MALAY STYLE FRIED CHICKEN WITH CURRY LEAVES

If you live in Auckland and love Malaysian food, you’ve heard of the legendary KK Malaysian Restaurant in Epsom. It’s truly Malaysian — from decor, food to service hahaha. The hit and miss service is probably why I find myself dreading going back for more in between my visits. One of their most famous signature…

THAI INSPIRED CHICKEN MEATBALLS

On weekdays I often dread cooking dinner, especially on the days when my husband goes to the gym after work and I go to the yoga studio after work. Relying on public transport means I don’t get home until 8 PM some days on these busy nights and the last thing I want to do…

BABI KECAP: INDONESIAN BRAISED PORK BELLY

My first ever pork recipe in this blog! I didn’t realise 😀 Growing up in a Muslim-predominent country with a Mum who couldn’t stand the smell of pork (apparently since getting pregnant with me, the smell of pork has been making her nauseous) made me not eat pork until I turned 19! Yes, I was…

TAKEOUT STYLE SOYA CHICKEN ON CHICKEN RICE

There is a takeaway stall near home that we venture to when we basically don’t feel like cooking and washing dishes. This place sells really good soya chicken on rice. For $10 you get soya chicken, plain rice, a sad amount of ginger and scallion oil and some blanched bok choy. My last visit there…

LAZY SATAY CHICKEN MEAL

Why lazy? Because it’s basically stir fried chicken with peanut sauce. There is no grilling process, or even skewering process. And because I am bound to a ‘tradition’ somewhat, am not mixing vegetables with the chicken stir fry. Peanut sauce is usually used as a dip for chicken satay in Indonesia, so there’s no such…

OREK TEMPE: INDONESIAN TEMPEH STIR FRY

In Indonesia (especially Java, where it originated from) tempeh is one of the most versatile, cheapest alternative source of protein commonly used in homecooked meals. I remember growing up always having either tofu or tempeh as a side dish for dinner (typical Indonesian home dinner would be rice with several varieties of side dishes). It…

WARMING CHICKEN AND LEEK PIE

My dear friend Tristen is a brilliant chef. One day in 2012 he came over to my small one bedroom apartment and decided in a whim that he would cook us (total 4 of us) lunch. He improvised with stuff I already had at home, went out and got pastry — 2 hours later we…

INDONESIAN CHICKEN AND MUSHROOMS NOODLES

This dish is one of those things that make me miss my hometown, Jakarta the most. There are so many, and am telling you like it is without any exaggeration — SO MANY dry noodles dish stalls throughout the city. From those big franchise style shops, small stalls in the markets, in the garage of…

MINESTRONE SOUP

I still remember the memory of my very first practical cooking class. It was a crisp Spring morning in Auckland, New Zealand and I was super excited to wear my chef whites (chef jacket) for the first time, and finally doing what I loved doing — cooking! It was a very fun class, taught by…

GRILLED CHICKEN WITH COCONUT RICE

Winter. Sometimes what you need is hearty meals. Unfortunately my Indo-Chinese tongue can be hard to please sometimes. There are times that I crave foods that are loaded with herbs and spices — those complex, rich flavour. A simple stew, or a pie, just won’t do! It was raining when we walked into the supermarket….

MIE TEK TEK: INDOMIE GORENG FROM SCRATCH!

Undoubtedly the white packet of Indomie Goreng is one of Indonesia’s most famous products, not only locally, but also internationally. I’ve travelled quite a bit and I’ve always seen the packets in international supermarkets. I am quietly proud of this — Indomie Goreng is utterly delicious, and I always have a big pack of 10…

NASI GORENG: MY TAKE ON INDONESIAN FRIED RICE

Anyone who’s ever been to Indonesia surely knows how proud we are with our nasi goreng… a.k.a. fried rice. It tastes different to the Malaysian and Singaporean siblings; the best kind is found late at night, sold from those moving (or not moving) street carts and served with cucumber and carrot pickles, and crispy crackers….