Cheese pies efharisto

With a simple bite and one euro spent; suddenly, I'm home.  Back in the romantic land where smiles and sass are exchanged no matter what mood you're in. Where I'm beautifully invisible, constantly mistaken for a Greek (a point of immense pride for me). The place where every food has layers and stories and history.  … Continue reading Cheese pies efharisto

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Kue Lumpur

Tasty Tuesday Named for its home city, Kuala Lumpur, kue lumpur is an anomaly.  It has the gelatinous texture of a thick pudding, taste of a custard, and shape of a shallow muffin -- and is made out of potato.  It's truly a puzzle. Somehow potato and sugar, when blended together to a smooth consistency … Continue reading Kue Lumpur

Jengkol

Jengkol is my favorite party trick. In any food situation in West Java, I love the anticipation of eating jengkol. Without fail, the Sundanese people near me will start to talk about how they can't wait to see my reaction to the food, they're excited to see my face when I eat the flavorful pile … Continue reading Jengkol

Awug 

Tasty Tuesday Chewy, crunchy, oily and savory. Awug is a snack for when you really don't know what you want. Relatively tasteless, it's a traditional Sundanese treat found at bus stations and in vendor's baskets.  This is a weird one. It's so oily, after eating more than one, I feel sick. Yet, I can't help … Continue reading Awug 

Surabi

Tasty Tuesday For a classic Sundanese street food snack, look no further than the peculiar surabi stands. Surabi is a Sundanese pancake that can be either savory or sweet. Think, french toast and pancakes had a very squishy and delicious baby. It is similar to the other Indonesian staple, martabak, but is thinner and chewier, which … Continue reading Surabi

Thai tea

Tasty Tuesday Nearly every day, for the past three weeks, I have woken up, tied back my hair, thrown on a tank-top and Chacos, and ventured out into the dry heat of Thailand (or Cambodia, for a brief period.) The one thing that makes this heat worth it for a cranky morning bear like me … Continue reading Thai tea

Grilled bananas

Tasty Tuesday  Hello from Bangkok! I've spent my time in this gorgeous city of temples and food drowning in options and food comas, it's impossible to decide what exactly the best food I've eaten in the past two days.  From street food to riverside restaurants, curries to cocktails, my body is in culture shock and … Continue reading Grilled bananas

Onde onde

Tasty Tuesday Of Chinese origin, onde onde is a snack common all across Asia and is known by many names. Basically, it's fried rice dough, stuffed with a sweet filling, and rolled in sesame seeds. I had the Korean version, stuffed with red bean past, about a year ago and was ecstatic to see these … Continue reading Onde onde

Lalab

Tasty Tuesday Considering Indonesia is made up of thousands of islands, and has been colonized and conquered a handful of times over its history, the culture and cuisines from region to region very greatly. The foods found in Bali and Sumatra and Java may be, on the surface, similar rice-based diets with varying vegetables and … Continue reading Lalab

Dragon fruit

Tasty Tuesday A year ago, I came to Indonesia in awe of all the new foods. Bakso and fried rice soon lost it's charm as things may when you finally learn what's in them, but the fruit of Indonesia still holds my heart. I remember buying a kilo of starfruit as soon as I was … Continue reading Dragon fruit