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…

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…

Coleslaw ala KFC

Serves 4 I prepared some fried spicy chicken for dinner and was thinking of what kind of salad would best suit it. So, I was thinking of some coleslaw KFC to go along. They were delicious together with chili sauce and ketchup. It turn out that making is is so simple and with low budget…

Es Jeruk

Makes one beer glass Another drink besides ‘Es Teh Manis‘ that is a must in an Indonesian restaurant drink selection is “Es Jeruk”. If the western have orange juice, we Indonesian have es jeruk, made out of calamansi oranges. Here in Japan, this oranges are in season and very cheap. The difference is that they…

Soda Gembira

Serves 1 With all this wind blowing and weather getting colder, most of my neighbors catch heavy colds, including myself albeit lightly. There is a favorite  soda drink in Indonesia believed to prevent windy situations and eventually becoming a cold. It is called Soda Gembira literally means ‘Happy Soda’, this is usually sold in tea…

Es Teh Manis

Serves 1 The drink Indonesians’ can’t live without, ‘Es Teh Manis”, very sweet black jasmine tea on the rock. It goes well with all the food you eat. If you intend to open and Indonesian outlet or restaurant, I suggest that you don’t leave out ‘es teh manis’, because it is so imbedded in life…

Triple Cheese Anchovies Pizza

Makes 1 There are times that you feel like assembling and not cooking. This recipe is one of those times. I missed some hot adjaruli kachapuries, especially those with anchovies. Making it from scratch will take days, so I decide to take a short cut by just buying some ready made pizza dough. The result…