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Kecap Manis

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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Babat Gongso Recipe (Semarang-Style Tripe)

Babat Gongso is a legendary dish from Semarang and Solo, Central Java which is increasingly rare to be found. Once you have Babat Gongso and there are some left over, you can be continued cooking or transferring into Nasi Goreng Babat (Tripe Fried Rice). Babat or Tripe is also a popular ingredients for Soto or …

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Sate Tempe Plappa Recipe (Spicy and Sweet Tempeh Saté)

Indonesians have been consumed tempe aka tempeh as an easy and cheap protein resource since a long time ago. Long before the western world promoted tempe as a non-meat protein resource for vegetarians.  I realized that I didn’t have many recipes with tempe.  When Wulan who owns Wulan Photospace (a photography service for wedding and portrait) and …

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Semur Tangkar Betawi Recipe (Betawi-Style Beef Ribs Smoor Stew)

Semur is an Indonesian term for type of meat stew that is processed in thick brown gravy. Shallot, garlic, kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce), nutmeg are the main ingredients. Semur word is derived from a Dutch term of Smoor which is basically a food that is boiled with tomatoes and onions slowly. Some recipes …

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Tahu Tek Recipe (Surabaya Style Tofu and Bean Sprout Salad with Dark Peanut Sauce)

Tahu Tek or loosely translated as Tofu and Bean Sprout Salad with Dark Peanut Sauce is commonly found in Surabaya and its suburban. The tahu tek hawkers bring a pushcart on streets and make noises by hitting a spoon on the wok “tek tek tek…” These little noises are a sign to let people in …

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Siomay Bandung Recipe (Bandung Steamed Dumplings with Peanut Sambal)

From the name siomay, you can tell this food had an influence from the Chinese who immigrated to Indonesia long time ago.  A word of siomay itself is derived from shaomai (also spelled shui mai, shu mai, sui mai, sui maai, shui mei, siu mai, shao mai, siew mai or siomai), the traditional Chinese dumpling.  …

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Madura Chicken Satay

Sate Ayam Madura: Madura Style Chicken Saté Recipe

Sate Ayam Madura is one of the classic sates that I grew up with. Sate is a very popular delicacy in Indonesia; Indonesia’s diverse ethnic groups’ culinary art have produced a wide variety of sates. Often readers asked me why some Indonesian sates/satays don’t use peanut sauce. Actually not all sates use peanut base sauce. …

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Kecap Manis (Indonesian Sweet Soy Sauce)

Kecap manis [pronounced: ketchup MAH-nees] is an Indonesian sweet soy sauce  and ubiquitous ingredient in Indonesian cooking especially Java.  You may see two other different spellings beside kecap; kicap and ketjap.  Kicap is used by the Malaysian while ketjap is used by the Dutch.  Actually, ketjap was an Indonesian spelling back before 1972 when the …

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Minced Beef Satay

Sate Pentul Recipe (Indonesian Minced Beef Saté)

Sate or satay is a national grilling/bbq dish in Indonesia. There are many variants of sate from Sabang (West) to Merauke (East) with many different sauce or gravy to be served with. After being upset due to the food picture theft, I decided to renew the picture of sate pentul. Originally, the recipe was posted …

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