AJB’s culinary tour of Jakarta’s Chinatown district of Glodok

A traditional market or ‘pasar’ is integral to the daily lives of most Indonesians. Fresh fruit and vegetables are purchased here, along with spices ’bumbu’, as well as clothing and other household items. Of course, an impromptu catch up with friends at the local pasar is also an excellent opportunity to find out ‘what’s news’ (‘apa kabar’). In today’s A Continue Reading

This beautiful fabric is called Tenun Lurik

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This beautiful fabric is called Tenun Lurik ... I discovered it at the *Kraton or Keraton, the palace of the Sultan in Yogyakarta in April 2016, on a day trip from Solo, and my first visit to Central Java.  I couldn’t but notice the handsome striped shirts worn by the palace courtiers at the Kraton and I was later to learn that the simple, hand-woven fabric Continue Reading

Introducing Chef and Indonesian Food Ambassador Pak William Wongso

Internationally acclaimed Master Chef and Food Ambassador for Indonesian cuisine, William Wongso is humble well beyond his accolades. With a following of almost 70,000 on Instagram, an award-winning cookbook to his name along with a television series which rates highly, it was a long shot when we sent Pak William a request for an interview. Then it happened. Continue Reading

How to make Rempeyek Kacang

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Happy Friday everyone! Today we are sharing a recipe for a delicious Javanese savoury cracker called 'Rempeyek' or 'Peyek' for short. (Word has it that 'peyek' is also the sound that's made when you bite into this local cracker) Rempeyek is made from batter, infused with spices, studded with crunchy peanuts, covered with light fragrant threads of kaffir lime Continue Reading