Hello Monday. For most of us, monday is our big enemy, the most least anticipated day to come. Not in the mood to go back to work, or whatever, I hope you could still have a little time to look on you and your surroundings, be grateful that you still have a job to go to and get paid. Otherwise, remember you can always resign from your post and have those ocean of jobseekers replace your position.
Due to a thing, we chose to do our works in a quite renowned Cafe in Surabaya, @locaahands_ . Set our laptops up, ready to go, and ordered some nice drinks and nibbles. I had my Berry Limeade, Thicc (yes, double C, folks) Bacon and Egg, and a side of hash brown.
The limeade, tasty and refreshing. Not too sweet and overpowering. Those hash brown triangles look and taste the same as what I used to have in those Sydney cafes back in the day. And was a favourite of a mate of mine. Hands up for the perfectly cooked Hash Browns, crispy yet not greasy on the outside and moist on the inside.
The star of the show, the bacon and egg. Thick and chunky slabs of bacon was indeed the star. Scrambled egg was nice and creamy, butter toasted brioche was served warm, crunchy, and toasty. Just perfect. A smother of mustard-mayo made it better. Salad greens to refresh your palate and get you ready for your next bite.
The Thicc Bacon. I give it a dedicated paragraph as it deserves such a privilege. Smoky, chunky, crispy, I'm salivating just by writing this. Fyi this is pork bacon, just to let you fellas know. The moment you cut it to pieces, and send it to your mouth, you know it's gonna be gooood. And yeah I was right, it does feel good. Love the texture of the fat and the bacon meat, tastes savoury with a hint of smokiness, and call me a fatso but I believe I can have more than 2 pieces of them. Of course you gotta pay extra for them, Duh. Imagine 5 streaky bacons, stacked together, all for you to devour. Sauces are available at your disposal.
Bottom line, get the bacon. For your (mental)health.
Menu yang dipesan: Berry Limeade, Thicc Bacon and Egg, Hash Brown, Thicc Bacon and Egg 2, Finished!
Another Feastaphoria, not lunch but linner (sometimes between lunch or dinner).
Nasi merah ayam geprek sambel spesial. Steamed red rice with chilli sauce smeared - fried chicken and soup. I honestly couldn't really translate it to English, but you guys got the idea. The fried chicken is smashed and folded with their special chilli sauce, served with steamed red rice and tamarind-broth veggie soup on the side. A normal modern Indonesian dish.
HOWEVER. Normal is not my style. So there we have a side dish of crispy pork cheek. Fried, not roasted. Deep fried and tossed in fried garlic chips and five-spices powder. Sprinkled with freshly chopped green onions. Nice crunchy salty side dish, it really is an appetizing item. Dip it into its garlic vinegar dipping sauce, perfect.
Beer. When you can, or whatever. Just get a pint of beer. Thank me later 🍻
That Nasi Geprek again. I guess closer to the end of the month, the financial crisis kinda creeps in strong, huh. Life of a salaryman. That's why it is mandatory, not only recommended, that all of us have some kinda of side hustles to generate us some extra income while we are working our best for that monthly salary (unlike you guys out there who got paid weekly/fortnightly salary/wage, here in Indonesia we got paid monthly salary).
This time I tried their Ayam Geprek with Sambal Matah (the previous one was beef rib, this one is fried chicken), with some extra Tahu Crispy on the side (fried crispy tofu. Cheap snack yet nutritious and satisfying. Idk how such cheap food could be so addicting). Love the chilli sauce, might take a while to get used to its level of spicyness but it's worth your sweat and tears, if you are the kind who has no control over the waterworks when your tongue got chilli-burned (I am one of them). Chicken breast was juicy, the tamarind soup on the side was tasty and refreshing. Tofu? Oh champion it was so good on its own.
Have this kinda meal with your mates and maybe couple pints of ice cold beer 🍻 to enjoy your after-work evening, before starting your side hustle. Remember, hustling is important but so are good friends. Happy Friday, folks. Have a short break and come stronger on Monday!
Shao Kao. I believe in Chinese that means skewers (?). Basically most of your favourite food items are skewered then grilled to perfection, with a dash of savoury or bbq sauce. I strongly believe the savoury glaze that I always ordered consists of salt and some cumin and 5 spices powder.
Ordered me Broccoli skewers, rolled bacon, pork cheek, chicken skin, chicken softbones, pork belly. I love pork and I love chicken. Why not both? Toss in some vege as well so it's not that "sinful"
Broccoli was grilled and charred well, it still has a pleasant crunch to it and tastes wonderful thanks to the savoury glaze. Rolled Bacon, need I say more? Bacon is bacon no matter how you cook it, it will always be good. Cmon it's bacon.
Pork cheek is kinda fatty and chewy, savoury. Love it. Chicken softbone was cooked well and the chicken skin as well. Only downside was the skin. It was a challenge to take it off the skewer, the skin simply breaks down and made a mess on my table.
Again, it's not iced tea. A pint of beer to accompany the skewer madness, and was mentally prepared to have my pocket skewered by the bill 😂
PS: lotsa customers opted to have them skewers with steamed rice, optional but kinda make so much sense to fill your tummy up.
Been a while since my last visit to @tongtong_restaurant for their authentic japanese cuisine, of course it's been tailored a bit to suit the taste of the locals, but nevertheless it still is a champion to my tastebuds compared to other japanese restaurants in town.
Stir-fried Shirataki Noodles, both deep fried and pan-fried gyoza, and chicken karaage for that night's meal. Shirataki noodles because we just finished our swimming session hence to make me feel less guilty, I opted for the shirataki noodles. Said it contains only a little bit of calories, add in a few other ingredients, oil, etc. Yet still I believe it contains less calories than other dishes (I'm just comforting myself, I know).
Those gyozas, pan-fried and deep fried, are equally good. Filling has more texture than what we had at @rayjinbali a few posts ago, equally good and satisfying. Dip them in the free flow condiments of chilli oil, chilli powder, black vinegar, and you're in for a treat.
Chicken karaage was juicy on the inside, nothing wrong with it, just I don't feel like having lots of fritters on that day. Rinse them off with a sip of soda water since there's no sparkling water on the menu.
Price-wise, this restaurant is not well-known for its cheap price. There's a premium you gotta pay for such meticulous dishes, but hey when it comes to great things in life, they all have their own price tags that we gotta pay right? It's not a sin to charge a premium if you could walk your talk, if your dishes are equally as good as your pricetags, or even better. If not, referring to my previous post, rethink everything over and act fast to save your business, or simply be overconfident and watch it sink underwater.
Menu yang dipesan: Stir Fried Shirataki, Chicken karaage, Deep Fried Gyoza, pan fried gyoza, Finished!
It's a bright day and it's after office dinner time for us. There's this happening Porchetta place in Loop Graha Famili and we haven't had a chance to try it, until the day finally came that we could lay our hands on these bad boys.
Porchetta basically is roasted crispy skin pork belly, rubbed with herbs and spices (especially rosemary) and rolled into well, a roll of belly then cooked in the oven until its skin turned golden brown and crunchy (not just crispy) with juicy meat. Served kinda shredded on a sharing plate to share (or not, up to you) with 3 kind of sauces. We picked Sambal Matah, Thai Green Chilli and Crispy Chilli sauce. That's one item.
The next one, loaded fries. Pig loaded fries. Yeah you read that right, it's so good that it became the cover photo of this dinner. Chips/fries were cooked to perfection, crispy but not greasy, and the pork pieces, well, perfect on their own. Who doesn't love crunchy and juicy bits of porks?
Menu yang dipesan: loaded fries, porchetta, Sauces, Gravy, Finished!
If few posts ago Pak Bas was my go-to place when we need massive portion of meal with cheapy pricetags, this place is a level above Pak Bas, located inside one of Surabaya's most crowded shopping mall since probably a long time ago, perhaps since its opening.
Wok Noodle, famous for its Finna Fried Rice (red fried rice, the red comes from Finna's sauce) and Crispy Fried Chicken. The fried rice should be enough for 3 people to share, and the chicken as well. The condiments really complement the meal, love the chopped chilli and soy sauce combo.
Taste wise, it's your typical chinese food meal, slightly better than Pak Bas thanks to the toppings of the fried rice (this one got green peas, chicken meat, scrambled eggs), and the marinade + batter of the chicken. Well I guess each of them have their own markets and caters to different tastebuds
All in all, when you feel some comfort food, or when you feel lost in a Mall and don't know what to have, Wok Restaurant will be your safe bet to feed you and your family.
Now, we finally got the chance to enjoy the Live Music, well, live. I couldn't remember the name of the band, I could only remember one of its personnel is the one and only Mr. @raymond_johan . I was one of his student back in my high school time when he was teaching my extracurricular lesson (economics, if I'm not mistaken?) When he was a college student (cmiiw bro) with his light blue Honda Jazz. Who would've thought that 13 years later, he became one of Surabaya's well-known singer.
Believe it or not, the live music really did amp up the atmosphere of @kollabora.id . I really enjoyed the band's way of singing those song titles with the highlight for me being that in slide 2. I have no idea who the name of that singer, but please don't take him off your roster, folks 😂 the way he sang Waktu Yang Salah echoes to the soul of his listeners, according to @ovaldosanjaya
The drink that I ordered was a cold black coffee with some kinda lychee juice. At first the waiter brought me Lychee Tea because its name's pronounciation is similar to "Lychee Tea". After I explained that she brought me an incorrect item, without further ado she apologized, took the lychee tea back to the counter, and whipped me up my order. Appreciate it, mbak. Sorry I didn't manage to get your name. Kudos to @kollabora.id team for such a service.
While it sounds weird, apparently black coffee and lychee juice do complete each other nicely. Appreciate for the menu creator(s) in Kollabora for their creativity and courage in challenging the Status Quo, resulting in fresh and exciting menu items like no other. Keep it up. Considering to get your membership since lately you guys being one of our fave go-to place.
PS: I am by no means endorsed/getting paid by Kollabora to promote their restaurant. I'm just a customer who enjoys their place, ambient, have few drinks and snacks, and pay my share afterwards, to enable them to keep on opening their doors for us.
Kinda missing the authentic taste of this Geprek, so here I am (we are) again. Ayam Geprek (Fried Chicken smashed with House Special Chilli Sauce), swap the steamed white rice with red rice for a healthier me (that's what they said), and add deep fried egg omelette and cabbage on the side. Healthy enough? 😏
I chose the hot chilli sauce on purpose, as I need some party in my mouth at that time. Fried cabbage, well I love it. You guys should try it too, but not too much. Yes it absorbs the frying oil, but the taste and texture are worth the health risks. Spread it on top of a spoon of rice and smother it with the chilli sauce, heaven.
Chicken was fried perfectly, succulent meat and crispy skin + batter. Again, the chilli sauce elevated the dish and it does its job well. Be careful with the chicken bones as the smashed fried chickens here are bone-in, not boneless. The tamarind soup/Sayur Asem is there, ready anytime for you to sip on it and refresh your palate.
The fried omelette? Greasy, but good. Won't hurt to have it once in a while. Till next time 😉
Sunday morning, time for a quick catch up session before we went back to our routines. @leonyaphar 's Sunday routine being going on dates with his SO, so here I am stealing some of his time in the morning lol
Depot Bu Rudy (Bu Rudy's restaurant) is famous for her Nasi Udang aka steamed rice topped with crispy fried shrimp and some condiments such as serundeng (crispy spiced coconut flakes), house made sambal/chilli sauce (and a free flow jar of her famous Sambal Bawang/onion chilli sauce on the table), and stir-fried noodle. I felt like having Pecel (steamed veg with peanut sauce) that day, so here it is. Nasi Pecel Udang Empal (Nasi Pecel with crispy shrimps and fried beef steak).
The taste, as always, was good and comforting for Indonesian's palate. Legend says that Bu Rudy has been selling her signature crispy shrimps and Sambal since 1995 (I read it on their brochure) and I can understand why it keeps being one of the most-sought products by travellers when they come to visit Surabaya. Pecel on top of the dish simply balances and completes the meal for me, as I need some veg and fiber intake. It's a shame that the Peyek chips was tough and soggy @burudy.surabaya shrimp was nice and crispy, the empal/fried beef steak was tender and sweet. Nice
I got no much else to say, as this is one of my favourite dish in my hometown. Oh just one thing maybe. Have a try yourself and correct me if I'm wrong 😊