Foods

When it comes to coffee, there are more than a thousand stories to tell. Sipping from a cup of iced cappuccino handed by a waiter over the counter, I can feel the refreshing blend of coffee and milk working like magic to boost my mood. I’m obviously not alone. The humble cup of joe has [...]

June 2, 2019

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by: danang

After refraining a whole day from drinking or eating, nothing is more refreshing than breaking the fast with an impressive soft drink. Ramadan is a time to reunite. Most people honour this special time by gathering with families and friends during iftar, the evening meal after sunset during Ramadan. Festive drinks have become a favourite [...]

April 30, 2019

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by: danang

Passing by an open-kitchen bakery, I could smell the intriguing aroma of sweet, coffee-coated buns. The urge to buy was irresistible. The incident was a typical everyday reminder of the power of smell: without seeing or tasting a food, our noses are quite capable of telling us that we should be craving it. Since aromas [...]

April 11, 2019

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by: danang

Recently, a friend of mine who had been to Medan, the capital of North Sumatra, gave me a special gift from the region, a preserved Thai guava. Locally known as manisan jambu, the white flesh of preserved guava is well packaged and completed with a small bag of black spicy sauce called sambal rujak. The sauce is made [...]

February 1, 2019

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by: danang

There’s a cultural revolution in the narrative power of food. It’s all about the story, and even Michelin-star chefs are succumbing to the tales of taste, to kitchen myths and the heritage of home cooking. In Indonesia, cultural traditions and cuisine go hand in hand, and the more powerful the fable, the better the flavour. [...]

October 29, 2018

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by: danang

The modern concept of fusion food is ‘old news’ on Java, with centuries of inherited and adapted recipes established through trading, colonisation and independence. From east to west across this island of more than 150 million people, distinctive differences emerge in eating preferences. The eastern city of Surabaya is famous for bold flavours and fiery chillies. To [...]

October 6, 2018

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by: danang