My name is Diana; my family and friends usually go by Nana. I am 4th generation of Indonesian Chinese; my great grandparents of my Dad side came from Moiyan (Hakka) and my great grandparents of my Mom side came from Xiamen (Hokkien). They migrated to Indonesia (West Indies at that time) probably sometime in the 1800.
I was born in Sumatra and lived there until my teenage years. Then I went to study in the States, experienced the real Southwest and Midwest. After my study and a little a bit of working experience, I came back to Indonesia. Now I have been living in Jakarta for the past 10 years.
I took cooking as my new hobby about 5 years ago. It was when I turned a certain age and felt a wakeup call that I have been living a stagnant life since I moved back. I had memorable years when I was in States, trying different things and I missed that. I travelled a lot and was much fun but I needed something more that I can do on daily basis. I decided to try different kind of activities to find out what I was good at and what I liked consistently. And I was hooked on cooking and never got bored ever since! With my background and my hobby to travel, I love all kinds of food from all kinds of culture. How about Indonesian, Chinese, Peranakan, Western, and Mexican cuisines for a start? 😀
From what started just to prove myself that I could do it, cooking took me to a different level. A much healthier lifestyle, that is. I finally found another way to release my stress from work and at the same time I got to eat better and manage my finance better.
Sure, living a big city in Asia countries like Jakarta is much easier to just go out dining or have a take away. I will not argue that cooking from home is much cheaper that eating out, but I can always say that the price does say about the quality. I always try to cook from scratch, with organic ingredients, and no msg. I have my peace of mind when I eat my home cooked meal.
Needless to say, I am an autodidact and this blog is to show that if I can do it, you can definitely too. So here I present you my KitchenLab, where our food experiment begins.