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Tumis Bawang Merah: Sauteed Shallots and Chillies with Chinese Silver Fish

Tumis bawang merah is an addictive dish that’s currently trending on social media, consisting of sauteed shallots with chillies and Chinese silver fish, or whitebait.

Jangan Ndeso: Javanese Coconut Stew with Tempeh & Green Chillies (Vegan)

A simple and delicious village dish from Central Java, consisting of tempeh and green chillies stewed in a coconut milk soup. Vegan, healthy, and spicy.

Spaghetti Sardines

A quick, easy meal of spaghetti and canned sardines. The sardines are sautéed in spices for a Javanese touch, then tossed with the spaghetti.

Dori Tauco Medan: Medan-Style Sliced Fried Dory in Preserved Soy Bean Sauce

A Medan-style fish dish of fried dory slices glazed in a sauce of preserved fermented soybeans, dark soy sauce, chillies, and tamarind paste.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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