Indonesia Eats

Fish

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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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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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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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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Javanese Stuffed Taro Leaves

Buntil Daun Talas Recipe (Javanese Stuffed Taro Leaves)

Buntil is a family of stuffed vegetable dishes in Indonesian cuisine and is known as a Javanese dish. Traditionally this buntil uses cassava, papaya or taro leaves. All those leaves are edible and most often are made for salad, stir fry, and curry base dishes in Indonesian cooking. Any strong and hearty greens will do …

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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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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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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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Pempek Pistel Recipe (Palembang Stuffed Fish Cake With Green Papaya)

For those who grew up in Indonesia, s/he must know Pempek Palembang (Palembangese fish cake). Palembang is the capital city of South Sumatra province. {WARNING: This post will be quite long!} Back when I was at university, I had a roommate whom originally from South Sumatra.  The South Sumatran students often got together and made …

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