Food… this week travel theme. What can I say about food? I love to cook even though I am not at all an expert for this type of activity. I find it hard to follow recipe 🙂 so improvisation is my expertise haha!
When you away from your home town, you can’t help yourself missing your mom’s cooking or many other food that you love. Me in this case, often wanting food from my childhood and because it is hard to find a shop or my mom who is in Bali -which is impossible for her to make it for me- so I have to make it myself. Once again, I am not good at the beginning but hey… I’ll get there 😀
My first food will be something is called ‘lemper’ which the ingredients are glutinous rice, chicken, lime leaves and come many herbs. It supposed to be without the kaffir lime leaves but hey… it’s me again, improvising my food 😀 The original size of ‘lemper’ is quite big, maybe about 3-4 bites but I use to make it as big as sushi size, so it should be 1-2 bites. It suits for cocktail party, barbeque or birthday party but one has to be careful because this tiny food is really heavy, I mean you can get full very easily just to eat 4-5 pieces –my sushi ‘lemper’- I got the recipe from Mbak Astri Nugraha site and thanks to her that I don’t need to go to Indonesia to have this at home 🙂
I know that I wrote about this food in my other post and because this is one of my favorite dessert so I think, yeah… why not put again in this post 😀 but this is a different angle of shot haha! Choux pastry aka ‘kue sus’ is something that I love to eat when I grew up. I can eat this pastry a lot maybe until my stomach couldn’t cope with the amount of these LOL!!! I found a very easy recipe to follow and to make this delicious dessert and you know what… you can make your own burger using this pastry. Sometimes, I want to have lighter bread for my burger and now I found the solution. The pastry has very savoury taste which you can combine with any type of meat you want or any type of cream. Well… it might not suit everyone but for me this is a perfect way to have lighter burger 🙂
Third picture shows you my interpretation of gyoza aka Japanese dumpling with Indonesian twist. As usual, I put some Indonesian herbs inside to make it special, well… actually the original recipe is already brilliant but by adding some ingredients from my roots, it makes it becomes a gyoza with character 🙂 I follow the recipe from my Wagamama cook book that I got as a farewell present from my manager when I left England for Stockholm. Yeah, I worked in Wagamama in Windsor before and every time I have this gyoza, it always reminds me about my good old times there, oooohh….how I miss England so much! But soon I’ll have time to spent and visit those places in the UK 🙂 yeyyy… soon, very soon!!!
Tori Kara Age -yet again- with Indonesian twist is another of our favourite food, hmmm… snack to be precise. My P and I could finish half kilo of this, what can we say… we are so addicted with this 😛 Even some of our friends in Stockholm love it too when I bring to their party. It made from chicken which marinated with sake, some herbs and soya, and coated with egg, another recipe from my Wagamama cook book. As Indonesian, I love to have it with some rice or fried noodle 😀 but you can eat it just as it is or maybe you can put it on top of any salad. Once you taste it, I’m sure you will have some more 🙂 and because it is so light you will not realize how much Tori Kara Age you have eaten within second -as per our experience every time we face this food in front of us- haha 😀 Or… when you visit Wagamama UK, then try to order this side dish and tell me how you like them. I haven’t try the Wagamama Stockholm, that’s why I don’t know how it taste, well… I supposed it will taste the same but you never know 🙂
Here it comes another Indonesian snack called ‘Sosis Solo’ which my P called it Indonesian pancake 😛 Actually the interpretation is quite right because the skin is made from a pancake and I use minced meat and herbs inside. It can be quite filling and it is perfect for any kind of party in any season. You even could do many variation of filling –as I did a couple of times- from chicken, pork, beef, prawns or just veggie such as carrot, peas, spinach and spring onion. I don’t know if it is still called ‘Sosis Solo’ when you change the filling but for me, it is still the same *call me stubborn* 😀 Every time I go to visit my family in Bali, my sister and I definitely go to one of the supermarket and buy one or two ‘Sosis Solo’ 🙂 and of course some other Indonesian dessert that until now I don’t have ability to make it in Stockholm. Some of them because of the ingredients and some of them because of the form or special equipment that is needed to make it.
In the last picture is wanton with Indonesian twist, I put some Indonesia herbs in it so the taste is completely different with wanton that you could find in a Chinese restaurant. Again… I love to improvise everything, so if in a usual situation you will find wanton in a bowl of soup, this time I made it in pasta sauce with my own Indonesian meatball 🙂 and my P said the taste is brilliant *of course, as I told you before that he is my biggest fan :P*
Wow… look at this, what a long post LOL!!! I need to stop myself to put more pictures because I don’t want to make you get bored to read this post. Hope you enjoy the post and if you have change to visit Stockholm, you might find yourself in my backyard eating one of this food 🙂
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