Soto Ayam

While in Indonesia I discovered the delightful
soto ayam which is their style of chicken soup. The flavors mesh perfect
together and I left the country having found one of my favorite recipes. My
family and I visit The Noodle House frequently and the sous chef who is from
Indonesia always makes this dish for me. I have always wanted to try it myself
at home but never had all the ingredients. However this weekend I made sure to
get them so I could make it myself. Unlike the Western soup which is already
served for you with everything this dish was served in Indonesia separately. The
broth was in one large pot and you would first add the broth and then the
toppings of your choice. Soy sauce, eggs, lime, scallions and sambal are an
absolute must for this main course.
1 whole chicken (about 4 pounds), cut into
pieces (including back)
7 cups water
1 cup coconut milk
1 stalk of lemon grass (cut into 3 strips)
1-1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
1-1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
4 scallions, chopped
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons salt
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
2-inch piece of galangal (peeled and
2-inch piece of ginger (peeled and sliced)
Juice of 1 lime
For servings:
1 packet of vermicelli or 2 packets instant
noodles, cooked per package directions
Chopped scallions
Soy sauce
Quartered boiled eggs
Quartered limes
chicken, water, and 1 tablespoon salt to a boil in a large stockpot. Skim foam.
coconut milk, lemon grass, coriander, cumin, shallots, garlic, turmeric,
galangal, red pepper flakes, salt, ginger and lime juice. Bring to a full boil,
cover and reduce too low for 45 minutes.
chicken and shred from bone. Add shredded chicken back into soup. Discard
bones. Bring to a full boil, cover then reduce heat to low. Allow to cook another
15 minutes.
Add broth
into bowl then add toppings as you like.
Yields: 4 servings

Pappa Roti

My husband and I were driving down the road
when he pointed out Papa Roti café to me. I about jumped out of the car right
then and there and made him swiftly pull over. Maybe you all remember my post
about the most amazing snack I had a few years ago in Malaysia here. These buns
are part of the Malaysian culture and no one makes them like Malays. It’s a rather
weird food to describe but hey who needs that the taste says it all. These buns
were exactly like the ones I had in Malaysia and I was so happy. I was sad to
know they did not know the white coffee to serve along with the buns but they
do have an amazing collection of other drinks such as organic Moroccan tea and
I also hated that the location was for men
only but oh well at least I got to enjoy my Malay favorite. My husband just
informed me that they opening one across the street from us (happy dance). For
about 25 riyals you get a bun with your choice of drink, much more expensive
that Malaysia I must say but what can you do?



My husband and I had the entire day
together alone yesterday and we had the most amazing day. During our day we
decided to visit Furusato the only authentic Japanese restaurant in Riyadh. Riyadh
does claim to have a few more Japanese restaurants but they food and space is
horrid. I LOVE Furusato and they have the great sushi, just like in Asia. It’s
hard for us to have sushi as much as we would like since my son would not dare
eat it so when we had this opportunity we jumped. We ordered about 40 pieces
and I honestly cannot even remember all we ordered but it was delicious.

BBD #46 Roundup

This month I was happy to host the 46th
bread baking day. I chose the theme ‘somewhere you want to visit’. What a fun
theme it was! As the entries for the month poured in I was more and more
excited. I mean these ladies throw down in the kitchen and then take an amazing
photograph on top of that. The entries are from all over the world and I was
thinking ladies let’s just get together and visit them all. We can leave the
husbands and kids at home. What do you think? Please take the time to show some
love for all the participants’ hard work and if you want to take part of the
next event here in a few days visit Parsley, Sage, Desserts, and Line Drives
wrote by Lisa. 


Turkish Puffy Bread by cindy star blog


Grofarbraud by Notitie van Lien


Irish Soda Bread by Judy’s Gross Eats

Italian Challah by Bread Experience Blog

 Silesian Wedding Poppy Cake by 1x umruehren bitte aka kochtopf
Japanese Cream Bread by Cooketteria 

Kesra by This Little Life of Mine 

Ka’ak bil Simsim by Maroc Mama 

Pita Bread by Anasbageri 


Chocolate Gugelhipf by Hefe and Mehr


Orange Chocolate Toasted Pecan Sticky Buns by Parsley, Sage, Dessert and Line Drives

Pane Sicano by Living in The Kitchen with Puppies 

Tangzhong by easier than pie


Limpa by Zesty Indian Kitchen


Bread Cones by SweetHeart DIary


Portuguese Bread Rolls by My Discovery of Bread