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Aspirations is an initiative by Asian Inspirations which features a few chosen ones who have deep interest in Asian culture and food. Our lovely readers can share their culinary journey with all of us! We are currently featuring our CNY 2015 contest winners.

Aspirations will bring you a new story from our winners every week, who will talk about experiences and inspiring ideas that drove them to be the epicureans they are now.

  • Rosalin Kristiani

    Rosalin Kristiani

  • Micheal Stick Single

    Micheal Stick Single

  • Jebbie Phun-akat

    Jebbie Phun-akat

  • Kate Brodhurst

    Kate Brodhurst

Rosalin Kristiani's Story

My culinary journey began with my mom and she’s my biggest and first inspiration to embark on this journey. She always taught me how to cook and we both love eating together. We would often buy food from the street stall, market, from the local restaurant or my mum would prepare a delicious meal.

My fondest memory:

I grew up in Indonesia, so I’m very familiar with most of the Indonesian traditional sweets, snacks and dishes. When I was a kid, we would go to the church mass and soon after that my parents would take us for lunch, and we always bought some Indonesian sweets and snacks after a meal. Until this day, I still treasure Indonesian food and cook it at home for my husband and kids.

Indonesia has different kinds of sweets and snacks.
Typical restaurant in Indonesia which serves Padang’s food

rosalin3My cooking style:

My main cooking style is Indonesian & Chinese. I cook Indonesian dishes the most at home. But I also love Thai, Japanese & Chinese food very much. My favourite Indonesian dish is the Sate Ayam with rice cakes and peanut sauce.

My secret cooking tip:

Here’s one cooking tip that I’d like to share with you all. It’s always good to stock up fish sauce in your pantry. You’ll be surprised that you can use it for many dishes! From curry, salads, marinade, stir fry, fried rice and many more.

Sambal Paste

My special ingredient:

I would not trade my Fish Sauce for anything in the world!! I can marinate my meat, flavour my stir fry, make a dipping sauce and toss a salad with it. It’s a must- have in my pantry and I always use The Squid brand fish sauce in my cooking.

Yet another thing is the Chilli. I love to eat spicy food. I always keep chillies in my fridge and make my own sambal paste with mortar and pestle. I use it to make fried chicken with sambal belacan and rice. It tastes so yummy and delicious!

Prosperity Toss / Yusheng

The winning moment:

When I found out that I had won the prize from Asian Inspirations for my entry Prosperity Toss / Yusheng, I was thrilled and over the moon. It’s such an amazing feeling to win a cooking trip!! I’m so looking forward to it to get new inspirations.

I particularly feel that the Yusheng was a lucky one for me. The competition title was “Celebrate Chinese New year 2015 Year of The Goat”. I made Yusheng for dinner on Chinese New year’s eve. It’s a tradition and a very unique way to begin the New Year in our family as it is known to bring good luck and prosperity. Together as a family, we had to toss it and say all the auspicious words.

 You can view Rosalin’s winning recipe here.

Ayam a Thai goat ball

My favourite recipe from the CNY Contest:

When I saw this picture, I so wanted to pick the meatballs and dip it into the chilli sauce. I could imagine it to be super yummy!

Thank You Asian Inspirations:

Asian Inspirations brought so much joy for me to cook and experience new recipes that I shared with my family. There are so many more Asian recipes that I would like to cook. Hopefully, when I travel to Shanghai, I will get a chance to learn cooking new things.

Here is a collage of my recipe submissions for the CNY Contest. I thoroughly enjoyed cooking each and every one of them:


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