Big Spike In Asian American Population In Seattle

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Aerial capture of Seattle. Source: Wikimedia Commons .

By Utami D. Kusumawati

The growth in the population of Asian Americans in King County in Washington is outpacing all other races, reports The Seattle Times.

The newest data released by the U.S Census Bureau shows the county is becoming more diverse with the number of minorities increasing significantly.

#LetsCook! Beef Sausage and Chicken Soup with Veggie

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Beef sausages and chicken soup with vegetables. Doc. Utami Diah Kusumawati

Lincoln, Nebraska.

I am finally here, at the United States of America, pursuing my Master Degree (that is why I put my location in Lincoln, NE, LOL). It has been a while I have not written any posts in the blog regarding to cooking, and I miss it so bad. 😦

This adaption and transition process from a journalist in Indonesia to a student in the States required much effort than I ever thought before, but luckily it ran well for me since I met lot of helpful and friendly people during that period of time.

Okay, jump on, tonight, when I went out with some the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s friends including the international students, I figured out that only few can cook. I think this is quite funny especially for the international students because in the States, they have to be able to cook if they want to save enough money for other stuffs, or traveling. 😛

I heard stories from them like the rice turned to be porridge or rice puree because they put so much water, or it used a lot of soy sauce and no other spices it became sour and salty,  or the soup tasted plain because no spices on it, or it used too too too many spices it tasted,uhm………,horrible. lol. Or in a desperate way, using instant sauces like BBQ, teriyaki, or black pepper bottle sauces, which I think the taste will not be too delicious and original comparing if you mix and blend your own ground spices.

Based on that stories, so I am thinking of posting every simple dish that I cook while being students in the States, and I hope it can be somehow useful to help others’ students to cook in a simple way yet it still tastes good. But once again, the preference of food really depends on personal taste and background of countries.(I hope you can also share your own countries recipe with me 🙂 ).

#Let’sCook! Fried Catfish with Spicy Yellow Sauce (turmeric)

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Hello all,

The food recipe that I want to share for today is the fried catfish with spicy yellow (turmeric) sauce. This food has become favorite in Indonesia, including in my big family too. You fry the catfish (ikan lele) and then cook again with the yellow turmeric sauce until the water is reduced. Eat the cooked catfish with warm rice and stir-fried water spinach a.k.a kangkung. Yum!

Lately, I have been exploring on the non chicken menu but still focusing on the meaty menu. So, fishes menu has become my favorite so far. [Read more on 7 Life Enhancing Reason to Eat Fish ]

It is easy to be made and yet it is healthy. For example, the catfish that I cook for today contains low calories and fat. Furthermore, it contains healthy fatty acids, which takes a part in providing better cognitive and heart health. [Read more on Health Benefit of Catfish]

The recipe that I want to share below is belong to my auntie’s recipe.

She told me that she like to make fried catfish combined with spicy yellow sauce, or in Indonesian is famous as Lele Bumbu Kuning or Lele Pesmol because her husband loves her cook very much.

Once she visited me and then shared this recipe. Then, I grabbed the note (you know how delicious it is the-husband’s-favorite recipe. she must make it whole heartedly) and cooked based on her homemade recipe.


Homemade fried catfish with yellow sauce. (Dok. Utami Diah Kusumawati)

Okay, so here we go.

Homemade Fried Catfish with Yellow Sauce (Turmeric) Recipe


Blend and crush altogether (yellow sauce)

5 to 6 Thai Pepper or red Bird’s eye chilies pepper (Cabe rawit merah)

3 cm piece of ginger

2 cm piece of turmeric (kunyit)

3 shallots

6 garlics

1 tomatoe

1 teaspoon of sugar


How to make:

  1. Cleanse the catfish with water and then basting the catfish with grinded ginger (4 cm of ginger), 4 grinded garlic and salt. Then, wait for 5 minutes and fry the catfish. Put aside.
  2. Stir-fry the yellow sauce until it smells great and put into the paste crushed lemongrass (sereh), crushed galangal (lengkuas), 2 bay leaves (daun salam) and 4 whole Thai Peppers (4 cabai rawit). Add a small amount of water (1/2 tea cup of water) and stir.
  3. Put the fried catfish into the yellow sauce and wait until the water gets thick.

The yellow sauce gets thick. (Dok. Utami Diah Kusumawati)


4. Turn off the stove and serve.







#Let’sCook! Plecing Kangkung (Water Spinach with Chilies)

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Plecing Kangkung (Water Spinach with Chili Sauce) dok. wikipedia

Di artikel sebelumnya, aku sudah post soal resep Ayam Taliwang. Kali ini, enggak afdol rasanya kalau enggak sekalian muat resep Plecing Kangkung. Karena, makanan satu ini emang pasangan banget sama Ayam Taliwang.

So, is it difficult to make water spinach with chili sauce (Plecing Kangkung)? The answer is no at all. hehe. Makanya, ayo, dicoba..

You just need to blend some ingredients and fry them on a pan. Then, pour the sauce on top of the boiled water spinach. You can also add fried ground nuts on the plate to make it more crunchy.

Oke, jadi ini resepnya yang sudah kupraktikkan, ya 🙂

Resep Plecing Kangkung

Sauce (crush it using blender)

5 grains of shallot (bawang merah)

3 cloves of garlic (bawang putih)

1 teaspoon of burned terasi (Indonesian traditional shrimp paste)

2 cm of ginger, crush and use the white

5 curly chilies

3 bird’s eyes chilies pepper

3 candle nuts, burned


3 pieces of water spinach (kangkung)

chicken broth



cold water


How to make:

  1. Blend all the sauce ingredient and fry into pan until the mixture thickens. Put aside.
  2. Boil water spinach using chicken broth. Add sugar and salt. After the water spinach gets tender, drain the water.
  3. (always drain the water, including the cold water, before pouring with chilies sauce)

  4. Pour cold water on the boiled water spinach. Leave it to the side until couple of minutes
  5. Pour the chilies sauce on top of the boiled water spinach. Plecing kangkung is ready to be served. If you like, you can add also fried ground nuts on the plate. 🙂




#Let’sCook! Roasted Chicken with Taliwang (Lomboknese) Spicy Sauce

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Haloo bloggers,

It’s already been a week and I haven’t written anything in my blog. Habis pegang event Festival Teater Jakarta (FTJ) 2016 dan menyelesaikan semua urusan Laporan Pertanggung Jawaban (LPJ), aku langsung liburan ke luar kota sampai akhir pekan ini.  Butuh refreshing banget soalnya cos that was a three-weeks event. But, now, here I am and I will give you an easy to cook recipe in this article.  🙂

So, what recipe that I’m gonna share with you all?

Ayam Taliwang, atau dalam bahasa Inggris bisa kita sebut roasted chicken with Taliwang (Lomboknese style) spicy sauce. This food is very special to me. First of all, aku udah sering banget pergi ke Lombok, Nusa Tenggara Barat (NTB), dan setiap ke sana, enggak pernah melewatkan sekalipun makan ayam Taliwang yang pedes dan gurihnya enak banget ini di pulau Mataram, the main and the biggest island in NTB. hehe.



Secondly, all the members at my house love all kind of chicken menu. Jadi, aku mau buat variasi dari menu-menu ayam yang sudah pernah kubuat sebelumnya. Menu Ayam Taliwang ini belum pernah kubuat sama sekali.

Thirdly,  at the beginning, I found a recipe from a famous magazine in Indonesia about Taliwang roasted chicken. So, I wanted to give it a try whether it was really that good or I should change into another recipe (it turned out that this magazine recipe was not recommended and so I tried another recipe from a fellow).

Menu yang akan kuberikan di sini, tentunya menu yang berhasil menurut lidah para pencicipnya. They like and I would surely keep it so that I can use it for other cooking. Menurutku, suksesnya makanan ini ada di resep Ayam Taliwang yang menggunakan santan (coconut milk), kencur (Kaempferia galanga L.), dan gula merah (palm sugar). Ketiganya merupakan bahan pembentuk utama rasa bumbu Taliwang.

Di menu sebelumnya, aku tidak menggunakan kencur ataupun santan, and instead I used Lemongrass (sereh) and Bay Leaves (daun salam). Kedua bahan terakhir ini yang membekas banget di rasa bumbu Taliwang dan malah terasa sangat tajam. So, one thing to remember when cooking roasted chicken with Taliwang sauce, never ever put lemongrass or bay leaves into your boiled sauce.

Okay, before it will get any longer, let’s find out the recipe.

Roasted Chicken with Taliwang (Lomboknese) Spicy Sauce


Crush it together, using blender

6 grains of shallots (6 siung bawang merah)

3 cloves of garlic (3 siung bawang putih)

1 cm kaempferia galanga (kencur)

1 tablespoon fried terasi (Indonesian traditional shrimp paste)

6 curly chilies (cabai merah keriting)

3 big red chilies (cabai merah besar)

5 bird’s eyes chilies pepper (cabai rawit merah)

1 tomatoe (cut into pieces to make it easy to get blended)

3 cloves of candle nuts, burned (kemiri sangrai)


1 whole Chicken, cut into 12 pieces

1 cube of palm sugar

a pinch of salt

20 ml coconut milk


How to make:

  1. Crush all the ingredients except palm sugar and coconut milk using blender
  2. Fry the crushed ingredient (sauce) until it smells good
  3. Pour the coconut milk and mix it together, then add palm sugar and pinch of salt
  4. Put the chicken into the coconut milk-chilies boiled sauce on a pan
  5. Boiled the chicken and cook it until the sauce becomes thick
  6.  Leave the boiled chicken for 30 minutes to make the sauce get infused
  7. Roast the chickens and serve


#Beautytips Different Face Countours

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Hello, folks.

Buat kamu yang suka makeup pasti sudah mengenal istilah contouring dan highlighting, tapi buat yang baru banget coba-coba makeup, istilah ini mungkin terdengar sedikit tidak familiar.

#Productreview Animal Mask by SNP

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Akhirnya berkenalan juga sama si Animal Mask yang lagi viral ini, dan banyak dipakai sama seleb tweets buat berselfie selfie ria. 😀

Sebenarnya, sih, kenalannya juga enggak disengaja. Lagi jalan-jalan mau cari masker baru (I am a biggest fan of masks cosmetics products!) dan nemu bazaar cosmetics. Mampir-mampir cari masker karena di Faceshop, masker yang rencana mau kuborong (caelah borong) sudah sold out. Masker yang tersisa cuma ada Shea Butter dan 1 buah masker Green Tea.

As we all know, kandungan Shea Butter cocok untuk mereka yang berkulit kering, karena dia memiliki kandungan moisturizer yang buanyaak. Jadi, untuk kulitku yang supeer berminyak, langsung Shea Butter ku-blacklist. Sementara, masker Green tea cuma tersisa satu biji, dan dengan berat hati akhirnya aku menenteng pulalah satu masker itu.. hiks, hiks (kan udah niat ngeborong, tapi cuma dapat satu biji doang).

Nah, ndilalah pas lagi lewat celingak celinguk cari masker yang non gel atau cream, lewatlah di depan stand bazaar ini. Berhentinya pas pula di depan satu kotak masker aneka macam dan si penjualnya langsung dong nyodorin masker itu, karena mataku enggak lepas menatap si kumpulan masker-masker.

“Mbak, maskernya, Mbak,” tawar si penjual dengan nada datar. (Kelihatan kayak enggak niat jualan gitu).

“Ini masker apa ya?”

“Buat mengencangkan, Mbak.”

“Kalau bedanya yang gambar panda, macan, dan naga apa ya? Trus ini gambar apa dan buat apa?”

Mbaknya gelagapan ditanya begitu. Diapun bertanya-tanya sama temannya yang juga mencari-cari informasi lewat Mbah Google sodara-sodara! Duh, mereka beneran niat jualan kagak, sih?

Akhirnya, kuambillah semua aneka macam masker itu dan untungnya, saya sedikit bisa (sedikit doang) bahasa Inggris dan kubacalah manfaat masker-masker itu, tapi tetap saja enggk ngerti karena 95 persen bahasanya adalah bahasa Korea sodara-sodara! (hiks, menangis bombai).

Mbaknya pun berhasil dapat info dari Mbah Google meski enggak membantu banyak infonya yang cuma secuil. Akhirnya, kucoba beli juga karena sering dengar sama ketenaran ini masker bergambar binatang. Untuk awal, dua saja cukuplah. Kan, mau tau reaksinya di kulit dulu sebelum belanja banyak.

Malamnya, aku pakai masker Animal Mask dari SNP, prANIMAL MASK PANDAoduk kosmetik terkenal asal Seoul Korea Selatan, yang jenis Panda. Pas buka bungkusnya, langsung takjub. Gambar maskernya beneran gambar binatang Panda, dan pas makai jadi bikin ketawa-ketawa sendiri. Begini, nih, wajahku jadinya…(yang moto sepupuku yang juga ketawa ketawa sendiri melihat masker itu. Katanya wajib diabadikan, haha)

Oh ya sebelum makai maskernya, aku sempat browsing juga mengenai bahaya dari masker yang diprint panda. Ternyata, menurut keterangan dari SNP langsung, masker itu tidak berbahaya ke kulit manusia, seperti dikutip dari keterangan Food and Drugs Association (FDA) bahwa pewarna yang digunakan tidak akan membuat kulit menjadi iritasi. Untuk amannya, CEO SNP  Park Seol-Woong mengatakan kalau masker sengaja dibuat dua sisi. Sehingga, gambar binatang ada di sisi luar danimal mask DRAGONan sisi yang langsung kena kulit kita, tidak bergambar.

Sementara itu, kalau dari sisi kandungannya, CEO SNP mengatakan, satu-satunya elemen dari masker ini adalah air kelapa (50 persen jus kelapa dan 50 persen air kelapa). Di Korsel sendiri, air kelapa katanya sih lagi digandrungi sama selebrities Korea buat jadi rahasia kulit sehat bersinar mereka.

SNP sendiri kepanjangan dari Shining+Nature+Purity merupakan perusahaan kosmetik asal Seoul, Korea Selatan. Menurut keterangan situs mereka, SNP terutama fokus pada mengatasi permasalahan kulit dan mengencangkan atau mengecilkan pori wajah dengan menggunakan produk kosmetik sehat.

Masker Animal Mask merupakan salah satu produk andalan mereka yang diluncurkan pada 2009 lalu (udah lama ya ternyata). Sebulan setelah diluncurkan, masker ini langsung terjual 10 juta unit!

Enggak hanya itu, kepopulerannya membuat produk ini menghasilkan keuntungan hingga 300 miliar setiap tahunnya! Umumnya, para pengguna menyukai desain masker yang lucu-lucu dan juga dampak yang mereka rasakan di kulit (banyak yang memberikan komentar bagus). Produk ini pun menyebar keluar Seoul, mengunjungi tetangganya di seberang pulau, China, lalu Hongkong dan Singapura. Akhir-akhir ini, Animal Mask juga mulai dipasarkan di Malaysia dan Indonesia.

Setelah dua hari mencoba, belum ada efek alergi ke kulitku (mudah-mudahan enggak seterusnya) dan kulitku rasanya sekarang jadi lebih ringan dan enak. Makanya, aku jadi kembali lagi ke stand itu dan beli banyaaak (karena expire juga masih sampai 2019). Afterall, untuk dua produk yang kupakai, Panda Mask dan Dragon Mask, aku masih merasa cocok dengan kulitku. Lagipula, harganya sangat sangat terjangkau!


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The Body Shop NATRULIFT Refreshing Eye Roll-On. Harga Rp 180.000. (Dok. Utami)

Aku beli produk ini karena dulu mataku sempat letih banget gara-gara sering berada di belakang komputer. Pas mampir di konter The Body Shop, pelayannya ngasih saran buat pakai eye roll-on ini. Katanya selain berfungsi jadi krim mata buat ngurangin kerutan, eye roll-on ini juga ternyata teraupetik.

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