Photo: The Legendary Mbah Lindu

Gudeg is a traditional cuisine from the city of Yogyakarta. Gudeg is a slow cooking spiced young jackfruit which is being cooked in the claypot for hours.  Gudeg is normally being served for breakfast with white rice and chicken. Hence, as a traditional food, you can find gudeg in every street corner. One of those seller is Setyo Utomo who is also known as Mbah Lindu. Many believe that Mbah Lindu is the eldest gudeg maker in the town.
 
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Unlike many elderly people who choose to stay at home and take rest, Mbah Lindu choose to continue working at her old age by cooking and selling gudeg.

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The 96 years old lady has been cooking and selling gudeg since the 40s before the Japanese troops occupied Indonesia in 1942

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Everyday, the mother of five would make 15 kg of gudeg along with other dishes such as areh and sambel goreng krecek which then would be sold in the following day at her street stall in Jalan Sosrowijayan. Her stall opens from 5 a.m to 10 a.m . She is normally being assisted by her youngest daughter Ratiah who acts as a cashier.

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Mbah Lindu mentioned that she decided to continue selling gudeg at her old age because she feels healthier for being active. For her, age is just a number. It does not stop her tough yet hard working spirit from working on daily basis. Clearly, she does what she loves, cooking and selling gudeg.

Therefore, if you happen to visit Yogyakarta, you must try gudeg especially gudeg Mbah Lindu. Mbah Lindu stall is located in Jalan Sosrowijayan in Malioboro area.
I personally like it because it is not very sweet. Other than that, it is somewhat a different experience if you have gudeg which is made by the oldest gudeg maker in town.

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Kitchen: Tumis Asparagus Tauge Jambal

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  1. 1 tbs of vegetable oil
  2. 2 cloves of garlic (crushed and finely chopped)
  3. 1 cloves of shallot (finely chopped)
  4. 1 tsp of soy sauce
  5. 1 tsp of salt
  6. 1/1 tsp of sugar
  7. 2 cup of bean sprout
  8. 1 cup of sea catfish (fried and dice them-it can be replaced with other dried seafish)
  9. 10 stalks of asparagus (cut into 3 cm)
  10. 6 red chilies (cut diagonally)
  11. 3 cherry tomato (cut them half)

Directions:

  1. In a frying pan, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat for 30 seconds;
  2. Place chopped garlic and shallot, stir them quickly;
  3. Turn down the heat into medium low heat and add bean sprout, chopped fish, chopped chilies and tomatoes, mix them well;
  4. Add soy sauce, salt and sugar into the mixed veggie and continue to stir them together for 3 minutes over medium low heat;
  5. Add the chopped asparagus and stir it quickly over medium heat for 2 minutes;
  6. Turn off the heat and transfer them into serving dish and serve it with hot white/red rice while it is hot.

Happy cooking!

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Kitchen: Thai Basil Chicken

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Homemade Thai Basil Chicken with Yellow Pepper [2016:EO]

Ingredients:

  1. 500 gr of ground chicken
  2. 6 cloves of garlic
  3. 8 thai chilies
  4. 2 tbs of vegetable oil
  5. 1 tbs of oyster sauce
  6. 1 tbs of light soy sauce
  7. 1/2 tsp of sugar
  8. 1 tsp of salt
  9. a bunch of fresh basil
Directions:
  1. In a food processor, place garlic as well as thai chilies, process them until finely ground;
  2. In a frying pan, heat the vegetable oil over the medium high heat for 30 seconds; place the garlic and chili paste;
  3. Add the ground chicken and stir them together over medium low heat for 2 minutes;
  4. Add oyster sauce, light soy sauce, sugar, salt and basil; stir them well quickly and let it cook over medium heat for 8 minutes;
  5. Turn off the heat and transfer it to serving plate;
  6. Serve the Thai basil chicken with hot rice, over easy egg and slice of cucumber.

PS: You can also add some vegetable such as  yellow pepper, asparagus, string bean or sweet bean into the Thai basil chicken.

Happy cooking!

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Kitchen: Veggie Tom Kha Gai

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Homemade veggie tom kha gai [2016:EO]

Ingredients: 

  1. 6 cups of coconut milk (If you use can coconut, add 3 cups of water so it is not too rich)
  2. 1 boneless chicken breast (cut into small chunk)
  3. 3 cm of galangal (crushed)
  4. 3 stalks of lemon grass (crushed and chopped into 5 cm)
  5. 1 white onion (cut into thick wedges)
  6. 2 tomatoes (cut into thick wedges)
  7. 6  fresh of kaffir lime leaves (break the leaves into pieces to release the flavor)
  8. 200 gr of button mushrooms (cut into four pieces)
  9. 100 gr of sweet bean (cut into two pieces)
  10. 3 small tofu (cut into small chunk)
  11. 100 gr of pumpkin (cut into small chunk)
  12. 10 red chillies (cut them diagonally)
  13. 1/2 tsp of salt
  14. 1/4 tsp of sugar
  15. 4 tbs of lime juice
  16. a bunch of cilantro

Directions:

  1. In a small pot, place 3 cups of coconut milk, crushed galangal as well as  chopped lemon  grass and cook them over low medium heat;
  2. As the coconut milk begins to cook, place the chicken chunk and add another 3 cups of coconut milk; stir them quickly in one direction and continue to cook them over low medium heat;
  3. Add the salt, sugar, chili, onion and tomatoes and stir them quickly in one direction and let them cook for 1 minute;
  4. Add the chopped tofu, mushroom as well as pumpkin, and let it cook for 10 minutes but make sure that it is not fully boil, hence the coconut milk will not be overcooked; add the sweet bean and cook it for 1 minute that way the sweet bean stay green;
  5. Turn the heat down, add the lime juice and also a bunch of cilantro; stir them quickly;
  6. Transfer the veggie tom kha gai into serving bowl and serve it with white/red rice  while it is still hot.

Happy cooking!

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Kitchen: Minahasan Spicy Tuna

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Homemade Minahasan Tuna Fufu (Spicy Tuna)

Ingredients 

  1. 2 tbs vegetable oil
  2. 1 tin of tuna in water
  3. 2 stalks of lemon grass (crushed)
  4. 2 tbs of lime juice
  5. a bunch of fresh basil leaves
  6. 6 fresh kaffir lime leaves (finely chopped)
  7. 2 cm of galangal (crushed)
  8. 3 cm of ginger (crushed)
  9. 1 tsp of grilled shrimp paste
  10. 10 red chilli
  11. 5 cayenne pepper
  12. 1 tsp of salt
  13. 1/2 tsp of sugar
  14. 8 of shallots

Directions 

  1. Open the tin tuna, drain and pat it dry;
  2. Seasoning paste: In a food processor, add grilled shrimp paste, red chili, cayenne pepper, salt, sugar and shallots; process them until finely ground;
  3. In a frying pan, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat, add the seasoning paste, crushed galangal, crushed ginger as well as lemon grass. Let it cook it  2 minutes;
  4. Add the tuna and mix it well with the seasoning paste for 5 minutes;
  5. Add chopped fresh kaffir lime leaves and fresh basil, stir them well together and let it cook  for 15 minutes;
  6. Transfer the tuna fufu into a serving dish and serve it with hot rice and stir-fried papaya leaves or papaya flowers.
  7. The tuna fufu can also be served while it is cold.

Happy cooking!

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Kitchen: Ayam Betutu Gilimanuk

Ayam Betutu Gilimanuk [2016:EO]

Ayam Betutu Gilimanuk [2016:EO]

One of my favorite chicken dish is Ayam Betutu Gilimanuk, it is a Balinese spiced roasted chicken which is served with boiled spinach water (kangkung), fried peanuts, Balinese raw chili (sambal matah) and plain white rice. I must say that I had it quite regularly when I lived in Jakarta because it is very tasty and filling. When I lived in Jakarta, I normally went to Ayam Betutu Gilimanuk in Jalan Wolter Mongisidi, Kebayoran Baru which was close to both my office as well as my home. I never tried to make one at home. However, since I got pregnant and have been craving for various Indonesian cuisines including Ayam Betutu Gilimanuk, I decided to give a shot and the result is pretty good. It is very easy but it takes sometimes.

Ingredients 

  1. 1  whole chicken
  2. 2  stems of lemon grass (crush)
  3. 2  bay leaves
  4. 1 large banana leaves to wrap the chicken
  5. aluminium foil
  6. 80 ml of vegetable oil
  7. 15 chili
  8. 4 cm of fresh ginger
  9. 4 cm of fresh turmeric (roasted)
  10. 4 cm of fresh galangal
  11. 2 stems of lemon grass (chopped)
  12. 10 shallots
  13. 6 garlic
  14. 4 candlenut
  15. 1 tsp of coriander seed
  16. 4 kaffir lime leaves
  17. 1/2 tsp black-pepper
  18. 2 tsp salt

Ingredients for Sambal Matah 

  1. 2  garlic (finely chopped)
  2. 8 shallot (finely chopped)
  3. 1/2 tsp of dried shrimp paste (quickly grilled)
  4. 10 red chilli (finely chopped)
  5. 2 stems of lemon grass (finely chopped)
  6. 2 kaffir lime leaves (finely chopped)
  7. 1/2 tbs sugar
  8. 1/2 tsp salt
  9. 1 tbs lemon juice
  10. 3 tbs coconut oil

Directions:

  1. Wash the chicken, pat it dry and place it aside;
  2. Seasoning paste: In food processor, process chili, ginger, turmeric, galangal, lemon grass, shallot, garlic, candlenut, coriander seed, kaffir lime leaves, blackener and salt until finely ground;
  3. In frying pan, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat, add the seasoning paste and cook it for 4 minutes;
  4. Over banana leaves, place the chicken and spread the cooked seasoning paste evenly over the chicken, including inside the chicken;
  5. Wrap in banana leaves and wrap it again in aluminum foil;
  6. Steam the chicken over medium-high heat for 2 hours;
  7. After being steamed, roast the chicken at 185 C for 2 hours.
  8. Sambal Matah: place all sambal matah ingredients into a small bowl and mix it together; heat the coconut oil over medium heat for 3 minutes; pour the heated coconut oil into the mixed ingredients and stir it all the ingredients well.
  9. Serve Ayam Betutu Gilimanuk with plain rice, sambal matah, fried peanuts and boiled spinach water.

Happy cooking!

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