Indonesia Eats

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Cilok / Pentol Recipe (Indonesian Chewy Balls)

These chewy balls are a part of my childhood snack.  If Korea has tteokkochi (ddeokkochi) or tteokbokki (ddeokbokki), Indonesia has cilok or pentol. Different place different name!  In East Java, these chewy balls are known as Pentol.  Moved to west part of Java, I’ve known these balls as Cilok (Aci Dicolok).  Aci means tapioca while …

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Indonesian Seafood Dipping Sauce Recipe (Pineapple Peanut Sauce)

This is the most common seafood dipping sauce in Indonesia, Saus Nanas Kacang (Pineapple Peanut Sauce). While the North Americans love to dip their seafood in melted butter, Indonesians love to dip in to pineapple peanut sauce. When I resided in Bogor, I often went for seafood late night snack. Food hawkers on the street …

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Hến Xào Xúc Bánh Tráng

Vietnamese Stir Fried Baby Clams with Sesame Rice Crackers Recipe (Hến Xào Xúc Bánh Tráng)

Before I go any further, I need to make it clear. Bánh Tráng Me (Bánh Da) is not the same with banh trang. Bánh Tráng Me (Bánh Ða) is not the rice paper for wrapping the spring roll or summer roll. Also, the complete Bánh Tráng Me must be crispy like crackers. You either can …

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Homemade Ferrero Rocher (Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles) Recipe

Who can’t resist the treat of Ferrero Rocher? A famous Italian chocolate hazelnut that is produced by Ferrero SpA which is also the producer of Tic Tac and Nutella. Original Ferrero Rocher consists a whole roasted hazelnut encased in a thin wafer shell filled with hazelnut cream and covered in milk chocolate and chopped hazelnuts …

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Pecel Recipe (Java Style Salad with Peanut Sambal)

As other Indonesian salads, pecel (or known as pecal) is enjoyed with a company of warmed cooked rice or lontong, other protein sources (such as fish, chicken, beef, tempe(h) or tofu) and crackers.  For those who know about gado-gado, lotek and karedok, you may love pecel as well. – Gado-gado: peanut (sometimes mix with cashew nuts) base …

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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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