Relatives of Poffertjes in Indonesia

Have you ever heard of poffertjes, the mini pancakes from the Netherlands?  Its size might be small, but its influence has been great. This little sweet treat from the Netherlands has relatives in Indonesia. Traces of its culinary DNA can be found in sweet Indonesian treats like kue cubit, kue cerabi and kue pukis. Indonesian…

Devil’s Chicken – Ayam Setan

It’s Halloween time! The time when people enjoy being scared and dress up as scary figures. Well, if you are into that kind of thing and are wondering what to serve for your Halloween dinner party, look no further; Ayam Setan is your answer. The Devil’s in this dish, as the little red hot chili…

Pangsit Goreng – a delicious crispy surprise

An old time favorite and no.1 on the Indofood appetizer chart: Pangsit Goreng. This deep-fried dumpling with special meat mixture was a great starter at our restaurant Djokja in Amsterdam. One regular guest would always call ahead: “I am on my way, can you have 3 orders of Pangsit Goreng ready at my table?” Pangsit Goreng…

Dendeng Ragi

Dendeng Ragi – Sliced beef with grated coconut. Dendeng originally comes from West Sumatra and means thinly dried meat, which is preserved through a mixture of spicy marinate and dried through the frying process – originally in the sun. Dendeng Ragi, it’s distant cousin from middle Java region is soft and somewhat sweet in taste.…

BATAVIA CLUB CANAPÉ

Picture the grand old ‘Hotel Des Indes’ in Batavia (Jakarta’s colonial name). It was a famous hotel in the days when travel meant long journeys by rail or sea and where the rich and famous of its day would stay. Where during official functions and private regal feasts, local jongos, or male servants, would carry…