Indonesia Eats

Sumatra Food

Sambal Tuk-Tuk Recipe (Andaliman Fish Sambal)

Sambal Tuk-Tuk is another andaliman sambal from one ethnic group of Indonesia; it is from Tapanuli (Batak), North Sumatra. Sambal is like Indonesian staple food beside rice so it’s common when you visit Indonesia you will see many different varieties of sambal in every region. If you are not aware what Andaliman is, I have …

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Gule Kuta-Kuta Recipe (Gulai Ayam Karo, Chicken Curry Karo Style)

What makes Gulai Ayam Karo (or Gule Kuta-Kuta in Karo’s dialect) different than other gule/gulai in Indonesia? Torch ginger flower (bunga kecombrang) and the fruit (asam cekala) have created the distinction. Most gule or gulai recipes that I’ve known need to stir-fry the wet spices paste before adding other ingredients. However, this gule doesn’t need …

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Arsik Recipe (Spiced Carp with Torch Ginger and Andaliman – Mandailing Style)

Arsik is basically a stewed fish dish that is spiced up with torch ginger (kecombrang). My visit to Indonesia has made me more aware about two different recipes of Arsik. For so long, I’ve known Arsik is spiced up with torch ginger and andaliman (a family of Szechuan pepper) which is known as Batak Toba …

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Kampoeng Tempo Doeloe, Jakarta Food Event

Kampoeng Tempo Doeloe is the old Indonesian spelling of Kampung Tempo Dulu which means Kampung (Village) in the Past. After pouring sweat at Pasar Senen, Nizar and I hopped on the cab. Nizar would like to take me to the event “Kampoeng Tempo Doeloe”; an annual event which showcase many Indonesian Foods from many regions …

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Food Props Hunting and Shots at Pasar Senen, Jakarta

Visiting traditional markets in Indonesia was one of my “must-visit” lists when I was in the country. One of the markets was Pasar Senen (Senen means Monday while pasar means market) in Jakarta. Pasar Senen is a heaven for foodies who collect food props and enjoy photography. With my baby brother and his wife, we …

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Bubur Biji Ketapang – Bubur Biji Salak Recipe (Indonesian Sweet Potato Dumpling)

Bubur Biji Ketapang (in Sumatra) or Bubur Biji Salak (in Java).  Both are the same sweet snack and made from sweet potato which I prefer translate into Sweet Potato Dumpling instead Sweet Potato Porridge. Bubur means porridge while biji means seed. Ketapang is a Terminalia catappa plant with many different common names such as Bengal …

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Sambai On Peuga-ga Recipe (Aceh Pennywort Sambal – Sambal Pegagan)

Sambai On Peuga-ga or can be translated as Aceh Style Pennywort Sambal or Sambal Pegagan Aceh in Indonesian.  I was making this sambal for the first time in 2007 and fell in love with the taste. As a long weekend approached us last week in Canada, I made two kinds of pennywort dish.  One was from Indonesia, Aceh …

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Payeh Bileh Recipe (Spiced Anchovies Wrapped in Banana Leaves – Aceh Style)

Payeh Bileh is one of Aceh style side dishes that is made from anchovies and spice up with numbers different herbs before wrapping them in banana leaves. There are many other different kinds name of pepes in Indonesia depend on the area. Pepes is a cooking technique employing banana leaf for wrapping and widely use …

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Curry Leaves (Daun Salam Koja, Daun Temurui, Daun Kari)

Thou curry leaves are used in some Indonesian cooking, these leaves aren’t that popular as other herb leaves such as kaffir lime, lemon basil, pandan and turmeric leaves.  In Indonesia, Aceh culinary has used curry leaves more than other regions since this province has heavily influenced from Indian cooking. By saying heavily, it’s truly similar. …

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Tekwan Recipe (Palembang Fish Balls Soup)

Have you entered your chances to get an English edition of Indonesian Street Snack – Sweet and Savory Treats Cookbook?   Palembang, the capital city of South Sumatra is famous for its freshwater fish recipes such as pempek (fishcake with spicy tamarind sauce), otak-otak (grilled fishcake in banana leaves), pindang patin (spicy sour basa fish …

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