Runny Cashew Chicken over Rice

Just a casual lunch among studying for PhD comprehensive exam. This fresh, made-to-portion, warm cashew chicken running down my rice really boosted my mood.

Garlic, green onions, soy sauce, oyster sauce, chicken, vinegar, brown sugar, Sichuan peppercorn, dried chili, sesame oil, sesame seed, salt, black pepper.

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37-hour Indonesian Smashed Pork Ribs

Again, melting pork ribs cooked for 37 hours, smashed with Indonesian fresh ground chili paste (sambal ulek). My pork shoulder roast has been beaten.

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37-hour Mom-style Sweet Soy Sauce Pork

One of my family’s winning dishes honed. Nothing so fancy – ginger, garlic, soy sauce, oyster sauce, pork ribs. Cooked for 37 hours sous vide then seared under broiler. The meat melted in my mouth, the sauce infused the rice, the ginger transformed into a sweet kick, the pork fat and gelatin mixed with the sauce.

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Scrap Chicken Soup

Turning leftovers into edible foods is always rewarding, moreover if they are delicious, like this dish.

Leftover onion, garlic, and shallot skin; stalks; roots; chicken carcass; carrots; corn; puff pastry. Thick and rich chicken-vegetable broth, enjoyed facing the woods.

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Mom-style Spaghetti

Winning children’s heart is another level of cooking. This dish, perfected over generations from my grandmother, has won many children’s hearts – made them think that my birthday happened everyday and they could go to my house anytime to eat my mom’s spaghetti.

Nothing fancy – onion, garlic, oregano, Worcester sauce, tomato sauce, tomato paste, fresh tomatoes, minced beef, any cheese (even we got used to Indonesian’s almost-tasteless cheese), salt, pepper. The sauce usually went out first and we ate the hot leftover pasta with melted Indonesian cheese.

Making and eating this dish really cured my homesick.

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Driando – Kembalilah (Lyric Video)

On YouTube: https://youtu.be/gdZTOI-w1Co

“Kembalilah” – (bedroom) tracking version
–KEMBALILAH Lyrics–
-Verse:

Gemilang di atas lain daratan

membuai asa

Sejenak kebanggaan nusantara

terhembus hilang
-Bridge:

Tapi tak akan berubah

bertahun kudibesarkan

Tanpanya takkan ada aku

seringkali kulupa
-Reff:

Kau takkan pernah sempat sadari hingga waktu terlambat nanti

dalam benakmu dengarkan

Kembalilah untuk Bangsa
Kau takkan pernah putar kembali

betapa kau dibutuhkan kini

dalam benakmu dengarkan

Kembalilah untuk Bangsa
Gemilang di atas lain daratan

membuai asa
-Bridge

-Reff
Terbayang semua gundahmu

Kuberbagi kecemasanmu

Namun semua akan sepadan

Kar’na kita sisa harapan
-Reff

-Reff
Kau takkan pernah sempat sadari hingga waktu terlambat nanti

dalam benakmu dengarkan

Kembalilah untuk Bangsa
Kau takkan pernah putar kembali

betapa kau dibutuhkan kini

dalam benakmu dengarkan

Kembalilah untuk Mereka…
Music & Lyrics by Driando

Indonesian “Pecel” with Homemade Bawang Goreng

Indonesian pecel is  mix of blanched/boiled/steamed vegetable with savory peanut sauce containing ground shallots, chili, palm sugar, salt, and sometimes candle nut. With the obligatory kerupuk (Indonesian cracker) and bawang goreng (fried shallots), this dish brings multiple layers of sensations – freshness of the vegetables, richness of the nutty spicy sauce, added depth of the fried shallots, and crunchiness from kerupuk.

INGREDIENTS

SAUCE

  • Peanut
  • Shallots
  • Chili
  • Candle nut
  • Palm sugar
  • Salt

VEGETABLES

  • Spinach
  • Carrots
  • Cabbage
  • Beansprouts
  • French green bean

GRANISH

  • Shallots
  • Kerupuk

STEPS

  1. Blanch the vegetables in boiling water for 1-2 minutes until vibrant, strain
  2. Ground all the sauce ingredients and add boiling water until slightly watery
  3. Coat sliced shallots with flour, fry until golden brown
  4. Fry kerupuk until well-expanded
  5. Serve with a dash of sweet soy sauce (kecap)

My Perfection Burger, FINALLY!!!

I don’t crave Shake Shack anymore. Seriously. Seriously!!! After many trials and errors, I understand the perfect burger is about super fluffy bun, charred outside – juicy inside flavor-bursting patty, sharp yellow cheddar cheese, and a humble pair of lettuce and tomato. 
INGREDIENTS

  • 1.5 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp ketchup
  • 1/4 tsp sharp mustard (I use Norwich)
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper
  • A pinch of paprika
  • A pinch of garlic powder
  • Super soft burger bun (I love Martin’s. And yes I’m still working on how to make such a industry-only super softness)
  • Frying oil (I use canola)
  • 1/3 lbs 80:20 ground beef
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground blackpepper
  • A slice of sharp cheddar cheese
  • A piece of lettuce
  • A slice of tomato

DIRECTIONS

  1. Make the sauce by mixing the first ingredients before the bun
  2. Heat oiled pan on medium until starts to smoke
  3. Season one surface of burger patty generously with salt and blackpepper, and put the seasoned side on the heated pan. Use pan lid to cover to prevent too much smoke.
  4. Press gently with spatula until around 1/3 inch thick, wait for about 2 minutes or until crust is formed but not much burnt
  5. Flip and season the other side, then put the cheddar cheese on top. Wait for about 60-90 seconds
  6. Stack: bottom bun, sauce, patty, lettuce, tomato, top bun.
  7. BAM!!