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seafood

Salted Squid Sambal

I love sambal. I really do. There’s something magical to eat with sambal. It can transform ordinary rice into satisfying meal. I add sambal to my bowl of meatball soup to make adventure out of lunch. Basically, sambal is a condiment to add spiciness to a dish. Chili pepper is a must. You can call …

rice & noodles

Easy Aromatic Rice (Sundanese Liwet)

Have you ever feel lazy to cook? I have, multiple times! Sometimes, when laziness strikes and I still want something home-made, I make this recipe. It’s rice, with herbs and spices, vegetables, and anchovy dumped into rice cooker. One push of a button and that’s it! The original title of this recipe is “Nasi Liwet”. …

snacks vegetarian

Fried Plantain (Pisang Goreng)

Banana and plantain are both called “pisang” in Bahasa. Do you know the difference of both? Plantain cannot be eaten raw like banana. Honestly, I still confused by them. Maybe partly because we only have one language to address them both. There are several types of banana and plantain in Indonesia, and every time I’m …

snacks vegetarian

Indonesian Fruit Salad (Rujak)

Rujak is a term for salad dish in Bahasa Indonesia. The most popular rujak is probably fruit salad or rujak buah. Rujak itself have several variants, with the fruits sliced, shredded, or roughly mashed. In this recipe, I made the easiest one, sliced fruit rujak. So what’s so special about this Indonesian fruit salad? The dressing. …

beef

Simple Rendang Meatballs

My friend who lives in Switzerland told me her difficulty to find ingredients that usually used in Indonesian cooking. But there are Indonesian instant seasonings that can be found easily in Asian shops or online. So, I thought maybe I post a recipe using instant seasoning. I can’t say that instant seasoning produce the same …

chicken

Sweet and Spicy Shredded Chicken Burger

We Indonesian eat rice most of the time. But sometimes, thanks to globalization, we eat pizza, pasta, burger, and other global foods too.. Sometimes, I like to combine western food with a little bit of Indonesian taste, like this recipe. I cooked shredded chicken with “bumbu rujak”, a kind of Indonesian seasoning which is sweet …

tofu & tempeh vegetables vegetarian

Gado-gado

Gado-gado might be the healthiest street food there is. Consisted of various vegetables, rice cake, tofu and tempeh, and topped with thick salty and spicy peanut sauce. Luckily, I live nearby two gado-gado sellers with superb gado-gado and affordable price. One very satisfying portion of gado-gado cost me 12.000 IDR or almost 1 Euro or …

seafood

Pan Seared Dory with Balinese Sambal Matah

Sambal is chili condiment. There’s a lot of different sambal recipe out there. Many Indonesian will agree with me that eating with sambal would make any dish taste better. One sambal that is very famous from Bali is sambal matah. Sambal matah is different with another sambal because no cooking necessary to make this sambal. …

vegetables vegetarian

Chili Sambal Eggplant

Eggplant is one of things I didn’t like as kid but grown to like growing up. I didn’t like the mushy texture and bitter tone of eggplant, at first. But now, I like it. Especially when cook spicy way with chili sambal. In my kitchen, eggplant is not the most common vegetable to cook. Maybe …