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Bihun Goreng udang / simply my shrimp fried rice vermicelli noodle (bee hoon)

Merhaba From Türkiye 👋

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I just made simple and quick menu for my self and my kid. It's fried vermicelli noodle a la me. This food is kinda comfort food for me especially if I don't really want to eat rice nor bread. My fave actually vermicelli noodle with a little gravy in it- thick and spicy gravy. Very great food especially in cold days like now.

But my kid doesn't like gravy one so I decide to make fried version. It's very simple to make and definitely great meal for you who crave asian flavor. You can skip the shrimp at all or just use chicken meat, it's up to any ingredients you have on fridge.

So here the recipe a la me (^,^)

Make about 5 share

  • 1/2 packet rice vermicelli (about 200 gr)
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce or kecap manis/ sweet soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 bowl shredded cabbage (about 300 gr)
  • 1 small bowl shrimp (about 200 gr), remove the head but do not discard, it will mashed with spices
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 1 stalk leek, roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1 tsp sugar (optional)
  • about 3 Tbsp cooking oil
ground spice:
  • 5 shallot
  • 4 garlic
  • 1 tsp peppercorn
  • shrimp's head

Donat Pisang / Banana Fritters

Merhaba from Turkiye.. Hope you are all happy and in well healthiness...
Warm and shinny weekend here in my place. But my husband must go for work overtime due to many jobs calls him for working this weekend... kinda lonely cause we can not spend our weekend as usual together. 

My daughter kept asking me to go out to park because maybe she was boring playing without her baba in home. So we went out just for fresh air. Then I saw a truck seller selling banana, maybe they brought those banana directly from it farmer (Banana field in Tukey mostly in Mersin area).
They were selling banana quite cheap than usual I bought from market or traditional market. They sold 2,75 tl per kilo (usually banana price can be 3,5 up to 5 tl per kilo).. I didn't know why they were selling cheap...But anyway I bought almost 2 kilo for 5 tl (turkish lira)

So here it is.... banana fritters for our weekend snack (^,^) . First, I want to make Indonesian style banana fritter cause I miss that snack, but since the type of banana here is different from our banana using fritter in Indonesia, I know it will end up messy on my frying pan ( I tried once before). So I was thinking to make different batter for this type of banana (which I thought it will not messy or become flabby when frying). Then I got the idea to cover the banana with doughnut batter. The batter will fluffy cover the banana during frying process and it won't make my banana too much messy/ flabby.

Kapuska #turkishfood ( Turkish style Cabbage stew)

Selam.....Merhaba from Türkiye

Yesterday I went to the local market in our neighborhood and found many cabbages in low price. It seems cabbage season is on the air..hehehe.. In Turkey, we only can find cabbage mostly during winter together with broccoli, cauliflower.

For very big size of cabbage (around 4 kg) I got only 3 tl. So maybe I will post many things using cabbage after this 😃

And today I made this Kapuska or Cabbage stew. The kapuska name is derived from the Russian language mean cabbage, but although the name is imported, the dish is a Turkish version of a cabbage stew common in Russia and Eastern Europe. Kapuska is widely known and eagerly consumed in Thrace, as a result of Eastern European impact and Albanian and Bulgarian immigrants, and is consumed in the Black Sea region of Turkey neighboring Russia.

Kapuska is cooked in different ways in Turkey: with garbanzo beans, bulgur, rice, ground meat, lamb, beef, or vegetarian.

Kapuska #turkishfood ( Turkish style Cabbage stew)

Ingredients: serve 3

Perkedel Kentang (Indonesian style potato patties)

Perkedel Kentang (Indonesian style potato patties) | Çitra's Home Diary. #potatoe #perkedel #vegan #asianfood #indonesianfood #sidedish
Do you know that many Indonesian cuisines influenced by other country? We have 'peranakan food' which influence by china. Some food also influences by Indian food and Arabic. And since Dutch colonial were in Indonesia long time ago, many Dutch influence in our cuisine heritage also. 

Like previously I mentioned on my last post, I shared some "dutch influence" foods in my previous post, like Oliebollen, Kaastengels, Kroketten, Bitterballen, and much more

Perkedel came from Dutch language, frikadel. Frikadel originally from Europe which is made from minced meat and fried. But in Indonesia we adapted that food according to our taste and our common ingredients. This perkedel made from mashed potatoes mix with minced meat then we fry it. Commonly we eat this as side dish or complement of Nasi tumpeng or nasi kuning (yellow rice)

Perkedel Kentang (Indonesian style potato patties) | Çitra's Home Diary. #potatoe #perkedel #vegan #asianfood #indonesianfood #sidedish

And since I didn't make this perkedel so long..I kinda miss and crave about it... And also I wanna introduce more food variety as many as I can to my little girl. And if you want to make this vegetarian version you just can skip minced meat and just go ahead with use only potatoes.

Perkedel Kentang (Indonesian style potato patties) | Çitra's Home Diary. #potatoe #perkedel #vegan #asianfood #indonesianfood #sidedish

And here I recipe I adapted from my auntie.


Double Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins, copy cat recipe

Hello again... Merhaba from Tukiye. Happy great weekend for you. Hope you always enjoying wonderful time with your family and love ones. Bright sunny yet cold outside this Friday in my place, time to bring my kid outside to enjoy little bit short time sunshine and get rid off her boring time stay in house this winter. We went to park in our neighborhood today.

And after enjoying her time played around with swing, slide and played a ball with some other boys--yes, my daughter prefer plays a ball with boys than play a doll or cooking toys with other girls (^,^)-- we went home passed by one local bakery. She saw some chocolate muffins and cried for it... Oh , no... I hate when my kid cries in the middle of the street and I must "drag" her to walk quickly away from something she cry for... It was not because I didn't want to buy her that chocolate muffin...But I remember I already made muffin at home earlier last night.

But... instead of stop crying and walk with me away from that bakery, she strikes and cries more loud while her finger point at those muffins behind the bakery's window.. of course some people turned and look at us.....hhhhhsssss.... what to do.... so I buy her one chocolate muffin she wants. As I thought before, she didn't finish eat that muffin from bakery near our house... :(

Our evening teatime as usual in my family, I serve my banana chocolate muffin I made. And you know what.. my daughter finish banana chocolate muffin I made one whole muffin (that muffin I made big size).. And seem she loves it much and so does my husband. 


Marble Sponge Cake with Pandan swirl

Some my facebook friends posted their beautiful good looking and scrumptious spongecake with many variant in flavors, it makes me drool and finally I got that "spongecake virus" (^,^) in the result.
But beside that "virus" actually I crave about pandan cake lately.... I really really want to make something with pandan flavor. I love pandan since we have many meal using this aromatic leaf...even my mom plants two kind of pandan (aromatic pandan and pandan suji) in our small yard. Aromatic pandan (we call it pandan wangi) mostly has larger leaf than pandan suji and give wonderful aroma in your meal/ dessert. Pandan suji has smaller leaf, it gives strong and nice green color in your meal/dessert, the aroma not really fragrant as aromatic pandan.

And as a "spongecake virus" result, here I made my Pandan Sponge cake (^,^).... 
There was small "accident" during made this cake... I was planning to add few drop of green color to give more vivid green color, but when I tried to drop some color, the inner cap slipped off so almost quarter bottle of green color dropped into my batter..!!
My first plan to make swirl only..end up with slightly layer spongecake.... hhhhh
But it didn't affect taste of the cake thanks God only not as good looking as I wish...anyway.. I'll do better next time. 
This spongecake I copy from my friend's page here which is adapted from NCC page here. Those sources using Indonesian language, so I'll write for you if you want to try it also in your kitchen. I'm telling you this recipe really fail proof...many people use this recipe and end up with fluffy and scrumptious sponge cake.

Kısır (Turkish style bulgur salad)

My today post is Kısır... one traditional Turkish side dish. It makes from fine wheat bulgur as main ingredients, soak in hot water then mix with tomato paste and vegetables . Served cold, and often serve as salad also. The vegetables adding in it can be vary according to your taste and availability in your frigged.

I remember this is my first Turkish food I can eat before I can adapted my taste to other Turkish food. I like this dish because it so fresh, with slightly sour taste form lemon juice and sumac easily acceptable by my Asian tongue. And I like vegetables mixed in it too...

This is my other recipe's version of Kısır. But if you make it more traditionally you can see  my previous post here

Serve about 2 or 3 portion.

  • 1 cup fine bulgur
  • 1 cup hot boiling water.
  • half yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste ( I use homemade one)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp sumac
  • 1 tsp smoke paprika powder or sweet cayenne pepper (optional)
  • salt to taste
  • fresh lemon juice to taste.

Lemon Macarons with lemon curd filling

Yaaayyyy...!!! Finally Macarons ..! ^,^ Yes, this is my first post and my first attempt making macarons... İ don't know why gets me so long to bake them.. İ just too busy reading and reading and comparing recipes.. search about this tiny delectable dessert which everybody crazy about...Yeaahh..İ was just too worry (almost afraid) that my first batch of macarons will be my nightmare..hahahahaha.. hyperbola indeed ^,^ .... No..it's true actually.. when it come about baking, İ'm kinda traumatic person... once (mostly first time) baking something and fail... need sssooo long time for bring my baking mood back again... 
Again..İ'm sensitive person ^,^ --even in baking.

Anywaaaayyyy... today's post is my first macarons. And since İ still keep my lemon curd from last batch so İ had an idea to make lemony macarons to gets along with my lemon curd as filling later. The recipe İ took from many other's people journal about macarons..many people's note about it.. tricks and tips ... and mostly the came up with almost same recipe which you can browse also around the net. Just note from me: Don't be afraid baking your macarons, it's not as bad as you think ^,^ 

After succeed with my first attempt.. definitely there will be another second or third and fourth... need more practise to perfect my macarons. 


Indonesian Lemongrass herb drink for chill days / WEDANG SEREH

Selam everybody....Merhaba from Turkey

Indonesia is rich of spice and tropical herb plants. You can easily find- for example -ginger, galangal, turmeric and so on in any house' yard or people plant them in a pot.
Just like my mom. She has many kind of herb plant in her small yard in front of our house in Indonesia. Next time I'll take some picture of them.

We have pandan leaves, ginger, turmeric, chili pepper, also lemongrass. They are so easily to planted and grow so fast in our tropical environment. Oh how I miss my homeland!

Few weeks ago there was a friends of mine just came back from Indonesia and she brought me some fresh lemongrass, pandan leaves also some fresh herb and spices that I couldn't find here. They are such a treasure for me!

So today I made traditional Indonesian lemongrass herb drink This 

Indonesian Lemongrass herb drink for chill days / WEDANG SEREH | Çitra's Home Diary

These two days, Bursa city under the snow. Since last Tuesday night smooth cotton-like snow pouring gently until this Wednesday evening. My house' path covered by snow. Actually that's my perfect time to go out walking and take some 'white' pictures...And after all..it's my rare moment as İ'm tropical person....but with my small princess??? İ don't think so. She was just passing her bad time a week ago with cough and cold..İ won't be selfish to do that. So we spend our time watching from windows how the sky was so grey and snow flying here and there in the air cause so windy outside....brrr..

Ayam goreng Mentega / Spiced butter fried chicken

Resep dalam bhs Indonesia ada dibagian bawah

Selam everybody..Mehaba from Turkey.

My today's menu is just simple and fast. İt's ayam (Chicken) Goreng (fried)  Mentega (butter). This meal is part of peranakan food in İndonesia. You can find it easily in Chinese restaurant or stall everywhere in İndonesia. But some people make it at home too due too some reasons (halal issue mostly). 

And today İ will share my recipe for you who wants to experience Asian cuisine in your family dinner table.

Ayam goreng Mentega / Spiced butter fried chicken| Çitra's Home Diary

Serve 5~8 big portion

What you need:

Kandil Simidi / Turkish shortbread bagel

Selam everybody....Merhaba from Turkey.

İt's late post. Since İ had been a little busy with my cleaning schedule at house  before and after kandil night^,^. My today's post is about Kandil simidi. 
Kandil Simidi is a traditional Turkish simit pastry, which is eaten during the Kandil religious holiday. It is ring-shaped and coated in sesame seeds cookie-look alike. 
During the five nights of Kandil, these pastries are baked and offered to neighbors and relatives.

There are five kandil night celebration in Turkey. Kandil taken from word candle from the time of Sultan Selim II who had candles lit in the Mosques Minarets to mark the holy evenings.
The five holy evenings on the Muslim calendar are called Kandil. During the Ottoman Empire Sultan Selim II of 16th century lit candles on the minarets of the mosques in order to announce these holy nights to the public. Since this calendar is calculated with the revolution of the moon around the earth the dates of the Kandils differ every year.
Mevlid Kandili (Mawlid an-Nabi) - The birth of Prophet Mohammad
Regaip Kandili – The night of Muhammed's conception
Miraç Kandili (Lailat al Miraj) – Prophet Mohammad's rising to sky
Berat Kandili (Mid-Sha'ban) – The forgiveness of the sins
Kadir Gecesi (Laylat al-Qadr) – The Koran's first appearance to Prophet Mohammad

And as follow the tradition here in Turkey İ also made this Kandil simidi. Different from my other simit İ post before here, this kandil simidi has more or less like shortbread. And here the recipe for you who want to make, just accompany your tea or coffee.


Opor ayam kuning / Indonesian food recipe: Yellow Chicken braised in coconut milk

My first post in 2015. İt's İndonesian style yellow chicken braised in coconut milk. İt's been quite sometimes İ didn't eat anything made by coconut milk. Beside coconut milk is very rare and expensive thing here in Turkey, also İ'm not really fan of meal in coconut milk-- İ mean as main dish or side dish. İ like coconut (any part of it, e.g coconut water, coconut milk, fresh coconut flesh) but as dessert. İndonesia as part of Asia country has various dessert with coconut as main ingredients ( check my other post about İndonesian dessert and snack).

This Opor ayam kuning recipe İ get from my mom. She normally uses free caged chicken ( we call it ayam kampung) which have tastier meat. And in my hometown we make fresh coconut milk from fresh coconut which easily found in any corner of our alley... How İ miss my hometown.... 

Well...anyway..İf you want to experience İndonesian home cooking meal..here İ write down my mom's recipe

Opor ayam kuning / Indonesian food recipe: Yellow Chicken braised in coconut milk | Çitra's Home Diary. #Chickenrecipe #oporayamresep #foodphotography #Indoneianfoodrecipe #endonezyamutfağı #resepoporkuning
Serve about 10~12

1 chicken-better free caged one- (about 1,5 kg)
1 kaffir lime (İ use lemon), juice it

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