Apr 22, 2013

Selada Ayam Bami

Now and then I run into unique books. Books that leave an impression and are so much more than just plain cook books. This is one of them. The book is called Boekoe Bangsa, which means ‘Book of the family‘, and really, it’s the perfect name for it. It’s a book filled with beautiful, heartwarming and inspiring stories from Indonesian, Indonesian-Chinese and Moluccan families. In Dutch, though. It’s a book…

Jan 28, 2013

Babi Ketjap

Babi Ketjap (kecap) is a typically Indonesian dish: pork simmered in a sweet soy sauce. You can cook this with various types of pork. Whatever you have in your freezer is fair game: pork belly, pork legs, pork steaks. Choices, choices! This recipe belongs to my grandma. Back in those days it was hard (at least in the Netherlands) to get your hands on ingredients like fresh ginger, that’s one…

Jul 5, 2012

Smothered Cucumber

Grab a pillow and… just kidding! Cucumber. One of the most underestimated vegetables-fruits. More old-school cooking at Kayotic Kitchen. The wonderful flavor and pureness of this dish makes up for the total lack of aesthetics. Good food doesn’t have to be expensive, difficult or even time-consuming. Here’s what you do with a simple cucumber: turn it into a fast and flavorful atjar (Indonesian sweet and sour side dish). This recipe…

Jun 17, 2012

Semur Daging Djawa

Semur is derived from the Dutch word ‘smoor‘, which means smothered. Daging lembu is beef and Djawa means Java. Javanese beef stew. It was one of my favorite meals as a kid. I loved coming home from school and getting hit with the smell of this slow-braised beef with sweet soy sauce, onion and warm spices simmering. This is the only sweet dish I really like. Once you have a bite…

Jun 4, 2012

Babi Pangang

The first thing that came to mind after tasting my five-spice blend was: Babi Pangang. Babi means pig and Pangang (Panggang) means roasted. Roasted pig, it’s a #1 dish served in many of our Chinese-Indonesian restaurants. There’s one tiny problem though: what meat and cooking technique to use. It varies. Some go for slow roasted pork belly (this is the more common way) while others stick to pork steaks and…

Mar 26, 2012

Kayotic Ajam Paniki

Woke up with a sore throat this morning. Not good… not good at all. Too much to do and no time to get sick. Chili peppers seem to relieve the pain of a sore throat for me, so a spicy dish was in order. This is one of the few boemboe’s (Bumbu)—a wet Indonesian herb and spice pasta—you can often find in my pantry. The commercial version, that is. It…