Oct 2, 2014

Acar Ketimun

It’s time for me to redo a few of my older recipes. Some of those photos are atrocious, really. If these were actual prints, I’d build a camp fire to ritually burn them and wildly dance around it while the ashes rise high above me. Anyhow… I’m starting with my beloved acar ketimun. If ever there was a food staple in our home, this one is it. Whenever I cook…

Sep 24, 2014

Indonesian Glazed Meatballs

I so wanted to call these ‘keigoeie ballen’ (that’s Dutch to you, I know), or perhaps even ‘awesome sauce’. Bottomline: these are the real deal. So crazy good that the guys continue to fight over who gets the last meatball. Silly men. Me, of course. Here’s how it started: a couple of weeks ago I ran into Lonny Gerungan’s Kecap sauce during grocery shopping, and on a whim I decided…

May 29, 2014

Sambal Badjak

I cannot imagine my life and cooking without sambal. It’s the most-often used condiment in our house. I have a wide array of sambals in my fridge, ranging anywhere from an extremely hot Surinamese to mellow, sweet and flavorful Indonesian sambals. I add some to most things I cook. Heck, I don’t even think about it, and not just when cooking Indonesian or Surinamese. I use it to liven up…

Oct 1, 2013

Babi Tjin

Or Babi Chin, as it’s called in English. All these different names can get confusing! I’m no spring chicken anymore and it’s hard to keep up in my old age. Whatever you want to call it, it’s always a delicious and very simple dish: pork in dark soy sauce. Very straightforward. Doesn’t require a whole lot of exotic ingredients and is probably even considered pantry cooking to a lot of…

Sep 23, 2013

Seroendeng

Even though I grew up with big bowls of seroendeng on our dinner table, I can’t remember my mom ever making this wonderfully seasoned Indonesian coconut & peanut mix herself. Same goes for me. And why? I have no idea. It’s dead-simple. Especially this straightforward version. Now that I made it myself I can tell you that I will never want to eat store-bought seroendeng again. This tastes a thousand,…

Aug 26, 2013

Indonesian Potato Croquettes

Or Kroket Kentang, as they’re officially called. Kroketten are the best snacks in the world. I adored these as a little girl; the crunchy exterior forms a wonderful contrast against the fluffy mashed potatoes, and then you hit the jackpot and taste that slightly sweet, salty and savoury beef that brings everything together. Unfortunately, this was one of the rare Indonesian recipes that neither my mom nor grandmother made. So…