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Indonesian Food

Keripik Bayam (Indonesian Amaranth Greens Crackers)

Amaranth Greens Crackers are something that addictive to snack on.  Yunita Rahmasari or known as Tata of Bonita’s Cooking & Bento Wonderland will present a recipe on how to make Keripik Bayam (Indonesian Amaranth Greens Crackers.  She is a talented bentoist who share the same passion with me, Indonesian cooking. She is a full time university …

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Kering Kentang Recipe (Indonesian Dried Potatoes)

In Indonesia, potatoes are eaten for a side dish as vegetables and not a main carbohydrate source. We can eat potatoes with rice. This time I made my old time favourite, kering kentang or dried potatoes. Kering kentang is often served to ccompany nasi kuning (Indonesian yellow rice). To make faster kering kentang, I used …

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Emping Melinjo Manis (Indonesian Sweetened Paddy Oats Crackers)

Emping or Emping Melinjo is a popular cracker to company Indonesian foods. The crackers have a slightly bitter taste and are frequently served as a snack or accompaniment to Indonesian dishes and made from seeds of Gnetum gnemon (paddy oats, melinjo, belinjo). Melinjo is widely used in Indonesian cooking including the leaves. The leaves and …

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Gulai Daun Ubi Tumbuk Recipe (Mandailing Crushed Cassava Leaves Curry)

Gulai Bulung Gadung Na i Duda or known as Gulai Daun Ubi Tumbuk in bahasa Indonesia is a one of my childhood curries as my paternal family is originally from Mandailing area.  Thou I was born and raised in Java, my late dad often asked my late mom to cook this Gulai Daun Ubi Tumbuk. …

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Peranakan Shrimp Cake

Peranakan Shrimp and Chicken Cake Recipe (Kee Kian or Kekian)

For people who live outside Indonesia, Malaysia or Singapore, you may know the term of Nonya instead of Peranakan.  Peranakan Chinese and Baba-Nyonya are terms used for the descendants of late 15th and 16th-century Chinese immigrants to the Nusantara region during the Colonial era. Nusantara is an Indonesian word for the Indonesian archipelago. It is …

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Otak-otak

Otak-Otak Bakar Recipe (Indonesian Grilled Fish Cake)

We, the Asians love our fish or seafood cakes.  Here is one of Indonesians’ favourites, otak-otak.  Three cities are famous for its otak-otak, Palembang, Jakarta and Makassar.  Which sauce do you choose? The Palembang or Jakarta one.  Cuko (spicy tamarind sauce) or peanut sauce. In bahasa Indonesia and Malaysia, otak means brain. The name of …

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Lontong Kikil Recipe (Surabaya Beef Tendon Soup with Rice Cakes)

Kikil is a popular street food in East Java especially Surabaya and surrounding areas.  My late dad loved beef tendon dish such as Gulai Tunjang (Beef Tendon Curry, a West Sumatran dish) and this lontong kikil.  When I still lived in Indonesia, lontong kikil was not my favourite at all.  I would still eat it …

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Indonesian Candlenuts Sambal

Sambal Kemiri Recipe (Indonesian Candlenuts Sambal) for Soto or Soup

Kemiri or candlenut (Aleurites molucanna) is common ingredient to be used in Indonesian cooking to enhance flavour and thicken Indonesian curries (gulai, kari or kare) and sambals (Indonesian style chili paste or relish). A candlenut is a waxy nut that look similar a large hazelnut. Shelled candlenuts are commonly sold in Asian food markets.  Although …

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Heici

Ote-Ote/Heici Recipe (Javanese Shrimp Cake)

Ote-ote (read: oh-tay oh-tay) or heici (read: hay-chi) is another variety of fritters. Instead of translating into a shrimp fritter, I’d rather say it a shrimp cake. A similarity cuisine between Southeast Asian foods is common. One day when we went to a Vietnamese restaurant in town, my husband ordered a seafood noodle dish. The …

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