Our goal is to create an interactive and accessible resource to learn about Indonesian cuisine and culture.
On Ayo Makan, each recipe is written in Indonesian and translated into English. The recipes include background context that describe details such as colonization influences, holiday traditions, or insights into Indonesian life. Aided with creative drawings, vibrant photography, and a simplistic design, we hope to convey feelings of warmth, home, and hospitality- akin to the culture of Indonesia.
We intend for this to be a truly accessible resource for beginners learning about Indonesia for the first time, or for people wanting to supplement their Indonesian language studies. With the support of the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Alumni Development Fund, we are able to publish Ayo Makan as a digital site as well as a physical resource. The cookbook is the second part of our project that we will release soon. Once finalized, we will distribute the cookbook to public institutions and individuals as a free, permanent learning resource. To stay updated on the release date of the cookbook, please subscribe to our site! For more content beyond recipes, follow our Instagram!
We are a sister duo born in Indonesia and based in the United States. Originally, we toyed with this project idea as a way to spend time with our grandmother when she came to visit us in the US. Since baking is one of her all-time favorite activities, we decided to finally learn what it takes to make our favorite foods. The recipes are based on her long history of baking and cooking Indonesian foods.
Doing this project definitely made us learn a lot about baking and about our own roots and language. Growing up in the US, we didn’t get a lot of chances to explore what Indonesian culture meant outside our own small family. There was a lack of available Indonesian resources and representation, especially ones that were current and relatable. So, we decided to fill that gap using food as a medium, because food, including the ingredients, cooking methods, and eating traditions, show how a culture has been shaped and how it continues to be shaped. Now, we are excited to let others have the chance to explore Indonesia's dynamic culture.