Indonesia Eats

Vegetables

Raw Kale, Carrot, Cucumber, Celery Salad

Making salad at home from Indonesian or Asian style dressing base such as Gado-Gado (Indonesian Salad with Coconut Peanut Dressing), Pecel (Javanese Peanut Sambal), Acar (Indonesian Pickle), Nuoc Mam Cham (Vietnamese dipping sauce) or Goma-ae (Japanese sesame seed dressing) is often what I do. When I don’t go for authentic style, I use whatever vegetables …

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Fennel, Avocado, Pea Shoot and Orange Blood Salad with Sesame Dressing

This recipe is perfect for meatless Monday. I saw the fennel bulb at the market but never knew what to make from it until I opened up Michael Smith’s cookbook and now I’m hooked. At the beginning of my introduction to fennel bulb, I used his cookbook as my guidance to make salad which was …

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Bulung Kuah Pindang Recipe (Bali Seaweed Salad)

If Japanese and Korean use seaweed, so does Indonesian especially Balinese. Bulung Kuah Pindang is another recipe from Bali where you can apply kuah pindang (Balinese fish stock) beside rujak kuah pindang (fruit salad with fish stock). When the first time I read the cookbook of Lonny Gerungan “The Bali Cookbook” years ago, I was …

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Tasak Telu Recipe (Karo Meat Salad with Torch Ginger Fruit)

Tasak Telu is translated as Masak Tiga (Tiga Masakan) in Indonesian or Cook Three (Three Dishes) in English. I know it’s a bit weird when I tried to translate to English literally. The reason was being named for Cook Three or Three Dishes since Tasak Telu uses 3 main ingredients; chicken, coconut and bulung gadong …

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Stir Fry Dandelion Greens with Garlic Recipe

Dandelion or randa tapak in Indonesian is from genus Taraxacum (pron.: /təˈræksəkʉm/) which is a large genus of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae. They are native to Eurasia and North and South America. Two species of Taraxacum, T. officinale and T. erythrospermum, are found as weeds worldwide and completely edible. Dandelion has many things …

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Crispy Potato Chips (Keripik Kentang) for Soto Ayam

In East Java especially Surabaya and its suroundings, Keripik Kentang (Crispy Potato Chips) is made to complete Soto Ayam (Chicken Soup) beside koyah kerupuk (shrimp crackers that are ground with fried garlic). I was making these Crispy Potato Chips really quick last Saturday (Oct 27, 2012) morning for my Indonesian cooking demo at d. a. …

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Tahu Campur Seller, One of Many Street Foods in Indonesia

Tahu Campur or Mix Tofu is literally translated for this dish. This Tahu Campur is the Eastern Javanese style which is different with Central Javanese. The East Javanese has a soupy look with the addition of tofu, chunk of beef, cassava cake (perkedel singkong), bean sprouts, lettuce, egg noodle and shrimp crackers. Just like most …

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