Shabby chic ambiance in local hue

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Wak Nur’s Coffee House

I went to Roemah Kopi Wak Nur (roemah = house, but it’s more like a cafe) at Uskup Agung street, Medan, North Sumatera a few months ago.

The coffee quite okay, nothing special for my preference, so did the food. They do have  house brand coffee, The Wak Nur’s brand that got good reviews from coffee enthusiast. But the waitress didn’t share any information about it to us, never promote or gave suggestions of the house specialities. I learn about it when I wandered around the cafe and browsing from the internet.

It’s the ambiance that remind me of it, unfortunately, not the menus. I like it a lot. Like Melayu meet Western or Baju Kurung paired with Cowboy boots or when Siti Nurbaya hooked up with John Wayne to decor this place.

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Tables and chairs from worn woods met checker-boards floor toned down with pastel earth tones

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Love that old window, oddly, it didn’t seem out of place and function like art works

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The house brand

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My drink; I think it was Iced Cappuccinno

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Otak-otak, light finger foods from fish paste grilled in banana leaf. It didn’t go very well with my coffee.

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Mira & Kiky, my cheeky cousin in law that brought me there

For more information about cafes and coffee shops/ house; Kopibrik is one of the better reference.

Less successful attempt, remaking old school beverages: Kolak Pisang

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Does your family has an old school beverages? One dish that we would make it exactly in the same way every time?

Well during Ramadhan, one typical beverages that every house hold will make at least ones on this month is Kolak.

Kolak is a coconut milk based beverages, sweetened with palm sugar as the “broth”. You can add steamed banana, boiled sweet potatoes, boiled cassavas even steamed corn.

I prefer eat it as a cold beverages, but it taste addictive served warm. The sweet and deep taste from palm sugar, married with creamy coconut milk will blow your taste buds away.

Well, I don’t quite like it. I mean, one cup is enough for a month.

Since I stumble into funny taste of ice cream, I’m thinking about making a deconstructed Kolak Pisang. My take on it was, turning the coconut milk into jelly, then caramelized the banana with palm sugar and add Coconut (or purple sticky rice) flavored ice cream.

It didn’t look too bad, isn’t it? But I miss the luscious and deep flavor from the regular Kolak. The banana became too dry after a while. Well, at least it still eatable.

Another day in cooking with no recipes, sometimes wing it takes a toll.

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a deconstructed Kolak Pisang (jelly coconut milk, caramelized banana and purple sticky rice ice cream)

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the ice cream saves the day. its creaminess, sourness cuts the flat flavor of the rest.

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the heroes, a purple sticky rice flavored ice cream and young coconut ice cream.

Cooking while sleeping, use the leftovers

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Although my spirit are high welcoming this year’s Ramadhan, me being my self, rolling back to my nature self. Only in two days!

Either I got up too early or too late, I just loosing power to cook something complicated. Besides, I had a huge pile of cold rice leftovers from the last 2 days my husband didn’t eat at home. I have to use that as soon as possible, or I’ll get headache seeing it in my fridge all the time.

Well the fool proof cooking while sleeping, or just feeling really really want to crawl back to my soft and smooth bed with warm fluffy blanket on cold room, are fried rice. My version of spicy and sweet fried rice. It’s a one pot wonder with just about everything I can find at my fridge. Either just eggs and rice, or chicken and anchovies, or bean sprout and eggs and mushroom. Anything is acceptable. So, this was how I did.

Garlic-chilli fried rice: behind the scene

Garlic-chili fried rice: behind the scene

Garlic-chili fried rice: Sahur day two (and three)

Garlic-chili fried rice: Sahur day two (and three)

Mayang style garlic-chili fried rice: Steamy, spicy, extra crunchy.

Another version of my fried rice: extra garlic, extra chili

Boredom free Japan: @ Shibuya crossing

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Visit beloved Hachiko statue near Shibuya station

Visit beloved Hachiko statue near Shibuya station

Watching people watching

Watching people watching

Getting' ready for crossing!

Getting’ ready for crossing!

Stiletto versus Flats

Stiletto versus Flats

Beaming with happiness

Beaming with happiness

Goth loli moms

Goth loli moms

@ the corner of Shibuya crossing

@ the corner of Shibuya crossing

Shoes runway

Shoes runway

Always ready for POSE!

Always ready for POSE!

mother daughter in the world of pink

mother daughter in the world of pink