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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 […]

No-Bake Blackberry Cheesecake

No-Bake Blackberry Cheesecake

No-bake cheesecakes are such an easy, no fuss cheesecake recipe made from scratch. They are one of my favorite things to make during any type of celebration. It is perfect when you need something quick and easy, anywhere in any kitchen although you do not […]

Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Coconut Cookies

Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Coconut Cookies

More than a few of my friends have been starting to adopt plant-based diet (vegan) in their lifestyles lately. I have to admit that I was skeptical if vegan recipes can taste good or even better than non-vegan recipes. Therefor, I have been feeling inspired to bake and try my first vegan recipe with my favorite cookies, chocolate chip cookies.

On top of being vegan cookies, I also made the cookies with gluten free ingredients, substituting the all purpose flour with coconut flour. I was just curious about how they will turn out because most vegan food is also associated with gluten-free food although being it really seems that some gluten free specialty food are not vegan. For more added protein and healthy fat, I added some peanut butter, making this Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Coconut Cookies recipe. (more…)

Iced Matcha Milk Tea with Red Bean

Iced Matcha Milk Tea with Red Bean

Matcha seems to be everywhere these days, from baked goods to drinks. The frenzy has spread to all corners of the food and beverage industries. You can even find matcha latte in nearby Starbucks now. The popularity of this finely bright green hue powder comes […]

Onion Rings

Onion Rings

My friend made these tasty onion rings during our gathering and they were easily devoured in no time. I absolutely did not want to miss the recipe, so I asked her for the recipe. Here it is, a recipe for perfectly golden light crispy onion […]

Miso Soup

Miso Soup

Many of you should have probably tried miso soup at least one if you have visited Japanese restaurants. The Japanese people consider miso soup as a staple in their lifestyle. The soup is commonly served as a small portion side dish to complement a meal. In Japan, people begin their day with a bowl of miso soup, believed to stimulate digestion and energise the body. (more…)

Candied Roselle

Candied Roselle

My mom often bought candied roselle when I was little. I still remember that it used to be one of our favorite sweets during that time. These maroon fruit gradually became scarce here and the candied roselle we frequently bought also could not be found […]

Roselle Tea

Roselle Tea

Roselle is usually sold in dry form in the market. Therefore, when these fresh lovely maroon fruits caught my eyes during my trip to Singkawang, West Kalimantan, I just cannot resist to bring them home. You can make roselle tea by steeping parts of the plant […]

Matcha White Chocolate Brownies

Matcha White Chocolate Brownies

I have never been one to go crazy over brownies because I found them too sweet or chocolaty to my liking. So, I wanted to try something different this time by incorporating my favorite matcha into the classic baked treats.

Adding matcha powder seriously took white chocolate brownies to the next level. These Matcha White Chocolate Brownies are fudgy and moist, with earthy and bitter matcha flavor that does not overwhelm the sweetness from white chocolate. I also scattered crushed almonds on top for added texture for every bites. (more…)

Thyme Lemonade

Thyme Lemonade

I have been obsessed with making my own infused tea using leftover fresh herbs on my pantry. Brewing herbs into tea is a great solution to finish off the herbs easily and quickly. This time, I had leftover thyme and lemon on my pantry after […]

No-Bake Tiramisu Cake

No-Bake Tiramisu Cake

I am not actually a huge fan of coffee, but there is always something irresistible with tiramisu. The Italian word tiramisu can be translated in several ways to “pick me up” or “cheer me up” or “lift me up” and they all work for me. Tiramisu is a recipe […]

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

I personally have always felt like making lunch or dinner is quite a hurdle. Unless you plan on being home all day, you either have to prep the recipes or buy fresh ingredients ahead of time. I was in the mood of something tasty but it does not have to be complicated or time consuming. Therefore, I decided to whip up this easy Spaghetti Aglio e Olio, pasta in garlic and oil sauce, using minimal ingredients in just 20 minutes.

I think Spaghetti Aglio e Olio is simple, understated, and delicious. The main ingredients that go into this recipe are spaghetti, olive oil, garlic, salt, red pepper flakes, and parsley, and do not leave a generous helping of parmesan cheese on top. Although it only takes a couple of basic ingredients from the pantry, it still requires some basic methods to be done right. When it is cooked correctly, the dish should result in a perfectly scented but not overpowering extra virgin oil-infused garlic, wrapped around al dente pasta and complimented with the salty bite of parmesan and fresh parsley.  (more…)