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Ikan Ceng Cuan (Braised Ginger Fish – Peranakan Style)

Ikan Ceng Cuan is a Cina Benteng fish dish. For non-Indonesian, the term Cina Benteng might not be familiar. Cina Benteng is literally translated as Fortress Chinese or Benteng Chinese which refers to a community of Chinese Indonesians residing in Tangerang; located in Banten province of Indonesia. Tangerang is located on the west of Jakarta, …

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Raw Kale, Carrot, Cucumber, Celery Salad

Making salad at home from Indonesian or Asian style dressing base such as Gado-Gado (Indonesian Salad with Coconut Peanut Dressing), Pecel (Javanese Peanut Sambal), Acar (Indonesian Pickle), Nuoc Mam Cham (Vietnamese dipping sauce) or Goma-ae (Japanese sesame seed dressing) is often what I do. When I don’t go for authentic style, I use whatever vegetables …

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Fennel, Avocado, Pea Shoot and Orange Blood Salad with Sesame Dressing

This recipe is perfect for meatless Monday. I saw the fennel bulb at the market but never knew what to make from it until I opened up Michael Smith’s cookbook and now I’m hooked. At the beginning of my introduction to fennel bulb, I used his cookbook as my guidance to make salad which was …

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Bulung Kuah Pindang Recipe (Bali Seaweed Salad)

If Japanese and Korean use seaweed, so does Indonesian especially Balinese. Bulung Kuah Pindang is another recipe from Bali where you can apply kuah pindang (Balinese fish stock) beside rujak kuah pindang (fruit salad with fish stock). When the first time I read the cookbook of Lonny Gerungan “The Bali Cookbook” years ago, I was …

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Stir Fry Dandelion Greens with Garlic Recipe

Dandelion or randa tapak in Indonesian is from genus Taraxacum (pron.: /təˈræksəkʉm/) which is a large genus of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae. They are native to Eurasia and North and South America. Two species of Taraxacum, T. officinale and T. erythrospermum, are found as weeds worldwide and completely edible. Dandelion has many things …

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Ayam Masak Habang: Banjar Style Chicken in Chili Sauce

Ayam Masak Habang is a classic dish from Banjarmasin (South Kalimantan) that often sell at many eateries in the area with nasi kuning (yellow rice). To translate its name literally, ayam means chicken; masak means to cook or cooked and habang means red. Most Indonesian recipes apply fresh red cayenne peppers, however this recipe uses …

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