Rawon (Javanese Beef Soup)

Rawon (Javanese Beef Soup)

Black broth soup from Java, Indonesia

Ingredients

  • 1 kg beef cubes
  • 2 lemongrass bruised
  • 1 thumb ginger
  • 1/2 of a large purple onion
  • 5 garlic
  • 5 candlenut no subs
  • 8-10 keluwak no subs, soften in enough hot boiling water
  • 10 dried kafir lime leaves no subs
  • 3 tbsp Royco or beef powder seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander ground
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

Instructions

  • In a blender, mix garlic, onion, ginger, candlenut, into a fine paste
  • Into Instant Pot (you can use stove top pot if you don’t have an IP), saute oil, paste, lemongrass, turmeric and coriander
  • Stir in beef and coat with spices
  • Pour about 3-4 L water, stir, add in Royco, stir
  • Place lid on
  • Press “soup”, and add 10 more minutes to the timer (50 mins total)

Notes

Hello!
When I was a little girl, my parents would take my siblings and I on road trip (like 18 H at least) to visit my late grandmother. She used to have a restaurant, especially for this beef soup that is known as Rawon, originating from East Java island of Indonesia.
My SO likes this soup too, however, even though he did get to meet my grandmother before she passed away, he did not get to taste the soup the way my grandmother would make it. My grandmother lost her sight years before she passed away. The lost of her sights also caused her the restaurant, sadly.
Indonesia has many kinds of soups, and Rawon is one of the famous ones. Its authentic broth as the black color and flavor comes from a fruit called, Keluwak, which you can only find in Southeast Asia, and only Indonesians (and some Malaysians) use it in their dish. I have not heard other nations in Southeast Asia ever mentioned this fruit at all.
Serve the soup with warm rice!
Indonesians love serving the soup (with the rice), accompanied with crackers/chips, with chili sauce, salted egg, new fresh mung bean sprouts (when the tails are still short), and sweet soy sauce 🙂

Congee (Rice Porridge)

Congee (Rice Porridge)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 1 box vegetable broth 1 L
  • at least 5 c water
  • 1 adult thumb ginger sliced thinly
  • 2 green onion sliced thinly
  • 5 baby carrots diced
  • 5 baby potatoes diced
  • 1 parsnip diced
  • 1 garlic thinly sliced

Instructions

  • Soak rice for 30 minutes, drain, rinse
  • Place everything into a pot, bring to boil on high for 30 minutes, stirring often
  • Lower heat to medium-high, keep boiling until rice turned into porridge and vegetables are tender
  • Season with 1 1/2 tbsp Vegeta powder (or any other seasoning powder), 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tbsp mushroom granules
  • Stir in 2 tbsp dried chives
  • Leave some of the broth, so do not totally evaporated the broth from the pot

Notes

Hello!
Cold days are coming ahead as Fall season is approaching fast here and I have the perfect dish to warm your soul, Chinese rice porridge, also known as congee.
The following congee is topped with gingered chicken. It is great to serve as is (with the chicken), even better with sliced onion, dried chives, pepper flakes (or white pepper powder), and more sweet soy sauce, by the way 😀
You can serve the congee anytime of the day, although in Asian countries, congee often served for breakfast mainly (or when you are not feeling well, your loved ones would treat you with heart warming delicious and healthy congee).
Gingered Chicken
  • 500 g ground beef
  • 1 thumb ginger, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 of a large onion, thinly sliced, or diced
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp chicken flavored Royco powder (or any other seasoning powder)
  • a generous pinch white pepper powder
  • 2 tbsp sweet soy sauce (dark thick soy sauce)
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 c water
  • 1/2 tin peaches and cream corn kernels
Instructions
  1. Brown ground chicken along with garlic and ginger
  2. Add in the rest of the ingredients, cook until water somewhat evaporated
  3. Stir in corn kernels

Bakwan

Bakwan

Indonesian Corn Fritters

Ingredients

  • 1/4 – 1/3 c all purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp rice flour
  • 1 tsp each onion and garlic powder
  • 2 tsp Vegeta powder seasoning
  • a generous pinch of turmeric powder
  • a small pinch of ground coriander
  • 2 whole eggs
  • enough water
  • 1/2 small tin of corn
  • 1/2 can of sweet peas
  • 2 green onion thinly sliced

Instructions

  • Heat enough vegetable oil on medium heat
  • Mix dry ingredients, pour in enough water, you do not want it to be too thin but also not too thick
  • Stir in eggs and vegetables
  • Pour batter into hot oil by 1/4 c each
  • Fry until golden brown, turning once
  • Drain on paper towel
  • Serve warm!

Notes

Hi!
Do you like fritters? Greasy, fried, snacks? Ha-ha 😀 I like fritters so much, they remind me of my Uni days 😀 Near our dorm was a fritter vendor, and she offered various kinds. Some are like Japanese tempura, of fried spinach, fried sweet potato and whatnot, but her best were fried tofu and tempeh. Served hot with a piece or two of red bird eye chilies, or their special dipping sauce, so good! Light on the pockets for Uni students, yet can be served not just for snacks, but also dinner and breakfast too ha-ha 😀
Back in high school though, there was a fritter vendor at the school canteen and they always had Bakwan, a vegetable fritter of mostly cabbage and bean sprouts, but with a shrimp in the center.
My fritter always has differ ingredients. I hardly use measurements, so naturally, on my IndoRecipe site, I have Bakwan varieties ha-ha 😀

Tojasos Nokedli

Tojasos Nokedli

Hungarian Egg Dumplings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 c x 2 flour
  • 2 whole eggs
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 c water and 1/2 c milk or all milk or all water

Instructions

  • bring a pot of water to boil, add in salt to taste and 1 tbsp olive oil
  • drop batter into water using spaetzle maker
  • boil until floating
  • strain and drain spaetzle

Notes

Hi!
Long time no see! I have been busy plucking weeds from the front yard, the grass are growing like crazy, but it’s beautiful when all is green 😀 I think I will treat myself with a couple pots of flowers to beautify my front door 😀
Yesterday I had to help my husband moving furniture around, boy they were heavy and took quite some of our times. In the end, I was too tired to prepare dinner! His fault ha-ha 😀
So I prepared a quick meal for us, tojasos nokedli. It is Hungarian. Basically it’s scrambled eggs with spaetzle 😀 Easy but filling 😀
Scrambled Dumplings
  • beat 8 eggs, and add in spaetzle
  • heat 2 tbsp oil on non stick pan, make scramble egg with spaetzle
  • season with a pinch or two of ground white pepper and Vegeta seasoning (if not salt)
Butter Lettuce Salad
  • 1 bag of butter lettuce soaked in enough cold water mixed with salt, sugar, and vinegar
Easy right? Serve egg dumpling with salad and devour immediately 😀

The Perfect Beef Jerky Marinade

The Perfect Beef Jerky Marinade

Ingredients

  • beef slices
  • a few drops each of of Worcester sauce sesame oil, liquid smoke, soy sauce, and thick soy sauce (depending on the brand, you may add a little sugar, so you would get that sweeter taste a commercial jerky would have)

Instructions

  • marinade beef for 20 minutes
  • preheat oven to 400 F and bake beef for 40 minutes

Notes

Hello!
I have a very nice marinade recipe that is perfect for making beef jerky at home 😊
My SO likes beef jerky, either for snacking while he plays Battle Field on Play Station, or when he has lunch break at work.
He would spend much buying commercial beef jerky, so I thought maybe I could prepare some myself.
While mine is more to beef pieces rather than jerky thin slices, you can definitely slice your beef to longer and thin pieces, better if you have meat slicer, which I do not have 😁
Real beef jerky requires long hours in the cooking, while my beef pieces was done in oven for less than an hour. But for sure, the marinade is sooooo good 👍

Banana and Chocolate Chips Fluffy Pancakes

Banana and Chocolate Chips Fluffy Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 c flour
  • 3 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • a dash of salt
  • 1/4 c melted butter
  • 1 1/4 c milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 banana sliced
  • chocolate chips as needed

Instructions

  • Mix dry ingredients in a bowl
  • Mix in wet ingredients
  • Fold in banana slices
  • Spray pancake maker or non stick pan with vegetable oil sprayer
  • Pour 1/4 c batter, add some chocolate chips, cover choc chips with more batter, cook for 1 minute on one side, turn pancake over, cook for another 2 minutes

Notes

Hi!
As you may aware I make a lot of pancakes for breakfast 😀 My Steemit is full with pancake recipes 😀 That is how much I like pancakes for breakfast is. I am sure if International House of Pancakes was available in town, I would frequent it hahaha
Pancakes are filling, not too light, not too heavy. Can be sweet, can be savoury, they are just perfect. Breakfast, brunch, whenever.
I used my basic pancake recipe and added banana slices and chocolate chips. I like eating (sweet) pancake as is, without syrup, most of the time, so I like adding fruits and chocolate chips in mine. But when I feel like syrup, I would make regular pancake without additional.

Semur Bola-Bola Daging

Semur Bola-Bola Daging (Meatballs Stew)

Ingredients

  • 700 g ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • a tsp each of Vegeta seasoning powder garlic powder
  • a generous pinch of onion powder ground white pepper
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil or less you can use butter or margarine

Instructions

  • Mix ground beef, eggs, seasonings
  • Shape into balls
  • Heat oil on medium heat, brown meatballs
  • Take out meatballs from pan, leave the grease in pan

Notes

Hi!
Been awhile 🙂
I have not even share my sister’s wedding cake that I made yet, I have been busy, but now that I have time, I feel like sharing what I cooked for dinner instead the wedding cake ha-ha 😀
I will still share wedding cake some other time, though, as I totally was happy with how the wedding cake turned up 🙂
The stew below is from Indonesia, and we call it as SEMUR. There are many varieties of semur, from chicken to beef or tofu and egg. One main ingredient in common is the usage of sweet soy sauce (kecap manis).
You can use ready to use meatballs or you can make yourself, I include the recipe too 😀
Stew
  • 2 bell pepper, slice
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic, thinly sliced
  • 10 baby potatoes, slice
  • 6 cherry tomatoes, slice
  • ketchup, sweet soy sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, to taste
  • 1/4 c water or more if needed
  • 1 1/2 tbs Vegeta powder
Method
  1. Heat stir fry onion and garlic until soften then add it vegetables, stir and cook for 5-8 minutes
  2. Add in meatballs and sauces, stir
  3. Add in water, Vegeta powder, and cook covered for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally

Vanilla and Cereal Pancake

Vanilla and Cereal Pancake

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 c melted salted butter
  • 1 whole egg beaten
  • 1 tub yogurt of Vanilla and Cereal flavor such as from Activia
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Mix dry ingredients in a bowl
  • Mix in the rest of the ingredients until well combined
  • Preheat your pancake maker, level 2 (my maker is by Cuisine Art)
  • Pour 1/2 cup batter and cook according to manufacturer instruction and your pancake will be done in no time 😀
  • Enjoy with maple syrup!

Notes

Hello!
What did you have for breakfast this morning? For us, since it’s Good Friday, pancake was perfect for breakfast. Went shopping yesterday and saw these little bottles of maple syrup in the shape of heart, maple leaf, a barrel, etc., they were adorable, so I grabbed one. I wanted to grab them all, would make neat bottle collection, but I do not have space to keep them, displayed in the living room, so I only grabbed one.
Funny was, 1 bottle was only enough for 2-3 pancake ha-ha But let me tell you, my pancakes are always fluffy and taste nice even as is, without any syrup, so it was all good 😀

Goulash

Goulash

Hungarian Beef Soup

Equipment

  • Instant Pot

Ingredients

  • 1.5 kg beef cubed
  • 1/2 of a large onion diced or thinly sliced
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin or a little more
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 bunch flat leaf parsley
  • Carrots and potatoes cubed, as much as you want
  • 2 beef bouillon
  • 1/2 tbsp smoked paprika powder dissolved in enough water
  • 1/2 tbsp Vegeta powder
  • Enough water

Instructions

  • Saute onion until soften
  • Stir in and brown meat
  • Add in the rest of the ingredients
  • Choose the soup button on your Instant Pot, add 10 more minutes to the timer stated, and you are good to go 😀

Notes

Hello!
I have a beef soup recipe to share today. I learned to make this soup for the first from my SO to be honest. He is the better cook in the house 😀
It is a very known and liked soup in some European countries, however, when the original authentic dish is actually soup, the other countries would prepare them as stew, but would call the dish the same name, beef soup (gulyasleves = leves is soup), so they are pretty much misleading in a way or two, including Wikipedia haha I do have to mention that Wikipedia does say it is stew OR soup. But seriously, the authentic dish is in the form of soup.
Most likely why it is referred and prepared as stew in other countries, some people would make their soup so rich, so meaty, they cook the soup for for longer time that the meat would just fall apart, turning the soup to thicker broth, thus more like a stew.
Anyways, let’s see the recipe 😀
I cooked my beef soup in Instant Pot, you can use stove top of course 😀
Everyone should own at least one Instant Pot, my suggestion, because this baby can do everything, even to make yogurt! Which I will be sharing some other time 😀
 

S’mores

S’mores

Ingredients

  • 1/2 bag of biscuits
  • 1/2 bag of chocolate chips
  • 1/2 bag of mini marshmallows

Instructions

  • Lay biscuits on a heatproof plate
  • Top biscuits with chocolate chips
  • Top chocolate chips with mini marshmallows
  • Bake S’mores on preheated 450 F convection oven for 5 minutes

Notes

Hello!
Do you camping?
We don’t but it does not stop us for having S’mores 😀
I do not really like the idea of camping as I do not really know how to get comfortable with squatting in the bush somewhere whenever I need to go and camping in the backyard is just weird as our neighbors are so close to us 😀
Luckily we can still do S’mores even without going camping, right? And if backyard is not accessible, at least we can do it indoor 😀
I have been having a hard time with my phone lately, somehow the setting keeps changing! Sometimes my picture large, sometimes so slim, please bare with me as I get use to my phone hahah