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Heart-shaped Chocolate Cake – Best Cake for Valentine

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The opportunity to give your loved one a sweet, tasty treat when Valentine’s Day arrives is an opportunity you must not pass up. Why not try a Heart-shaped chocolate cake this Valentine?

Chocolate is always a hit on Valentine’s Day. A heart-shaped chocolate cake is easy to make and with Valentine’s Day getting closer by the day, it is time to make sure we have a decent Chocolate cake recipe in hand.

Heart-shaped chocolate cake

  1. 1 (18.25 ounce) package chocolate cake mix
  2. 1 bag chocolate chips
  3. Egg 1/2,
  4. Water 2 teaspoon of water,
  5. Whipped cream 45g
  6. Unsalted butter 30g
  7. Brandy 1/2 teaspoon (Optional)

Preheat oven at 160 ° C.

Chocolate sauce:

Make chocolate sauce by melt 5 chocolate beans and unsalted butter together

Chocolate cake:

  • Add the eggs, water, chocolate cake mixture pack, chocolate sauce and brandy together and Stir.
  • Pour chocolate cake mixture into the paper pan
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes
  • Pour the cake out and let it cool completely
  • Cut the cake into heart-shape
  • Decorate chocolate cake with wiping cream and chocolate sauce. Serve.

Photo credit: howtocookgourmet

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Tumis Tempe – Stir Fry Tempe

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Every now and then, we buy a few items from the local Sayuan (vegetable man). This week our maid had bought this special Indonesia food from the vegetable man.

Do you know what it is?

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This is a Indonesia specialty and it is very popular here.

It is called Tempe and is a soybean product. Local Indonesians eat lots of soybean products to get their daily protein. Meat is pretty expensive for them.

We are going to share a recipe for how to cook tempe the easy way.

Tumis Tempe – Stir Fry Tempe


  1.      250 g tempe, cut into matchsticks 3 cm, fried
  2.      25 grams of red and green chillies, cut into slices
  3.      15 g garlic, thinly sliced
  4.      25 g onion, thinly sliced
  5.      2 slices of galangal (ginger)
  6.      2 bay leaves
  7.      1 sachet Royco all in one (an Indonesia brand all in one spice)
  8.      2 tablespoons soy sauce
  9.      4 tablespoons of oil
  10.      200 ml of water
  •   Heat oil and saute garlic and onion
  • Add  galangal, bay leaves, chilli, and stir fry
  • Add tempe, water, Royco all in one, and soy sauce
  • Cook until flavored, and tempe almost dry

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A Quick Lunch – What’s missing in this Jus Alpukat


Can you tell what’s wrong with this Jus Alpukat? Jus Alphkat or Avacado Juice is one of our favorite drinks in Indonesia. We even have our very own recipe for it. But can you tell what’s missing with this Jus Alpukat?

Mrs D went for a quick lunch last week after shopping for Miss D’s coming China trip. Yes, Miss D is now in China again! Two China trips in less than two months. Miss D is sure a very busy 12 years old.

So after shopping, Mrs D had a quick lunch at Citoes (a popular expat shopping plaza in South Jakarta, where many working expats have lunches). She loved her drinks and ordered her favorite Jus Alpukat and Nasi Goreng (Fried Rice).

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After ordering, the waiter came back with a large glass of Jus Alpukat, and said sorry that they had made the Juice but found out they had run out of Chocolate milk.

‘Do you still want it, mama?’ the waiter asked, holding the glass and offered a different drink if Mrs. D didn’t want it.

Of course, Mrs. D took it, she hates waste. The Jus Alpukat turned out yummy as usual.

Maybe next time, we will ignore the Chocolate milk part when we make the Jus Alpukat at home. A more healthy version, Yeh!

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Soy Sauce Tofu Stir-fry – Tumis Tahu Kecap

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  1.      1 pc Tahu/Tofu (cut into 2 cm cube and sauté until brown)
  2.      1  clove garlic
  3.      1/4 onion sliced ​​thin
  4.      3 tbsp soy sauce
  5.      1/2 tsp beef cube
  6.      Oil for sauteing
  • Saute garlic and onion
  • Add sauted tofu cubes
  • Add soy sauce and 50 cc of water, and cook until the water is almost dry

Decorate with shallot and serve.

Soft Chocolate Cranberry Brownie – A Perfect Chocolate Recipe

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We love chocolate brownies. We love chocolate brownies so much that we can even live with a pizza shop chocolate brownie, remember? Why not have chocolate cranberry brownies for our Christmas party? Brilliant idea! Everyone will love it. This soft chocolate cranberry brownie is easy to make. You really got to try very hard to mess up this one.

This chocolate cranberry brownie is the ultimate chocolate treat for this Christmas. Actually it is the perfect dessert for any occasion, really.

It is soft, very moisturized. It is also very versatile. We can replace the cranberries with any other dried fruit. Cranberries are pretty expensive here in Jakarta. Maybe we can add chopped dates instead? Or dried apples? Even chocolate chips? Double chocolate brownie, that would be chocolate heaven.

To make a healthier version, we can use self-raising whole meal flour instead of the all purpose flour. Sounds good? Here is the recipe:

Cake base:

  1. Sugar 1/2 cup
  2. Salt 1/3 tsp
  3. All purpose flour 1 1/2 cups
  4. Butter  1/2 cup (softened at room temperature softened and cut into small cubes)
  5. Milk 1/4 cup

Chocolate cranberry stuffing:

Dry ingredients:

  1. White sugar 1/3 cup
  2. Unsweetened cocoa powder  1/2 cup (unsweetened cocoa powder)
  3. Flour 2 tablespoons
  4. Vanilla 2 teaspoons
  5. Cranberry  1 cup

Wet ingredients:

  1. Milk 1 cup
  2. Condensed milk 3 tablespoons
  3. Eggs 3, lightly beaten spare
  4. Butter  1/4 cup (microwave melt)

Note: 1 tablespoon = 15 ml = 1 Tablespoon, 1 teaspoon = 5 ml = 1 Teaspoon. 1 cup = 240 ml.

Cake base:

  • Place all ingredients, except butter and milk,  in a bowl and mix well
  • Knead the cubed butter into the flour gently
  • Pour milk in and mix well
  • Put mixture into an 8 x 12-inch glass baking dish
  • Flatten the mixture to a 1cm high base with a spade (or use your dry hand, make sure you powder your hands with flour first)

Place baking tray into the preheated to 340F/170 Celsius oven, and bake for 15 minutes.

Make the chocolate brownie filling while baking the cake base.

Chocolate cranberry brownie fillings:

  • Add all dry ingredients, except the cranberries,  into a mixing bowl and mix well
  • Pour in all wet ingredients into the mixture
  • Beat with a mixer at low speed
  • Add  dried cranberries and mix well

Pour the fillings onto the cake bottom, and bake for 28 minutes until the cranberry filling is slightly shaking (very moisturized and soft) when gently  moving the baking dish.

Wait till the cake is completely cold, then cut and serve.

Photo credit: hmmlargeart fliker

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Mango Yogurt Parfaits – Christmas Recipe

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We love mangoes ever since we have been in Jakarta and this mango yogurt parfait is such a delight to make. It is a perfect mango recipe for our Christmas in Jakarta. Even better we can make these  mango yogurt parfaits ahead of time and enjoy it when the party starts.

This mango yogurt parfait is very easy to make and yet tastes really refreshing and satisfying. Even Miss D can make this all by herself. If you don’t want granola, simply add some chopped nuts or chocolate and it will taste just as good.

  •     Mangoes 2 cubed
  •     Vanilla yogurt 3 cup (use low fat, or any other flavor as you like, but we always stick to the original vanilla flavor)
  •     Granola 6 tbsp (add chopped nuts or chocolate if you like)
  1. Puree 1 cubed mango and pour equal amounts into 6 glasses
  2. Add ¼  cup of yogurt on top of the mango puree
  3. Add remaining cubed mango on top of the yogurt (leave a few pieces of cubed mango for garnish)
  4. Top each glass with remaining 1/4 cup yogurt and reserved mango cubes
  5. Cover and refrigerate (for at least 30 min for best result)
  6. Top each serving with a tablespoon of granola (or chopped nuts and chocolates) before serving.

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Red Bean Restaurant – Indonesia Restaurant

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We have found a new restaurant in Jakarta – The Red Bean Restaurant recently. You might like the Red Bean Restaurant.

Well, technically, Red Bean Restaurant is not a new restaurant. We have seen its branches in many shopping malls in Jakarta. Just we haven’t tried this particular Red Bean Restaurant before.

The Red Bean Restaurant we go to is in Poins Square, a locally shopping mall in south Jakarta. It is not a very fancy shopping mall so to speak and is always crowded.

But the good thing about this Red Bean Restaurant is it was newly opened last year, and is quite bright, clean and modem. It is located on the top floor of the Poins Square shopping mall and has less customers. Lucky for us as we always try to avoid  crowded places. Indonesia is the 4th most populated country in the world. Crowd avoiding is an art here. 😀

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Banner at the entrance of Red Bean Restaurant. They serve Oriental / Fusion dishes.

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Nice ambiance. No smoking is what we like when we go out with Miss D. Quite family (kids) friendly, don’t you think?

red bean restaurant, jakarta; inside the red bean restaurant

Customers are mostly local Indonesians and families. So many babies in this photo, but it didn’t feel very noisy that day. Not at all. Something to do with the ambiance?The lights and walls might have a magical calming factor on the babies?

Food served is fast, and prices are very reasonable, within reach of the local people.

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Wall features. A lot more similar ones on the walls. Nice touch.

These are what we ordered:

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Guong Bao Ayam (Chinese Sichuan style chilli chicken)

IDR 38,500 (1 USD = IDR 9,600)

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Udang goreng mayonnaise (Fried prawn with mayonnaise)

IDR 43,900 (1 USD = IDR 9,600)

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Cap Cap – Mixed veggetables

IDR 28,500 ( 1USD = IDR 9,600)

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Mapo Tahu ( Tofu in chilli sauce)

IDR 35,900 ( 1 USD = IDR 9,600)

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Pocai Cah Bawang Putih (Stir Fried Veggie with garlic)

IDR 26,900 ( 1 USD = IDR 9,600)

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Deep purple cranberry juice

IDR 19,900 ( 1 USD = IDR 9,600)

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Ice Lemon Tea

Easiest drink to order. Served in all Indonesia restaurants. When we run out of ideas to order drinks, we just order the good, old Ice Lemon Tea. Can’t go wrong most of the time.

Location of the Red Bean Restaurant we went to:

Red Bean Restaurant

Poins Square, Lt 1

Jakarta Selatan

Tel: 75921199


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$1.5 Buffet Lunch – Indonesia Restaurant

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After a short visit to the Australian Embassy, we went to the Ambassador Mall, a local Indonesia shopping mall. The two were pretty close to each. About 10-15 minutes drive, depending on your luck on the traffic.

Ambassador Mall is a good place to find cheap electronic products. Actually when thinking about cheap electronic products, there are two shopping malls come to our mind: the Ambassador Mall and Ratu Plaza. Of course, we can also find cheap electronics in China town, but that’s a bit fishy in our mind.

Anyway, by the time we were at Ambassador Mall, it was almost lunch time. We started to see office workers coming in, loads of them, dressed in local office attires: either normal western shirts, pants or dresses; or local batik shirts and batik dresses with the full muslin headscarves etc. We could tell from the badges they wore, the same as those office workers going to lunch in Sydney.

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All these office workers didn’t stop much at the electronics or clothing stores. Most of them go straight to the top floor of the Ambassador Mall building. You know, most of the shopping mall top floors were Food Courts here in Jakarta.

And yes, we were right, another Food Court:

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See what we had found:

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A buffet lunch station as soon as we enter the Food Court. And the price got us so very excited: it was written on the wall: RP15,000.

RP15,000, that’s like USD1.5! Can you believe it? So how to order? We watched the other office workers. One by one they got their Nasi Puti (steamed white rice, there was also yellow rice from memory, not sure). Then they picked their main meals, such as a piece of Chicken (Ayam) or Fish (Ikan). There were 4 kinds of chickens and fish to pick from.

After that, they picked whatever they wanted for the vegetables or tofu. We counted and there were about 8 of these. Beans, bean sprouts, egg plants, cauliflowers, etc, etc…

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There, we were done. For US1.5, this was what we got (minus the chicken, we forgot to take a picture of it). And yes, we had been very moderate, the other male office workers had twice or three times as what we had. And they were paying the same price! See the office workers in batik below. They ate a lot more than us and seemed really enjoy themselves.

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After got our meals, we got to order drinks too. For RP5,000, we could choose water, or tea, cold and refreshing right out of the fridge.

And yes, the buffet owner actually speaks English. So no problem if we don’t know how to order. They will show us in our own familiar tongues. How good was that!

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Oh, if you are not a fan of Indonesia food. There are plenty other choices. How about KFC? Or some steaks? Come on, you can afford them.

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And the verdict on the taste? Well, it is authentic Indonesia food, with lots of chilli. Just like the ones we would find in any other local Indonesia restaurant, minus the price tag. Not a fancy Indonesia restaurant, alright? But simply a normal, everyday Indonesia fast food eatery for middle class Indonesia office workers. Just like the ones back in Sydney, the lunchboxes at an everyday shopping mall.

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Sate kambing – Indonesia Lamb Satay

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Remember the lamb we saw prior to  Eid Al Adha (The Feast of sacrifice)? Everyone got to have a piece of Lamb on Eid Al Adha (The Feast of sacrifice). So did us.

One of the easiest ways to cook Lamb is making them into Sate Kambing, an Indonesia Lamb Satay.

We can find Sate Kambing everywhere in Jakarta. It is the everyday food that people enjoy here. Let’s show you how to make your very own Indonesia Lamb Satay, shall we?

Lamb Satay:

  • Lamb meat 500 grams
  • Soy sauce 150 ml
  • Lime 2 pieces (juiced)
  • Skewers 20 pieces (soak in water the night before)

Peanut sauce:

  • Peanuts 250 grams (fried, or simply use crunchy peanut butter)
  • Garlic 4 cloves
  • Red onion 5 cloves (or use 1 white onion)
  • Red chilli 2pcs
  • Water 500 ml
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Soy sauce 100 ml


  • Lontong (an Indonesia rice cake, optional)
  1. Cut lamb into 1.5cm cubes, stick with skewers and set aside.
  2. Blend all ingredients except soy sauce and water until smooth.
  3. Mix with soy sauce and water.
  4. Cook the mixture in a pan until smooth and bubbly.
  5. Set aside until cool.
  6. Marinate lamb skewers with mixture for 2 hours or overnight.
  7. Grill lamb satay until cooked.
  8. Serve lamb satay with peanut sauce, lemon juice, and Longtong (rice cakes).

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Mango Margarita

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Happy Friday, our dear readers! How’s your Halloween night? Miss D can’t wait for tonight’s Haunted House. For us, the Halloween has not truly started yet.

To celebrate, how about some cocktail tonight?

We absolutely love cocktails and this Mango Margarita is our all time favorite. Besides, mango is always abundant in Jakarta. It is cheap and has a very beautiful flavor. What’s not to like about mango? For Miss D, she will just have a non-alcoholic version of this Mango Margarita and away we go. It’s one happy family.

We drink this Mango Margarita all the time during the summer back in Sydney. Now that we are in Jakarta, there is all the more reason to drink Mango Margarita. Use the best quality tequila you can afford…. this is the secret for making the best Mango Margarita in town.


  • Fresh ripe mango 2 pcs (or use jars if fresh mangoes are not available)
  • Limes 2 pcs (juiced)
  • Tequila 1 cup (use more if you like)
  • Triple Sec 1 cup (use more if you like)
  • Ice cubes 1 cup
  • Sugar ¼ cup (or to taste)
  1. Cut mango into chunks
  2. Put mango chunks, ice cubes and sugar into blender.
  3. Pour in tequila, triple sec and lime juice.
  4. Blend for 2-3 minutes (or until very, very smooth)

Before serve, taste to make sure you like it, or add more of anything you really want to.

Pour the Mango Margarita in a Margarita glass.  Decorate the glass with one slice of mango or orange.

Enjoy and have a really happy Friday night tonight.

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The Stomach Knows

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31 Days In Jakarta Day 25

OK, since this week’s quiz is about Indonesia street food, why not do a ‘Restaurant Find Jakarta’ about Indonesia street food?

As soon as we arrived in Jakarta, we were told that there are two kinds of expats here:

One who never tries street food.

One who enjoys street food and has it all the time.

Well, guess we are none of these. We’re sort of in the middle. We want to enjoy local food. ‘While in Rome, do what the Romans do’. Right? But we are not gaming enough to try the street, street food. Maybe occasionally, on an impulse, we might buy a few street food here and there, but that’s kind of rare for us.

Our favorite food is always our home country food, wherever we are. The stomach knows where the home is. That’s what we think.

What meals do you eat while you are overseas?  Not for a short trip, but for serious living for an extended period of time?

So today’s restaurant review is about a street food place in the shopping mall. In some of the shopping malls in Jakarta, they have street food corners that show case the ‘real’ street food in their original presentation:

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Mie Kocok Bandung. Noodle from Bandung.

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Siomay Bandung. A dim sum from Bandung.

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Tahu Tek Tek. Selling some kind of noodle together with tofu? Not sure.

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Our food is great! See all those local food on this poster. Very inviting.

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Local vegetable. Lots of them. All different kinds.

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Fried eel? Not sure. Looks interesting.

What we had that day.

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Chicken with tofu and rice.

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The chicken looks great. Miss D enjoyed it.

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Rice noodle soup. Some kind of soup with fish balls and rice noodle. Quite nice.

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Special Indonesia soup.

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Pickles. Very refreshing. Love the color.

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Chilli sauce. Always, always accompanied with chilli sauce.

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Menu. One of the menus we saw. There were many more.

Hope you enjoyed reading this. You have to try some of the wonderful street food that Jakarta offers if you are ever here.

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Gado Gado – Indonesia Vegetable Salad

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31 Days In Jakarta Day 23

We love to learn new dishes. Gado-gado is one of the first Indonesia dishes we tried in Jakarta and we love it. If you love salad, and peanut butter, then this Gado-gado recipe is for you.

Gado-gado is delicious and very satisfying. It is a traditional Indonesian home cooked dish. Many Indonesians have Gado-gado alone as lunch.  We sometimes make it in our house and everyone loves it.

Gado-gado means “mix mix” in Indonesia. It is basically a combination of raw and slightly cooked vegetables and soybean products, mixed together in yummy peanut sauce.

There are many variations of Gado-gado and this is our very own MidNightVisitor’s Gado-gado.


  • Boiled vegetables 2 cups (use any leafy veggie you like, spinach, KangKong; or try cauliflower, long beans, carrots, bean sprouts and potato)
  • Chinese cabbage raw 1/8, very finely shredded
  • Cucumber raw 1/2pc, cubed
  • Boiled eggs 1pc, wedged
  • Fried tempe 1/8pc , cubed (this a special Indonesia soy product, not sure if you can get it outside Indonesia. Optional)
  • Fried tofu 1/8pc, cubed
  • Fried shallot ( for decoration, you can find these in Asia grocery stores. Optional)
  • Prawn crackers (optional)

Gado-gado peanut sauce:

  • Oil 2 tsp
  • Garlic 4 cloves, chopped
  • Shallot 1pc, peeled and chopped
  • 150 g fried peanuts (or simply use crunchy peanut butter)
  • Red chillies 2pcs, discard the seed and chopped
  • Palm sugar 1pc (about 65 grams or brown sugar if palm sugar is not available)
  • A small amount of water
  1. Pour oil to heated frying pan (medium heat)
  2. Add shallots and garlic,  fry for 2-3 min or until aromatic.
  3. Pour above into a blender
  4. Add rest of the ingredients, add water and blend until smooth
  5. Add water gradually, until the mixture has the consistency of double cream

To serve, place boiled vegetables, fried tempe and tofu on plate. Pour peanut sauce over, garnish with egg, prawn crackers, and fried shallot.

Gado gado is pretty cheap in Jakarta. So if you are here, you might simply buy it from the shops instead of making it. There are street food vendors selling it for IDR 8,000 per portion. In the restaurants, it is IDR 20,000 to IDR 40,000 per dish.

So why not give Gado gado a go the next time you are in Jakarta?

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Restaurant Find Jakarta – Pizza Marzano

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31 Days In Jakarta Day 19

Do you know? They serve nice, yummy chocolate brownies in Pizza Marzano in Jakarta. Dessert after pizza, that’ll certainly put a few more kilos on our tummy!

We went to eat at Pizza Marzano because Miss D wanted Pizza. We have to have pizza once in a while, especially now that we are on holidays. What do you think?

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Entrance at Pizza Marzano at PIM (Pondok Indah Mall), one of the fancy shopping malls in south Jakarta. Many people ate there the day we went and we had to wait for 30 minutes for a table. That said something about this pizza shop, right? Or, was it because the promotion sign of 50% discount by using credit card? Everyone loves a bargain, no matter which country we were. That’s the universal truth we learned over the years.

But hey this is a great promotion, especially when we saw that some other restaurants were almost empty while we need to wait for our pizza. Well, Miss D wanted pizza, what can we do?

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We didn’t waste our time while waiting. We loved watching the live pizza making at Pizza Mazarno. Also loved the stripped T-shirt by the way. Nothing beats a freshly made pizza dough.

Talking about that, ever since we bought our bread-maker, we have been making our own pizza dough at home. The pizzas we made are heavenly. Have to show you some of our own home-made pizza soon.

Pizza of the month: Indonesian Beef Rendang Pizza. Beef rendang is a classic Indonesia dish, very flavorful and spicy. We wondered what it tasted like but didn’t gather enough courage to try.

As always and the same as all other Indonesia restaurants, the good old chilli flakes and chilli sauce were served in Pizza Mazarno. Supposedly, we should dazzle our pizzas with these goody and make them super yummy. Again, we didn’t try. Maybe we haven’t stayed long enough in Jakarta yet? Would you put chilli flakes on your pizzas?

We were also given forks and knifes to eat our pizzas. Nice. But we prefer the conventional way to just eat use our bare hands.

This was what we ordered at Pizza Marzano. Note prices this time were from memories, as Mrs D lost the receipt 😀

Pizza Mazarno

The American Pizza.

(IDR 89,000. Pepperoni, mozzarella, tomatoes.)

Pizza Marzano Pizza Romana Pollo Pancetta

The Romana Pollo Pancetta Pizza

(IDR 85.000. Chicken, yellow peppers, crispy beef bacon, peperonata sauce.)

The Four Seasons Pizza

( IDR69,000 , mushrooms, pepperoni, anchovies & capers, mozzarella, olives)

For drinks, we all had coke (IDR 20,000 each). That’s what we always have while eating pizza. We might try other soft drinks occasionally, but we go back to coke eventually. How about you? What’s your favorite drink while eating pizza?

For dessert, Miss D shared the chocolate brownie with Mrs D. (About IDR 30,000?)

Pizza Marzano also serve Italian starters and sides, salad, pasta, deserts and many kinds of drinks. We would like to try their pasta next time we come.

We had to Wait for the cashier before we leave Pizza Marzano. Very warm welcoming wall color and nice golden framed paintings.

Pizza Marzano has many outlets in Jakarta:

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Overall, we enjoyed our pizzas, and would love to come back to Pizza Marzano every now and then.

The Pizza Marzano we went to:
Pizza Marzano PIM 2 
Jl. Metro Pondok Indah
South Jakarta
Tel: 75920990

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Nasi Goreng – Indonesia Fried Rice

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Luscious Pancakes

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 31 Days In Jakarta Day 16

We had pancakes on Sunday morning. They were so satisfying that Miss D wanted seconds. We have to share this pancake recipe with you as we like it so much. Besides, these pancakes are super easy to make. They are lovely, light and luscious!

Even better, these pancakes saved us a trip to the local coffee shop. Relaxing Sunday by the pool. Yes, that’s the way to go.

Why will anyone ever use a mix when we can have home-made pan cakes like these? Why not try these wonderful pancakes in the morning? You will love them.


  • Flour 24 Tbsp
  • Sugar 2 Tbsp (or to taste, we add a lot of maple syrup, so we don’t add much sugar to the actual pan cake, hehehee.)
  • Salt a pinch
  • Milk: 200ml-210ml (add gradually so the mixture is not too thin)
  • Egg 1
  • Baking Powder 2 Tsp
  • Melted butter: 15g or 1TB
  • Vanilla powder 1 Tsp
  1. Sift baking powder with flour
  2. Add sugar and salt
  3. Add egg and milk
  4. Mix well and let mixture stand for a few minutes
  5. Heat frying pan on medium, swirl oil to coat frying pan
  6. Pour 1/4 cup batter into frying pan
  7. Brown on both sides (trick here is to wait till batter to bubble, and press the pan cake with a shovel to make sure it is firm enough to flip. Only flip once)
  8. Flip pan cake onto plate and serve hot with maple syrup or honey.

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Easy Mac & Cheese

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Miss D loves mac & cheese. But not the boxed versions of mac & cheese. You know, the ones made with powdered cheese and plastic pasta. How can this be nutritious?! Sorry, La Fonte. You are just not our kind. Miss D thinks the boxed mac & cheese is gross. She refuses to eat them.

So Mrs D came up with a nice, easy mac & cheese recipe. Everyone likes it. In fact, Miss D claims it is ‘the Best mac & cheese ever’. That sure puts a smile on Mrs D’s face.

When think about it, mac & cheese is a great idea. It is super easy to cook, yet loaded with lots of dairy food. Dairy food is very important in helping our kids to grow strong bones, and healthy teeth. So we shall all have mac & cheese every now and then.

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Easy Mac & Cheese


  1. Pasta, penne or macaroni 16 ounces
  2. Butter  4 ounces
  3. Cream 6-8 oz
  4. Grated Cheddar (to taste)
  5. Salt (to taste)
  6. Black pepper, freshly ground (to taste)



Frying Pan


  1. Boil pasta per the directions on the package. (About 7-10 minutes, add a bit of salt to pasta water, this gives the pasta a lot more flavor).
  2. Strain pasta in a colander
  3. Put butter in the frying pan. (Make sure it is on low fire, we don’t want the butter to burn)
  4. When the butter is melted, add pasta, and stir. (Turn the fire to medium here)
  5. Add cream and the grated cheese.
  6. Stir and cook until creamy and melted.
  7. Add salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste and serve warm.

The fun part of this recipe is you can add as much or as little cheese as you like. If you are a cheese lover like us, then add loads of it and enjoy. It’s rich, creamy, warm and absolutely luscious. But if you are on a diet or like it less cheesy, it is also OK.

There is no rules here. Make it to suit your need. It is a very simple mac & cheese, you can’t mess this one up.

Nasi Goreng – Indonesia Fried Rice

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31 Days In Jakarta Day 11

Nasi Goreng is an every day Indonesia dish, one that they serve in all Indonesia restaurants. It is simple yet fantastic and gives such a great flavor. Everyone will have some Nasi Goreng during their stay in Indonesia, we are sure of that.

This is our version of Nasi Goreng. We learned it from our Indonesia friend and it is very nice.

  1.  Red chilli 4pcs (or to taste if you do not like chilli)
  2. Red Onion 4pcs
  3. Garlic 4pcs
  4. Chicken powder 1 tsp
  5. Salt 1 tsp
  6. Sweet soy sauce (a special Indonesia soy sauce, you can buy normal Chinese soy sauce, then add sugar) 11/2 tbsp
  7. Eggs 2
  8. Chicken strips (or any other kind of white meat or sea food) 150g
  9. Rice 200g
  • Cut red chili into small pieces
  • Ground into red chili paste
  • Add garlic
  • Add red onion
  • Ground all ingredients into paste

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  • Add oil to heated pan, swirl the oil to coat the pan.
  • Add paste into pan and stir-fry  (make sure the oil is hot and stir-fry till the paste is aromatic, about 1 minute)
  • Add chicken powder and salt
  • Add Chicken meat (or other meat , seafood) and stir-fry for 2 minutes
  • Pour egg into Chicken, stir-fry until egg is set
  • Add rice,sweat soy sauce
  • stir-fry for 4 minutes, make sure the rice is mixed with the other ingredients

There, we are done. Garnish with shallot. Serve with sliced cucumber or tomato and lettuce.

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Restaurant Find Jakarta – May Star

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31 Days in Jakarta Day 10

Last week was Chinese Mid Autumn Festival, we went to May Star, an upper market Chinese restaurant to enjoy some authentic Chinese fest.

There are many Chinese restaurants in Jakarta and May Star is one of the best. May Star is especially famous for the Dim Sum menu it serves. Its Dim Sum is tasty and fresh, one of the best among the many Dim Sum restaurant in Jakarta.

According to Worldwide Cost of Living Survey 2012, Jakarta is ranked no. 61 , up 8 places from last year. It is actually not cheap to eat in a good restaurant in Jakarta, especially when sea food is involved.

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(Miss D enjoyed watching the fish tank in May Star.)

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(Team of Chefs in May Star)

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(We are having Chinese Tea, nice China they use in May Star)

May Star serves sea food, chicken, pork, vegetables among many other things. Fish is seasonal price and is quite expensive. Luckily, we took advantage of the 30% off by paying with credit card.

In Jakarta, there are always promotions on in various restaurants. If you own a credit card, you can certainly take advantage of the deals from the restaurants, the savings can be as high as 50%.

Jakarta best Chinese Restaurant

(Steamed Fish, IDR 275,000, 1 USD = IDR 9,600)

(Chicken Grilled Chef Choice, IDR 62,000, 1 USD = IDR 9,600)

(Mapo Toufu, IDR 60,000, 1 USD = IDR 9,600)

(Baby Pak Choy Garlic, IDR 66,000, 1 USD = IDR 9,600)

We enjoyed all the dishes we have. Next time we want to try the Dim Sum menu in May Star.

The address of the May Star we went to:

May Star Restaurant ke-4 berdiri 5 Agustus 2010,
bertempat di Gandaria City Main street Lt.GF No.38-39
Jl.Sultan Iskandar Muda (Arteri Pondok Indah) Jakarta 12240.

Tlp: 021-29052922

31 Days In Jakarta Day 2

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Restaurant Find Jakarta – Fish & Co.

Went to Fish & Co. restaurant last week. It is one of our favorite restaurants in Jakarta. We really enjoy the fish and chips in Fish & Co.

Back in Sydney, we love to eat fish and chips every now and then. There is this corner fish and chips shop near where we live, and they serve the most amazing fish and chips in our area.

Can’t wait to go back!

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Mr D checking out the famous Fish & Co. menu one more time.

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Cute black board at the Fish & Co. entrance. BTW, Love the mermaids!

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Nice ambiance inside the Fish & Co. restaurant. Very friendly waiters, too.

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Fishing season begins… Let’s dig in!

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The Best Fish and Chips in Town

(Rp 69,000, 1 USD = 9500 RP)

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New York Fish and Chips

(Rp 79,000, 1 USD = 9500 RP)

They have 7-8 kinds of fish and chips, and each one is slightly different. They serve flavours from around the world so anyone will enjoy these scrumptious meals!

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One huge Swordfish Collar! The meat is juicy, sweat and tender. But boy, it is big! And has a few bones, so you might pass on it.

(Rp 99,000, 1 USD = 9500 RP)

Fish & Co. also has grilled fish, baked fish and poached fish. They’re all served with chips or salads. Oh BTW, the soft drink is free flow. Miss D had a few glasses of coke and was really happy (not Mrs D though, sigh).

For variety, Fish & Co. serve fish bites, sea food plates, and a few Indonesia specialties.

Fish & Co. has branches in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Middle East, Philippines and Singapore. So if you are in these areas, you might want to check it out. Many of our friends like it.

Where we went:
Fish & Co. in Gandaria City

Jl. Sultan Iskandar Muda
(Arteri Pondok Indah)
Kebayoran lama
Jakarta Selatan 12240

Tel: 021 – 29053205

Photo credits: Miss D 😀

Bacon, Egg & Cheese Muffins

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Good morning. How are you today? Have you eaten your breakfast this morning?

Mrs D loves sleep in and sometimes skips her breakfast. Not a good habit, we know.

To make our breakfast healthier, more nutritious and ready to eat, we found this Bacon, Egg & Cheese muffin recipe. It is a super fast, easy recipe, and the muffins are nutritious. Best part–it can be made ahead of time. These muffins are a delicious on-the-go breakfast, or a yummy healthy snack.

Miss D loves these muffins. Sometimes she runs late for school, and will just grab a muffin and go. Every now and then, we will make a larger batch of muffins and put them in the fridge, they will last for a few days. Simply heat them up whenever we are hungry (muffin hunger to be exact).

We found this recipe in Bruce Fife’s excellent book, “Cooking with Coconut Flour”. We have since changed the recipe a bit to suit our taste. You can try it out and we are sure you will like it too. Oh, you may add mushroom in the muffins, it also turns out very well in this recipe.

Bacon, Egg & Cheese Muffins with Coconut Flour

Makes 6 muffins.


  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tablespoon bacon drippings
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 3 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 8 strips of bacon
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese

Butter (if you are greasing your muffin tin which is preferred, these muffins do tend to stuck to the liners).

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  1. Fry bacon in a pan until crispy. Put aside.
  2. Blend eggs, bacon drippings and salt.
  3. Add coconut flour and baking powder — mix until there are no lumps.
  4. Put bacon and cheese into food processor and process until crumbled. Stir into batter.
  5. Grease muffin tin with butter.
  6. Pour batter in and bake for 15 minutes.

That’s it. Let us know if you like them.

Photo credit: Bacon & Egg Muffins by ourtableforseven on Flickr

Mango Float

Happy Friday, dear readers.

It is the end of September and what are you planning for this weekend?

Mrs D went to a lady’s gathering this week and one of the ladies brought a nice Mango Float for us to share.

‘This dessert doesn’t float, but the one eating it surely will!

It is delicious and creamy.’

Not a bad feedback, right? So this weekend, why not give this recipe a try and have some quality dessert time?

This mango float is soft and tasty, sweet but not greasy. It is a perfect dessert for Jakarta. Mangoes are so easy to find in Jakarta. There are actually different kinds of mangoes. People use them in cooking as well (as in dishes).

  • 1 cup heavy cream, chilled (double cream is Ok)
  • 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk, chilled
  • 1/2 cup mashed ripe mango
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Thin sliced of ripe mangoes
  • Graham Crackers or Slices of Chiffon cake (Any cracker will do)
  • Chopped nuts or Maraschino cherries (Optional)

Now the best part. It is super easy to make. No heat, no bake. It is a delight making this Mango Float:

  1. Blend cream and sweetened condensed milk together. Add mashed mango. Add vanilla.
  2. Set aside, preferably keeping it chilled until needed.
  3. Assemble in a rectangular dish (even a lunch box will do) graham crackers and cream mixture by arranging the crackers on the bottom of the dish.
  4. Spread 1/3 of the cream mixture, arrange some mango slices, then put another layer of the crackers.
  5. Repeat the process, ending with the cream mixture on top.
  6. (Optional) Spread chopped nuts.
  7. Garnish with more slices of mangoes or maraschino cherries for a more festive appeal. (We use smashed nuts )
  8. Put inside the friger for two hours and it’s ready to eat.

Simply cut it into a few blocks and share with you family and friends.

Selamat makan. Enjoy.

Happy Friday and see you all in October.

Mediterranean Grilled Veggie Salad

We went to a friend’s house over the weekend, and she made ​​a yummy Mediterranean Grilled Vegetable salad for us.

Very tasty.

Even Miss D ate a plateful!

Grilled veggies is a Mediterranean dish features olive oil, garlic and tomatoes. It is easy to make and nutrient-rich. For parents like us, it is super quick to cook and can provide our kids with a balanced diet. We have tried it many times in our house as well and we like it.

When think about it, vegetables cooked on the grill actually have their own unique taste, and we don’t have to worry about under or overcooking them the way we do with meat.  Simple and yummy!

It is summer all year round here in Jakarta. We can’t think of a better way to enjoy the fresh flavors of the season than with this salad. It’s the perfect Summer side dish or a light vegetarian main course.


  • 4 cups  mixed fresh vegetables, cut up in  large piece (think red, green and yellow peppers; eggplant; zucchini; mushrooms; corn on the cob; onion, garlic etc, etc)
  • Kosher salt (to taste)
  • 1 cup olive oil

·         Preheat oven 400F degrees

·         Toss veggie in large bowl with olive oil

·         sprinkle with Kosher salt

·         break up the onion wedges

·         Place in one single layer on grill plate

Put into the pre-heated grill, turning occasionally, until peppers are slightly charred and veggies are tender (about 5-8 minutes). Serve.

Mrs D usually just search her fridge to find leftover vegetables.  Overtime, we find that the most suitable vegetables for this dish are peppers, tomatoes (preferably Roma – oblong), corn, zucchini, onions and garlic.

This salad can be used as a side dish to steak, salmon, or other meat. It is also extremely delicious to have with grilled sourdough bread. Just top the vegetables on the bread then dip in the leftover grill sauce. We can make a meal out of it by just eating this. The satisfied look on Miss D’s face when she gobbles up the bread and vegetables makes our hearts sing.

Nowadays, to see if a recipe is good or bad, we just watch if Miss D eats it happily or not. Life is simple, isn’t it . . .

To make this dish even more appealing, toss the vegetables with Greek vinaigrette and top with a bit of crumbled Feta cheese for a little extra zing.

You don’t have to limit yourself to the vegetables we’ve used, you can grill whatever you enjoy and toss it all together.

What do you cook during hot summer time? Share a favourite recipe with us by sending us an email.

Jus alpukat

Selamat pagi. Good Morning.

How are you this morning? We hope you had a relaxed weekend as we did.

In our efforts to enjoy more Indonesia food, Mrs D has been trying out all kinds of Indonesia recipes. And this one is a keeper: Jus alpukat, it is Indonesian for avocado juice. We have just made it over the weekend and it is delicious.

Until we arrived in Jakarta, we never tried Avocado juice. It turns out Avocado juice is a very popular drink in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and some other South-East Asian countries.

Anyway, this recipe is the absolute hands-down favourite of the many Indonesia recipes we tried. It’s creamy, rich and very satisfying; the kids love it and it’s super easy to whip up at home.

Miss D sometimes has this after school, as a bit of a treat.


  • 1 avocado, seeded and peeled
  • 250 ml water
  • 3 tbs sugar (or to taste, we usually put a bit less)
  • 2 tbs chocolate condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence (optional)
  • 15-20 ice cubes

Mix all ingredients in your mixer! And wow, you have just made yourself two big glasses of Avocado juice. Yum!!!


Wait, we are not done yet. Actually the fun part begins here and Miss D will always happily take over: scoop about 1 1/2 tablespoon of chocolate condensed milk, decorate the wall of the glasses with it. Pour the ready-made juice into the glass, top with leftover chocolate condensed milk.

There, now it’s done. What a refreshing way of enjoying Avocado!

Have you tried this recipe before? Do you have any favourite Indonesia recipes, or your home country recipes you want to share with us? Drop us an email and we are keen to have a go and let you know if we like it.