Archive for December 2014

At Big Nyonya in Melacca, Malaysia, Chef Kenny Chan, and Asian food guru KF Seetoh introduce us to the lesser known flavors of the Peranakan pantry. Peranakan cuisine, also known as Nyonya cuisine, refers to the style of cooking that evolved from the inter-marriage of local Malays and Chinese immigrants in the 15th century. Combining Chinese cooking techniques, such as wok cooking, with Malay ingredients and spices, Peranakan food is noted for its tropical blend of tangy and spicy flavors.

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While in Malaysia’s Malacca region, we make a stop at a favorite local eatery, Donald and Lily’s, to taste some authentic, home-style Peranakan cooking.  We join Asian food guru K.F. Seetoh and the restaurant’s owner Donald Tan to learn about some special Peranakan dishes.


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Gareng Asam is the spicy Balinese translation of classic chicken soup. Here to show us how it’s made is William Wongso and Chef Gusti Nyoman Agus Wiadnyana, at Kamandalu Resort and Spa in Ubud, Bali. The key to this spicy soup is the wangen spice mix.

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On next sate stop, William Wongso takes us to a roadside sate stand in Lombok, specializing in Sate Bulayak. Sate Bulayak is made from beef intestine, liver, and meat, and served with chili sauce, and bulayak, a steamed glutinous rice cake, perfect for soaking up these great flavors.

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On the next stop of our tour of Indonesian sate, we visit Chef Heinz van Holzen at his Restaurant Bumbu Bali Benoa, in Tanjung, Bali. Originally born in Switzerland, Chef van Holzen has lived in Bali since 1990, and is a Balinese cuisine cookbook author, and owner of a restaurant and cooking school. He shows us how to make a flavorful and aromatic minced duck sate. 

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The most beloved of all Indonesian street foods, sate is the sizzling snack of choice throughout Jakarta and the entire archipelago. William Wongso takes us on a tour of Jakarta’s sate stalls, and introduces us to sate Madura served with a peanut dipping sauce.

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The most beloved of all Indonesian street foods, sate is the sizzling snack of choice throughout Jakarta and the entire archipelago. Showing us some variations of sate is Chef Yogi Artana, sous chef at Kamandalu Resort and Spa in Ubud, Bali.

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Rice is at the heart of any meal in Indonesia. Here at the Jambi Museum on the island of Sumatra, William Wongso and a local cook show us how to prepare Nasi Minyak, or Indonesian Fragrant Spiced Rice, originating from the Batang Hari Regency of Jambi in Sumatra.

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Rendang, one of Indonesia’s most celebrated dishes, is a slow-cooked, spicy meat dish originating from West Sumatra. This slow cooking process is used to yield succulent, fork-tender meats with rich, caramelized flavors. At the Kamandalu Resort and Spa in Ubud, Bali, William Wongso shows Steve Jilleba, Corporate Executive Chef of Unilever Foods Solutions, how to make a classic Beef Rendang.

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Base genep, meaning “complete spice” in Indonesian, is an aromatic seasoning paste that is an essential ingredient in many Balinese dishes. Here to show us how it’s made is our guide William Wongso and Hindu priest and barbecue pit master, Chef Gede Yudi Awan. Chef Yudi is the owner of the restaurant Warung Sunset Chef Yudi in Badung, Bali, an establishment famous for its barbecued pork ribs.

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From perfectly caramelized beef rending, and regional favorites like Nasi Lemak, to traditional spice blends, and fiery sambals, join us on this appetizing tour of Indonesia and Malaysia as we discover the lesser known flavors of this Southeast Asian region that is captivating diners around the world. Our guide to Indonesia is William Wongso, world-renowned authority on Indonesian food and cooking. In Malaysia we join Asian food guru K.F. Seetoh to get an insider’s tour of Malaysia’s home-style kitchens.

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