First dinner of the week and we already went big on it. @bumbusatujkt was our pick and despite its Indonesian name, they are serving Korean cuisine and by far was the most proper and authentic Korean Restaurant I've had.
Pork trotters/feet, grilled marinated eel, marinated octopus, blood sausage/sun dae, and beef soup was the menu that we ordered, and was surprised that it can feed more than 4 people. Portions are big here so if you're after a restaurant that could host your big family/circle of friends, this is one of the place.
Side dishes flowed out generously, making my table pretty and colourful. Each of them tastes great, I personally liked the pajeon and kimchi. The table setting was on point, love it 👌 you don't have to wait for too long for your orders to be served, enjoy a bit of their side dishes then your orders will be delivered smoothly. Ours took around 5 minutes after the side dishes are served.
The beef soup was light and hearty, you can taste the beefiness in the broth, yet it's not being overpowered. Season it with salt to your liking as it's served unsalted.
The blood sausage tastes nicer than I thought. It's like eating vermicelli rolls with chewier wrapper, and the blood tastes kinda grainy. It sounds weird in words, have a taste yourself and you'll understand what I mean.
The marinated octopus and eel, loved this. Octopus was still juicy and not tough like a piece of rubber. The marinated eel was too ginger-y for me, but I don't mind, it took the fishyness away and was cooked too perfection, giving you delicious plump juicy eel to enjoy.
The pork feet. Served 2 ways, hot and cold. Served in slices, Both of them are equally good, a tad chewy from the collagens. Have them with those pickled banchans (side dishes) and all to reduce its gaminess. Dip them into the sauces provided as well to elevate its flavour, and alternate between dishes to entertain your tastebuds.
Menu yang dipesan: Blood Sausage, octopus, eel, Finished!, pork trotter
Welcoming monday means go home earlier and preparing myself for the coming day. Good meal and some free times in my hands are what I need for this session.
Meet Kwetiau Akang. Yes, GoFood driver helped me lay my hands on these babies. Thank God for those ride-hailing/food delivery apps. Legend said this restaurant is one of the best Kwetiau restaurant in Jakarta, a must have for tourists. We have a well-known Kwetiau restaurant here in Surabaya, being told that Akang Jakarta tastes better, off I went to place my orders.
Kwetiau is basically flat rice noodles, commonly stir fried, boiled in broth, or served as dry noodles with its condiments on the side (like Bakso Sapi Akiaw, a few posts before). Akang was famous for its Kwetiau Goreng (Stir-Fried Kwetiau) and its Fried Rice. Me and @chrisongkoo grabbed the most flavourful topping option, the special (all toppings from chicken, pork, seafood. A bit of everything). Just when I thought it was enough for a meal for 2, there comes another surprise, a portion of fried dumplings/Kuo Tie. An interesting twist of that night's dinner story.
Kwetiau Goreng and Nasi Goreng tastes yummy. Balanced proportion of carbs and proteins, look at those cute crab claws and pork sausages. That charred parts on those carbs, oh yum. Wok Hei is the name of the game and this place is a professional. You can sense the charred flavour and aroma in every scoop of your meal, pair them with those house-made pickled onions. Sweet, tangy, and refreshing for your palate so you can keep on sending scoops and scoops of those amazing stir fried rice and kwetiau to your mouth. Don't forget some drops of sambal, too.
The fried dumplings are crusty and have juicy pork fillings. Having just a piece would be a sin, and we regret that we only ordered a portion of it. Enjoy it with the Sambal and/or the dumpling sauce, makes it yummier.
Menu yang dipesan: Kuo Tie, Nasi Goreng, Finished!, Kwetiau Goreng
Gelato Enak di PIK!! Must Have yang Dark Chocolate
Being stranded in the northern part of Jakarta, in the area of PIK/Pantai Indah Kapuk, the lovely couple @gideonseputra @aktalisa took us to @orbitgelato , to try and enjoy gelato like we never had in Surabaya and boy, what a decision.
The gelato was served in a small tub/jar. Yeah folks, not those classic paper cups we usually use to enjoy our gelato with, Orbit Gelato serves their house-made special gelatos in a jar. Interesting, and to be honest for me, I like my gelatos served this way. Feels grippier and firmer than those paper cups. We got the 2 flavours portion to share, 1 jar for 2 people each. Price wise is affordable for us Surabayans, let alone for Jakartans folks. We ordered Rum Raisin and Dark Chocolate -> this was the bomb and couldn't find it anywhere else.
Rum raisin was alright, I like it but I wish they put real Rum in it. You know, make it boozy. Maybe I gotta fly to Bali to enjoy some boozy treats, as the authorities in Java island are a bit strict regarding alcoholic drinks. Rum raisin ice creams here in Java, Indonesia are just sweet and raisin-y with a hint of rum flavour essence.
The Dark Chocolate Gelato, oh wow. Divine. The tastes itself was rich and chocolate-y, a tad bitter. To make it better, they added some cocoa nibs into their gelato, giving you a tad of crunchy textures for your enjoyment. I have never found it anywhere else, I wish gelato parlours in Surabaya could serve dark chocolate gelato as good as Orbit's.
Combine the two in 1 jar together, they felt like Yin and Yang, black and white, complementing and lifting each other up. Looks comforting, black and white in a cup, and tastes great as they could balance each other. The sweetness of the rum raisin, countered and balanced out with the gentle bitterness of the dark chocolate, and the little crunches was a nice addition to the party in your mouth.
Menu yang dipesan: Rum Raisin and Dark Chocolate, Finished!
Meet Nasi Campur Pontianak (Pontianak style Pork Rice). A plate of fluffy steamed rice served with a plateful of cuts of pork and chicken meat, bbq and roasted. We got an extra serve of crispy roasted pork because, why not? Liang Teh/house made iced tea is a special here, so it's obvious and mandatory for us to have a sip on it.
Rice has nice texture, and according to @randyadianto who has been to Pontianak in person, those 2 bowls provided for us on slide 4, the metal and ceramic bowl, has its own role. The metal bowl with its thicker broth consistency, is meant to be enjoyed with the rice. Throw them on that bed of rice for your enjoyment. The broth on the ceramic bowl, the runnier one, on the other hand, is for you to sip once in a while when you feel like you need it. With this newly acquired knowledge, I started eating the rice and broth because honestly, I thought the metal bowl was Kobokan (a water filled bowl for you to quickly dip and wash your hands, commonly found in traditional Indonesian food stalls).
The pork tasted a tad dry, overall. This is where those 2 bowls of broth came in handy. Have the bbq and roasted pork been juicier, our meal would be perfect. Hopefully the next time I visit this place, those pigs are friendlier to my tastebuds. Roast pork still have its crunchy skin and a tad creaminess from the rendered fat, the bbq pork and chicken still tastes like they should be although a tad dry. Those 2 bottles of sauce? Lifesaver. The green one is green chilli sauce, tastes rather bland with a kick of green chilli flavour. The red one is house made sambal/chilli sauce. Have no idea what they put in it, but it tastes wonderful, salty, aromatic, a tad pungent. I finished like 5 tablespoons of that sambal by myself. Love it.
Menu yang dipesan: Liang Teh, Babi Campur, Sambal, Finished!, kuah, Nasi Campur
Weekend calls for yumcha/dimsum session and to me, this is a mandatory place to visit to satisfy your yumcha cravings, while in Jakarta. Meet @winghengdimsumofficial . Open for 24 hours (as far as i know), it's the best go-to place when you feel like having some comforting hot food.
As you can see, there are too many menu items to be described here, so I'll just pick some of the mandatory menus that you have to order while you're here. Salted egg bun, the duo of shiumai and hargow (siomay dan hakau), and grilled bbq pork bun.
The dumplings are wonderful and morish. Translucent skin of the hargow pockets a spoonful of prawn filling, steamed to perfection resulting in springy wrappers and juicy filling. Not over or undercooked, just perfect. Shiumai was filled with a combo of pork and prawn, steamy and juicy as well. They didn't taste really well the last time I visited this place, but now I can sense the difference and Wing Heng has once again won my heart. Or maybe it was the mood of my heart that affected my tastebuds? God only knows.
The salted egg bun was soft and fluffy, with oozy salted egg custard feeling. Love the slightly grainy texture, you'll love it once you feel the warmth of it flowing down your throat. They always steam these buns to perfection to keep its ooziness, otherwise it'll turn into solid block of custard if they overcooked the buns.
Grilled bbq pork bun was awesome. Love the crumbly crust and juicy bbq pork bun filling. You'll note that I used the word "juicy" plenty of time today, because oh dear God every single dishes were cooked to perfection to retain these valuable juices. The bun itself was soft and fluffy, perfect for your anytime snacking session. I'd recommend you to have them with some cups of hot tea, or ice cold soft drink, if you feel like it.
Menu yang dipesan: bakpao bakar casio crispy, Lo Mai Kai, Bakpao Telur Asin, Hakau Udang, Finished!, Chongfen Babi Cincang, Siao mai babi
Pretty coffee and a bunch of croffles for boys' catch up session. Jk. The coffee is for me, but the croffles are unavailable for purchase :(
Meet @bakerman.id of Ashta District 8, SCBD Jakarta. The recently opened shopping mall and chill out spot in SCBD, Jakarta. The aroma of freshly baked croissants and pastries seduced my nose and lead me through to The Baker Man. They had long queue for their pastries, especially their croffles, so I guess they do know what they're doing, hey?
We opted to have a dine in session, with a proper seat down setting. A cup of classic iced milk coffee with condensed milk for me, and some servings of pastries to share. Sadly, the only obtainable item was the coffee, and all the pastries have been sold out already and they were preparing for their next batch, unavailable for me to lay my hands on those babies during our catch-up session at that time.
That gorgeous croffles pic was taken with the telephoto lens of @samsungindonesia Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, never disappoints. The service was also top notch, in the middle of their limitations, they still managed to deliver the best of their selves. Kudos to that 1 particular waiter who served our table.
Coffee was alright, you can taste the slight bitterness in every sweetness of a single sip, making it well balanced and delish. Surprisingly, it gave him a nice kick of caffeine, enough to fuel me through my walking journey from SCBD to the closest MRT station. Didn't expect the caffeine content of this innocent cup of coffee to be that strong, love it.
Look forward to get some of those croffles the next time I visit you guys @bakerman.id
Snacks/munchies are mandatories for us, so here we took the benefit of being in Jakarta, to lay our hands on @martabakgadingpecenongan 78, idk if I tagged the correct account but you guys know what I mean. Order them via food delivery services so you don't have to deal with Jakarta's awesome traffic, and get both variants of the classic crust and thin + crispy (TipKer/Tipis Kering).
Now on to the stars, Martabak Manis. Those neighbouring countries of Indonesia try to claim it as their culinary icons, but have a shot here and you'll see who deserves to have the title of the OG, Indonesia or those claim-overs. It's an oversized sweet, fragrant and fluffy pancake topped with various toppings, folded and cut into pieces.
We got the choco peanut and cheese topping, drizzled with condensed milk. Awesome. No need to worry about the calories. There's no way a normal person could finish a whole box in one go, so I put the remaining in the fridge and have them over next few days. Without reheating them, they still taste as good as new (a tad exaggerating, but for sure they tasted damn good).
The thin and crispy version was equally gorgeous, crispy and slightly chewy with comforting filling. Have this with a cup of black coffee or strong tea and have your arvo teatime sorted. Once you put a piece in your mouth, it's very hard to stop nibbling on it. My only regret was I only ordered 1 portion of it, should have ordered more :(
Menu yang dipesan: Tipis Kering, Tebal, Martabak Manis
I ordered 2 portions of Bihun Baso Sapi Spesial (dry vermicelli with beef meat, offal, balls in house special broth/soup) from @basoakiaw_99 for take away. It's sad due to health protocol, currently they are not opening their restaurant for a dine-in session.
The main reason why I love this dish is the fragrance of its broth, tastiness of its mixed meat and offal, and the springiness/chewiness of the vermicelli/rice noodles/noodles (you have to pick 1, my favourite is the vermicelli). Everything are well seasoned and gorgeous.
The vermicelli, seasoned very simply with a tad of soy sauce, sesame oil, pepper, yet tastes so yummy. Mind you the portion is kinda big, took us a while to finish a portion each. I enjoyed the vermicelli as it is, although after a few scoops I feel thirsty and that's when the broth came in handy.
Broth was neatly packed in a plastic bag, and the whole big pot was the combo of 2 soup portions. There's no way we could drink that much soup and finish the whole dish, so we drank as much broth as we need and put the rest in the fridge for boiling meat and veggies. Yes it is that tasty and worthy that I kept half a pot of it for my next meals. Tastes beefy and fragrant, with no yucky oil puddles floating on it. Seriously, the best beef noodle soup i've ever had in Indonesia. Pho Dac Biet that we had in Cabramatta, Sydney was okay but this one tastes cleaner and more pleasant.
The meat pieces and offals, 4 thumbs up for this one. Well cooked and well prepared, feels juicy in your mouth and the offals have no weird, gamey aroma. They take this beef noodle soup game seriously and as a result they have plenty of fanatic fans.
Combine the 3 elements together for your dining session, and the next thing you gotta do is be grateful for your life 😉
Menu yang dipesan: kuah, Bihun Sapi Campur, Sapi Campur, Bihun