If Food be the Music of Love

if-music-be-the food of love

Whenever the month of February comes, the theme of many activities must be the theme of LOVE  as many people celebrate Valentine’s Day  on 14 February.

In the city where I live, Jakarta, cafes and restaurants are gearing up for this year’s Valentine’s Day, with many set to offer special menus and fun-filled programs.

Despite recent floods in several parts of Jakarta, cafes and restaurants are fully committed to providing their best services for their customers wishing to celebrate this LOVE event.

As love is the central theme of Valentine’s Day, decorations, entertainment, events, food and drinks will all reflect this theme.

When choosing the title of this post,  I was inspired by Mr. Shakespeare’s famous words ‘If music be the food of love…..’  but twisted it a bit to……………

If Food be the Music of Love…………. then let’s keep on cooking for our loved ones…..as we all know that good food is one sure-fire way to win somebody’s heart and one way to express our love…..

The mainstream Valentine’s foods offered by cafes, restaurants or cake shops are the rich and indulgent chocolate desserts—usually made in a heart-shaped pan or with heart-shaped cookie-cutters.


I am thinking of something beyond the typical heart-shaped chocolate dessert for unusual-yet-romantic Valentine’s Day dish for my family.

As Indonesian, one of my favorite desserts is  black sticky rice pudding or known as ‘bubur ketan hitam’ or ‘bubur injin’ (in Bali). Black rice pudding is served for breakfast, afternoon tea, as well as for dessert.

Black sticky rice is a highly nutritious grain. It is also considered as a super food, is loaded with iron, and is a powerful antioxidant. Black rice has been called “forbidden rice” in China where only the emperor was allowed to eat it.

So why not serve ‘Black Sticky Rice Pudding’ for Valentine dish?

A few years ago I learned how to cook ‘black sticky rice pudding’ and this is the look of my simple and humble black rice pudding……


This dish has a unique flavor and aroma. To me, the smell of hot black sticky rice pudding mixed with coconut milk brings magical smell like the smell of coffee brewing in the morning.

To serve this dish to our loved ones on Valentine’s day, we can decorate it with flower and fruit and shape the sticky rice in heart-shaped like this one found at Bagus restaurant in Bali……

blackricepudding Bali Bagus rest

or other decoration idea as this one

bubuh injin Bali

or this one


And here’s my Recipe of black sticky rice pudding:


  • 200 grams of black glutinous rice, soak in water for about 1 hour
  • rinsed and drained in a colander
  • 200 ml coconut milk
  • 2 pandan leaves, tied into a knot
  • 500 ml water
  • 60-100  grams shaved palm sugar or brown sugar
  • pinch of salt

How to make:

  • Pour 500 ml water into a pan and add the glutinous rice in it
  • Add in the pandan leaves
  • Cook on medium heat until the rice is softened and the liquid is thickened
  • Stir well while cooking the glutinous rice to avoid the rice from sticking to the pan and cooking time will take around 30 minutes
  • Add the sugar, cook for another 5 minutes
  • Remove from heat
  • Discard the pandan leaves
  • Put in a bowl and serve warm by adding coconut milk on it

happy valentine day


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