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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.


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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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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