Something Old and something New

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My favorite Starbucks at Skyline building, Thamrin street, Jakarta changed their interior.
It feels homy, with smart design that increase seating capacity with electric socket on each seat. I really like it, the rustic industrial chic sense of it.

Congrats Starbucks Indonesia, you’ve got stellar NEW design!!

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The last time I went to Secret Recipe restaurant was almost a year, before three days ago. I was hoping to enjoy their luscious cheese cakes varieties.
I was felt underwhelmed.
I don’t if its because my taste level had elevate, or there were actualy some degree of lack in quality. I don’t like it!
It upset me so much, because this used to be my “Go To” restaurant for cheese cakes. I ordered the whole cakes for numerous occasions for relatives and clients. I used to love and trust their cheese cake quality.
Unfortunately, not so much anymore.
The cake consistency weren’t complimenting the flavor. I don’t taste the high quality cream cheese or any cheesy flavor at all. Only heavy dairy product in various toppings.

Sorry Secret Recipe, I think you should upgrade your OLD cheesecake recipes to keep up the competition!!!

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Walking and cycling food at the street

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“Tahu Gejrot” vendor crossing the main street at Thamrin while balancing the weight of a small kitchen on his shoulder. Everything he needed to make the dish; small plates, spoons, forks, small mortar to smash combination of garlic+chillies+salt+brown sugar+soy sauce+vinegar to a cohesive sauce for the sliced Tahu Pong (tofu that have been deep fried long time to create a hollow center so it will absorb more sauce). Gejrot similar with Smashed.

Mobile veg vendor #igers #igdaily #instamood #instastreet #instagrammers #instaindonesia #instanusantara #jakarta #jalanjakarta #slump #mayanggrafi #norecipejuststory

I found this “Tukang Sayur” cart, not far from a wet market. The merchant was went out to the market to buy more daily produce. He stuffed his cart up with the popular items his clientele asked for, with hope they will buy all of it from him.

Rebellious breakfast #igers #igdaily #instamood #iphonesia #instastreet #instagrammers #indonesianfood #instaindonesia #instanusantara #instanusantarapalingindonesia #jakarta #indonesia #breakfast #bubur #kacangijo #streetfood #stopsign #motorcycle #morni

It was cold saturday morning. Even though this “Bubur Kacang Ijo” merchant fixed his cart in front of forbid-to-stop sign, not lessen a motor cycler to stop and bought the warm-sweet-savoury green bean porridge for cheap and filling breakfast.

Between lanes #foodcart #jakarta #jalanjakarta #streetvendor #indonesia #igers #igdaily #instastreet #instagrammers #instaindonesia #instanusantara #mayanggrafi

This time was Sunday morning, and the traffic regulations didn’t mean anything to most Jakartans at this day.

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Wonder what he sells? He delivered hot beverages accessible for anyone in the street. The thermos filled with hot water, when his customer chose any sachet of instant powder they liked (coffee+sugar, coffee+sugar+creamer, cappuccino) or just plain tea bag, then he poured hot water with it in a plastic disposable cup.

Soto Padang; a bowl of warmth for lazy Sunday morning

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Weekend is finally come again!

After grueling week, one thing that will make my weekend morning perfect is a bowl of Soto Padang (Padangnese style beefy soup).

If you look at the bowl, it would seem humble, like nothing special. But one bowl of good Soto Padang will cost approximately three bowl of mediocre ones. For the common, this dish seemed unworthy the extra cash, since the fillings are the same: sliced aged beef (dendeng kering), glass noodles, potato fritter, spring onion, celery leaves and sambal.

The secret of Soto Padang is in the broth. Like Anthony Bourdain always said, the broth will make or brake soupy dish. The layered flavor of saltiness, umami, beefy and mild spices are so different between the great bowl and the regular ones.

Don’t believe me? Go  and find the nearest Soto Padang restaurant, or visit my family’s favorite by H. St. Mangkuto at Pasar Baru area in Jakarta. When you got your bowl, don’t winch on the small size bowl because you will eat them with a plate of rice. First thing to do is slurping the broth only with your eyes closed before adding anything to it.

Same bowl different taste

If you buy Soto Padang anywhere in Indonesia, this is the normal serving size and style. Relatively smaller bowl compared to other Soto dish. But somehow always this is the correct portion for such an intense soup.

What's in it?

See what I meant? Anywhere you go for Soto Padang, the filling always similar. Sliced beef, glass noodles and sliced potato fritatas.

This is how we eat it

This is how we eat it, add sambal and plain rice. That’s why, the test will be the first slurp of naked broth.

Extra crunch

Extra crunch can’t be bad, right? Keripik balado (spicy cassava chips), Emping or any tipe of rice crackers usually lying around the table. Or ask for Keripik Paru (beef’s lung sliced and processed then deep fried to crispy) for bold flavor.

Sweet tooth?

If you still got enough space in the gut, don’t miss traditional rice flour based cakes. Crave healer for the sweet tooth.

The restaurant at Pasar Baru, Jakarta

The restaurant at Pasar Baru, Jakarta

Uda Denai (Jalan Tambak, Manggarai, Central Jakarta)

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This is, "a hole in the wall"- type restaurant. A step away from the main road Jalan Tambak.

This is, “a hole in the wall”- type restaurant. A step away from the main road Jalan Tambak.

No parking spaces at all, only fit for bicycle or motorcycle

No parking spaces at all, only fit for bicycle or motorcycle

The traffic noise, dust and smoke create "in a rush" and rustic ambiance

The flow of traffic create dynamic background for the plate display

Uni (Elder sister) Denai, preparing my rendang to go. The beef rendang is incredibly delicious, wholesome spiciness and rich taste of the rendang's sauce

Uni (Elder sister) Denai, preparing my rendang to go. The beef rendang is incredibly delicious, wholesome spiciness and rich taste of the rendang’s sauce

My lunch for that day; grilled chicken and fried lung with rice plus sambal ijo and sambal merah

My lunch for that day; grilled chicken and fried lung with rice plus sambal ijo and sambal merah

The grilled chicken taste perfectly balanced, not too salty like most cheap padangnese food. The fried lung cooked exactly the way I like it; crunchy with a little bit of chewiness, also seasoned with restraint.

The grilled chicken taste perfectly balanced, not too salty like most cheap padangnese food. The fried lung cooked exactly the way I like it; crunchy with a little bit of chewiness, also seasoned with restraint.

 

This is, intact the cheap food with expensive flavor.

Uni and Uda Denai have special hands that magically turn humble or cheap cut of meat into delicious cuisine. The balanced seasoning and restrain with enough punch to give you kick in the right spot are the strength of this restaurant.

If you come with a car, you can park in the Kelurahan office nearby. Just park and ask permission to the security guard there while slipping a five thousand rupiahs into his hand. And then you walk back to the joint about 200 meters.

After eating there, don’t forget bring some rendang to go. Put them in the fridge overnight. The next day, smash the meat into smaller pieces or strands. Then reheat the meat and sauces on non stick pan, add sambal merah or smashed chili. Cook them untill the color turn darker, or as you like. The perfect condiment for white rice or rice porridge or steamed bun or regular sandwich bread.

Sabana Bana (Senen, Central Jakarta, Jakarta)

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Located almost the end of the rest rows at the side of Senen junction street

Located almost the end of the rest rows at the side of Senen junction street

Food, glorious food... it's at the low down, in the middle and high up in the sky

Food, glorious food… it’s at the low down, in the middle and high up in the sky

You ask and he shall pick and give it to you. Can you ever set you mind of one food, that's the problem here

You ask and he shall pick and give it to you. Can you ever set you mind of one food, that’s the problem here

Check out the torched tube near fried chicken in red samba balado's plate; thats they got rid of bugs or insects

Check out the torched tube near fried chicken in red samba balado’s plate; thats they got rid of bugs or insects

Not only lip smacking, its also easy in the eye these eatable chandeliers

Not only lip smacking, its also easy in the eye these eatable chandeliers

Could you think another way of using you grilled chicken?

Could you think another way of using you grilled chicken?

The waiter will give your chosen food in generous portion (a k a HUGE!)

The waiter will give your chosen food in generous portion (a k a HUGE!)

 

This is one of rows of padang streetstyle resto, but it has the best and balanced flavor of them all.
You may still remember my hubby and father in law are incredibly choosy about padangneese food.
Sabana Bana is the only one who got the Nod of approval from both of them.

Don’t hesitate to come, its tasty and spicy with big portion and affordable price. Oh you might want to prepare some coins (Rp.500 or Rp. 1000) for the only discomfort source, the street performers. Other than that, excellent.

Recommended dish:
Beef rendang with small potatoes
Duck braised in green sambal
Lean fried chicken
Red sambal
Shrimp crackers

Wash your hand before and after eating!

 

What my mother did to prepare for Ied celebration? (Jakarta’s wet market I)

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My mother is retired from her day job as public servant now, but she still busy with religious and private practice activities as midwife.

Preparing a feast for Ied celebration need careful planning and partial execution. Usually she shops for meat and poultry a week before the D day. And then she cooked them and freeze them in packages, to capture the freshness inside them and easy to thaw in small portion when needed.

I was following one of her shopping day for poultry to the wet market near my parents house.

She chose the living chicken, then the merchant decapitate them mercifully (to comply with Halal requirement), cleaned and broke it down as ordered. Can’t be more fresh than this!

I want to share the ambiance of local traditional wet market in Indonesia looks like. Remember, this market is located at Jakarta the capitol city. So you might expect something much more rustic feeling and wet ground. Although there are nice and dry traditional market too.

morning greeting from the guava merchants (she loves  red guava!)

morning greeting from the guava merchants (she loves red guava!)

Papaya and Mellon cart stall at the gate looked ripe and delicious

Papaya and Mellon cart stall at the gate looked ripe and delicious

Entering the wet market, pay attention to the open shallow waste sewer

Entering the wet market, pay attention to the open shallow waste sewer when walking here

We choose our chicken from the cage (free range) at the poultry stall

We choose our chicken from the cage (free range) at the poultry stall

After slaughter it mercifully, the butcher cleaned and cut it as ordered

After slaughter it mercifully, the butcher cleaned and cut it as ordered