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Holiday sweets

The holidays are here and each culture brings its own delicious sweets. In Holland they celebrate Sinterklaas (in English Saint Nicolas – patron of children, sailors and the city of Amsterdam, arrives by boat from Spain with his white horse and his helpers). The official holiday is on his birthday on December 6th. He brings…

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Kiss Me Coco

Close your eyes and smell the roses! Another scent comes into play, which is that of coconut. We present our tropical delight: Coconut Ice Cream with Rose Syrup. Use a melon ball scooper for about 5 vanilla ice cream balls per serving. Roll them in a bed of grated coconut and put them in a classic…

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Satay Pisang Goreng

Today, in our Nouvelle Indo Cuisine series we have: Satay (sate) Pisang Goreng. When we hear satay, it makes us think of the skewered meat treat, usually marinated pieces of pork, lamb or chicken barbecued to a nice crispy edge and topped with peanut sauce or ketjap manis (sweet soy sauce). An out-of-the-box approach is the Satay…

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Kelepon

These delicious little balls are a traditional sweet snack from Java, Indonesia. Don’t be fooled by their innocent look, as these little spheres of delight, made of rice flour with grated coconut, contain a well concealed surprise. I call them little culinary time bombs, that will explode in your mouth as soon as you take a bite in…

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Buyersguide – Toko To Go To

Toko is the generic Indonesian word for store or shop. In the Netherlands it is known as a specialty grocery store selling mainly Asian food products of which the owners are generally Indo-European, native Indonesian, Surinamese, Chinese or Vietnamese. Sourcing Indonesian grocery’s at Dutch and Asian specialty stores in the USA is still quite challenging but…

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PB & J Noodles

What? Talking unusual combinations in food, means talking about indo food! The whole cuisine is a fusion of different things, making for the most interesting and surprising palet pleasers. I grew up with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and cheese sandwiches with strawberry jelly. When I got to Jakarta, I was introduced to the wonderful…

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Love Food

There is no better way to say “I love you” by serving this comfort food, which goes straight to the heart. This is a time-saving recipe with some short cuts.  Of course you can make everything fresh, like the mashed potatoes from scratch with boiled potatoes. You will need: 1 lbs minced beef 2 tbsp…

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Fruitza

Why not? It’s summer and I thought I reinvented something better than sliced bread: the fruitza! But no, it’s been around. Nevertheless, I think it’s a refreshing and responsible alternative to the pizza and also as midday summer snack. Look at the picture and that there is your recipe! Be inspired and make you own…

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Indonuts

Have a Donut Indo Style: INDONUT! Those little light ‘n scrumptious dough tubes deserve a make over! Or, as I prefer to say “Indonize it!” Spice it up with  sambal oelek or have it with special peanut sauce and freshly pounded peanuts. How about the choc-‘n-cheese, sweet ‘n tart or the klepon style filled with Javanese palm…

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Gado Gado Wraps

Gado Gado has its roots in Indonesia, but this meal is popular in many different Asian countries who have their own version. It is renowned worldwide for its nutritious and tasty composition of blanched vegetables and spiced peanut dressing. Usually, Gado Gado is served on a platter with a cup of peanut dressing in the center…

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Telor Setan

This dish is great for brunch and a hit hors d’oevres at parties! This short recipe gives deviled eggs that Indo twist – kick! Here we go: 6 hard boiled eggs 4 tablespoons sambal oelek 4 tablespoons mayonaise Split eggs in half, take out the yolk and put in a bowl. Add the mayonaise and…

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To Boldly cook…

…what no one has cooked before. That motto is embraced by those eager to explore unknown territory in the culinary universe. When it comes to Indo Dutch cooking, America is at the dawn of a whole new discovery. You may have heard the proverb “unknown is unloved!” That may apply to some, but if you are…

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Kolak Labu Kuning

I once ordered ‘cola’ at an Indonesian restaurant in LA many years ago. Instead I was served ‘kolak’. I looked very surprised and said to the waiter that I meant the drink. Oh, you mean ‘coke or pepsi?!’ Anyway, I decided to finish the kolak and it turned out to be the better choice. Kolak…

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Corn Fritters

It’s autumn and around this time of the year we are bombarded with corn on the cobs at farmer’s markets and grocery stores. That led to my craving for perkedel jagung (also known as bakwan jagung or corn fritters in English). The word ‘perkedel’ is believed to be derived from the Dutch ‘frikadel’, which comes…

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Cake Surabaya

Picture a summer afternoon, around 4 pm, on the beautifully adorned veranda overlooking a colorful garden and majestic mountains in the background. While sitting on the stylish designed rattan lounge chaise, a slight breeze is not only touching your skin, it is also bringing you the sweet, sweet, sweet scent of gardenias. A perfect time and…

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Cendol Shots

Cendol pronounced Chendol is one of those classic dessert drinks for all ages. It just got promoted to the ranks of ‘adults only’.  The original recipe calls for coconut milk,  melted palm sugar and green rice flour jellies. It is now infused with coconut rum. Yowsa Yowsa!

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