LENTILS
I never grew up having lentils before. It’s not something very common at our house or even at our hometown. But one thing I can tell you is that I always have soft spots for beans and legumes. My mom often cooked soup with beans and I don’t know if […]

CHICKEN WITH RED LENTILS


SIMPLE AND DELICIOUS POTATO CURRY
If you never make a curry dishes before, the thought of whipping one up from your own can be a little intimidating, especially when it comes to the spices used in the curry. There are probably over hundreds different varieties of curries around the world. The kinda spices used in […]

SIMPLE AND DELICIOUS POTATO CURRY



MUTTON SOUP / SUP KAMBING
Mention mutton soup or known as sup kambing at the town where I grew up, you can see some horrors in my parents’ face. Not because they taste horrible. In fact, this is one very delicious soup. My parents and many older generations believe that when you consume mutton soup, […]

MUTTON SOUP / SUP KAMBING


TURKEY MO MO / NEPALI STEAMED TURKEY DUMPLINGS WITH TOMATO AND CILANTRO CHUTNEY
A while ago I made the Himalayan Steamed Dumplings or known as momos and they were delicious. The Tibetan usually makes their momos with yak meat. I made it with beef at that time. I got this “The Nepal Cookbook” by The Association of Nepalis in the Americas and saw […]

TURKEY MO MO / NEPALI STEAMED TURKEY DUMPLINGS WITH TOMATO ...


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



CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA
Chicken tikka masala is one of my favorite dishes from India. Well, actually some said, the origin of this dish was from the U.K instead of India. So, honestly, I’m not sure too. I know that the U.K. is also well-known for its Indian cuisine. In fact, from what I […]

CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA


PRAWN NOODLE SOUP WITH PORK RIBS
Every once a week or sometimes every two weeks I would “pamper” myself by having a bowl of prawn noodle soup with ribs during lunch time near this place I used to work at in Singapore. I said pamper because I normally spend about $2.50 to $3.00 for lunch. A […]

PRAWN NOODLE SOUP WITH PORK RIBS


CRAB CURRY
I’m one of those people who like to eat crab meat but absolutely hate to pick the meat out of the shells! I know…lazy bum! So, if you are on the same boat with me, then this crab curry recipe might just be the one for you It is absolutely […]

CRAB CURRY



GROUND BEEF STEW WITH POTATOES
Yes, I’ve been making quite a bit of stew and soup dishes lately. But can you blame me ? I have subzero temperature to deal with for the past two months (not sure if it will get better or worse!) and when it is that brutally cold out there, stew […]

GROUND BEEF STEW WITH POTATOES


SHRIMP STEW
Shrimp is one of my favorite seafood. I like to cook with seafood because they usually don’t take a long time to cook. In fact, it is very easy to overcook seafood like shrimp, fish, and crab. Once you overcook them, they turn tough and rubbery (especially with shrimps) and […]

SHRIMP STEW


WHITE BEAN CHILI
I’m not usually a “chili” eater. Before I even continues, let me clarify that the chili I refer to over here is the American-style chili usually made of bean and some ground meat and some peppers like jalapeno. Not “hot” spicy, but usually spices like cumin, oregano, coriander seeds, etc […]

WHITE BEAN CHILI



INDONESIAN RED CURRY CHICKEN/ KARI AYAM
Indonesian red curry or known as kari ayam is one of my very favorite curry dishes. Unlike rendang (thick curry), Indonesian red curry is “soupy” and often prepared to serve with noodles or rice. Some people prepare red curry with beef, which is equally delicious. The red luscious color of […]

INDONESIAN RED CURRY CHICKEN/ KARI AYAM


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


GINGERBREAD TREES WITH LEMON ICING
I’m a big fan of ginger and gingerbread cookies are always one of my favorite cookies during this holiday time. Something about ginger that makes you think of “warmth” right ? Bite into these little goodies, not only you’ll find them delicious, that lemon icing is such a bonus. I […]

GINGERBREAD TREES WITH LEMON ICING



RICE NOODLE WITH PEANUT SAUCE/ SATAY BEE HOON
Rice noodle with peanut sauce or commonly known as satay bee hoon is one of a popular hawker/street food I learned about when I lived in Singapore. The rice noodles or known as bee hoon (in Hokkian dialect) is served with a delicious peanut sauce, similar to the one of […]

RICE NOODLE WITH PEANUT SAUCE / SATAY BEE HOON


RICE AND BEEF POCKETS
I always love the idea of wrapped food that is steamed, or fried or baked. It’s like discovering something amazing within. This rice and beef pockets are ones of example how rice and beef wrapped in phyllo pastry can be absolutely delicious. When you bite into the crunchy phyllo pastry, […]

RICE AND BEEF POCKETS