Category Archives: My Food-o-pedia

The A_Pop

It has been a while since my last post  ……

Yeah, I have been very busy and at the same time been very lazy to cook and blog as I used to.

But today, while I was thinking on what to eat for lunch, suddenly an idea popped into my head…..

Ayam Pop RM Pagi Sore Cipete raya

The same thing that I should have for my lunch is also the thing I should write and post in my blog  

It’s the “A_ Pop”

What is A-Pop?

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Sweeten Mother’s Day with Something Sweet

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All  Moms are special, including my Mom.

Every time Mother’s Day arrives, I always remember special foods that my Mom cooked for me during my childhood.

No doubt that there’s a powerful connection between my Mom and foods. After all, it was my Mom who fed me my first meal and most of the foods I ate growing up.  My Mom comforted me with my favorite soup, cheer me up with sweet treat, and made my favorite meals just because she loved me.

To sweeten Mother’s Day, I would like to share a simple sweet treat locally known as “Manisan Kolang Kaling” (candied palm fruit) which my Mom often made for me and my sisters as sweet treat when we were kids.

What is ‘Kolang Kaling’?

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Egg-xotic Eggs for Easter

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Easter is coming again………

It’s time to hunt for those multi-colored painted eggs.

Talking about egg, there’s a culinary tradition I miss quite a bit from my childhood that has to do with egg. Duck egg….. salted duck egg.

What?

Salted duck egg?

Yes, that’s right! We, Indonesian (and also many Asian) eat salted duck egg.

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The egg white has a sharp, salty taste. The orange red yolk is rich, fatty, and less salty. The yolk is prized and is used in Chinese moon cakes to symbolize the moon.

Despite its name, salted duck eggs can also be made from chicken eggs, though the taste and texture will be somewhat different, and the egg yolk will be less rich.

What is salted duck egg?

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What is it after Chinese New Year?

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What is it after Chinese New Year?

Did the fun of Chinese New year celebration stop after that?

Well, guess what…….

Precisely 15 days after the Chinese New Year celebration, there is Cap Go Meh.

What is Cap Go Meh?

Cap Goh Meh is a festival celebrated in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunar calendar.

In Hokkien dialect Cap Go Meh means the fifteenth evening (cap= ten, go =five, meh=evening). It is also known as the Lantern Festival (Yuanxiao Festival or Shangyuan Festival) in China; Yuen Siu Festival in Hong Kong, Tết Thượng Nguyên or Tết Nguyên Tiêu in Vietnam; and Koshōgatsu in Japan. It officially ends the Chinese New Year celebrations.

This year, as Chinese New Year fell on 19th February 2015, the Cap Go Meh Celebration took place on 5th March 2015.

It is interesting to see how the celebration has evolved through the years and how it is celebrated throughout Indonesia today. It has become a major festival attracting many local tourists to the various cities.

Several Cap Go Meh fairs and parades (including dragon & lion dances) took place throughout the archipelago, sometimes with an interesting local touch.

In Singkawang, Kalimantan, people are attracted by Tatung performers – people believed to be possessed by the spirits of ancestors – the performance has similarities with Dayak rituals and is also performed by local Dayaks.

This year the celebration of Cap Go Meh festival in my country become very special as our President Jokowi attended this celebration in his favorite satellite city Bogor. This visit to Bogor Street Festival Cap Go Meh 2015 was to encourage other cities to do the same to attract more tourist and also for supporting pluralism.

 

Jokowi di Bogor Street Festival Cap Go Meh

In my country, Cap Go Meh is also associated with a very well-known dish for this festival named “Lontong Cap Go Meh”

What is Lontong Cap Go Meh?

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Unique Traditional Foods to Celebrate Christmas

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Every where in the world, food is an important part of any celebration regardless of culture or religion. It can unite and strengthen community bonds and helps to maintain a common identity among a group of people.

To celebrate Christmas, different countries use food in different ways.  Most of the foods typically associated with Christmas, such as mince pies and fruit cake, arose from British tradition. In Australia, it is becoming increasingly popular to enjoy seafood on Christmas Day, rather than roast meats and ham, due to their warmer weather.

In my country with so many different ethnic groups and dialects, we also have different traditional Christmas foods in different regions, depending on local availability and cultural significance. Here’s a few examples I would like to share in this post:

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Unique Christmas Traditions

Christmas in Indonesia from tempo-co

I’m not really sure how suddenly it’s already December………I feel like I just posted about Thanksgiving a few weeks ago. But now it’s December…………. and I’m sitting here in the glow of the lights from the Christmas tree.

This means it’s time for me to post something about Christmas 🙂

While I was thinking about what to post, I found a very interesting article by Rina Atmasari published in Tempo.co about some unique traditions and methods in celebrating this special day in my country.

So for this post, I decided to share some unique ways to celebrate Christmas in different regions of Indonesia:

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Unique Thanksgiving Traditions

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This is the month of November and we usually link November with Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is essentially a harvest related festival. It celebrates communal harmony. Though it is said to have been originated in America, many other countries including my country celebrate similar type of harvest related festivals.

My country is culturally rich and we have more than 300 ethnic groups hence we have many different unique thanksgiving ceremonies and rituals that linked to harvest. We also have a special ‘thanksgiving traditional food’ named ‘Tumpeng’ as you can see in the picture above.

Tumpeng is a cone-shaped rice dish like mountain with its side dishes (vegetables and meat). Traditionally featured in the ‘slamatan’ ceremony, the cone shape of rice is made by using cone-shaped woven bamboo container.

The rice itself could be plain steamed rice, uduk rice (cooked with coconut milk , or  yellow rice  (uduk rice colored with kunyit /turmeric). The cone-shaped rice meant to mimics the holy mountain. The feast served as some kind of thanks giving for the abundance of harvest or any other blessings.

In this post, I would like to share some of the unique thanksgiving traditions from different parts of Indonesia:

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