How to spot the difference between handmade and machine-made (imitation) batik

The Indonesian textile batik is a culturtal heritage of the country – a pride of the nation. It’s even awarded as cultural heritage from UNESCO (oh yeah!). Local artists make these cloths all by hand with such dedication to their art. What makes me so sad is, there's so much ‘machine-made’ imitation batik in Indonesia and a lot of people buy these cloths. (Often) not knowing it’s mass produced in big factories and all printed by machines - not made by the skillfull artists. These textiles have nothing to do with the textile batik. There is no soul, there is no story and way less quality.

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How to make sambal goreng tempe

One of my favorite Indonesian food is tempe. Growing up I ate a lot of this soy product. And I always looked up to the people who could make tasty dishes with tempe. A while ago I attended the Temp(e)tation workshop during Indonesia week in the Markthal Rotterdam. I never knew you could make so many more tasty things with tempe. I was so inspired to make my own tempe dish and today I finally made my own tempe dish; sambal goreng tempe and found out it's easier than I thought. 

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What is Batik?

Growing up I saw a lot of beautiful Indonesian textiles, like the cloths my mom used for her Javanese dancing or when we went to family weddings in Indonesia. A few years ago I found out there's a huge difference in the process of making the different traditional Indonesian textiles - and that they all have different names. The most known Indonesian textiles are: Batik, Ikat, Endek and Songket. Read more about Indonesian Ikat. I want to tell you the story of batik. And maybe after you read this, you'll love it as much as I do. 

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How to make Lemper balls

Of all the tasty Indonesian snacks my favorite snack is Lemper ayam (Ayam means 'chicken'). The only thing is, for me this chicken/ rice roll is to big. I really love to eat a lot in small portions :) So I made the lemper today - my first time! - but in the size of a Dutch bitterbal (small round snack). I used the recipe from the lovely book I got from my mother; Boekoe Bagoes (means 'nice book'). 

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Anak gado-gado

A few years ago I started my who-am-I-quest. You know, that thing you do when you are +/- 25 years old. Trying to understand who you are. So I started at the beginning of the story, how did my parents even met? My mom's Indonesian and my dad's Dutch.  My mom told me they met when she was 18 years old and came to the Netherlands for an internship in insurance. Wow, 18 years old and travelling all alone to the other side of the world. As she kept on telling the story, I felt more and more proud of being somehow part of this awesome story, being Indonesian and Dutch. And found out there's a word for this, this being Indonesian and Dutch; Indo. 

So what's the meaning of the word Indo?

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