Indonesian Cuisine

A Nation of Islands
Rijsttafel, Sate, and Sambals

“Indonesia isn’t a country, it’s a happening.” — Christopher Lucas [1]

Garjda, Indonesia 14th cent.

Garuda, Indonesia, 14th cent.

Indonesia stretches from the Asian mainland towards Australia, like a jade necklace across the southern ocean.  The nation contains more than 17,000 islands, and its people represent several hundred ethnic groups, speaking many different languages.

Indonesia is an ancient country and its Continue reading

Malaysian Cuisine

Durian Cake and Zuberbuhler’s Special
Raffles, Maugham and Lord Jim Country

“At the end of the tenth century Canton carried on direct trade with the Malay Peninsula.” —Friedrich Hirt and W. W. Rockhill [1]

Tang Dynasty horse from the Silk Road

Tang Dynasty Camel
From the Silk Road, 8th Century

For centuries the Malay Peninsula has been an important corridor in the southern sea route of the Spice Route.

The Strait of Malacca was an important Continue reading

William Shurtleff and Akiko Aoyagi

A Fight Against World Hunger
Encyclopedia Knowledge of Soy Foods

“You will be supported in your endeavors. It is just the way the universe works.” — William Shurtleff

Using miso to prepare Asian dishes

Miso

Going to Nigeria for the Peace Corps changed William Shurtleff’s life.  He learned first hand about Third World hunger.

He knew he wanted to help solve one of the world’s great problems.

Shurtleff later visited Japan to study Zen meditation. He also met his future wife there. Continue reading