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Fire Islands: Recipes from Indonesia

Fire Islands

By Eleanor Ford

Published 2019

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A bad wind entering the body is blamed for coughs and colds in Indonesia. The cure? This warming milky drink known affectionately by the acronym for susu telor madu jahe - milk, egg, honey, ginger. Here, enough to comfort one invalid.


  • 250 ml (1 cup) full-fat milk
  • 2 slices ginger, skin scrubbed, bruised


Heat the milk and ginger slowly until it just comes to the boil. Turn off the heat.

In a bowl, whisk together the egg yolk and honey until pale and bubbly. Gradually whisk in the hot gingery milk. Pour into a mug and serve at once.