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….

PAN FRIED SNAPPER WITH LEMON BUTTER SAUCE AND THE EASIEST SIDES EVER

Following the success of my very quick potato and green beans side (featured in this recipe, served with lamb), I started thinking on how to improve it. Maybe with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, more herbs, more butter, more salt? My stomach was playing up that day — I’m quite susceptible to having heartburns….

CHEAP AND CHEERFUL: TURMERIC LEMONGRASS CHICKEN ON RICE

I lived in Malaysia for 5 years and during those out-of-adolescence years I developed a fondness on one of their street food dishes, ayam masak kunyit, which is translated to chicken cooked in turmeric. I always felt bad upon eating it because it would be so oil-ladened… so unhealthy! Basically stir fry of onions, green…

LEMON PARSLEY CHICKEN MEAL

Upon returning home from recent travels, I was craving whole foods real bad. Gone were the days when I ate loads on a three week trip throughout the United States. I experienced real Mexican food, incredible burgers, mindblowing pastas, delicious pizza (with jalapenos!), so many cups of milkshakes, bad coffee, and the list goes on….

FLASH MEAL: LAMB WITH POTATOES AND GREEN BEANS

Multitasking. It’s a skill that is so important when I get super tired and cranky after a long day of work but still wanting a hearty, nutritious and most importantly delicious meal. Being a food obsessed person that I am, I think of what i want to cook for dinner since I have my breakfast….

SOTO AYAM: INDONESIAN CHICKEN SOUP

Although Chinese-Indonesian, my Mom cooks excellent native Indonesian food. She loves the punch all the herbs and spices give to give you heartwarming, full of flavour dishes. One of the dishes she does so well is soto ayam, or Indonesian yellow chicken soup. Her workers and friends, mostly native Indonesians often praise her soto, asking…

THAI (INSPIRED) CHICKEN CAKE

During my stint working in a cafe, this was one of our more popular cabinet food. Well, what looked like this anyway. This version of Thai chicken cake has been heavily modified. The original version was bulked with spaghetti, drenched with sweet chilli sauce and rather sweet, with not as much vegetables as my version. I’ve…

PUMPKIN AND COCONUT SOUP

I had been working in a pub kitchen when my British sous chef taught me how to make soup without any brain. A monkey could do it, he said with a cheery, confident voice. So a monkey I was, watching him chop things, finding scraps, adding zest of an orange that was going bad. Having…

CHEAT RED BEEF CURRY

I sometimes find myself craving takeaway Thai curry. Creamy and slightly sweet, piping hot on white rice. Sadly not many places do good takeaway curry. They are often characterised with things I am not a fan of; lack of herbs, too much sweetness, not very much meat, overcooked vegetables. And they cut me back $10…

KOBBIDEH KABOB STYLE DINNER

Of all the things that I should have been missing from my 5 years University life in Kuala Lumpur, Middle Eastern food isn’t one of them. I used to eat them heaps. Where I used to study, there were many people from UAE, Iran, Pakistan, Syria… you name it, they were there. My ex boyfriend and…

KALE, KUMARA AND HALOUMI SALAD

I absolutely love watching Masterchef Australia. Every single episode makes me hungry, inspired and raiding the pantry! If you haven’t already, do watch it. It’s bloody addictive. In one of the episodes a contestant cooked with grilled haloumi cheese, which made me crave for grilled haloumi — so when my flatmate Yvonne generously offered that…