Izakaya Kai – Pluit Kencana, Jakarta

‘Hey Jend, lets go for dinner on Sunday’

‘Sure, where to?’

‘Ohh, Ms.N said there’s this one nice Japanese Restaurant in Pluit’

‘Wait, what? are you sure it’s in Pluit? I only knew there’s a lot of nice Chinese/Medanese food around Pluit. Surely not Japanese’ It will be more believable to have a nice Fried Kwetiau in Pluit area. Haha.

— sending me restaurant name and location —

‘Ohh, okay. Sure.. See you Sunday girls.. ‘ I still replied with my unbelief.

And there i was, driving after a church service.. and suddenly found rather different signage around the street. I parked my car just in front of the restaurant, and to my surprise, i saw a nice restaurant that’s quite different from it’s neighbours.

We mentioned that we already have a reservation for that night, and the waiter professionally escorted us upstairs to our designated seat. They passed us the clean ‘japan-ishy’ menu with no pictures at all on it.

Every time i visit a new restaurant, i often asked the waiter on what’s special on their menu. and the waiters here can fully answer in detail on each menu that we asked. Not bad at all for Pluit Area, normally i can only get this kind of service in those fancy cafe in North/South Jakarta.

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(Tendon – a mix of prawn, fish, squid and vegetables tempura) – Rp 120,000

It’s one of their signature. Love the tempura set that served with the glazed rice. Crispy but not greasy, so it wont hurt your throat. as for me, i asked for extra tempura sauce, somehow i like a bit soggy-kind of tempura.

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( Chili Cheese Sauce Chicken Karage ) – Rp 50,000 ala. You can add the rice, soup and pickles set for Rp 30,000

I know it looks like a salted egg chicken. But it is not, it’s melted cheese mixed with sliced chillis, and it tastes soo good! The sauce is really the bomb!

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( Skewers / Yakitori ) – sold per stick ranging from Rp 15,000-45,000

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(Grade 9 Wagyudon) – Rp 225,000

As for me, it’s just a normal beef bowl, with a very tender sliced glazed beef.

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(Goma cake) – Rp 45,000.

Nice black sesame cake! The best-seller cake in the house. The sponge cake is so soft and not so sweet. Quite a unique taste i must say.

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(Chocolate Red Velvet) – Rp 50,000

The most sinful piece to end the day. They are using dark chocolate and rhum to balance the sweetness of red velvet.

Overall it’s a nice dining experience. Nice ambiance, great food, friendly waiter, and great company! And ohh, they have limited baby chair though. So i dont recommend a bunch of young moms to hangout here. We waited for more than 40 minutes just to get one baby chair on non peak hour time. But still recommended for small groups of friends and family. They have omakase menu as well if you crave for one.

Izakaya Kai
Jl. Pluit Kencana Raya No.59
Pluit, North Jakarta
Phone: (+6221) 22663966

Opening Hours:
1st floor All Day Cafe 11.00 – 23.00
2nd floor Izakaya Dining 11.00 – 15.00, 18.00 – 22.00

What’s New in Singapore?

I love fast food so much. Especially the one which have been fried with dozens of secret herbs and spices. Believe it or not, when i was a kid, i was super thin and i all i wanted to eat is only omelette, noodles and fried chicken. Well, I think that pretty much sum up how i can grow ‘big’ after that. Haha.

I always thought that no one can compete to the goodness of  the ‘Finger Lickin Good’. But i was wrong, apparently i just found my new favorite fried chicken in town! And it’s not a fast food chain restaurant.

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pic : @pickaboosg – design by: Annette S

Located at the heart of Orchard Road, this new stalls brings fresh option for the foodies. Especially those of you who is fried chicken lover. And Not only they serve uber-nice fried chicken, but they do have a lot of other good foods too!

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pic : @pickaboosg

I personally love their signatures, the BOO BURGER. Love the boneless fried chicken, the flavour is just right in all aspect, not to salty and it doesnt make you thirsty or make your throat itchy right after eating. The cheese sauce make it taste better, and it just blend well with the waffle and egg.

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Chicks and Mash – If you are not sure on what to order, this would be a perfect choice. Fried chicken and mash potatoes with mushroom sauce will never go wrong. Ah ohh, if you are Indonesian, dont forget to bring ‘Saus Sambal’, i think you’ll enjoy it more with the sambal. Hahaha.. personal preference though.

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Fried Rice with Mushroom – Believe it or not, this fried rice taste like risotto to me. The rice texture is so soft and buttery, also you can smell the strong mushroom aroma when they served it. I quite like mushroom a little too much, so probably this one will be a good choice, if you need carbo loading. Haha. and for the vegetarian, you probably will like this too.

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Dirty Fries – This is everyone’s favorite. Fries, Spam, ‘Bolognese’-sy topping with Cheese Sause.. Oh Good. If your not on Diet, this is just a perfect combo for your fried chicken, and a good side-dish to share with everyone!

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PICK A BOO!

304 Orchard Road, Lucky Plaza, B1 -38, Singapore.

Asian Food Mall (Foodcourt)

@pickaboosg

Hindari Makanan Ini Kalau Mau Naik Pesawat

*Masih edisi bahasa Indonesia karena bulan Agustus*

Nasi Pedas Ibu Andika. Kayaknya makanan yang satu ini (pasti) selalu ada di list kebanyakan orang Indonesia kalau lagi jalan-jalan ke Bali. Apalagi bagi traveller atau tourist yg cinta pedas, Wahh.. depot makanan ini pasti ga boleh terlewatkan deh!

Tapi, selain Nasi Pedes ibu Andika, ada satu nasi pedes lagi yang ga kalah enak! Malah dia lebih di tunggu2 orang, karena bukanya hanya jem 6-9pm aja. Gw udah mau cobain ini dari 2 tahun lalu, tapi belum pernah kesampean, udah 2x kesana dan selalu kehabisan. =( Dan akhirnya rasa penasaran lidah gw ini pun terjawab di awal bulan kemarin. *hooray*

Perjalanan beli nasi pedes ini sebenernya lumayan deg2-an juga.. Karena Pesawat balik dari Denpasar ke Jakarta 7.20pm, sedangkan depot ini pun baru buka jam 6pm. Tapi saking pengennya, kita bela2in bngt buat drop by sebentar untuk beli.

Penasaran nama nasi pedes-nya apa? Namanya adalah Nasi Pedas Bu Hanif. Kita sampai lokasi jam 5:52pm. Dan ternyata mereka belum buka! *gubrak moment* Mereka masih set up tenda, dorong gerobak, dan sayur2 pun fresh baru datang di hantar pake mobil pribadi mereka.

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Kami pun mendesak mas-mas yg bertugas berjualan disana, karena kami punya pesawat jem 7.20pm.. Di tambah lagi, kami adalah orang ke-3 yg antri. Kan enak juga nyelak walaupun kita udah lumayand mepet. *biasa, anak soleh yang tau tata krama. hahaha*

Mas-nya dengan santai bilang. ‘Tenang neng, 5 menit lagi buka, airport juga deket kok’. Kita sih takut macet bngt di daerah Kuta sana. Tapi Puji Tuhan, mas2 yg tugas disana sigap kerjanya, dan pas buka jam 6 sore. Setelah kurang lebih 10 menit, akhirnya kita bisa memboyong 7 bungkus nasi pedas dengan isi nasi, usus goreng, ayam suwir, kacang panjang, mie goreng, abon dan cabaiiii seharga RP 17,000 ribu saja per bungkus.nya.. Cukup murah jauh di banding Nasi Pedas Ibu Andika.

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*Sebelum Makan*

Setelah ngebut ke airport dan balikin mobil, akhirnya kita sukses ngemper di dalam boarding room untuk menyantap Nasi Pedas ini.. Dan apa yang terjadi??

Tiba2 dari yg ramai pun, semua orang jadi diam, muka mulai merah, mat amulai berair, hidung mulai berair juga.. dan tiba2 Lidah semua orang terbakar, dan perut semua orang panasss gara2 satu bungkus makanan inii.. Kita semua pun akhirnya membeli mineral water di airport yg harganya lebih mahal dari harga nasi bungkus kita ini.. Rp20,000 aja per botolnyaa.. haha..

Tidak lama kemudian, kita pun harus boarding, dan kita adalah 7 orang terakir (yang mungkin hampir di tinggal) gara2 beberapa dari kita mules2 di toilet airport dan beberapa yg perutnya panas pun beli susu untuk meredakan gejolak di dalam lambung. Puji Tuhan gw cuman kepedasan dan ga terjadi apa2 sama gw.. Cuman perutnya agak panas aja dikit.. Tapi temen2 yg lain lngsung bolak balik toilet setelah lambang sabuk pengaman di matikan setelah lepas landas.

Jadi karena kejadian ini pun menginspirasi gw untuk menulis blog-entry ini. haha.. *lama yah intro-nya. hahaha*

Perlu di akui, seenak-enaknya pesawat yang kita tumpangi, pasti ga enak kalau harus duduk terlalu lama, apalagi kalau sakit perut dan menganggu orang di sebelah-sebelah kita untuk keluar masuk + harus nunggu untuk antri toilet.nya juga.

Hal-hal yang harus di hindari saat kamu mau naik pesawat: 

  • Makanan Pedas
    • Yah, seperti cerita di atas. Sebenarnya sih ga usah naik pesawat pun, makanan ini harus di hindari ya untuk kita yang mau travelling via darat/laut/udara, karena lambung kita yang ter-iritasi akan menimbulkan rasa mulas. Untuk mencegah bolak-balik ke toilet, lebih baik hindari makanan pedas.
  • Minuman Bersoda 
    • Sebenarnya kalau minum kebanyakan pasti ada efek bloated nya juga sih, namanya juga minuman bersoda. Tapi katanya, ketika kita terbang di atas 35.000 kaki, pencernaan kita bekerja lebih keras dan membuat perut kita lebih kembung atau istilah kerennya adalah jet-bloat 
  • Sayur-sayuran / Kacang-kacangan / Permen 
    • Masih berhubungan dengan Jet-Bloat, ternyata bukan hanya minuman bersoda saja, jadi beberapa sayuran seperti brocolli dan kol juga bisa menimbulkan kembung. Karena tekanan cabin naik hingga 30%, jadi udara yg masuk ke dalam tubuh lebih banyak, dan jenis sayur-sayuran ini memproduce gas juga, yang akan membuat gas berlebih di lambung. Kalau untuk kacang-kacangan dan permen, basically mereka mempunyai kandungan gula kompleks yang susah di cerna oleh badan. Jadi akan membuat perut sedikit kembung juga kalau kamu suka konsumsi ini,
  • Fast Food
    • Masih berhubungan dengan penceranaan yang bekerja kurang baik di atas ketinggan 35,000 kaki. Jadi katanya, kalau di darat saja makanan fast food ini susah di cerna, apalagi di udara. Dan karena fast food mempunyai banyak lemak jenuh (lemak jahat), mungkin saja bisa menyebabkan sakit perut juga .
  • Bawang Putih
    • Yang ini sih ga aneh ya. Kalau makan kebanyakan bawang juga bau.. hehe.. Tapi kalau kamu lagi di pesawat, udaranya kan berputar disana-sana aja, jadi mungkin lebih tercium kalau kamu lagi ngobrol sama temen2 sebelah kamu.. Kan kalau sebelah kamu cantik/ganteng jadi maluu kalau mulutnya bau bawang.. hehehe.. Eh, tapi katanya Bawang ini juga punya kandungan sulphur yang bisa di serap oleh darah dan paru2 kita, jadi katanya ketika kita bernafas pun, bisa menyebakan bau juga lohh..

List di atas adalah gabungan dr apa yg aku baca2 di internet. Sebenernya sih rasanya gpp yaa asal kamu ga makan berlebihan. Seperti kacang-kacangan misalnya, kalau memang iya dia buat perut kita kembung, ga mungkin kan banyak maskapai penerbangan memberikan kita kacang untuk snack. hehe.

Jadi kamu pernah ga salah makan yang menimbulkan ketidak-sejahteraan di dalam pesawat? Cerita juga dongg.. hehe..

Nasi Pedas Bu Hanif

Jl. Raya Kuta (di ujung jalan, depan pasar Kuta), Bali

 

Taipei : Two Best Ramen Places (So Far)

I’ve been avoiding noodles for these past months. If i happened to go to some restaurant that have noodle and rice, i’ll go for the later option. Why so? Because i gain weight easily after i eat noodles. Yes, any type of noodles. I hate it so much when i need to avoid the things that i love. =(

I still remember there were times that i ate noodles (spaghetti, ramen, local singapore noodle and instant noodles) almost everyday in that week, and i gained 3 kgs by the end of the week. Gosh.. ~.~” And then someone told me about ‘Blood Type Diet’ and said that Type A Blood should eat more vegetables, fruits and grains than carbs and meat. Seems like a very tough tasks to do when you love noodle so much and have low blood pressure at the same time (since you need to eat meaty stuffs in order to increase the blood pressure)

After suppressing my hunger for noodles, I finally could not resist it anymore and start to eat noodles again. But this time i limit myself to once a week. So, this past few weeks ive been going to many noodle places, from local noodles, pasta house and japanese ramen. and guess whatt.. The Japanese Ramen won my heart!

– Nagi Ramen

Ximen MRT – Ximending (Located at Cinemark Movie Theater Buidling – 6th Floor, Besides Uniqlo)

They have 4 types of Ramen Based that you can choose from.

The Original , The Spicy ones, The Squid Ink-ed ones, and the Seaweed ones. What i love the most from this place is you can choose your noodles thickness, your broth thickness, your type of meat and vegetables, spiciness etc. I just love ramen places that can be customized.

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*The Original King (Butao) – the safest choice if you cant eat spicy and dont really dare to try the other soup-based. This Butao bowl of goodness is an award winning. The broth is pretty thick and a bit salty as well. So if you like flavourful soup (since most of Taiwanese cuisine are pretty bland) you definitely should try this one out*

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*The Black King (Kuroo) – If you are someone who has a very adventurous taste buds, you can try this squid-ink soup based. I totally could not enjoy this black king, cause they have a fishy smells (for me). Yeah, i got a bit sensitive when it comes to seafood. But my friend love it, so i guess you can try it as well if you want too*

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*Red King (Akao) – This bowl of red noodles really won my heart. Well, maybe because i love spicy food in the first place, and this Akao has satisfied my taste buds. I chose normal for the richnessof taste, normal special sauce, light garlic, shoulder parts for the pork meat, green onion for the vegetables, level 4 of spiciness (you can choose level 1-10), and thick normal noodles for my ramen. And i loveee thiss so soo muchh..

The thickness of the noodles is not that thick as i expected, but it’s chewy enough for me to enjoy. The broth itself is a bit salty and spicy at the same time, since i love both, so the soup are just perfect for me. Love the shoulder pork-meat as well, cause when most other ramen house use very thick cha siew (shoulder pork meat), they use thin sliced that makes it less fats and they are pretty generous in giving the meat. Really love it to the bits.

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Price : 3/5 – NTD 200-240 (SGD 8-10) *wouldnt get any nice Ramen in Singapore with this kind of pricing. haha*

Ambiance : 3/5

Taste : 4/5 – For Spicy Based

-樂麵屋 (Le Mian Wu)

No. 7, Lane 10, Yongkang St, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106

(Dongmen MRT – They have 2 outlets in the same street, one outlets has break time from 2-6pm, and the other one open all the way from 11-10pm)

They have many options to choose from (Original Tonkatsu, Soya sause based and spicy based) and they can customized our bowl of ramen as well.

  Even though i love spicy noodle so much, i decided to skip it this time. Why so? Because they mixed the spicy broth with some seafood based soup. So this time i play it safe and so satisfied with my Original Tonkatsu based soup.

Chosen a normal broth for its thickness with normal thick noodle. They have less options than Nagi Ramen, which makes it easier for some people. Love the broth so much, cause it’s thick enough but not makes you ‘sick’, the soup is like ‘indomie kuah ayam’ but less salty and just so much nicer. haha. If you like to drink soup, i guess you can finish up this bowl of goodness. I think Nagi Ramen’s noodle is thicker, but this one is good enough for me too! *guess im easy to please as long as it’s not too thin and soft. haha* Also, I recommend you to order the one that has double pork-meat, because the pork meat is soo good, it literally melts in your mouth.. *slurpp*

Quite a fan of Japanese Gyoza, but i found this one is just normal towards not-so-good-for-my-tastebuds. So, if you are not into Gyoza, you can skip it.


They have the normal spicy based soup and sort of special edition spicy soup with some prawns, and other types of pork-meat. My friend chosen the later one, and it comes like this. Looks so appetising, but she said she prefers the original better. So original wins for this Ramen shop!

Price : 3/5 – TWD 190-260 (SGD 7.8-10.5)

Ambiance : 3/5

Taste : 4/5 for Original Tonkatsu Based

TAICHUNG : Feng Jia Night Market (VLOG)

When there is opportunity to travel, i will definitely pack my bag and go to see the world. Since ill be staying in Taiwan for a while, i hope i have the chance to see all the beauty that this big island can offer.

I got a chance to visit Taichung on the first day of 2016. Taichung is the third largest city after Taipei and Kaohsiung. There are so many ways to get to Taichung from Taipei :

  • You can rent a car and drive there (which is quite impossible for me, cause i’ve never drive on the left side of the road)
  • Take High Speed Rail (HSR – which take about 1 hr journey with TWD 700 / SGD 30 ) OR
  • Take  any available inter-cities buses which take about 2 hrs 20 mins with TWD 230 / SGD 9.

We decided to take the afternoon bus at Taipei Main Station, because its much cheaper compared to the HSR (High Speed Rail) and the travelling time is not that bad too.

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The bus that we took (HoHsin Bus) is very decent and comfortable too. The have allocated seat number, seat is adjustable, and they have mini TV on the side where you can turn off/on whenever you want, but do prepare your own headset.

Once we reached Taichung, we head directly to Feng Jia Night Market. My friend who has stayed in Taichung said that this Feng Jia is a must visit night market. They have lots and lots of street food and many clothing shops as well.

That night was a crazy night, the holiday has turned the night market into a sea of people. I didnt take many pictures that night, but i took some videos for you to see! hehe

What i did over there was basically eat and eat.. haha.. Well. i just ate 3 types of street food there and 1 milk tea with coconut jelly.

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Gold Left Leg – Baked Chicken with Cheese Topping and Salsa Sauce. This is quite nice for cheese lovers, but overall it’s just a normal baked chicken ( TWD 70 // SGD 3 )

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An Mo Ji Pai – Massage Chicken (directly translated) haha. Basically they grilled this chicken with charcoal and topped it with peppers. This is much much nicer than the first one. The chicken is very tender, that it melts in your mouth (literally). Queued for about 15-20 minutes for this. and eat this for less than 10 minutes. haha (TWD 60 // SGD 2.5)
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I first came to Taiwan for holiday 4 years ago. Tried this ‘chinese hotdog’ and considered this as must eat food when you are in Taiwan. Da Chang Bao Xiao Chang – which directly translated as Large intestines wrap small intestines. So the ‘large intestines’ is one big glutinous rice acting as the bread, and the ‘small intestines’ is the meat-sausage (which i assume is pork meat). I really like it cause it taste sweet, sour (cause they put pickled vegetables), and taste a little bit spicy (you can request Da La – super spicy). I think the combination is just great. i can eat this everyday if they sell it nearby my house. haha. It’s just so so good! (TWD 40 // SGD 1.7 )

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Milk Tea with Coconut Jelly at Just Tea Shop (Cha Ben Wei). My friend said this is one of the bubble tea stores in Feng Jia Night Market. and guess what? This is just so good! Wish i can drink this everyday and not getting any fatter. haha. Love the coconut jelly, since i dont really like pearl. haha. ( TWD 40-50 // SGD 1.7 – 2 ) *i cant remember how much it was =(

Actually i wanted to eat more food. But it was really really crowded (as you can see from the video). You really need efforts just to Queue for few-bites of street food.

Since the three of us didnt have enough sleep the day before (cause we went to watch the fireworks at Taipei 101 – that is Not as nice as Singapore and Jakarta. *sorry*), we just felt so tired that night. so we decided to go back earlier, get some sleep and get ready to go to XinShe Castle and Carton King for the next day!

Stay tune for more Taichung stories.. ❤ ❤

 

 

TAIPEI : Best Beef Noodle – Lin Dong Fang (VLOG)

Taipei is so famous with Stinky Tofu (Chou Dou Fu), Xiao Long Bao and Beef Noodle (Niu Rou Mian). and Talking about Beef Noodle, im gonna take you to Taipei’s Best Beef Noodle!

Lin Dong Fang is located near Zhong Xiao FuXing MRT station. I guess some of you already know or even tried it out already. But there are still some people (even the taiwanese) who doesn’t know that this small great stall is exist.

I have been here 4 years ago, but that time i wasn’t passionate enough about travel writing. so here i am now, writing my heart out about best noodle in Taipei city. *psstt..* even CNN said that this is a must try when you are in Taipei !

Well, i guess enough of introduction. It’s picture time now! haha.

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I ordered a small bowl of ‘Ban Jin Ban Rou’, which means Half Tendon and Half Beef. I really love everything inside that bowl, the soup are just nice, the Noodle is chewy or CNN said it is Al dente. haha. The Beef is so soft that it melts in your mouth, and the Tendon is just so delicate, not hard at all, and doesnt have any funny smells.

This portion of goodness cost me (TWD 190 // SGD 8), and as for normal Beef Noodle cost (TWD 140 // SGD 6). If you want small bites like Tofu Skin Pig’s ear or others, you can grab it for (TWD 30 // SGD 1.2) for one small bowl. Actually It is considered not cheap, cause normally most meals in Taipei is around TWD 40-120 max (not restaurant). But when you convert it to SGD, it is just soooo worth it!

Ohh, actually i made my first VLOG on this ! hehehe. It wasnt on purpose. Suddenly i just have this though when we were on our way to Lin Dong Fang. It is NOT as good as the other travel blogger, i cant do video editing, guess this one is my best already. haha.. but hopefully i can make the next one better and i hope you can enjoy this one! =)

P.S : All pictures and Video is taken by IPhone 6, with no edit. Thinking to buy new mirrorless camera with tilt-able or articulating monitor, so i can do self-recording. hahaha.  Any recommendation? =)

Lin Dong Fang

274 Bade Road, Section 2, Zhongshan District, Taipei City.

+886 2 2752 2556

Taipei Cafe : Coffee Alley

Things are getting better in Taipei. Found new friends who is so nice and friendly to show me around, getting used to the public transport here (even though it is still hard to read bus directions and destinations in Chinese), love the food and the good manner of Taiwanese people, catching up with the traditional chinese writings, and so glad that i can get along very well with my classmates and other international friends.

One of my Japanese friend said that she has one favorite cafe in town that serves Japanese and Western influenced food. Since I am new in town and love to explore the food here, of course i did not say no. We went last last Friday, right after we finished our class. The cafe that is located on the second floor was pretty full when we reached there about 4pm. It was 5 of us and we need to wait about 10-15 minutes for the table to be ready.

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They have house rules for everyone to order one drink in this cafe, so it’s okay when you dont order food. Just order one drink will do.

I Decided to order Iced Fresh Fruit Tea (TWD 180 // SGD 7.5) for my drink, i thought it will come in a glass, but it came in a jug!  Me personally dont really like it cause i feel it’s just too sour.

Another one is  Smoked Beef Sandwich with Egg Salad (TWD 150 // SGD 6.5). I love their egg salad! But for the Sandwich, it’s just a normal ones, the beef meat tastes like luncheon meat, but i like the dressing that they put inside the sandwich.

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Smoked Chicken Toasted Pizza ( TWD 160 // SGD 7 )This is super recommended! i just love this pizza bread. It’s like, the bread, the chicken meats, and the cheese are just perfect. I think i can eat this everyday! haha. The bread is very soft, and the chicken are just nice, and look at that cheesy topping! Cheese lovers will definitely love this!

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This one my my Japanese friend’s favorite dessert! Sesame Ice Cream Waffle ( TWD 170 // SGD 7.2). The sesame ice cream is gooodd.. The yellow one is custard, and the it’s the chocolate-like sauce for the waffle’s topping. The waffle here is quite different. It tastes like bread here. It’s thicker, spongy, very filling, and not crispy. Was thinking that this waffle could be like the A&W waffle in Indonesia. but i was so wrong. haha. Worth the try, but for me, i wont specially come here just for this.

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I like this one muchh better, Strawberry Mile-Feuille (TWD 130 // SGD 5.5). The Strawberry is very fresh, can be a little bit sour, but most of it are sweet. Love the texture of the puff-pastry and the creamy filling. Dont be fooled by this picture, actually the size is rather small. Good for 2 people (max), if you really want to share.

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This cafe chain is quite famous amongst Taiwanese. Apparently they have this in Tokyo and Hongkong too. Guess the cafe price over here is quite cheap compared to Singapore. But the drink price is almost the same. If you like to hop from cafe to cafe, guess Taipei is a good place for you to venture.

 

COFFEE ALLEY

Zhongzheng District, Taipei City Hall, 2nd Floor before Road 18 (next to the house before the road UNIQLO, Watson 2nd Floor)

+ 886-2-2388-3000

 

Taipei Must Eat Local Food

Taipei is really a food haven. I guess you can find literally anything that you want to eat. From the local foods, american fast food, chinese food, cute and nice cafe, until the french fine dining. There’s even a famous chinese saying ‘Zai Taipei, Ni yi ding hui pang de shang bu liao fei ji’, which means, ‘You will get fat in Taipei until you can sit on an airplane’. haha. *i pray hard for this dont apply to me*

As now, im gonna show you what local foods that i have been eating for this past 2 weeks, and all of these below are recommended! Which means, you really have to try this when you happen to be in town!

1.Niu Rou Juan Bing & Tang Bao (Xiao Long Bao)

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Nu Ruo Juang Bing is a scallion pancake with beef filling and spring onion inside it. It’s like eating a thick beef prata. and I love it! haha. Eat this with their chili, and it will bring you to the other level of goodness. It’s price is only (TWD 70 // SGD 3) for a one portion!

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And this Tang Bao or what we usually called as Xiao Long Bao is muchh muchh better than Din Tai Fung. and of course this portion of goodness cost much more cheaper too! Well, the skin is much thinner and doesnt really look like how normal Xiao Long Bao should be, but this is freakin good. The pork meat is just so good, so tender, juicy and tasty. and the soup in it can really compliment the meat taste. Price is only (TWD 40 // SGD 1.5)IMG_5187

Located very near to Da An MRT station – once you tapped out, turn to your right, walk straight about 70 meters until you see a junction, and turn to your right. There will be a cluster of noodle shop, drink shop and many other food. You’ll just nee to take a look at this  RED signage.

60-76 Xinyi Rd. Sec. 4

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2. Deng Long Lu Wei (ShiDa Market)

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52 Longquan Street. **CLOSED ON MONDAY**

Located at the heart of ShiDa Night Market (Taipower Building MRT station exit 3). You will find lots and lots of food in this night market. If you happen to be there at dinner time, do try this one. It’s like Singapore’s Yong Tau Foo for me, where you get to choose what to want, and they will cook it for you.

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They have vast range of choice. From meatballs, tofu, noodles, pig’s innards, vegetables, fishcakes, pig’s blood cake, seafood, etc2.

How to order?

You need to Queue to choose your meal. Just take a basket, and choose what you want. The different here is, you just need to take a ‘sample’ of the things that you want. Like let say, you want beefballs, you just need to take 1 beefball, and later they will give you 1 portion (3 beefballs) automatically. same goes as lettuce, if you want some lettuce, you can just take 1 of the lettuce leaves. Unless they already tied / package it in one bundle.

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After you took what you want, you need to Re-Queue again for them to cook it for you. IF Singapore Yong Tau Fu cooked it with boiling clear soup, they cooked it with boiling ‘tea-like’ soup, and They will asked you spicy or not spicy for your meal.

and Ta-Daa! here how it’s like.. That small pink basket, turned into a huge plate of meals (was sharing this with my brother). It’s not soupy yet not dry, *basah2 gt.. apa sih inggrisnya? hahaha* and it has the ‘tea-like’ fragrance. But the smell is not that strong, so it doesnt really matter. haha. As for me, I love this one a lot. It’s like i can eat this everyday. haha.

The price for this depends on how much food you take. As for me and my brother, we spent (TWD 150 // SGD SGD 6.5) for this portion. But there’s obligatory drink that you have to purchase, which ranges around (TWD 30 / SGD 1).

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3. Cong You Bing (Scallion Pancakes)

I tried this Cheese Egg Scallion Pancakes in Yongkang Street (just 2 minutes away from Dong Men MRT station). Once you are on Yongkang Street, you just need to see the longest Queue there. People said this stall has never ran out of customer from the time they opened until closing time.
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They have many choices of scallion pancakes. My favorite is still the plain one with eggs. Actually you can easily find this, it’s in every night market, in many local restaurants, and sometimes you can just find one cart in the middle of street selling this green onion pancake. Which again, it tastes like thick prata. This small package can be really filling for your hungry tummy, cause basically it’s all carbs. This snack is a saviour when i woke up late for school. haha. This cost around ( TWD 30-40 // SGD 1 ) per pieces.

4. Xian Su Ji 

If we translate it to english, it called ‘salty fried chicken’. But it’s not just selling fried chicken. Like Lu Wei, they are selling many things in one cart. What you need is just choose what you want, take one as a ‘sample’, put it in a basket and give it to the person in charge. If Lu Wei boiled their food, Xian Su Ji fried their food. It’s like Shilin chicken back in Singapore and Indonesia, but with many varieties to choose from.

Be prepared to drink a lot of water, as this is deep fried and a little bit salty (though you can ask to put less seasoning) and garlic-cy *if there’s such a word* haha

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Tried this in Shi Da night market too! But too bad, i dont know how to show you the way. im so sorry. =(..  They have a lot of cart selling this ‘Xian Su Ji’. Just pick which ever stall that has the longest Q. haha. same like Singaporean, the people here like to Queue for the good food as well. =).

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I guess that’s all for now, i will definitely have Taipei Must Eat Local Food part 2! haha.

Thank God for sending me great friends to introduced this lovely foods in Taipei. Goodnight! =)

Sisterfields – Bali Hippest Cafe

I still vividly remember our Bali trip. Exactly today, last month, It was 21 of us, and we were struggling where to have our brunch. Some of us have some options in mind and threw it to the crowd, but our crowd also got confused because we had too many options. haha.  Indeed, Bali has a great range of cafe to choose from. Finally, we decided to have our brunch in Bali Hippest Cafe, in the heart of Seminyak, Sisterfields.

We went there about 10am, and the Q was brutally crazy. I really wondered what they serve inside, cause to be honest, i just heard of this cafe when my friend mentioned it (yes, guess im not that hip after all. haha). My friend said they served good quality coffee and the best Australian style brunch in town.

We waited for about 15-20 minutes, and they split us into 3 tables. I quite like the interior design and the layout of this cafe. They really managed to get as many tables as possible, without making it looked so packed.

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We ordered a lot of food that time. But again, i just managed to take some pictures cause i was too excited to try the foods. haha.. The waiting time for all the food was about 15 minutes. Which i think it is already good enough since they have non-stop customer coming in and out.

One thing i noticed here is, they do have great waiter/waitress. They were quite prompt in serving and quite patient in explaining us some food on the menu that is new to us.

So, after we asked a lot of questions, we came down to this foods..
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** Sweet Corn Fritters**

Normal corn fritters, fascinating for foreigners. As for us, we just ordered this for fun and regret why we ordered this in a cafe. haha..

EFQE8991**Pan Fried Salt and Pepper Squid**

I personally really like this pan fried squid. The Squid is very tender, it doesnt have funny fishy smells, and the mayonaise with the palm sugar caramel really compliment the salty taste.

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**Pulled Pork Charcoal Roll** – The Black One on top

It’s a tender charcoal bread combined with a sweet homemade BBQ sauce on the pulled pork. I like the cabbage coleslaw inside, because it balance the sweetness.

**Smashed Avocado** – The green ones on the left

I like the fresh avocado topped with semi-dried cherry tomatoes and feta cheese. They put one slice of whole-grain bread which i think they need to put more. You have the option to add eggs.

**Mixed Seed and Muesli** – The bowl below

I really like this kind of seeds and yoghurt in a bowl. perfect for brunch! the apples are a bit too sour for me, but overall, i love this big bowl of happiness.

**Polenta Fries** – The long yellow ones on the right

Not a big fan of this kind of fries. Im more shoe-string fries type of girl. But the truffles sauce is good!

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**Sisterfields Big Breakfast**

This menu has always been my choice to ‘eat safe’. haha.. Normal food, but everything in it is very good. I seldom finished my big breakfast meal. But this one is exceptional. Love it to the last bite. such a comfort food for me.

Overall Experience :

Ambiance : 3 / 5

Food : 4 / 5

Price : 3 / 5

Sisterfields Cafe

Jl. Kayu Cendana No. 7, Seminyak, Kuta, Badung, Bali 80361

0811-3860-507

Hope to see you again, Sistersfield

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Ubud : Sari Organik – The Healthy Option in Bali

Bali is so well known for its porky meals and their Jimbaran seafood. Those food are indeed super nice, but for those souls who hunger for more hearty food, afraid not, because Bali does offer a lot of healthy and organic food.

One of if is Sari Organik, which located at Ubud. To go to this organic restaurant, we first must walk about 800metres from Ubud’s main road. The walk there is a bit hilly and narrow, so if you want to go there, take off your heels, and get your comfortable slippers / shoes.

it took us about 20-30 minutes to go there, we walked up slowly as we enjoy the beauty of the paddy-fields, breath the fresh air along the way, see how clear the sky is, and of course, taking pictures is necessary since we dont get to see the nature often. Do take note that you have to be careful, as many locals are using motorcycle as their main transportation.

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SFOC8897And after a refreshing walk, finally we reached Sari Organik. Since all of us just ate huge breakfast, we first decided to share our food. But when we looked at the menu, we felt that everything there are very enticing. at the end, all of us ordered a menu and 2 juices for each. we felt like some buffalos that never drink for days. haha.

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** The Juices**

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**Warm Feta Cheese Salad** – If im not mistaken

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**Sari Burito**

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**Balinese Nasi Campur (with Chicken)**

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**Rainbow Sweet Potato Ball*

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Above are only one third of our order, we ordered a lot more than that until we couldnt find anymore place to put anything else other than food. I think, the food there is good enough for a non-vegan like me. I dont really eat salad and other organic things, but all the foods here are very edible even for a carnivore type of person.

Personally, i like the feta salad and the Tempe on my Balinese rice. The salad are so fresh and yummy, and the Tempe are crunchy and simply tasty. The price here are very affordable too, the foods are about Rp 30.000 – 50.000, while the healthy juices are about Rp 20.000 – 30.000.

The place itself is very green too. If you are looking for an affordable healthy food with a nice tranquil view, maybe it is one of the best option in Ubud. And for those of you who smoke, they dont prohibit you from smoking. But if other guest are disturbed, you will be encouraged to put it off as they want to keep a healthy environment as well.

 

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But afterall, it doesnt matter what the food is, and where is it at, as long as you have a great company!

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Overall Experience:

Ambiance : 4 / 5

Food : 3,5 / 5

Price : 4 / 5

Sari Organik

Subak Sok Wayah (go in from Jalan Raya Tjampuhan)
T: (0361) 972 087