Goat meat tongseng

Serves 4 At night, Indonesian like to drop by to stalls selling assorted sate. They will also order ‘tongseng’ to go with the rice and the sate. This is not something that I like or will order. It is basically soup with goat meat and shredded cabbage served hot. Lately, my friends were sending me…

Beef Green Moong Daal Soup

Serves 4 Green Moong Dal is a very healthy bean that we Indonesian believes will help pregnant woman have babies with thick hair and have more breast milk.This is also a supplement for toddlers to prevent them from malnutrition in the early stages. The common method of preparing this is to make it as a…

Kale in Coconut Milk

Serves 4 I was craving for some cassava leaves curry, unfortunately cassava leafs are very rare here in Japan. So, I googled to find inspirations from other fellow Indonesians living abroad and most of them refer ‘Kale’as substitute. Oh,this is great, Kale is in season and it was delivered by my grocery store today. You…

Bala-Bala

Makes 16 Pieces A very popular snack found in local coffee stalls or fried snack stalls, ‘bala-bala’ will always be there. So, I think it is necessary to add this recipe because the food is imbedded in the daily life of the Indonesians. Very easy to make, just add all the ingredients in a bowl…

Stir Fry Squid in Black Ink

Serves 2 A lunch buffet stall menu, “stir fry squid in black ink”, they usually use the small squid and add chopped green chilies. Large squids is here in season and I change the green chili to chopped green onion. Squid black ink gives that unique tasty flavor to the dish. I couldn’t have enough…

Potato Perkedel

Makes 8 patties A popular lunch buffet dish, ‘perkedel kentang’ or potato perkedel. This dish is very often served in Indonesian homes together with another chili dish and plain chicken soup. It taste like the western croquette but without the bread crumbs. A very humble recipe and mostly liked by toddlers. Ingredients: 100 gr minced…

Padang Fried Omellete

Serves 3 I think the best tasting deep fried omelet is the one sold in Padang restaurants. It is tasty and thick. For years I wondered how they made it, it turns out that they use duck eggs and chili relish as spices. To keep it strong, they use corn starch or flour then deep…