• Spiced tuna and sticky rice in banana leaf (China Squirrel)Source: China Squirrel
We're feeling inspired by Luke Nguyen's Jakarta adventures, so here are a few of our Indonesian favourites that are guaranteed to spice up your week. (Literally!)
31 Oct 2016 - 9:39 AM  UPDATED 5 Dec 2016 - 12:32 PM

Whether you want to jazz up your weekly eats, try something new, or you want to bring some of your restaurant or travel favourites to the table - look no further because these savoury to sweet recipes pack a flavour punch!


The start of something big


1. Satay sauce and bitternut chips

Take a dip into satay territory with these crispy bitternut chips that are delightfully more-ish.

2. Stuffed tofu (tahu si)

Serve these popular Indonesian street snacks with black tea or beer to help tame the heat.

Stuff your tofu, batter up and fry them to golden perfection.

3. Coconut fish cakes

These Javanese-style fish cakes are simple to prepare, easy to cook and packed with flavour. Any white-fleshed fish will work and there's chilli required here – just whip up a batch of cucumber pickles and you’re away!

Steamed vegetable dumplings (chai kue)

You can substitute store-bought gow gee wrappers for this recipe if you don't want to make the dumpling skins. In Pontianak, a thin, vinegary chilli sauce is served with the dumplings.

Chicken satay (sate orob)

This is a popular satay that is often sold at night markets around Bali. The distinct flavour and subtle aroma of the marinade is particularly delicious, especially if you let the chicken marinate overnight. Children tend to find anything cooked on a stick appealing and they love the flavour of these. Serve with peanut sauce if you wish, although I prefer without.

Rice and shine


6. Mutton fried rice (nasi goreng kambing)

This recipe is inspired by Luke Nguyen's travels to Jakarta and it isn't just any nasi goreng, this recipe is made with mutton and the Indonesian locals love it.

7. Green fried rice (nasi goreng hijau)

If you wander through the food courts of Indonesia’s glam shopping malls, you will see modern interpretations of nasi goreng wherever you look and this recipe is definitely worth bookmarking.


8. Spiced tuna and sticky rice in banana leaf

This is a seafood version of a popular Indonesian street food, lemper ayam. It is usually made with shredded cooked chicken, which you can use in this recipe instead of the tuna. Take your pick!

Spiced tuna and sticky rice in banana leaf

9. Sea bass grilled in banana leaves

A dish that catches our eye - grilled fish in banana leaves served with rice and plenty of herbs, too - yes!

10. Crispy dried fish, rice and sambal terasi

Dried fish are a delicacy and this Peter Kuruvita recipe is perfect for that shared occasion.

By the bowl full

11. Spicy braised fish stew

A sweet and spicy stew of fish and potato that makes and supreme statement.

12. Betawi beef rib soup with vermicelli noodles

'Soto' means soup and this Luke Nguyen special consists of broth, meat, vegetable and noodle. Let's just say the spice mix alone is worth conjuring up this bowl in the kitchen. 

13. Chicken noodle soup (soto ayam)

Rich and fragrant, this Indonesian chicken soup is a much-loved classic that will turn into a family favourite.

Lamb curry (gulai kambing)

A fresh and flavoursome spice mix makes this curry worth every bit of effort.

Cibadak spicy fruit and vegetable salad (asinan manis Cibadak)

This "slaw" makes a great side and you can play with the chilli balance if you dare.

Fausi’s tuna curry

This Indonesian fish curry is really delicious. With this recipe be sure to cook out the spice paste well so that all flavours intensify. Don't stir it too much once it is cooked because the fish can really break up.

Saucy gold


17. Beef rendang 

Perfect to make over the weekend, this beef dish works well in large quantities as it keeps so well and develops in flavour each day. 

18. Tofu with peanut sauce

Fried tofu can be sauced in many ways and this sweet-tangy peanut-based concoction is particularly delicious and quick to make.

Deep-fried tofu with peanut sauce

19. Stir-fried chicken and snake beans with chilli relish

With wonderfully sweet aromas of chilli, the simplicity of this chicken stir-fry is oh, so satisfying.

Stir-fried chicken and snake beans with chilli relish.
Sweeten the deal


20. Thousand-layer cake

A cake that calls on condensed milk, vanilla and a whole lot of spice, you won't need a thousand reasons to make this towering delight. 

21. Silken tofu with ginger syrup

One of Luke Nguyen's all-time favourite Asian-style desserts, that is soft in texture, subtle in flavour and has a ginger sweetness that makes it so fabulous to eat.

Is there anything this vegan food isn't capable of?

22.  Steamed banana cakes with coconut custard

Whilst it's traditionally eaten plain, this recipe also gives you a caramel topping and coconut custard for a little more oomph. 

Vanilla-scented sago cakes (cantik manis)

These simple-to-make cakes are popular in Indonesia, especially during Ramadan as part of a fast-breaking spread. Cantik means “pretty” in Bahasa and manis means “sweet”, although they are not so sweet as the name might suggest. Their prettiness comes from the deployment of pink and green dyed sago pearls, which you can easily find an Asian grocer.

Spicy fruit salad (rujak)

Think zesty, fresh and summer-y all in one bowl!

Coffee and pandan flan

It's all in the chilling process and serve this dessert with mango and cream.

Discover more about street food with the series Luke Nguyen's Street Food Asia. Visit the program page for more details, recipes and guides.