Yuda Bustara

The graduate of Taylor’s College School of Hospitality Tourism in Malaysia, Yuda has worked at the Crown Casino Hotel in Melbourne and few others fine dining and bistro in Malaysia, he ended up back to Jakarta to help his father's vegan restaurant and is currently a Culinary Diplomat of Indonesia and host of Urban Cook show as well as a cooking instructor in few Cooking School in Asia. With other renowned chefs, Arimbi Nimpuno and Putri Miranti, the 30-year-old runs Tree Food Concept, a private dining service. His personal mission is to educate Indonesian to cook simple, healthy and yummy everyday food

He is the host of Iron Chef Indonesia, Urban Cook in AFN and his easy to follow recipes on YouTube “Yuda Bustara Kitchen”  follow him on all socials @Yudabustara


Javanese Sayur Lodeh

Javanese style Sayur Lodeh, is a braised vegetable soup from Java island, commonly using coconut milk, my recipe would be SANTAN FREE yes FREE OF COCONUT MILK, I’ll add stinky beans, smoked fish and melinjo leaves to make it more authentic, it will be creamy without any coconut

Cat Tongue Cookies (Lidah Kucing)

What a cute name for a cookie treat! Lidah Kucing, lady finger cookies or cat tongue cookies are shaped like cat tongues and really easy to whip up. Texture wise, it is similar to French Tuile Cookies but more cakey. These biscuits are commonly served during Hari Raya, and are a huge hit among kids. Sprinkle some hundreds and thousands on it or even dip it in chocolate before adding sprinkles for a dash of color. We are definitely addicted to its buttery crunch!

Sticky Date Pudding

Sticky date pudding always brings to mind the heavenly butterscotch drizzle and vanilla ice cream over a sticky warm pudding. You don’t have to head to a fancy restaurant to recreate this –we’ve got you covered with our homemade recipe below. Dates are naturally sweet (they are a source of fructose), so you can definitely add less sugar or even go without. You can also replace the sugar with molasses or honey to give it an even stickier texture. It’s one of our absolute favourite desserts –so give it a try!

Healthy Pineapple Tarts (Nastar Sehat)

Who doesn’t love the gooey, sweet, sticky pineapple tarts? We can literally pop them by the dozen if no one is watching. Nastar Sehat or Pineapple tarts have been a staple dessert snack during Hari Raya and Chinese New Year. This version of Healthy Pineapple Tarts uses less sugar in both the cookies and pineapple paste while retaining the yummy, melt-in-your-mouth base and lightly spiced topping. Make it a fun family affair by getting the kids to help shape the base into circles, flowers or heart shapes to hold the pineapple paste. Just make sure they are about the same size for baking evenly.

Moss Jelly (Puding Lumut Mentega)

With its beautiful emerald green exterior, Moss Jelly or Puding Lumut Mentega is sure to be a star attraction on your dessert table. Most often served during Ramadan in Indonesia, this dual-layered custard jelly is delightfully creamy and is actually made out of refreshing veggies. It’s a really stealthy way to sneak some fresh cucumber and bean sprouts into snacks for the kids and adults alike. Grab a piece before it disappears from the table!
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