Nunuk Sri Rahayu

Gulai Cumi Bunting: Padang-style ‘Pregnant’ Squid

A Padang-style gulai dish (a spicy coconut curry). Each squid is stuffed with tofu and egg, and then simmered in the gulai gravy until tender.

Ayam Goreng Lengkuas: Galangal Fried Chicken

A unique fried chicken dish from West Java. Here, the chicken is simmered in spices, deep fried, then topped with galangal floss.

Sambal Pecel: Peanut Sauce with Lime Leaves and Kencur (Vegan)

A spicy peanut-based sauce that’s creamy and slightly tart, enjoyed with a boiled vegetable salad (pecel) and as a dip for fried snacks.

Jus Alpukat: Avocado Juice

A hugely popular dessert drink in Indonesia. It’s essentially a shake made from avocados blended with milk and ice - healthy and filling.

Sambal Rebon: Dried Tiny-Shrimp Sambal

A sambal made of dried super-tiny shrimp, or rebon. Here, rebon is fried with shallots and chillies to give a crunchy, spicy condiment.

Karang Binaci Embi: Madurese Goat Ribs in Spicy Sauce

A dish from Madura, consisting of goat ribs simmered in spices until the sauce thickens and the ribs are well-coated with a rich sauce.

Es Jeruk: Iced Orange Juice (Vegan)

One of the most common drinks served in Indonesian eateries. It’s basically orange juice, water, and sugar — refreshingly sweet and citrusy.

Bumbu Dasar Merah: Basic Red Spice Paste

Bumbu dasar merah is a blend of spices that can be pre-made in batches. It can be used in a variety of dishes like nasi goreng and rendang.

Ayam Penyet: East Javanese “Smashed” Fried Chicken

A hugely popular dish consisting of fried chicken that’s been flattened, served with steamed rice, sambal, lalapan, and tofu and tempeh.

Dadar Gulung: Rolled Pancake with Grated Coconut Filling (Vegan)

A rolled pancake stuffed with sweet grated coconut. A popular sweet snack found all over Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei.

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Nunuk hails from Solo, the historic royal capital and cultural centre of Java, Indonesia. She has been cooking since the age of 12, and also performs and teaches traditional Javanese dance. Her dream is to eventually write her own Indonesian cookbook.

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