welcome note and introduction on what the blog is about with six pictures of Indonesian and Pakistani food

picture of a woman with red head scarf and glasses.

Hi there, Devy here.

I’m the chef, the writer, the photographer, and the creator of this little webspace. Here, you can find a collection of my foolproof recipes of Indonesian, Pakistani, and international fusion food.

For the last fifteen years, I’ve been living in the outskirts of rain city Manchester, UK. 

I am blessed with the most selfless man as my husband, and two growing up sons who are obsessed with history and science (at the moment). 

Many years ago when I just got married, I hardly knew how to cook — let alone how to cook yummy food. In fact, my first chicken soup was so horrible that I felt sorry for my husband that he had to eat it. My first cake tasted nothing but baking soda that I had to chuck it straight to the recycle bin. And my first lamb curry was like lamb cooked in tomatoes. In other words, I was just hopeless in cooking.

a dish of fried chicken in sweet soy sauce
Chicken in sweet soy sauce, or Ayam Kecap, is one of popular chicken dish in Indonesia

But I love my food. And I love eating good food. So over the years, I’ve trained and learned how to put tasty food on the table that everybody can enjoy. 

I’m originally from Indonesia and married to a Pakistani-Indian-Kashmiri. So naturally, the first foods I’ve had to learn to make were Indonesian and Pakistani/ Indian food.

Why I started this blog

On early days when I learned how to cook Indonesian food, it was not easy for me to find recipes that I could follow using whatever ingredients and equipment available here in the UK. Cooking Indonesian food was challenging. 

So over the years, I’ve been testing and trying authentic Indonesian food recipes with simplified methods. And sometimes using the ingredient substitutes. But I try to keep the flavour as close as possible to the real Indonesian food that I used to enjoy when I was still living there. 

As for Pakistani/ Indian foods, I didn’t find much difficulty in getting ingredients and equipment as there are many Asian (Pakistani/ Indian) shops here in the UK. 

However, it was a challenge for me to get the flavour right without making the food too spicy. Because most of the authentic Pakistani food recipes that I learned are quite spicy

So I’ve taught myself to mix my own spices so that the food would be aromatic and well-balanced in spice, but without too much heat. This way, my husband and our kids can enjoy it too. Because the three of them are not very good at coping with spicy food. 

a bowl of lamb and potato curry with a serving spoon and scattered cloves and coriander

Now, I’m sharing my tried and tested recipes with the hope that I can help you cook Indonesian and Pakistani food in an easy way. And you may find a few international fusion food recipes that have been a part of Indonesian culinary or that I adapted whilst I live in the UK. 

Nonetheless, So Yummy Recipes will emphasize the exotic food from Indonesia and Pakistan because I want to introduce the extensive collection of traditional food recipes from those countries beyond what is already known such as gado-gado or lamb curry.  

Things you’ll see in my blog

  • Adapted traditional Indonesian and Pakistani food recipes with authentic flavour. 
  • I’ve taken my time and poured out my heart to get my food tasty. And I make sure that I’m not the only one who smiles after the meal. So I can happily say that all my recipes are tried and tested.
  • Simplified methods and some possible ingredient substitutes without sacrificing the taste.
  • Classic food recipes that might have almost been forgotten. 

Things you won’t see in my blog

  • The foods that are on-trend. Because I only share food recipes that are more native to my experience and that I love to share the most. 
  • Although I’m quite conscious about what I eat, I don’t restrict my way of cooking to follow a certain healthy diet and such. My main motto is “eat in moderation as you stay active and you’ll be fine”. 

Keep in touch

I would love to get in touch with my readers. I really do. So, drop me the message and share your story at devy (@) soyummyrecipe (dot) co (dot) uk.

All the best, and happy cooking!??‍??