Deyana Goh

A Brief History of Tempeh

Tempeh has gained global popularity, especially with vegans. But when was it invented, and how did it come to be such an important staple?

Ikan Goreng: Deep Fried Fish

Ikan goreng is a common way of cooking fish in the Malay Archipelago. Fish steaks are marinated in spices, then deep-fried in very hot oil.

Okra Balado: Stir-Fried Okra in Chilli Tomato Sauce (Vegan)

An adaptation of the traditional dishes from the Padang region. Combines the crunch of okra with the spicy, punchy taste of sambal balado.

Thai food vs Indonesian food: What’s the difference?

We explore how cooking methods, combinations of ingredients, and specific spices lend very different flavours to Thai and Indonesian cuisines.

Bubur Ketan / Pulut Hitam: Black Glutinous Rice Dessert Porridge (Vegan)

Bubur ketan or pulut hitam, literally “black glutinous rice porridge”, is a sweet dessert porridge that’s common to the Malay Archipelago.

Ayam Suwir Crispy: Crispy Fried Shredded Chicken

Ayam suwir crispy is a dish of chicken breast that’s been boiled, shredded, spiced, and then deep-fried. Serve with sambal or chili sauce.

Deyana’s Sambal Dabu-Dabu Lilang: Manado Chopped Chilli & Lime Sambal (Vegan)

Sambal dabu-dabu is a popular recipe from Sulawesi. Hot oil and lime juice are poured over a mix of chopped chillies, tomatoes and shallots.

Spaghetti Sambal Tomat: Spaghetti with Indonesian Tomato Sambal (Vegan)

An easy recipe for spaghetti in Indonesian tomato sambal. Tomatoes, chilies, onions and garlic are fried and blended into a spaghetti sauce.

Perkedel Tahu: Deep Fried Tofu Fritters

Recipe for Perkedel Tahu, a deep fried patty of mashed tofu and eggs — a variant of the more common potato version. A protein-rich snack!

Asam Padeh (Asam Pedas): Malay Tamarind and Chilli Fish Curry

Recipe for Asam padeh / pedas — a common fish curry with a refreshing, complex flavour made using a paste of dried chillies and tamarind.

About Me

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Deyana was born in Singapore and lives there. She is half-Chinese, half-Arab, with a grandmother who was born to an Arab family in Bogor, Indonesia. Deyana grew up eating Indonesian food as it is cooked in Arab-Indonesian households, and has fond memories of the festive whole chicken stuffed with lamb.

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