Ayam Pelalah

Serves 4 When I say that I come from Indonesia, not everybody knows that there is country called Indonesia but almost everybody knows Bali and sometimes think Indonesia is part of Bali, that’s ok. Besides their great culture and beaches, Balinese food is very tasty and spicy. This island and it’s neighboring Lombok has similar…

Grilled Squid

Serves 2 Another Indonesian all time favorite seafood stall menu is grilled squid. This is a perfect menu for the Novice Gardener Friday Fiesta . The one thing that I just knew is that the method they prepared it was inspired from Japanese cooking with additional Indonesian favorite ingredients such as lime, kecap and honey. This is…

Bacem

“Bacem” is a method of marinating chicken, tofu and tempe with some spices, coconut sugar and sometimes coconut water. Coconut sugar is very expensive so you can substitute with brown sugar/palm sugar and kecap/sweet soy sauce instead. This is a typical cuisine from central Java. Tempe and tahu bacem can be eaten as snacks together…

Padang Chili Crab

Serves 2 Crabs were cheap in the market so I bought a bunch. I cleaned it up and toss it in the fridge until I forgot I had bought them. One day, my husband got a call from Indonesia and told me that a senior colleague will visit us soon. He also wanted to test…

Tempe Penyet

Wow, it is December again already and we are heading for the new year. Time flies so fast when you have too many things on your plate. Today, will be the last batch of the second relish series and we are making Tempe Penyet, an authentic Javanese relish. The dish consist of fried tempe and…

Sambal Gami

Sambal Gami is a served fresh relish from Kalimantan. You have no choice but to grind it with a mortar. The relish is served with grilled fish together with hot rice and some fresh assorted salads. Beside the fish, you can eat it with fried tempe and tofu if you like. This is a dish…

Sambal Petis

Fried tofu with petis relish, hhmm.. this is so tasty to have as an afternoon snack. Served hot with the petis relish and some fresh small green chilies. Today, we will prepare the petis relish and the fried tofu you can buy from the supermarket or market. Petis is a more thick pasty type of…