Confession of Newbie in Cooking: Me!

Growing up in an Indonesian old-fashioned family (working father &  stay at home mom), I didn’t bother in cooking. I took my meals for granted. My mom cooked for me. After she passed away 5 years ago (miss you, mom :*), my beloved father cooked by himself to assure the kids (okay, we’re not kids anymore) have our meals. Can you imagine my old man in the kitchen, with a pan frying that yummy-chicken? I bet you can’t!

I thank my parents for not letting can opener become our most used kitchen implement. They seldom use those canned food. It’s an easy thing in Indonesia, people who sells vegetables all around the house. They shout out loudly “SAYUUUR!”. You have to call them as soon as possible as they yell and walk in the similar beat: high tense!


I learn how to cook properly by repetition and execution. I did searching recipes, asked my friends, found out type of vegetables and so on. I’m more than happy to serve a healthy meals for my husband (and my future kids).  Though I might guarantee that my tiny kitchen will look like a bomb went off. Almost every pot, every bowl and every spoon are used. Tho I wasn’t all my ears (sorry, mom), I remember one golden rule mom taught me : garlic is the key. You can never go wrong with that spice.

One day, I wandered into a local supermarket and decided to cook sayur bening, an Indonesian fresh soup with corn and spinach. Considering me as newbie in cooking, I think I can be forgiven for making a mistake distinguish between spinach and another vegetables named pohpohan. Pohpohan is a kind of vegetables that usually eaten raw. It’s a common vegetables in Sundanese. The problem is: I intend to cook using spinach instead of pohpohan *facepalm*. Too bad my mistakenly-spinach-soup is not as tasty as real-spinach. Sundanese are damn right! They’re better eaten raw. These two look alike yet different. Getting confused? Here these pics!

left: spinach.. right: pohpohan

OK OK, you might say that they’re different. How if you find this way?


8 Comments to “Confession of Newbie in Cooking: Me!”

  1. iketan yg kirii yg pohpoh-an… iya bukan siih? 😀

  2. arah tulang daun nya mba… yg satu vertikal yg satu horisontal.. 😀 #dibahasbeneran hihihihi

  3. Hahaha… jelas banget bedanya, baunya juga pasti beda. sekarang udah nggak bakalan salah lagi kan? 🙂

    • maklum, jeung yg satu ini (saya), sama skali ndak pernah masak sebelumnya, LOL. skrg udh bisa bedakan, setelah dibeliin bayam yg bener sama ibu mertua *blush*

  4. Mbak, kok pengalaman kita sama persis yaaa, sama-sama salah beli sayur bayam! 😆 Tapi aku belinya ntah sayur apa itu Mbak yang sampe sekarang masih nggak tahu apa namanya (dan anehnya itu pertama kali dan terakhir kalinya aku ngelihat sayur bayam ‘palsu’ itu :lol:), yang pasti rasanya pahit banget! Pengalaman masak pertama itu kalau diingat-ingat banyakan yang konyol ya Mbak, apalagi bagi kita yang baru mulai masak sejak nikah. Aku juga dulu nggak bisa bedain kangkung sama daun singkong loh Mbak :mrgreen:

    • hahahaha.. toss dulu, sama-sama baru belajar masak setelah nikah.
      itu aku masih sering nemu kalo belanja di carrefour. sejak itu kalo beli bayam mending di tukang sayur, sok sok nanya “bayam 2 iket ya bang” biar si abangnya aja yang ngambilin, hahahaha

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