Ketoprak is a vegetarian dish from Jakarta, Indonesia, consists of tofu, beansprout, boiled egg, rice cake, and rice vermicelli served in peanut sauce.


Why people call it ketoprak ?  According to Betawi tradition, ketoprak was actually derived from the acronym of its ingredients; which are ket from ketupat, to from toge, and prak from digeprak (crushed), which describes the method on grounding garlic, and peanut granules together to create the peanut sauce.

When I don’t know what to cook today, this one always win my heart. Simple and easy. I always have instant rice cube and fried peanut/peanut butter at home. As Indonesian have lots of food come along with peanut sauce that;s the reason i always keep peanut butter or fried peanut at home. In every recipes that need fried peanut, you could substitute it with peanut butter and sometimes it;s level up the taste. Or you can mixed it like using half amount fried peanut and half amount peanut butter so it’s still have it;s original taste.


Let’s just try the recipe now!




  • 4 Rice Cube
  • 100gr Beansprout
  • 2 Tofu
  • 100 gr rice vermicelli
  • Crackers
  • Sweet soy souce
  • Fried Shallot
  • Boiled egg

Peanut sauce:

  • Hot chilli (you can skip this if you don’t like spicy)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 200 gr fried peanut
  • 1 tbs coconut/palm sugar
  • Salt
  • 25-50 ml water




  1. Using pestle and mortar, ground all the peanut sauce ingredients
  2. Fried tofu. Put beansprout in warm water for about 2 minutes. Put Rice vermicelli in warm water until soft.
  3. How to serve : Put rice cube, rice vermicelli, beansprout, tofu and egg in a plate. Pour peanut sauce and sweet soy sauce on the top. Add crackers.




Pepes Tahu (Tofu wrap in banana leaf)

Pepes is cooking method which involve banana leaf as food wrappings. The banana-leaf package containing food is secured with lidi/toothpicks, cooked on steam then grilled(optional). This cooking technique allowed the rich spices mixture to be compressed against the main ingredients inside the individual banana leaf package while being cooked, and also add distinct aroma of cooked or burned banana leaf when its grilled. Although being cooked simultaneously with food, the banana leaf is a non-edible material and its function was as the cookable organic wrapper. Pepes Tahu is Mashed tofu wrap in banana leaf.

Pepes is originally come from West Java area. There are lots of pepes varian such as pepes ikan(fish), pepes ayam(chicken), etc. It’s really rich in taste. Eat with warm steam rice would be perfect. Can’t believe that i finally can make pepes on my own. Been a great achievement for me, lol.




500 gr tofu, mashed

6 bay leaves

1 package basil leaf

2 tomatoes, slices

3 lemongrass

banana leaf


Grounded ingredients:

3 cloves garlic

1 clove shallot

2 red chili, slices

5 hot chili

1 tsp salt

1 tbs sugar




  1. Preheat Steamer.
  2. Mixed tofu with grounded ingredients.
  3. In banana leaf, put lemongrass, bay leaves, tomatoes slices, basil leaf and tofu mixture. Close it. Secure it using toothpick.
  4. Steam for about 30 – 45 menit.

Tahu Isi (Tofu with vegetables filling)

Making another tahu isi , as I told you before that it is one of my hubby fav. Tahu isi is tofu filled with bean sprouts, carrots and cabbage. Then you dip it into batter and deep fried until the colour turn into golden brown and crisp. It is commonly found in fritters vendors (Indonesian called tukang gorengan). Commonly eaten with cabai rawit (bird’s eye chili). It’s becoming one of the most popular variant of tahu goreng in Indonesia.

I can also bring it as potluck in every occasion like birthday party, picnic or it can be served as entree when we have our friend coming for lunch or dinner. Even if I want to make high tea with Indonesian style, tahu isi is always favourite menu.



  • 1 pack tofu
  • 100 gr cabbage
  • 100 gr beansprout
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 shallot, grounded
  • 1 garlic, grounded
  • salt and pepper to taste

for the batter:

  • 3 tbs plain flour
  • 1 tbs rice flour
  • water


1. mixed water, plain flour and rice flour to make batter. set aside.

2. stir fry coleslaw, shallot and garlic. add salt and pepper to taste.

3. Using spoon or your hand, gently put the vegetable stir fry into the tofu as much as you can fit in.

4. Dip gently the tofu into the batter.

5. Deep fried in hot oil until it turn golden brown and crisp.

6. Serve with eye bird chilies or chili  sauce.



Taoge Goreng (Betawi/Jakarta) / Fried Bean Sprout

Toge Goreng


Toge goreng is one of indonesian traditional food, usually find in Jakarta and Bogor. Even the name is fried bean sprout, it doesn’t mean the food is fried. Only the tofu that was fried actually. It has rice cube, egg noodle and bean sprout of course with sauce made from oncom and tauco (all made from soy bean).  The taste should be salty, sour and sweet. As Indonesian food has rich flavour.

Let’s just try it out!

Toge Goreng 2




IDFB Challenge #15: Sapo Tahu


Being missed lots of idfb challenge recently, now i said to myself not to miss again this time. With a wok, knife and a good will (feel like i want to make war in the kitchen, lol) i browse some information about peranakan culinary. It’s quite difficult to find out the list of the food, but basically it’s about food that would be acculturation between chinese and indonesian culture. Because when you said peranakan, people would think about chinese people that married to indonesian than people would call their kids peranakan. They usually maintained their culture partially despite their native language gradually disappearing a few generations after settlement. Peranakan or Nonya cuisine combines chinese and other influences into a unique blend.The result of blending Chinese ingredients with various distinct spices and cooking techniques used by the Indonesian community. This gives rise to Peranakan interpretations of Indonesian food that is similarly tangy, aromatic, spicy and herbal. And because of the acculturation itself, they change some ingredients like arak or something that moslem couldn’t use with something else that is halal.

For other reference about peranakan cuisine, just go here.

Me and my family love going to chinese restaurant, sapo tahu is one of our favorite food. It’s actually kind of simple but powerful food for me. So this time i cooked sapo tahu which i know as one of peranakan cuisine.



Sapo Tahu Preps


Here is the recipe :


sapo tahu


Enjoy the food…..

sapo tahu

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Tahu Isi

Just called it my husband favourite snack. He always eat it for break the fasting during the ramadhan period. In Indonesia you can find it in any street food seller. The usually sold it with another fritters like vegetable fritters, banana fritters, sweet potato fritters and cireng. But now here, i have to make it by myself. After trying some recipes, this one is the best one for me 🙂


1 pack tofu

200 gr coleslaw

100 gr beansprout

1 shallot, grounded

1 garlic, grounded

salt and pepper to taste

for the batter:

3 tbs plain flour

1 tbs rice flour



1. mixed water, plain flour and rice flour to make batter. set aside.

2. stir fry coleslaw, shallot and garlic. add salt and pepper to taste.

3. Using spoon or your hand, gently put the vegetable stir fry into the tofu as much as you can fit in.

4. Dip gently the tofu into the batter.

5. Deep fried in hot oil until it turn golden brown and crisp.

6. Serve with eye bird chilies or chili  sauce.




you can use shredded cabbage and carrot instead of coleslaw.


Tahu Telor

Even i wasn’t born at West Java but my ancestor is from there. It’s originated from west java where my mom and dad was born. It’s one of our family favorite. Simple and easy to make. Just add warm rice and eat together with it then you’ll feel like heaven 🙂

Tahu Telor

source : my mom


  • 4 eggs
  • 1 large tofu, fried medium cooked
  • bean sprout

Grounded ingredients:

  • 2 tbs peanut or you can used peanut butter
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 4 hot chili (you might not used this if you don’t like spicy taste, or you can just reduce the amount of chili if you like it not too hot)
  • 1 tbs shrimp paste/petis udang
  • 4 tbs sweet soy sauce/kecap manis
  • salt
  • water to dilute


  1. Heat the pan. Whisk the eggs.
  2. Add tofu into it.
  3. Fried the mixture.
  4. To make the sauce: put peanut, chili, garlic, salt and shrimp paste in a mortar. ground them. Add sweet soy sauce and water until the mixture is not too lumpy.
  5. How to serve: Put the egg in a plate. Add bean sprout on the top and pour the sauce over it.
  6. Ready to serve.

Note: you can eat it with rice.


Enjoy the food!!!

Tahu Bacem

Tofu (?? t?fu or bean curd?)[3] is a food made by coagulating soy milk and then pressing the resulting curds into soft white blocks. It is part of East Asian and Southeast Asian cuisine such as ChineseJapaneseKoreanIndonesianVietnamese,[4] and others.[5] There are many different varieties of tofu, including fresh tofu and tofu that has been processed in some way. Tofu has a subtle flavor and can be used in savory and sweet dishes. It is often seasoned or marinated to suit the dish.

Tofu is thought to have originated in ancient China,[6] but its precise origins are debated. Chinese legend ascribes its invention to prince Liu An (Chinese: ?? Liú ?n, 179–122 BC). Tofu and its production technique were introduced into Korea and then Japan[7][8][9] during the Nara period. It also spread into other parts of East Asia as well.[10] This spread likely coincided with the spread of Buddhism because it is an important source of protein in the vegetarian diet of East Asian Buddhism.[7] Li Shizhen in the Ming Dynasty described a method of making tofu in Bencao Gangmu.[11]

Tofu has a low calorie count, relatively large amounts of protein, and little fat. It is high in iron and, depending on the coagulant used in manufacturing, may also be high in calciumand/or magnesium.

*taken from Wikipedia :*

Tofu or It’s called tahu in my country is one of traditional food from Java. Tahu bacem is a kind of food that has sweet and tasty flavor. You can eat it as side dish or just as finger food. Bacem means marinated with the ingredients and boiled it with small water in low/medium heat until the water is set.


4 pieces tofu

700 ml young coconut water

100 gr palm or coconut sugar

4 cloves of shallot

3 cloves of garlic

3 candlenuts

3 tbs coriander seed

3 cm galangal

2 tbs tamarind, mixed with water and use the juice

4 bay leaves

oil for frying or you can grilled it.



1. Ground shallot, garlic, coriander, candlenut and gallangal until smooth (i put all of them in the food processor).

2. Heat a small amount of oil in a fry pan. Put the grounded ingredients into it until the flavor comes out and then put the tofu and young coconut oil.

3. Bring to boiled. Then reduce the heat. Cooked until the water is run out. Set aside.

4. Fried it or grilled on the BBQ.

5. Ready to eat




Tahu Goreng Tepung

Try to be involved in Indonesian Food Blogger Challenge on Facebook, i put this post as one of indonesian snack. For the first challenge, I made gudeg jogja. And now for the second one, I made this simple food called tahu goreng tepung. Always love simple and easy cooked food but don’t under estimated this kind of food, the taste is so yummy. It’s crunchy and tasty even you just put garlic powder and salt. For people who likes spicy, you can eat with hot chili.


1 pack tofu


garlic powder

corn flour

1 egg, beaten


1. Marinated tofu with garlic powder and salt.

2. Fried tofu or you can buy tofu that already fried.

3. Put tofu in the corn flour, then in the egg, then put it again in the flour.

4. Deep fried all of them until its turn the color into golden brown.

BW Wednesday

This is my sixth time following BW Wednesday challenge hosted by Susan. Just join us in this event, very simple and challenging. I personally really love this challenge. I do love doing BBQ during summer time like now. I did some grilled fish with the whole family.