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Baileys Ice Cream

Baileys Ice Cream

Living outside the United States will not stop me from celebrating Ice Cream Day. Celebrated annually since 1984 on the third Sunday of July in the United States, the unofficially holiday celebrates everyone’s favorite sweet treat. Ice cream is without a doubt one of my […]

Apple Cinnamon Crepes

Apple Cinnamon Crepes

Bored with your everyday pancakes? With a little adjustment, make crepes for your breakfast variation. Crepe is essentially the thinner cousin to pancakes. My favorite part of making crepes is how easy they are to fold. In addition, they are incredible versatile with practically endless […]

Egg Mayo Sandwich

Egg Mayo Sandwich

Eggs are surely the heroes of the breakfast table. They are versatile, affordable, and easy protein source that are always available in refrigerator. I love to eat eggs by themselves, but they can get boring. This Egg Mayo Sandwich recipe is one of the example how to spice up the plain eggs. (more…)

Honey Almond Bread

Honey Almond Bread

Who does not love fresh-baked bread from the oven with its tantalizing aroma and goodness? I am not actually a bread lover, but there is simple pleasure from holding a slice of fresh and warm bread in your hand, one that you made from scratch […]

Crispy Dory Fillets with Sambal Matah

Crispy Dory Fillets with Sambal Matah

I made this Crispy Dory Fillets with Sambal Matah using the Sambal Matah recipe I previously posted. The dish is actually very easy and one of the most popular ways to serve with the condiment. Originally from Bali, sambal matah can be translated as “raw […]

Sambal Matah (Balinese Raw Sambal)

Sambal Matah (Balinese Raw Sambal)

Sambal is essentially one thing Indonesians can not live without, including me. It is basically a condiment in chili sauce or paste form and made from a mixture of chili peppers with other seasonings and spices. The unique combination of spiciness and umami in sambal is the secret to Indonesian cuisine’s delicious reputation. There are actually hundreds sambal varieties available throughout the archipelago and Sambal matah has been tremendously gaining popularity for the last few years. In fact, one of the biggest instant noodle producers in Indonesia released sambal matah flavored chili sauce in the form of fried noodles.

Originally from Bali, sambal matah can be translated as “raw sambal” or “raw chili sauce.” The defining characteristic of this sambal is in its spiciness and freshness. The recipe is so easy, but each bite will deliver an umami flavor bomb in a way that has me wanting to spoon the dish over and over again. All you need to do is to cut the ingredients, and then mix them with seasonings and hot oil. Simple right? You can almost eat this with everything from grilled seafood, roasted pork belly, and fried chicken. Whip up a batch and enjoy a week dose of this umami greatness. (more…)

Beef Mentaiko Rice Bowl

Beef Mentaiko Rice Bowl

Salmon mentaiko, beef mentaiko, and mentaiko sushi…  It seems like mentaiko dishes have been trending on my social media for the last few weeks. Mentaiko dishes have been gaining popularity nowadays and as a foodie, I was curious of how they tasted like. You could […]

Japanese Chicken Curry

Japanese Chicken Curry

I grew up watching anime series during my childhood. I still remember about that one mouthwatering moment wherein my favorite character sits down to devour a delicious meal. The food portrayed an appealing look that represents the art of Japanese cuisine often leaves me feeling […]

Lemon Mint Tea

Lemon Mint Tea

Things are getting a bit hectic for me at this moment. I have been getting an enormous stress at work. It seems like there is not enough time in the day to take care of everything. I just want to stop the madness and take everything in slow motion. Everything I need is to empty my mind, close my eyes, and chill with a cup of good tea. Lemon mint tea is my option of the day. (more…)

Dorayaki

Dorayaki

Do you know this food? When I was in elementary school, I liked to watch cartoon series called Doraemon (ドラえもん). They were aired at well-known local TV channel every weekend, so most people in my generation should know this cartoon. The story revolves around a […]

Mini Walnut Banana Bread Loaves

Mini Walnut Banana Bread Loaves

Bananas are one of those fruits that always lingering around my kitchen. They are great for filling the stomach especially when I do not have time in the morning. But we know that bananas are sold in bunches not soon after, they start getting covered […]

Biji Salak (Sweet Potato Balls with Palm Sugar Porridge and Coconut Cream)

Biji Salak (Sweet Potato Balls with Palm Sugar Porridge and Coconut Cream)

This month is the holy month of Ramadan. In Indonesia, the country with the world’s largest Muslim population in the world, Muslims typically wake up before dawn to eat a suhoor meal, fast through the day, and nourish throughout the day during the iftar, or evening meal for 30 days during the Ramadan. This time is actually the best time to taste some Indonesian traditional foods and snacks. Only in Ramadan, we can see pop-up street food stalls during afternoon selling seasonal takjil (light iftar snacks that are served for breaking the fast) and traditional snacks. Biji Salak is actually a popular traditional takjil dessert you can easily find and my must-eat food only during Ramadan, may be because I grow up with it. (more…)