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Something Indonesian: Wajik Ketan

One of the thing I love about my home country Indonesia is it’s traditional Food. Having 17.000 something islands, we are blessed with different cultures and different dialects as well as many different type of traditional foods. My mother is a great cook. She used to have her own small diner when I was a kid. My sister followed her path, and open her own restaurant, specialize in Sundanese food. My parents came fromNorth Sulawesi, which is famous for it’s spicy foods and it’s Bunaken National Marine Park

I hate cooking when I was a little. So did my father. Either he hates it, or he is just too lazy to cook. I remember when I was a little kid and my mother went back to visit her relatives in Sulawesi for a month, my life was miserable. Everyday for almost a month, my dear father cooked the same thing. The same thing. The same vegetables, the same fish, the same condiment, every single day. One day he tried to cook something different, it failed. Then we ended up eating the same thing again. Those golden era…

However, when I start living alone, went to college in a different city, I try slowly to learn how to cook. That was the start. I slowly begun my fondness of cooking. How you create something totally raw into something eat-able. It is more or less like fashion designing actually. I tried a lot of recipes but I also cook just doing what my heart said. It turned out to be nice, some turned out awful. But I cook. And I baked sometimes. I remember for a week trying to bake the same cake and succeeded on day five, and try again for the next day just to see if I have mastered it perfectly.

Anyway, this sweetness here called Wajik Ketan. There are many version of it, but the basic recipe is more or less the same. In Indonesia we eat it just like that. There is no special term weather it is dessert, or entrΓ©e.  In Indonesia we don’t have menu courses. Everything we have will be placed on the table, and we can eat whichever we want. Wajik Ketan can be found on traditional market in the morning, or in the afternoon in small warung specialized in traditional food. I have been having this Wajik since I was a little kid. There was a very old lady close to our home who sells many different kind of traditional cakes and other sweet stuffs, also food. Growing up, I did not really have this for too often, first because it is so so sweet. I think I haven’t really have Wajik for such a long time, then few weeks ago I was invited by one of Indonesian here whom I knew, and her friends brought this Wajik with her. I brought one little piece back home, and my man really loved it. Then I said to him I will make it for him sometime soon. That time was last Sunday.
For those of you who wanted to try, the recipe is very simple. You can get the ingredients in Asia Markets. A little tip though, it can be really really sweet. I have reduced the amount of brown sugar I put in it.


  • 500 gr white sticky rice (Glutinous Rice)
  • 250 ml coconut milk
  • 300 gr brown sugar (crushed) / I use less.
  • 200 ml water
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pandan leaf


  • soak the sticky rice overnight then steam it for 15-25 minutes until its cooked
  • boiled the water together with brown sugar until dissolved
  • add coconut milk to the mixture (water+brown sugar) and cooked until thick, occasionally stirring
  • add cooked rice, salt, and Pandan leaf, stir until all absorbed.
  • put it away and wait a few hours until its cold and hard.

Have a try! When you have any questions, feel free to ask.




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  • Irenne Tjokrodinata
    November 20, 2013

    I haven’t tried this Wajik Ketan. Is it good?

    • terriblychic
      November 20, 2013

      Hey Irenne! Hahaha yeah it is actually pretty good! The funny thing is I never made them when I was still living in Indonesia. Actually this is the first time that I did. :DYou have a really nice blog! I love your works! Keep in touch..hugssies

      • Irenne Tjokrodinata
        November 20, 2013

        Ah, well done! The Wajik Ketan looks really good! I should try to make it one day πŸ™‚ Thank you for your complement. really appreciate it. I love your posts too! very inspiring πŸ™‚
        How is life in Germany? I would love to go to Europe one day πŸ™‚

        • terriblychic
          November 20, 2013

          Hihihi you should! It really is simple. Ah you are most welcome. I really admire your job! Well I guess I am interested in all things creating. Hahahaha! Thank you so much as well for your compliment.I just started this blog a week ago or so. Ah, life in Germany is not bad. Actually for me it felt pretty good. I missed Indonesia for sure, but things work here. Most things. πŸ˜€ Living in Indonesia at some point is very frustrating..sadly to say. I just came here a year ago and so far everything went pretty smooth. Which part of Indo are you currently living at?Come come! You are most welcome to visit if you ever decided to come to Munich! It is a very beautiful city. Clean too. I will be more than happy to show you around. <3

  • Irenne Tjokrodinata
    November 21, 2013

    Thanks again for you complement. It’s very nice of you. Hope i can keep producing more designs. *fingers crossedThat’s good that you started your own blog! I’m enjoying read through your post, so keep posting! I’m looking forward to read it more. hehehe..

    I’ve heard about Munich! How big is the city? I would love to got there πŸ™‚ Are there many indonesian living there? I used to live in Jakarta but moved to Australia 7 years ago and thinking to stay here permanently. Which part of Indonesia do you come from? I agreed that living in Indonesia is very frustrating, especially with a bad traffic and very unorganized. However i miss Indonesia too πŸ˜€

    • terriblychic
      November 21, 2013

      πŸ˜€ hahaha thanks! Munich actually is not thaat big. But it is beautiful. Yes actually I met plenty of Indonesian, those who have been living here for a long long time. Ah nice! I went to Brisbane a couple of time some years back. I also had a friend who decided to stay in Melbourne, and now she is an Australian citizen. I originally came from Borneo but I am familiar with Jakarta as I went to fashion school there and live there for quite a bit. Keep in touch! I am so happy to find a new friend here…<3

      • Irenne Tjokrodinata
        November 21, 2013

        That’s awesome to meet other indonesian there. Do you speak Germany there? or English? or a bit of both? ah you got a friend who’s staying in Melbourne? I’m living in Melbourne too πŸ™‚ hehe.. Are you from Borneo? That’s sooo cooooolll!!!!!! i would love to visit Borneo! back in uni, I got a friend who used to live in Borneo too.
        I’m wondering what you do in Germany. Are you working in Fashion industry? I’ve always interested with fashion but I’m not good at sewing. lol.

        It’s very nice to know you, please keep in touch xx

        • terriblychic
          November 22, 2013

          Right? I felt the same way! I speak both. πŸ˜€ Since I am still learning German in the morning everyday for three hours, I am currently having a side job where I work three times a week in the afternoon from 1 to 8, in Hallhuber, a German brand. I help women finding perfect outfits and giving advices. I love it! I require to speak German of course which is perfect for practicing. do not need to know how to sew to be able to work in Fashion industry. There are sooo many different kind of jobs. Well I know how to sew. I learn it in fashion school lol. But nowadays I am not sewing much. πŸ˜€
          It is very nice to know you too! I will! and you too! We can email each other..:D jadi sahabat pena gitu halah huakakakakak

  • Irenne Tjokrodinata
    November 25, 2013

    That’s awesome! Really admire you to learn other languages! just google Hullbuber, It is such a cool brand! love the style πŸ™‚ hope they open a store here too. hehehe.. i’m wondering how did you end up in Germany? are you staying there permanently?
    Yep, “Sahabat Pena versi modern”.. lucu yaaa.. πŸ™‚ Do you have FB? Do you mind if i add you on FB?

    Have an amazing day!


    • terriblychic
      November 26, 2013

      Hahahahhaha yeah it really is. Okay ntar aku email ya..:-*

    • terriblychic
      November 29, 2013

      Sudah aku email yaaaaaa….<3Have a nice weekend!


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Something Indonesian: Wajik Ketan