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Aslida Rahardjo and her worldwide traditional recipes

Audrie Safira Maulana

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sun, October 6, 2019  /  03:54 pm
Aslida Rahardjo and her worldwide traditional recipes

Behind the recipes: Aslida Rahardjo (left) with Gramedia Pustaka Utama's senior editor for food, clothing and beauty, as well as the book's editor, Intarina Hardiman. (Gramedia Pustaka Utama/-)

Indonesians living abroad know how difficult it is to satisfy their longing for traditional Indonesian dishes. For sure there have been many Indonesian food restaurants in other countries, but some of the ingredients might not be available and, therefore, they are often replaced with whatever is available. That makes the dishes taste completely different. As a diplomat who has been living abroad for more than 20 years, Aslida Rahardjo has honed her skills in finding the proper substitute ingredients in several countries. Born and raised in a family of diplomats, Aslida has followed in her parents' footsteps since she was young, when she went with them to Canberra in Australia for their last placement. Inspired by her mother’s cooking on a daily basis, it was during these times that she started to develop a liking for cooking. “She [my mother] loves to cook ...