Making Pizza with Odel and Chiara

We met again after 8 years – Chiara was 3 and Odel was 1 when I babysat them in Indonesia. Seeing them to be grown ups is really magical. And I am surprised to find the chemistry between us doesn’t change – forever my sweethearts

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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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)

Flu Food – What You Can Cook Best During a Severe Flu with No Grocery

During flu, I always crave for soupy, spicy, hot foods. While going out of home is impossible with the lousiness, making a lazy personal hotpot worked for me with no grocery (thanks to my collection of spices and left-over frozen fishes). So, the concept is simply making a rich broth or stock (with bones) by throwing away ingredients rich in flavors. This time, I used some frozen pollock fish fillets, kelp, and seaweed. Then, you can add seasonings as you like. I added gochujang, fish sauce, paprika, onion, and garlic (all powder since there’s no energy to mince some, and it blends better). No measuring, just tasting as you please!

Home-fermented Indonesian fried Tempe / Tempeh

This is the mos beautiful thing I’ve ever made so far.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup of dry soybean
  • Water
  • 1 tbsp of vinnegar
  • 1 pinch of Tempe starter (“ragi tempe” on eBay)
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Salt
  • Sweet soy sauce

EQUIPMENTS

  • Large pot or sauce pan
  • Strainer
  • Kitchen towel
  • Plastic bag (punctured every 1/2 inch)
  • Frying pan

STEPS

  1. Soak soybean in a pot with 3 times amount of water overnight
  2. Crush soybean with hand until it splits and the skin floats
  3. Remove as much skin as possible
  4. Boil in 2 times amount of water for 1 hour
  5. Drain and spread the beans on kitchen towel and dry it until it’s dry to touch
  6. Remove it into a dry bowl, add vinnegar and mix well
  7. Add tempe starter and wix well
  8. Scoop the beans into plastic bag, making about 1 inch thick
  9. Put it on rack with good air circulation. Keep it in warm room temperature (~75 F or 26-30 degree Celsius).
  10. It’s done when it’s solid white, to stop the fermentation put it in the fridge (stop it as soon as you see some black spots)
  11. Cut and fry in oil until golden brown, sprinkle with salt and enjoy with sweet soy sauce.

Quick Agedashi Tofu

One of my favorite hi-protein, low-carb and low-fat dishes here!

INGREDIENTS

  • Soft / silky tofu
  • Corn / potato starch
  • Frying oil
  • Chopped green onions
  • Katsuoboshi (shaved dried fish)
  • Soy sauce
  • Mirin

STEPS

  1. Heat oil until 350 F at least half of the height of the tofu
  2. Cut tofu into 1.5 inch x 1.5 inch pieces
  3. Cover in corn or potato starch
  4. Fry until lightly golden
  5. Heat up 1:1.25 mirin:soy sauce, just bring to boil and done
  6. Garnish with katsuoboshi and green onions

My First Xiao Long Bao – Ribeye & NY Strip Steak Leftovers

These are what my ribeye and new york strip steaks turned out to be! Yes, I did not eat most of the fat of the steak and put the cuts aside to use later. I’m happy that the good steaks turned into good exploding balls for breakfast, nothing is wasted.

INGREDIENTS

  • Leftover meat cuts
  • 1 stalk green onion, julienned
  • 1 thumb ginger, peeled, julienned
  • Water
  • 1 small package of gelatin
  • 1 cup flour
  • hot water
  • 2 tbsp oil

STEPS

  1. Boil the leftovers with the green onion and ginger, wait until the flavors are out, add salt or soy sauce to taste
  2. Reduce until about 1 cup
  3. Add the gelatin while it’s hot, remove it to a flat container and keep it in the fridge until solid (about 3 hours)
  4. Make the skin by stirring the remaining ingredients until mixed evenly. Add more hot water until it forms a dough
  5. Knead dough until smooth and bounces back, divide into thumb-size cuts
  6. Make the cuts into balls, and flatten as thin as possible but with thicker (around 2 mm) center
  7. Mince the hardened soup and tuck it inside the skin (google or YouTube the technique)
  8. Steam for about 6 minutes
  9. After it cools down, put the whole thing in your mouth and let it explodes
  10. BAM