Kitchen: Indonesian Sambel Tomat

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In the making of Indonesian Sambal Tomat (Spicy tomato sauce) [2016:EO]

Ingredients:

  1. 1 medium size tomato (chopped into chunk)
  2. 2 small size shallots (chopped into chunk)
  3. 8 pieces of red chili  (chopped into chunk)
  4. 1/4 tsp of shrimp paste (grilled)
  5. 1/2 tsp of salt
  6. a pinch of sugar
  7. 1 tsp of vegetable oil (sun flower oil/olive oil/canola oil)

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Sambel Tomat [2016:EO]

Direction:

  1. In a frying pan, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat for 30 seconds;
  2. Add the chopped tomato, chopped shallot and chopped chili into frying pan and cooked it for 3 minutes over medium low hit until it gets soft;
  3. Transfer the cooked vegetable into stone mortar;
  4. Add the shrimp paste, salt and sugar into it;
  5. With the stone pestle, pound all the ingredients until it breaks down; continue to grind and mash the ingredients well into paste;
  6. As all the ingredients turn into paste, the sambal is ready to be served with all kind of dishes.

PS: If you do not have mortar and pestle, you can make sambal with food processor.

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Kitchen: Tumis Asparagus Tauge Jambal

14370127_10154416097780761_5461020917422472839_n-1Ingredients:

  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: 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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Notes: I Love Cooking

Preparation for 'Tumis Daun Pucuk Labu' [2013: Oktofani]

Preparation for ‘Tumis Daun Pucuk Labu’ [2013: Oktofani]

When it comes to food, I am actually quiet picky! I’d rather having a good homemade Indonesian food for lunch than having cheese burger and french fries from McDonald or steak with baked potato from any fancy good restaurant for dinner.

Since I moved to Jakarta, I always have a problem to find a good yet delicious homemade Indonesian food especially Javanese dish in Jakarta. Well, I would say that I can find hundred of them selling those homemade Indonesian food but most of them were tasteless. Whether the soto ayam is too oily, fried chicken is not well fried or tumis kangkung is too salty. It sucks.  Man… I need a real food! I need a healthy, clean yet delicious Indonesian food.

Therefore, as I have been taught how to cook  and any kind of recipes are available online, I start to use my cooking knowledge to cook my favorite Indonesian dish such as pepes ikan kembung, tumis kacang panjang, cah bayam, tempe goreng, pepes tahu, tumis daun singkong ikan teri, sayur asem, empal gepuk, tumis daging sapi or tumis bunga pepaya.

Sometimes I also make Western food such as broccoli pasta, salmon steak or beef steak. But it is very rarely.

I always make sure that I have complete source of nutrition on the table for my family. I always make a vegetable dish, meat or fish, rice and sambal in my dining table.  I love the idea of always having healthy food. It is just perfect for everybody! I even am in love with my own cooking! I love cooking!

Actually I like the idea of fancy dining in a good French, Italian or Japanese restaurant with a good bottle of wine. I like the culture of it where we can enjoy our meal, have fun and have a conversation over wine. But I am just not a big fans of Western food.

You know what they say? You can take the girl out of the village but you cannot take the village out of her. I love Indonesian food so much.

Tumis Daun Pucuk Labu [2013: Oktofani]

Tumis Daun Pucuk Labu [2013: Oktofani]

Tumis Bunga Pepaya [2012: Oktofani]

Tumis Bunga Pepaya [2012: Oktofani]

Pepes Tahu [2013: Oktofani]

Pepes Tahu [2013: Oktofani]

Preparation for Pepes Ikan Kembung [2013: Oktofani]

Preparation for Pepes Ikan Kembung [2013: Oktofani]

Salmon Steak with Vegetable Salad [2012: Oktofani]

Salmon Steak with Vegetable Salad [2012: Oktofani]

Tumis Kacang Panjang, Nasi Putih dan Sambal Terasi [2012: Oktofani]

Tumis Kacang Panjang, Nasi Putih dan Sambal Terasi [2012: Oktofani]


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