July 26, 2008

Shrimp and Turkey Meatballs

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    I wanted to make something for dinner and bring the leftover to work for our lunch. I opened up the fridge and what did I find? I saw these ground turkey and shrimps. So I just quickly made up the recipe for these tasty meatballs. I also made some stir fry asparagus with shitake mushrooms for our meal.


  • Ground turkey/chicken
  • Shrimps - chopped
  • Garlic - grind
  • Onion - grind
  • Tapioca Starch
  • Egg

Mix together the following:

  • Fish sauce
  • Sesame oil
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Black pepper


  1. Mixed turkey, chopped shrimps, garlic and onion.
  2. Add the fish sauce, salt, sugar, black pepper mixture
  3. Add egg, mix
  4. Add tapioca starch, mix
  5. Form into balls and fry a few minutes
  6. Transfer to baking pan and bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown
  7. To be eaten with rice and sweet and sour sauce (I usually use Mae Ploy Sauce)



July 13, 2008

Chocolate Chip Cookies


I craved for some cookies after stumbling on a recipe and had meant to bake them for the last couple of weeks. Finally I did and I was very happy with the results, the cookies were deliciously chewy, semi-sweet, melt in your mouth goodness :)

I added dried cranberry (1/3 cup) on my cookie dough, and the tartness from the cranberries add a balance on the chocolatey and nutty flavor..

The recipe is from Heidi Swanson from 101 cookbook

Great Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
1/2 cup (120 grams) firmly packed light brown sugar
8 tablespoons (1 stick) (115 grams) unsalted butter, cold, cut into 1/2-inch (1cm) pieces
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 cups (175 grams) all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups (200 grams) semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup(130 grams) walnuts or pecans, toasted and chopped

Adjust the oven rack to the top 1/3 of the oven and preheat to 300F (150C). Line three baking sheets with parchment paper.

Beat the sugars and butters together until smooth. Mix in the egg, vanilla, and baking soda. Stir together the flour and salt, then mix them into the batter. Mix in the chocolate chips and nuts.

Scoop the cookie dough into 2-tablespoon (5cm) balls and place 8 balls, spaced 4 inches (10cm) apart, on each of the baking sheets.

Bake for 18 minutes, or until pale golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Make about 20 cookies.



July 12, 2008

Braised BBQ Beef Sandwich

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We had this Wii tournament going on two weeks ago. A co-worker invited us; so after work, me and my husband, along with other co-workers went to his place. We ordered pizza from Skipolini and they were very good pizza. Each of us did the Wii fit and it turned out I was the oldest, my Wii age was 59 year-old...I was the most un-balanced and I guess I need to exercise more now.. :)

So the following week, we hosted the Wii tournament at our place. Instead of ordering food, I made this BBQ Beef Sandwich, since they're easy to make and can be prepared a day ahead. For our dinner, we had these sandwiches with chips, a meat pie and Vanilla ice cream with homemade organic strawberry jam.

We had a great time playing and everyone loves the food. It was a fun night. Everyone left after 11 pm (on a Wednesday night) :)

The recipe is from Elise from Simply Recipes

Braised BBQ Beef Sandwich


  • One 3-pound chuck roast, rinsed and dried
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes (preferably plum tomatoes)
  • 1 18-ounce bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 sandwich or hamburger buns


1 In a large, heavy pot, heat olive oil on medium heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, roughly chopping them in the pot. Add the barbecue sauce, increase heat to medium high and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the chuck roast. Bring to a low simmer, cover and slow cook until meat is very tender, stirring occasionally, about 3 hours.

2 Remove the meat from the pot. Use a fork and knife to separate the roast into small pieces. Set aside.

3 Increase the heat on the pot to medium/medium-high, uncover, and reduce the liquid until thick. Stir often to prevent burning.

4 Return the meat to the liquid in the pan. Warm both thoroughly. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve on buns. Makes approximately 12 sandwiches.

It can also be eaten with warm steam rice (my husband and another co-worker like this version better).


Sop Buntut

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Sop buntut is our family's favorite food, they are good eaten with spicy chilli and lime juice. I like to add mine with a little bit of sweet soy sauce (kecap manis). The recipe below is of my grandma's.

To make the soup "a little bit" healthier, after the soup is ready and cooled down, I'd spoon out the solid fat on the top.

Sop Buntut (Oxtail Soup)



  • 1 Kg Buntut, 2 Lbs Oxtail
  • 1 bh Bw Bombay, large Onion
  • 6 siung Bw putih, cloves garlic
  • merica putih, white pepper
  • pala, nutmeg
  • 1 bh Bw prey, leek
  • Seledri, Celery
  • Garam, Salt
  • Bawang merah goreng, fried shallot


  1. Iris bw bombay kotak2 kecil. Chopped onion in small squares
  2. Iris tipis2 bw prey dan seledri. Thinly slice leek and celery
  3. Ulek bw putih, merica dan pala. Grind garlic, pepper and nutmeg
  4. Goreng bw bombay dan bw prey. Sautee onion until transluscent, then add leek
  5. Bw putih, pala dan merica ulek dimasukkan. Add garlic, nutmeg, and pepper
  6. Tambahkan air dan buntut. Add water then oxtail.
  7. Masukkan seledri dan bw merah goreng setelah buntut matang. Add celery when the oxtail is cooked and topped with fried shallot.
  8. Sop buntut siap dimakan dengan sambal dan jeruk nipis. The soup is ready to be eaten with chilli and lime juice, with warm rice.

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July 11, 2008

Bacon and Gruyere Muffins

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The recipe is from William Sonoma Muffin I bought a couple months ago. It has so many easy-to-make muffin recipes; from sweet to savory, classic to out-of-the ordinary types and also easy-to-make cake and loaf bread.
  • 7 thin slices smoked bacon, sliced, cook and crumbled
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • 1 tbs baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 tbs unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbs sour cream/plain yoghurt
  • 3/4 cup diced gruyere cheese
  1. In a bowl, stir the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  2. In another bowl, whisk the egg, melted butter, milk and sour cream
  3. Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and stir evenly
  4. Fold in the bacon and cheese evenly, do not overmix
  5. Spoon the batter into muffin cup
  6. Bake until golden about 25 minutes


Serving tips: These muffins also make great accompaniments to soups, salads and omeletes.


April 06, 2008

Cranberry-Walnut Scones


Made the scones for breakfast today, both my hubby and lil brother couldn't get enough of it....the scones are really good eaten with the orange marmalade jam... :) 

The recipe is from Ina Garten's "The barefoot contessa" I modified it by using cranberry instead of strawberry, and added chopped walnuts as well...enjoy...



January 18, 2008

Pepper Crusted Tuna

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   This Tuna steak is the perfect dinner food; it's quick, simple and yet it's healthy too. I marinated the tuna with lemon, garlic and black pepper for about 15 minutes. Then pan fried it with about 1 tbs of olive oil. For the side veggies, I stir fry the bellpepper and asparagus with chopped onion and topped them with crispy pancetta...  


January 06, 2008

Spinach & Chive Linguine Carbonara

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  I made the dish last weekend; bought the linguine from Trader Joe's, a slight modification from the original recipe which uses penne. 

  This is heavy stuff; it's rich and creamy as I added heavy cream and extra cheese on my version, but it's definitely worth every lb of fat =)  and it was definitely the perfect companion of the Carmenere wine that my lovely hubby brought for our Friday's dinner...

Linguine Carbonara

  • 1 pack of linguine pasta
  • 3 strips of bacon
  • 1/4 cup of white wine
  • Parmesan cheese
  • 2 garlic clove
  • Egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • black pepper
  1. Cook linguine al dente
  2. Mixed Egg Yolk with heavy cream, cheese and pepper
  3. Cook bacon until crispy, set aside
  4. Sautee chopped garlic on the hoil oil
  5. Add white wine
  6. Add cooked linguine, remove pan from heat
  7. Add the egg and cheese mixture, toss until egg is cooked
  8. Add Bacon





Banana Muffin


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  The recipe is from the Everyday Italian show by Giada De Laurentiis. I love watching her show; her cooking style is quick, simple, and yet, it's always fresh.  

  The original recipe was a Banana Muffins with Mascarpone Cream Frosting. I modified the recipe by omitting the cream cheese frosting and adding the walnut instead. Enjoy..

Banana Muffin

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 ripe bananas, peeled and coarsely mashed
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
In a bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg
In different bowl, beat the sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Add in the banana. Add the dry ingredients above and stir until blended.
Add the batter on the prepared baking aluminum. Bake on the middle rack until the tops are golden brown and insert tooth pick into the center to check it come with no crumbs attached, in about 25 minutes

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January 05, 2008

Ice hallo2 ala Mama Henny


    This drink is created by my mom-in-law, similar to the Phillipine's es hallo2 it's a perfect summer drink... 

  • Green Jelly, cut into small squares
  • Lychee, cut in small pieces
  • Rambutan, cut in small pieces
  • Shredded coconut
  • Nata de coco
  • Sweet condensed milk
  • Bailey's liquer
  1. Mix the condensed milk, water and bailey
  2. Combine the jelly and fruits, only using the liquid from rambutan and lychee
  3. Add the mixed liquid and fruits




January 04, 2008

Beer marinated steak


   There's only one word to describe this steak...heavenly, my husband and my little brother even gave two-thumbs up..

   The recipe is very simple, just marinate the steak overnight using coke (yes, as in coke the coca cola), beer, balsamic vinegar, and black pepper. then panfried with butter...I used the extra liquid from the juice to stir fry the vegetable which makes them even tastier...and the leftover goes to our lunch box for the next day,,, =)



December 21, 2007

Perkedel Tahu

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Most of my dad's side of the family are vegetarian. I remember when I was really small, eating this whenever I was at my grandma's and loving it. I made up the recipe myself...based on my recollection. I hope you enjoy it too :)

Perkedel Tahu (Fried Mashed Tofu)


  • 1 kotak tahu, block tofu
  • 3 siung bw putih, cloves garlic
  • 1 Telur, egg
  • Garam, salt


  1. Tahu di hancurkan. Mashed tofu
  2. Bw putih diulek. Grind garlic
  3. Campur tahu, bw putih, telur dan garam. Mixed tofu, garlic, egg and salt
  4. Buat bola2 kecil dan goreng. Make a small ball and fry

Nasi Kuning

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Excuses, excuses, excuses...I admit that I've been abandoning this blog for a while...thanks to all of you who keep checking in and sending messages =) I am still cooking, trying new recipes, taking lots of pictures and do blog walking... =)

Anyway, after searching for a new home, moving out and moving in, renovating and decorating, and going back to Indonesia for "mini vacation"...we have finally settled-in in our new home (which I LOVE btw....it's only 10 minutes away from work and a walking distance to an asian grocery store... =P )

So we invited our friends for "mangan2" (to eat together). I cooked nasi tumpeng lengkap (yellow rice shaped like a cone in a bed of banana leaves), which is a traditional food served to celebrate special occasion. I also made mie goreng (stir fry egg noodle), ayam & empal menado (fried chicken and fried meat), perkedel (potatoes cake), telur dadar (shredded omelette), sambel goreng tahu (stir fry tofu) and sambel terasi (shrimp paste chilli paste). Abon (shredded fried meat), dendeng (coriander beef jerky), timun (cucumber), krupuk udang & belinjo (shrimp crackers and padi oats crackers) are also served.

Nasi tumpeng and its side dishes symbolize good meanings in Javanese culture; Java is one of the many islands in Indonesia, where my husband and I come from.

Nasi Kuning - Yellow Fragrant Rice


-Beras - Rice

-Ketan - Sweet Rice

-Santan - Coconut milk

-Sereh - Lemongrass

-Jahe - Ginger

-Laos - Galangal

-Jeruk Purut - Kaffir Lime Leaves

-Daun Salam - Bay Leaves

-Kunir - Tumeric



1. Masak semua bumbu dengan santan.

Combine all the ingredients above (except the rice and the sweet rice) and boiled with the coconut milk.

2. Masukkan beras dan ketan. Aduk terus sampai beras setengah matang.

Add the rice and the sweet rice. Constantly stir until the rice is half cooked.

3. Masukkan semuanya kedalam dandang dan kukus sampai matang.

Move everything on the steamer and steam until rice is cooked.



Mie Goreng

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Mie Goreng is a typical Asian food. While the recipe is very simple the taste is delectable. There are many variations you can try; with or without meat. I made the vegetarian version for few times, using shitake mushrooms, scrambled eggs and vegetables, and they turned out as delicious as the non-vegetarian version.

The keys to a tasty stir fry egg noodle are two things: don't overcook the noodle and crush the garlic (lots of them) using only the traditional mortar and pestle, instead of food processor. The tip is from my mom, from which the recipe comes from. 

Mie Goreng - Stir Fry Egg Noodle


-Bawang Putih, ulek - Garlic, crushed

-Kecap Manis - Sweet soy sauce

-Mie kuning rebus sampai 3/4 matang - Egg noodle, boil until almost cooked

-Dada ayam, potong kecil2 - chicken breast, cut very small


-Daging babi cincang - Pork meat, thinly sliced

-Bakwan, potong kecil2 - Meatball, cut in 4 pieces

-Udang - Shrimp

-Telur di orak arik - Scrambled eggs 

-Sawi - Choy Sum or any kind of vegetables

-Optional: Jamur - mushrooms

-Garam & merica - salt and pepper

-Bawang merah - Fried Shallot



1. Oseng2 bawang putih sampai harum. Masukkan ayam/babi, kemudian udang dan bakwan.

   Heat oil, add garlic. Sautee until fragrant. Add chicken/pork, shrimp and meatball.

2. Masukkan telur, mie dan sawi. Tambahkan kecap manis, garam, dan merica.

   Add scrambled eggs, noodle and choy sum. Add sweet soy sauce, salt and  pepper.

3. Tambahkan bawang merah goreng diatasnya.

   Add fried shallot on top.


December 20, 2007

Pastel Tutup

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Pastel tutup is one of the many popular Indonesian dishes with Dutch overtone. Some like it sweeter and soupy, others like it not as sweet with less liquid (that would be me =). No matter which style you choose, Pastel Tutup is a delicious comfort food that will always reminds you of home.

  Pastel Tutup – Chicken Pot Pie                         



-Kentang – Potatoes

-Bawang Putih dipotong kecil2 - Garlic, minced

-Bawang bombay di potong kecil2 - Onion, minced

-Sosis sapi dipotong kotak2 di goreng  - Beef Sausage, cut small square and fry, set aside

-Udang potong kecil2 - Shrimp, cut small

-Dada Ayam potong kecil2 diberi kecap asin - Chicken breast, cut small square and marinate with soy sauce, set aside

-Maling/Daging Asap dipotong kecil2 digoreng - Spam or smoked ham, cut small and fry, set aside

-Jamur Kuping direbus - Ear Mushroom

-Wortel potong kecil2 - Carrot, cut small

-Seledri potong kecil2 - Celery, cut small

-Kacang Polong - Green peas

-Soun direbus – Clear & thin noodle, boil

-Susu kental manis - Sweet condensed milk

-Kaldu Ayam - Chicken stock paste

-Mentega - Butter

-Garam Merica - Salt, pepper

-Pala - Nutmeg

-Keju Parmesan – Parmesan Cheese

-Kuning telur mentah - Egg yolk

-Telur rebus dipotong2 tipis - Eggs, boiled and slice thinly



1. Rebus kentang, setelah matang hancurkan dan campur dengan mentega dan pala

    Boil potatoes and mashed with butter, add grated nutmeg, set aside

2. Goreng bawang putih dan bawang bombay, tambahkan udang dan ayam

    Sautee minced garlic and onion, add shrimp and chicken

3. Tambahkan wortel dan jamur

   When the chicken is half cooked, add carrot and mushroom

4. Masukkan sosis, maling, seledri dan kaldu ayam

    After carrot is half cooked, add sausage, spam, celery and chicken stock

5. Setelah wortel matang, tambahkan soun an kacang polong

    After carrot is cooked, add noodle, kacang polong

6. Masukkan garam, merica, pala, susu dan keju

    Add salt, pepper, nutmeg, milk, cheese

7. Masukkan semuanya di mangkuk tahan panas

    Put the cooked ingredients above in casserole dish (or any oven proof dish)

8. Tambahkan irisan telur rebus diatasnya

    Put sliced boiled eggs on top of it

8. Campur kuning telur mentah di kentang

    Add egg yolk (only, without the white) into the mashed potatoes, to make it not     breaking out

9.   Taruh kentang di atas piring berisi campuran ayam dsb

      Add the mashed potatoes on top of the ingredients

10. Kuaskan kuning telur diatas kentang

      Brush the egg yolk on top of the mashed potatoes

11. Tambahkan keju parut diatas

      Add grated cheese on top of it

12. Dioven 375 derajat Farenheit sampai kekuningan

      Oven 375 degree F until the top is brownish/yellowish




August 19, 2007

Lettuce salad with French dressing


    Need a healthy yet quick and refreshing lunch? Combine dijon mustard, french dressing and honey in a small bowl. Chopped some iceberg lettuce, canned garbanzo bean (washed with water) and some kalamata olives. Mixed them together...the taste is great and you'll get plenty of fiber too..=)




July 21, 2007

CA Rolls

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I always wanted to make sushi but never get to make it until after one day my Japanese friend brought me the two Japanese Recipes Books from her vacation.

The recipe book on the left side (below) is very comprehensive with step-by-step instructions and picture. It's written in both Japanese and English and very explanatory.

I love this book better than the other one, but I recommend the recipe book on the right side (below) for anyone who is new to cooking as it provides an easy to cook japanese food.

CA Rolls

1.       The first thing to do to make sushi is to make the vinegared rice by combining sushi rice, mirin and rice vinegar.
2.       After the rice is cooked, it will take a while to cool off.. in the meanwhile, you can spread the rice on the wooden/bamboo bowl and top it with a wet napkin...
3.       Then you add different fillings to your preference, I never use more than three ingredients for my sushi, as Alton Brown said, your taste buds will get confuse if you have too many ingredients in your sushi, plus it's also make it harder to roll the rice.
4.       I usually use crab (imitation and sometimes real), cucumber and avocado and topped it with tobiko. Other times, I combine spam with omelet and cucumber.








May 13, 2007


Hello..hello...I'm back..

January through April have been the busiest four months in my life...BUT.... here I am again, ready and excited to go back to my passion....FOOD

Enjoy the 5 following new entries below...Smile


Pastel Ayam

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My husband, Rico, loves pastel ayam so much and I was so happy to make it and succeeded. The taste is just perfect, the pastry is thin and a bit crusty on the outside. It reminds me of my auntie's pastel ayam.

When I was growing up I often watch her made pastel ayam. It seemed so simple... little did I know that it requires extra energy to flatten the pastry dough... =P My arms were sore from rolling the dough that I'm not even kidding... =P

Overall, the filling itself is easy to make. It requires time to make the dough, though. If you happen to have pasta machine it will make your life easier, but for me, since I don't make it very often I prefer to make it by hand... =)

Pastel Ayam / Chicken Pastry



1 bh wortel, diris kotak2 kecil, digodog -  carrots, cut into small cubes and boil

3 bks suun, digodog, diris2, bean vermicelli, boil and cut

1 ½ ikat seledri, celery

5 siung bawang putih ulek, garlic chopped

½ bawang merah, red onion chopped

1 batang bawang prey iris tipis2, leek thinly sliced

¼ kg dada ayam, di godog & iris tipis2. ½ lb boiled chicken breast, cut into small squares

5 butir telur, digodog & diiris tipis2, boiled eggs




1 oz mentega lelehkan, butter - melted

½ kaleng santan, can coconut milk

2 butir telur, eggs

garam, salt

6 cups tepung, flour


Instructions for Ingredients:
  1. Gongso bawang putih dan bawang merah

      Sautee garlic and red onion

    2.   Masukkan bawang prey, garam, merica

      Add in leek, salt and pepper

    3.   Tambahkan sledri dan suun

      Add in celery and bean vermicelli

    4.  Masukkan air, wortel dan ayam

      Bring in water, carrots and chicken


Instructions for Pastry:
  1. Campur mentega dengan telur dan garam, diuleni

      Mix melted butter with eggs and salt with hand

    2.   Masukkan tepung dan air ½ cup

      Add in flour and ½ cup of water





Sup Merah

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I made this soup so many times, especially during cold weathers. And over the time, I noticed that I am combining both recipes from my mom and my m.i.l., and the blend of both recipes brings out a truly wonderful taste.

The trick to a great sup merah lays in the boiled tomatoes, I loved mine a bit tart and sweet to balance the richness of the meats.

Sup Merah – Tomato Soup


1 kaleng maling potong kecil2 & goreng, can of spam cut into small pcs and fry

2 biji dada ayam potong kotak2 kecil, pcs of chicken breast cut into small cubes

¼ kg udang, ½ lb shrimp

Sosis daging dipotong kecil2 & goreng, beef sausage cut into small pieces and fry

Jamur kuping, ear mushroom

Wortel dipotong kecil2, carrots cut into small pieces

Seledri, Celery

Kacang polong, peas


6-8 siung bawang putih dipotong2, garlic, chopped

1 bawang bombay dipotong2 , onion, chopped

3-4 bj tomat direbus, pcs of tomatoes – boil

1 kaleng saus tomat, can of tomato paste

1-2 sdm kaldu ayam, tbs chicken stock

1 sdm anggur merah / arak, tbs cooking wine

1 sdm saus inggris, tbs worcestershire sauce

1 sdt pala, tsp nutmeg

½ std merica, tsp pepper

Gula, garam, sugar and salt

Kecap asin, soy sauce

1 ½ sdm tepung maizena campur dgn air, tbs cornstarch mixed with water



1.      Ayam & udang di marinate dengan kecap asin dan merica, biarkan beberapa menit

      Marinate chicken with soy sauce and pepper

2.      Panaskan minyak, masukkan bawang putih dan bawang bombay, kemudian ayam dan udang

      Add garlic and onion into preheated oil. Add the marinated chicken and shrimp

3.      Masukkan perasan air dari tomat

      Strain the tomato. Bring in the liquid from the boild tomatoes

4.      Masukkan kaldu ayam dan wortel

      Add in chicken stock and carrots

5.      Masukkan spam, sosis, jamur, saus tomat, gula, garam, pala

      Add in spam, sausage, mushrooms, tomato paste, sugar, salt and nutmeg

6.      Setelah wortel lunak, masukkan seledri dan kacang polong

      When the carrots is soft, add in celery and peas

7.      Masukkan maizena

      Add in the cornstarch



Roti Maling

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I dedicated this recipe for a friend who, after looking at the picture at my fs, asked for the recipe. This snack is one of my guilty pleasures =P My auntie made this all the time when I was growing up. Family, friends and relatives love it.

While I like the version that my auntie made, which is using the all purpose flour, the one posted above was using the whole wheat flour. It's one of my experiments that didn't go too well.. =P

I would suggest that you use the regular all purpose flour because the bread will come out softer and chewy and yummy... =)

Roti Maling - Spam Bread



3 bh telur, pc eggs

1 cup gula, sugar

1lb mentega lelehkan, butter - melted

1 sachet yeast campur dengan 1 cup air panas, mix with 1 cup of hot water

1 ½ kg tepung terigu, 2 lbs wheat flour

1 kaleng maling di sobek2, can of spam, shredded



1. Campur telur, gula, mentega, yeast dan tepung. Biarkan 1 jam sampai mengembang.

   Mix eggs, sugar, butter, yeast and flour. Let it stand for 1 hour to allow the dough double in size

2. Adonan di taburi maling, digulung dan dipotong2

   Top the dough with shredded spam, roll it and cut in few pieces

3. Olesi adonan dengan kuning telur atasnya, di oven 25-30 menit sampai kecoklatan

   Brush the dough with the egg yolk. Bake in a preheated 425F oven for about 25-30 minutes.




Empal goreng

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I would say that empal goreng is a common lunch or dinner food for many of Indonesian. The recipe I post here is just one of the many variations of empal goreng out there.

This particular recipe is very simple because you only need lots of garlic to bring in the taste of the meat. My grandma used to serve it with sop daging (clear beef & vegetable soup) and sambal terasi (shrimp paste chilli) and kecap manis (sweet soy bean sauce). My mom, on the other hand, most often serve it with nasi goreng terasi (spicy fried rice).

Whichever you choose, empal goreng is always good to be eaten with warm rice...  

Empal Goreng (Fried marinated beef)




1/2 kg Daging, 1 lb beef shanks

20 Bawang putih diulek, garlic - grind


Asem dicampur air secukupnya, tamarind mixed with 2 1tbs of water

Gula & garam, salt and sugar as needed



1.Godog daging sampai empuk, potong2 dan pukul2

   Boil beef until tender, cut into squares and pound until tender

2.Ulek daging dengan bumbu halus, biarkan sampai meresap beberapa menit dan goreng

   Mixed the beef with the garlic paste, tamarind and salt and sugar. Marinate for few minutes and fry in hot oil


Nasi goreng terasi ikan asin

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This food is one of the many of my mom's signature dishes. Our family loves spicy food and I remember even when I was still 5-6 years old I couldn't get enough of it. My mom would sometimes made it with ox-tongue instead of salted fish and I loved both version. 

One thing for sure this food always reminds me of home. Enjoy!

Nasi goreng ikan asin (Spicy fried rice with salted fish)



- 3 cups nasi putih, cooked rice

- 10 biji lombok besar, big red chilli

-5 biji lombok kecil, red Thai chilli

-10 bawang merah, shallots

-1 sdt terasi, tsp shrimp paste

-Gula dan garam, salt and sugar as needed

-Kecap manis, sweet soy bean sauce

-Ikan asin potong kecil2, salted fish - fried and cut into small cubes

-3 biji tomat potong kecil2, tomato cut into 4 small pieces

-Bawang merah goreng, fried shallots

-Krupuk, fish or shrimp fried crackers

-Telur ceplok, fried eggs

-Ketimun potong2, sliced cucumbers



1.Ulek bawang merah, lombok merah dan terasi

   Grind shallots, chillies and shrimp paste

2.Goreng bumbu yang sudah diulek sampai wangi

   Heat 1 tbs of oil and sautee the ingredients above until fragant

3.Masukkan nasi, tambahkan kecap manis, tomat dan ikan asin terakhir

   Add rice, sweet soy bean sauce and tomatoes and the salted fish

4. Setelah tercampur rata, ditaburi bawang merah goreng. Paling cocok dimakan dengan ketimun dan krupuk putih atau krupuk udang. Bisa juga dimakan dengan empal goreng.

   Mix the rice well and top it with fried shallots. It’s good eaten with sliced cucumbers, fried crackers and fried marinated beef.



January 20, 2007

Taking a break

I notice that more people visit this amateur food blog, especially after it's featured in Mbak Astri's website.

Thanks so much to all of you who visit this blog. Please feel free to say hi and drop me a message =)

I have many recipes that I wanted to post but I don't have time to do it due to my work schedule. So, I've decided to take a break from blogging for a while. I will still check out this blog and reply any message as well as do blog walking, however, I will not post any recipes until early May.

Again, thanks for visiting and please check out this blog again in May =)


November 26, 2006

Gudeg Jogja


My good friend & a very pregnant neighbour, fanny, has been craving for this food for quite some time and I have promised to make it for her since few months ago ;)

I finally made it, just for her, for our thanksgiving dinner this past Thursday. 

Although I made Gudeg only two times, they always turned out very good. So, I think every amateur cook like me can pull out this recipe =)

On both occasions I used the recipe from sexy chef.

This food is easy to make although a bit time consuming. But it's definitely worth the time and effort.


Gudeg Jogja (Green Jackfruit Stew)


- 600 gr nangka muda / green Jack fruit
- 3 sachet teh / black tea
- 4 daun salam / bay leaves   
- 2 cup santan / Coconut milk
- garam / salt
- gula merah sesuai selera / palm sugar, as needed

- 8 bw merah / Shallots
- 10 kemiri / Candle nuts
- 8 bw putih / Garlic cloves
- 1sdm ketumbar / tbs Coriander seeds
- 2 inches lengkuas / bruised Galanggal
- 1sdt terasi / tsp shrimp paste


1. Nangka direbus dengan air dan diberi 3 sachet teh.
    Boil jackfruit until tender along with 3 sachet of tea.
2. Tumis bumbu halus, masukkan ngangka rebus, daun salam, santan dan air.
    Sautee shallots, galangal, shrimp paste, grind candle nuts, coriander and garlic until fragrant, then add in the jackfruit, bay leaves, and water.
3. Tambahkan santan dan masak hinggak air meresap habis.
    Add coconut milk and let it cooked until all liquid absorbed.

Serve hot with rice and sambal krecek.



Sambal Krecek


This food is to be eaten with Gudeg. Very easy to make and you can adjust the spiciness according to your preference. I love mine especially very spicy and rather salty to balance the sweetness from Gudeg.

The recipe is also from sexy chef. But I exclude the pete (sator bean).

Sambel Krecek (Beef / Pork Rind Chilli Stew)


Krupuk krecek / fried beef or pork rind, pour with hot water.

5 cabe rawit / chilli

2 daun salam / bay leaves

garam / salt

6 bw merah / Shallots

4 bw putih / Garlic cloves

4 cabe merah / red chilli, grind

1 inches lengkuas / bruised galangal

½ sdt terasi / shrimp paste


1. Tumis bumbu hingga harum, tambahkan daun salam dan air.
    Sautee shallots, garlic, grind chilli, and galangal. Add bay leaves and water.

2. Masukkan cabe rawit utuh masak hingg matang.
    Add in 5 chilli, cook until soft.

3. Masukkan krupuk krecek yang sudah direndam air.
    Add fried beef or pork rind which already softened.

Serve hot with rice and Gudeg.


September 15, 2006

Nasi Tim Ayam Jamur

I got this recipe from my brother's gf, siu fang. It's her favorite breakfast food. However, you can also eat it for lunch or dinner.

I modify her recipe by adding ginger and sesame oil, I also cook the rice with chicken stock.

Nasi Tim Ayam Jamur (Rice topped with Chicken & Mushroom)



1 ayam, dada, potong kecil2 & rebus / chicken breast, cut in small squares, boil.
5 siung bw putih, ulek / garlic, grind
jamur: shitake, kancing / mushroom: shitake & button
jahe / ginger
minyak wijen / sesame oil
kecap manis / sweet soy sauce
kecap asin / soy sauce
saus tiram / oyster sauce



1. Bawang putih di gongso. Masukkan jahe, minyak wijen, kecap manis, asin, & saus tiram.
    Sautee garlic. Add ginger, sesame oil, sweet soy sauce, soy sauce, & oyster sauce.
2. Masukkan ayam & jamur, tambahkan air kaldu sedikit. Masak hingga air meresap.
    Add chicken & mushroom, about ½ cup of liquid from chicken stock. Cook until water is absorbed.


1. Gongso bawang putih sampai wangi, tambah kecap asin dan air kaldu ayam.
    Sautee garlic, add in soy sauce and the liquid from chicken stock.
2. Masukkan nasi, aduk sampai merata.
    Add in rice, stir evenly


1. Taruh ayam di mangkuk kecil. Tambahkan nasi di atasnya.
    In a small bowl, add in the chicken and mushroom, topped with rice.
2. Telungkupkan mangkuk kecil di atas piring. Nasi Tim Ayam siap di makan.
    Flip the bowl onto a plate and it’s ready to be eaten warm.



Empal Menado

This recipe is my husband's family recipe. whenever my mother-in-law made this food, she always made from both chicken and beef because Romana and I love the chicken version while Rico loves the beef version.

Empal Menado (Fried Marinated Meat)


1 kg daging sapi atau ayam / 2 lbs beef or chicken.
3 siung bw putih / garlic
5 siung bw merah / shallot / onion
6  kemiri / candlenut
2 sdm ketumbar / coriander seeds
½ sdt jinten / tsp cumin
1 sdt asem / tsp tamarind
jahe / ginger
laos / galangal
daun jeruk purut, sobek2 / kaffir lime leaves, shred
garam, gula / salt, sugar

* if using chicken: add kecap manis / sweet soy sauce


1. Rebus Daging, potong kecil2. Untuk ayam, potong kecil2 tidak usah di rebus.
    Boil the beef until soft, cut thinly. For chicken, just cut thinly without boiling.
2. Gongso ketumbar dan jinten tanpa minyak.
    Heat coriander seed and cumin without oil.
3. Ulek bw putih, bw merah, ketumar, jinten, jahe dan laos sampai halus.
    Grind garlic, onion, coriander, cumin, ginger and galangal
4. Goreng bumbu. Masukkan kecap manis, air sedikit, jeruk purut dan gula. Dinginkan..
    Sautee the spices with oil. Add in sweet soy sauce, lime leaves, salt and sugar. Let it cool.
5. Setelah dingin, masukkan daging ke dalam bumbu sampai meresap selama 1 jam.
    After it’s cool. Mix the meat with the sauce. Let marinate for 1 hour.
6. Goreng daging sampai matang.
    Fry meat until well done.




Pangsit Goreng


Pangsit Goreng (Fried Pork Wonton)



1 ½ oz daging babi cacah / pork, minced
1 plastik kulit pangsit / package wonton skin
5 siung bw putih / garlic
5 siung bw merah / shallot / onion
3 biji bw godong, iris2 / green onion, chopped
kecap manis / sweet soy sauce
½ sdt minyak wijen / tsp sesame oil
garam, merica / salt, pepper


1. Panaskan minyak, masukkan bawang putih dan bawang merah. Gongso sampe harum.
    Heat oil, add in garlic and onion. Sautee until translucent.

2. Masukkan babi cacah. Tambahkan minyak wijen, kecap manis, garam dan kaldu.
    Add in pork, sweet soy sauce, sesame oil, salt and pepper.
3. Masak hingga air hampir kering, tambahkan bawang daun.
    Let it cooked until the sauce almost dry, then the green onion.



September 09, 2006

Pangsit Mie Ayam

Pangsit Mie Ayam is perfect eaten anytime; I usually eat it both when the weather is cold or warm...

I got this recipe from Siu Fang, but I modified it by sprinkling about 2 tsp of sesame oil on the chicken and add pork wonton to accompany the noodle. You can also add meatballs if you like.


Pangsit Mie Ayam
(Egg noodle with chicken, pork wonton, mushrooms, garlic, green onion and vegetables served with soup)



1 ekor ayam kampung, potong kotak kecil / whole small chicken, cut in small squares
4 siung bw putih, cacah / cloves garlic, chopped
3 bw Bombay atau bw merah, cacah / yellow onion or shallot, chopped
4 sdm minyak / tbs oil
4 sdm kecap asin / tbs soy sauce
4 sdm kecap manis / tbs sweet soy sauce
½ gelas kaldu ayam / 2 cups chicken stock
½ sdm minyak wijen / sesame oil
garam / salt


1. Panaskan minyak, masukkan bawang putih dan bawang merah. Gongso sampe harum.
    Heat oil, add in garlic and onion. Sautee until translucent.
2. Masukkan ayam. Tambahkan kecap asin, kecap manis, garam dan kaldu.
    Add in chicken, sweet soy sauce, soy sauce, salt and chicken stock.
3. Godog hingga air hampir kering dan biarkan.
    Let it shimmer until almost dry.


8 siung bawang putih, parut sampai halus / garlic, mashed
8 sdm minyak babi atau ayam / oil from sautéed pork or chicken skin
4 sdm kecap asin / soy sauce
4 sdm kecap ikan / fish sauce
½ gelas kaldu ayam / chicken stock


Panaskan minyak. Masukkan bawang putih, kecap asin, kecap ikan, dan kaldu.
Heat oil. Add garlic, soy sauce, fish sauce and chicken stock


1 paket mie keriting, direbus / egg noodle,  boil
selada / lettuce
sawi / choy sum, steamed
bawang goreng / fried shallot
bawang daun, rajang halus
/ green onion, chopped


1. Taruh 2 sdm air minyak kedalam mangkuk kecil, campur dengan mie.
    On a separate bowl, add garlic oil and mixed with noodle.
2. Taruh selada di mangkuk saji kemudian masukkan mie.
    Put lettuce on a bowl and add on the mixed noodle.
3. Taruh ayam dan pangsit diatas mie. Tambahkan bawang daun dan bawang goreng.
    Add the chicken and fried wonton on top of the noodle. Add the green onion and fried shallot.  



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August 28, 2006

Kue Sus



Kue Sus or Choux Pastry reminds me of my childhood in Indonesia as I ate it so often when I was growing up.  My mom usually bought it from a bakery, and I never made kue sus from scratch before...luckily, my brother's gf, Siu Fang, visited me few weeks ago and taught me to make this custard puffs...yumm... Tongue out so far, I have already made this pastry a couple of times and my family loves it sooo much. Rico even ate them for breakfast, snack and dessert Sealed

Siu Fang's Kue Sus is definitely a keeper; the pastry itself is moist on the inside with a bit of crust on the outside, and the custard has a perfect sweetness & texture...yum..yum..yum..


Kue Sus



200 ml air / water

1 oz mentega /  butter

1 oz terigu / flour

3 butir telur / eggs



1. Masak air sampai mendidih. Masukkan Mentega. Aduk Rata.

   Boil water and add the butter and mix together.

2. Masukkan terigu dan asuk rata.

   Add the flour into the mixture and mix.

3. Taruh adonan di wadah lain dan masukkan telur. Mixer hingga rata.

    Put the paste into the mixer and add in the eggs. Beat it until well blended.

4. Di oven selama 35 menit dengan suhu 180 derajat Celcius atau 365 derajat Farenheit.

    Bake at 365 F for 35 minutes.



450 cc susu / milk

65 gr maizena / corn starch

1 kuning telur / egg yolks

1 sdm rhum / tbs rhum

1 sdm mentega / tbs butter

1 oz gula / oz sugar



1. Campur susu dan maizena, kemudian masak sampai mendidih.

   Mix milk and cornstarch. Cook until boiled.

2. Masukkan kuning telur, mentega, dan gula. Aduk rata.

   Add egg yolk, butter, and sugar. Mix until blended.

3. Masukkan rhum kalau adonanan sudah dingin.

   Add the rhum when the custard is at room temperature.





August 16, 2006

Sambal Goreng Tahu

Sambel Goreng Tahu or Stir Fry Bean Curd in Sweet Soy Sauce is an everyday Javanese Food. I cooked it at least once a month as it's very delicious and easy to prepare.

Sambal Goreng Tahu (Stir-Fry Bean Curd in Sweet Soy Sauce)



1 paket tahu, diris kecil2 dan digoreng / package bean curd, cut in small square and deep fry
5 telur rebus / eggs, boiled
3 siung bw putih, iris tipis / cloves garlic, thinly sliced
½ bw Bombay atau bw merah, iris tipis / yellow onion or shallot, thinly sliced
2 biji lombok besar, iris tipis / big red chilies, thinly sliced
jahe, iris tipis / ginger, thinly sliced
1 sdt terasi / teaspoon shrimp paste
kecap manis / sweet soy sauce
½ mangkuk kecil air / cup water
garam secukupnya / salt as needed
gula secukupnya / sugar as needed



1.       Panaskan minyak, masukkan bw putih, bawang merah dan terasi.
        Heat the oil over medium-high heat and add the garlic, onion, and shrimp paste.                 

2.       Masak sampai bawang berwarna transparan sekitar 5 menit.
        Cook until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.                                                                             

3.       Masukkan lombok dan jahe, dioseng2 sekitar 5 menit.
        Add the chilies and ginger. Stirring for about 5 minutes.                                                           

4.       Masukkan tahu goreng dan telur godog, kecap manis, air, garam dan gula.                     

     Add the fried bean curd and eggs. Stir in the sweet soy sauce, water, salt and sugar.

5.    Best eaten with warm rice.

Serves 5


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