Hussars Salad – Dutch East Indies Style

In many countries, this popular salad is also known as Russian salad. In Holland, this is a very popular meal known as  ‘huzaren salade’ (Hussars salad), which the Dutch brought  to the archipelago of the Netherlands East Indies (now known as Indonesia). There are different stories about the origin of this salad. It is said…

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…

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…

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…

Gado Gado In A Jar

Take your Gado Gado salad with you in a jar! Layers full of goodness. Build a jar with this exotic salad full of flavor and it is ready for you to eat at lunch. You either tip the salad into a bowl or you shake up your salad and eat straight from the jar. Don’t…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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!