Indonesia Eats

Indonesia Eats

An Indonesian-born who lived in Winnipeg Edmonton, Canada for more than a decade prior to move to Edmonton in 2017. Indonesia Eats is a memoir of her homeland.

Kohu-Kohu or Kokohu IndonesiaEats

Traditional Christmas, Maluku and Kohu-Kohu

Christmas, Maluku and Kohu-Kohu.  Traditional Christmas menu in Maluku won’t be completed without Kohu-Kohu (Maluku salad with coconut dressing and fish) which I’m providing the recipe below.  It is quite distinct compare to the western Christmas menu tradition.  Surely, each nation has its own.  In Indonesia, Christmas isn’t the biggest celebration as more than 80% …

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Kaastengels Kastengel Indonesian Cheese Cookies

Is it Kaastengels, Kastengel or Kaasstengels?

Kaastengels, kastengel or Kaasstengels.  Pay attention to these spellings!  They look alike, but they are actually different.  Although the word is derived from Dutch Kaasstengels or Kaastengels, the Indonesian Kaastengels or Kastengel has a different form from its two distant cousins in the Netherlands.   Kaasstengels means “cheese-sticks”; kaas is cheese and stengels means stems or …

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Ayam Kuluyuk or Ko Loo Kee: Peranakan Sweet and Sour Chicken

Ayam Kuluyuk or Ko Loo Kee is a Peranakan (Indonesian Chinese) style of sweet and sour chicken. I’ve known this dish as Koloke which I recalled during my childhood in East Java, there were plenty street vendors of Chinese foods that sold this menu. Generally speaking, Peranakan foods in Indonesia depend on the area.  Adapting to …

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Indonesian Nasi Goreng Kambing: Jakarta Goat Fried Rice

Indonesian Nasi Goreng. I’m sure by now you have tried this Indonesian comfort foods  No wonder is considering as one of Indonesia’s National dishes. With so many diversity  in the country, you can find plenty variants of Indonesian Nasi Goreng; from street food vendors to restaurants.⁣ To recreate the Jakartan’s favourite, Nasi Goreng Kambing aka …

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Fu Yung Hai: Crab Egg Foo Young

Fu Yung Hai has been a part of Indonesian Chinese (Peranakan) cuisine for centuries.  It was brought by Chinese migrants long before European settlements arrived in Nusantara. No wonder, the Dutch knows this dish the same as Indonesians do.  Many Indonesians cherish this food as a part of their childhood memory, including myself. From its …

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Acar Bawang Merah: Indonesian Shallot Pickle

Acar is a loosely translated for pickle in Indonesian (bahasa Indonesia). I believe the word is absorbed from India; Achaar. Indonesian Acar should be sweet, tangy and refreshing.  Unlike Indian Achaar which is very heavy with spices. Indonesian Acar is quite simple. It usually includes a mix of water, vinegar, sugar and salt. Acar Bawang …

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Kambu Paria: Indonesian (Bugis) Stuffed Bitter Melon

Kambu Paria is a traditional Indonesian food that is from Bugis ethnic group.  They are inhabited in South Sulawesi province with Ujung Pandang (or Makassar) is the capital city.  The Makassar foods are mostly heavily rich in fish or meat.  One of them is this Kambu Paria. Bitter melon (Momordica charantia) is also known bitter …

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Pindang Iwak or Pindang Ikan Palembang

Pindang Iwak or Pindang Ikan: Palembang Fish Stew

Pindang Iwak or Pindang Ikan dish is known from in Palembang, South Sumatra.  It’s usually made from a river (freshwater) patin (similar to pangasius or basa) fish or baung (a Hemibagrus genus, a fish genus relative to catfish).  In Indonesia, the province of South Sumatra, Riau and South Kalimantan are very popular for its freshwater fish …

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