Finally, I made it!! All these times, I always worry the process of making pempek would be too difficult so the possibility of failure is bigger than success everytime the thought of making pempek acrossed into my mind. But, this time I challenged myself to make it (of cos with self-prepared that I might fail).

Since I can't find spanish mackerel (tenggiri) and sago flour here, so I used fish paste and tapioca flour, and........wallaaaaa.....It tasted good and its not as hard as my imagination!!
Now, I have no worry to make pempek, and I can eat pempek in this far far away country ANYTIME!!.....Yayyyyyyyyyy....

PS: many thanks to Dewi Febrianti, Myrna and Hanny for the great recipe!! :)

Pempek Kapal Selam

For Basic Fish Dough:
250 gr fish paste (spanish mackerel)
5 tbsp cold water
75 gr tapioca flour
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp MSG (Belzy -- I skipped it)

For Garnish:
3 pieces of eggs
50 gr mungbean noodle, soak in hot water (optional)
1 tbsp dried shrimp powder (optional)
1/4 pieces of cucumber, diced into small form (optional)
Homemade vinegar sauce

For Basic Fish Dough:
Combine fish paste, cold water, salt and MSG (if desire) in big bowl. Mix them until sticky. Pour in tapioca flour, once at a time, while knead the batter until free-sticky on hand. Ready to use.

For Fish Cake:
Take 150 gr fish dough, roll it into ball form. Push the middle of the dough, make it oval bowl form. Pour in an egg (Belzy -- I boiled the egg first then placed it into the dough). Then pinch the edge with fingers. Boil it in boiling water until floating. Dish it out and cooling down before deep frying.

For Finishing:
Sliced the fried pempek, and place it on a plate. Serve it with mungbean noodle, cucumbers, dried shrimp powder and homemade vinegar sauce.



Where else can I find lemper in this far far away country, unless my homey kitchen room :). Yup, I made my homemade lemper, and it is really a good lemper, though this snack needs me to spend half of my day to prepare ALL the ingredients. But all of my efforts are worthed when I heard my hubby said, "It is good!" :)

Many thanks to Dapur Bunda for the recipe :).


A whole piece of banana leave

For Glutinous rice:
500 gram glutinous rice
500 cc coconut milk
2 pieces of bay leave
1 stalk of lemon grass, smashed
1/2 tsp of salt

For Filling:
4 pieces of chicken fillet - boil and shred
4 pieces of bay leave
6 pieces of kaffir lime leave
200 ml coconut milk
1 tbsp tamarind juice
2 tbsp vegetable oil

Spice Paste:
5 cloves of shallot
3 cloves of garlic
3 pieces of candle nut - panbroil
1 tbsp coriander - panbroil
1 tbsp sugar

For Glutinous Rice:
Soak the glutinous rice for 2 hours, wash and drain.
Steam it for 15 minutes. Dish it out, set aside.
Boil coconut milk, bay leave, lemon grass and salt until boiling. Add in glutinous rice, cook it with low heat until the coconut milk absorbed by the glutinous rice. Set aside.

For Filling:
Stir fry spice paste until fragrant. Stir in coconut milk, shredded chicken, bay leave, kaffir lime leave and tamarind juice until cooked and no more left coconut milk. Dish it out and set aside.

Prepare a square pan, grease it with oil. Place 1/2 of glutinous rice, make sure it covers the pan.
Then, spread in the filling - spread well. Last layer, cover it with the remaining glutinous rice.
Steam it well. Cool it down before you cut it into square form. Wrap it with banana leave. Ready to serve.



It's been long time I want to make crab asparagus soup by myself. As we know, this soup is very expensive in Indonesia, I guess, the asparagus and crab made the price of a small bowl soup is expensive.

Then, I found this recipe from here (thank's Esther for sharing the simple and great recipe ;)). I added shredded chicken and fish sauce, also I did a little changes on the recipe.
This is my first homemade crab asparagus soup, also, my hubby first soup :). And......he liked it so much!!

Sop Kepiting Asparagus (Crab Asparagus Soup)

4 cups of chicken broth
1 can of white asparagus (328 gr) - cut each stem into matches sizes
1 can of white crab meat (170 gr)
2 pieces of chicken fillet, boiled and shredded
1/2 piece of carrot, shredded
1/2 tsp of salt
2 tbsps of fish sauce
2 tsps of oyster sauce
Garlic Powder
5 tsps of tapioca starch
1/3 cup of water
2 piece of eggs, beaten
Heat up a 4 cups of chicken broth in a pan. Put in shredded carrot, white asparagus, chicken and crab meat. Then add salt, fish sauce, oyster sauce, pepper and garlic powder. Stir until all blended evenly. In a separate bowl, mix the tapioca starch with 1/3 cup of water, then pour into the hot soup while keep on stirring until the soup becomes thicken. Turn low the heat, keep on stirring and slowly pour in the beaten egg. Let the soup boils then ready to serve.



A very simple way to bake muffin when you are lazy but have to bake something for your family's snack of the day :).

Choco Sour Cream Muffn
1/2 cup butter
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp salt
4 eggs
1-1/2 cups sour cream
1 tsp baking soda
2-3/4 cups flour
150 ml milk
2 oz semi sweet chocolate, melted
Walnut, thinly chopped

Mix all ingredients and divide into muffins pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon and powder sugar. Bake for 20 minutes at 350`F (180`C).



Today is my birthday...........my very first birthday since I arrived US, and my first bday as a wife :). This year, it is quite unique and different than years before. From got big surprise from my hubby until received loads of wishes from friends thru FB.
Anyway, this time I have no cakes nor candles to blow. The only "must do" thing is eating birthday noodle with those red (or pink) quail's eggs :). When my mom still alive, every morning on my bday, a bowl of birthday noodle were waiting for me when I woke up. So, today I made birthday noodle by myself.

How, why and what is birthday noodle? What is the difference between birthday noodle and regular noodle. Actually, its just fried noodle with additional red quail's eggs. In Chinese, when someone is bday, they must eat noodles, because noodles are long, so its like a wish or sign that the bday boy/girl having a long life ahead. And the red egg (for the red color) means prosperous and happiness.

I did post fried noodle before, so now I will share with you how to make red quail's egg....

Red Quail's Egg

10 pieces quail eggs, boiled and peeled
1 tsp red coloring food
300 ml water

Combine and boil red coloring food and water until boiling. Place in quail eggs, and boil for 3 minutes or until the whole eggs are red.
Dish it out and drain it. Ready to use.