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Balado, The Tangy Chili Sambal from West Sumatra

Sambal is such a staple sauce in Indonesia, with plenty of different assortments depend on the region. Another variety of sambals from Western Sumatra (a.k.a Minang) is balado. As I grew up with balado, this one was always on my dining table, at least every three to five times a week when I was in …

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When Manitoban Wild Fiddlehead Ferns Met Indonesian Kecap Manis

For people who grew up with Sumatran culinary (just like myself), fiddlehead ferns might not be extraneous. They are what the Indonesians call for pakis or paku. I grew up with several kinds of Sumatran gulais (curries), one of them was gulai pakis or gulai paku. Some people also make them for anyang (Acehnese/Minangese salad …

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Mackerel Curry-Aceh Style (Gulai Ikan Kembung Khas Aceh)

This recipe was inspired by Deetha of Mlebu Pawon, my foodie fellow, who shares the same passion with me; we love Acehnese food. I have differences in cooking method and some ingredients. I marinated the fish with calamansi and baked it while Deetha used lime and deep fried the fish. I added curry leaves as …

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Kerang Hijau Saus Padang Recipe (Indonesian Chili Mussel)

Kerang Hijau Saus Padang is one of my favorite street hawkers food in Indonesia. On rear of the streets, where the pedestrians are supposed to walk, lots warungs (food vendors) with their carts and tents, they offer many kinds food.  I used to go to warung seafood to get Kerang Saus Padang, which was one …

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Chinese Greens and Shrimp with Oyster and Hoisin Sauce

Most people who grew up in South-East and East Asian know this kind of Chinese greens. In Indonesia we add this into our bakso (meatballs soup), bakmi (fried or soup noodle), nasi goreng (fried rice) or just make them for stir fry. We, Indonesians, call this Chinese green as sawi or caisim which I believe …

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[WHB] Indonesian Tuna and Mushroom Martabak

Martabak is one of Indonesian popular tidbits/appetizers, which was influenced by Indian culinary. Back then, while I still was in Indonesia, it’s easy to find martabak everywhere and usually sold at street food vendors/hawkers. Martabak has many different varieties in filling, the most popular one is ground beef and green onion/leek. The street vendors make …

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