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.

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

And for those who wants to participate in this challenge, just enter your submission through this link.

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.