Cap Cay Recipe – Traditional Indonesian Veggie Bowl With Egg

Indonesia is the hub of mouth-watering food. It has everything from spicy to sweet and meat-based to vegan. Today, we’re going over their CapCay and how you can turn this dish into a vegetarian delight. 

Typically, the dish has some form of meat. This can be fish, chicken, or beef. However, you can make the dish without it, and we’re teaching you how to do so. 

We’re going over ingredients, methods, and tips on making this delicious dish, so keep reading. 

What You’ll Need for Vegetarian CapCay Recipe


There are quite a few vegetables in this vegetarian capcay recipe. While we recommend getting all of them to get the perfect taste, you can skip out on a few if you can’t find them or don’t like them very much. 

Also, we’re outlining the recipe for a vegetarian CapCay. So there isn’t any meat in this. If you want to make a meat version, simply add meatballs, pork, or seafood. 



  • Carrot
  • Broccoli 
  • Tomato 
  • Bell peppers (red, yellow, and orange)
  • Baby bok choy 


  • Mushroom sauce 
  • Tomato ketchup 


  • Mushrooms*  
  • Salt
  • Pepper 
  • Corn starch dissolved in water
  • Water 
  • Vegetable oil 
  • Ginger 
  • Garlic 

* You can use any type of mushroom you want. The most commonly used option is the button mushroom. However, shiitake and oyster also work well. 


Step 1: Prepping 

Once you’ve collected all the ingredients, you have to prepare them. 

The garlic needs to be crushed or minced. You can either purchase garlic that’s prepared or do it at home. The easiest way to do the latter is by chopping up your garlic into tiny pieces and putting it in a blender. 

Then you need to do the same to about three cloves of garlic. 

You’ll also need to cut the carrot. Make thin angled slices. Do the same for the broccoli and baby bok choy.

Step 2: Stir Fry the Ginger, Garlic, And Carrot

Take a little bit of vegetable oil and put it in a pan over medium heat. Add the ginger and garlic and stir both until they’re slightly brown and release a good smell. 

Once it’s done, stir in your sliced carrot. You have to cook it halfway. 

Step 3: Make Your Sauce 

Get another pan and put the mushroom sauce, vegan ketchup, and water in it. Make sure you’re working with a non-stick pan because otherwise, you’ll burn your sauce. 

Keep the mixture on the stove until it comes to a boil. 

Combine this with the ginger, garlic, and carrot combination.

Step 4: Add The Rest of the Ingredients

Add your tomato, baby bok choy, bell peppers, broccoli, and mushrooms to the sauce and cook the entire thing on medium heat for 30 seconds. 

Season with salt and pepper as appropriate. 

At this point, remember to taste your dish. You don’t want to overdo the seasonings or not add enough of them. The best way to season is by tasting as you do it. 

Step 5: Stir in the Cornstarch

The last step in making the CapCay is stirring in the cornstarch to thicken your sauce. 

Serving the Dish 

The vegetarian CapCay is best served with warm white rice and a beverage. But, of course, depending on what part of the world you’re making this dish in, as well as who you’re making it for, the beverage would change. 

For a genuinely Indonesian experience, you could make one of their traditional drinks. 

How do You Make Rice


The ingredients for white rice are very straightforward. All you need is:

  • Rice 
  • Water 
  • Butter
  • Salt


The method for making white rice is the tricky part. First, you need to get your timing and heat settings right, or your rice won’t turn out right. 

Start by boiling a pan of water over medium heat. Then add your rice, butter, and salt at the same time. 

Once your pan starts simmering again, bring the heat down and cover with a lid. Let the rice cook at this low heat for around 18 minutes. 

You can check to see if it’s done by taking out the grain and checking if it is tender. 

Remove your pan from the what and let it sit for five minutes before serving it. 

It’s best to serve your CapCay with warm rice, so we’d recommend starting this process near the end or after you’re done making it.

Traditional Indonesian Drinks 

You can serve your CapCay with soft drinks or wine. However, you won’t get an authentic Indonesian experience with that. 

We recommend making an Indonesian drink. Here are a couple of options to choose from. 


This is a savory and sweet drink made with palm sugar and coconut milk. While you would typically drink it with yam, we believe you can serve it with CapCay as well. 


Another great option is Bandrek. This drink is considered a winter beverage made with pandan leaves, brown sugar, and ginger. 


Cendol is made with rice flour, palm sugar, and coconut milk. It’s usually considered a dessert drink and should be served after the CapCay as the 2nd course. 

Es Tesler

Es Tesler is another dessert drink. It contains avocado, coconut, raw jackfruit, and diluted coconut milk. Adding pieces of fruit to your drink will offer an excellent refreshing 


Follow our simple recipe to make vegetarian CapCay and then serve it with white rice and a traditional Indonesian drink. You’ll have a great meal. 

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