Category Archives: Family’s Recipe

Sambal Pencok Puteh

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Another sambal recipe that becomes my family’s favorite dish, Sambal Pencok Puteh. Unlike usual sambal that has red color, this sambal is white (puteh=putih=white). To add another differences, it is more liquify and poured onto mashed-steamed stuffs, like egg, eggplant, tempe, or tofu. Yes, steamed, not fried. Interesting, isn’t it ? ^^ And it is a finger-licking good and rice-consuming for sure. So, be prepared 😉

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Homemade Martabak (Arabic Stuffed Pancake)

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Martabak is one of Arabic’s (or maybe Indian’s) dish that is very famous here. We have it as street food. The original martabak (one that is sold) is made with special thin and very elastic layer. They make it by  turning and throwing the dough at the same time, like this man doing from 0:25

Well, this site won’t be named Cooking4Dummy if i’m doing that, right ? 😀 Instead, i use spring roll wrappers to substitute. Not dumpling wrappers though, cause they are a bit thicker. And for the seasoning, i use Gulai (red curry) instant seasoning. So, it is as easy as you can imagine 😉

Let’s do it!

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Nasi Goreng (Indonesian Fried Rice)

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Nasi goreng or fried rice is really a common food here in Indonesia. You can find it everywhere, as street food or 5-stars restaurant cuisine. And though it is one of my favorite dish, i found it too simple that i thought it is a trivial recipe. Not until i found out that Nasi Goreng is World’s 2nd most delicious food according to CNN. I’m like.. really ? Well, i mean.. it is REALLY really delicious for me.. but i’m so surprise to find out that is what others’ thought too 😀

So, in order to write this, i intentionally scaled up my ingredients. It’s hard, you know. Since i use to make this from scraps, meaning what is left and there. This is my best effort for it lol.

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Tempe Bacem

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It’s too quiet here for too long. My bad. I both was busy and lost my spirit to go to kitchen. Well, am trying to get back on track, now. Starting with a small step, this simple yet delicious mom’s recipe, Tempe Bacem. I don’t know what to call it in English, please tell me on the comment below if you happen to know. Thank you :*

Anyway, if you haven’t met tempe before, it is a food product from fermented soybeans, that has cake-like form. It is originated from Indonesia, my country (yeeey ^_^). I love its spongy-crunchy texture.

Bacem itself actually means marinate or soak a food in sugar and salt water, so the food will last longer. In javanese, we do bacem with palm sugar. So, you will expect its taste should be sweet, but not candy sweet.

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Ox-Tongue Steak (Indonesian/Mom Style)

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Here in Indonesia, it is hard (expensive) to have a steak quality beef. So, unlike western-like steak which the beef only being grilled (after being marinated, sometimes), we need to process our beef more to have it tender enough to be a steak. Hammering with meat tenderizer might not be enough. Some need to rub the meat with pineapple juice first. Well, mom like to boil it in pressure cooker.

Actually, i don’t know whether this recipe is really Indonesian style or just my mom’s recipe :P. Instead of marinate the meat, mom prefers to slow cook it with the gravy. After that, you may grilled it. But mom’s never done that. It’s already delicious the way it is.

For last Christmas lunch party we decided to have this Ox-Tongue Steak, of course Mom’s style. So here’s the recipe (i try to be punctual because mom does it in approximation way >.< )
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Ca Cai (Chinese Mixed Veggies)

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This is my favorite dish to cook in daily basis. It’s simple, easy, almost fail-proof, and fast. Not only we can have vary veggies in one plate, but also protein also. So, this one this only should be enough to fulfill our nutrition. And.. have i mentioned that it is very simple to make ? (yes, i have) In fact, this is one of first dish i manage to cook by my self ^^

So.. let’s start ^^

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Bean & Bone Soup (Sup Brenebon)

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This is one of my Grandma’s best dishes. When she was still with us and healthy enough to cook, we barely had Christmas without this soup. Her Brenebon soup is so red, thick, and delicious. I have never taste any better Brenebon soup than hers. She had 3 daughters, but she told the secret to my mom (her in law). Lucky me !! ^^

Brenebon soup is originated from Dutch. My grandma had a Dutch blood, so well.. maybe she had the secret from her ancestor 😀 But here, this is a famous dish from Manado. It is actually a red bean and pork leg / rib soup. And the pork is, of course, can be substitute with rib eye or oxtail, or even chicken if you want to. But please, don’t expect to beat my Grandma’s recipe with that 😛

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