BALI : ATLAS PEARLS (VLOG)

HELLOOO again everyone!

I just came back from Bali. Super blessed to have a 4 days 3 nights sponsored trip by ATLAS PEARLS and SHERATON KUTA BALI RESORT.

Well, actually this is a giveaway gift that i got from Maria Rahajeng’s (Miss Indonesia 2014 and Brand Ambassador of Atlas Pearls). I still remember that i saw Maria Rahajeng’s instastory. At that time, she mentioned that this is the last day to sign up for the giveaway. I was like, ‘What Giveaway?’. Haha.

Cut the story short. I read her post on the giveaway and signed myself up. And since im quite a ‘Dory’ sometimes. I soon forget about it.

Later at February 2017, i got an email, saying that i won a trip 4days 3 nights to Bali. I read the email and everything, and though that, ‘Woww. this scam looks legit’. HAHA. and then, i ignored it again.

Until i saw Maria Rahajeng’s tagged me 2 posts on Instagram and her Instastory, then i am reminded that i took part in her giveaway! hahahaa. OMG jenddd!!

I was and still so happy about it. Feels so lucky and blessed to have such a lovely trip. Thankfully, i can decide whenever i want to leave for the trip. So, i can use it last week, for my secondary school friend’s wedding in Bali.

Apart from staying in a luxury Sheraton Kuta Bali for 4days 3 nights, i got an exquisite pearl diamond necklace from ATLAS Pearl! *wohhooo*

Never thought that Indonesia has great seas and places like Bali, Labuan Bajo to Raja Ampat to farm oysters that can produce wonderful SouthSea pearls. We really should appreciate and take care of Indonesia even more!

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*With Mba Marsha, the marketing manager of Atlas Bali. and posing with Atlas Pearl’s Bali Team*

IMG_3047IMG_3048IMG_3049IMG_2970*Ta-Daaa!! my Diamond Heart and SouthSea Pearl Necklace. Loving it’s simple yet elegant piece of ATLAS pearls*

If you girls are a pearl lover, you can let me know! ❤

And ohhh, after so long. Finally, i Vloggeddd again! Yeayy! Hope you enjoy it!

 

SINGAPORE : PICNIC (VLOG)

Back in Singapore days, we love to go out in big group. The more the merrier! More over when i go out with my Indonesian friends. We dont just go in big groups; We tend to stay quite a while after our meals and talk like there’s no tomorrow. haha..

Since we already know our so called ‘bad habit’. Normally we gonna squeeze our mind to just find a proper place to eat and hangout at the same time. And it is very tiring sometimes, since not so many places can fit 10-15 people in one go, at the same table. So, if your circle has the same habit like ours. Guess PICNIC can be one of your option for your next gathering.

PICNIC is like an international food-court with a beautiful decorated picnic-ky garden theme. Indeed, a very unique idea that makes many people want to give them a visit.

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PICNIC itself has more than 10 seasonal and thematic stalls in foodtrucks to choose from. Ranging from Korean food, Japanese, Western, to Italian and French food. They have fancy drink stalls and dessert stalls too!

Food price ranging from SGD 15-20 per meal. A little bit pricy for a ‘food court style’ of food. But since this place is in Orchard, and they have comfortable ambiance as well, so i think this price is already an average.

If you have been to Marche, PICNIC also has quite the same system of payment. The difference is, you have to do it yourself in PICNIC.  So, they have a huge touch-screen menu in every stall, where you can view the food and order it at the same time. and after you ordered it, the ‘beeper machine’ will buzz and ask you to collect your meals. Payment also can be settled by ourselves as well if we are using NETS or Credit card at the exit.

The system is quite high-tech, but i personally think It can be quite a hassle for some people, like my parents for example. But so far, everything is good here! Nice food, great ambiance!

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Fancy Tea Bags

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Peperoni Pizza from Flour and Water (Western stall).

Normal skinny pizza with tomato base, huge-not-so-dried peperoni, and melted cheese.

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Foie Gras Ricebowl from Ezo Hokkaido East (Japanese stall)

This is everyone’s favourite. This consist of medium cooked succulent USA beef , fluffy rice, pickles, with awesome nice-smell super tasty foie gras sauce. All of this combination just melts in your mouth. One of the must try! and must enjoy this while it’s warm!

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PorkBelly Sandwich and Truffle oil mashed potato from Le Coq Roti (French stall)

I dont really eat pork. But this one is considered good. The roasted pork belly is so juicy and tender. and since the filling is so overflowing, you have to eat this sandwich with fork and knife, and not with your both hands like the normal sandwich.

The Truffle oil mashed potato is heavenly as well! I can just eat this mashed potato alone without anything else. The mashed potato is just so soft, creamy and flavourfull. More over it’s truffle oil mashed potatoo.. The greatest combination ever!

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Kimchi Noodle from Daebak (Korean Stall)

I’m a noodle person, and i am always up for any kinds of noodle. As for this, i think the noodle is thicker than normal Shin Ramyun (Korean instant noodle) and quite chewy. As for the soup, it’s not kimchi-ish much, which not that sour but quite spicy. The melted cheese add more texture for the noodle and richness of the soup. This bowl actually goes with clamps, but since i dont really eat clamps, i asked the cook to change it to extra dumplings. The dumplings itself is just a normal minced meat dumplings, but quite generous in its filling.

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PICNIC
Wisma Atria #03-15,
435 Orchard Road Singapore 238877
Tel: +65 6734 8352
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm 

Cara Membuat Bento Jepang untuk Pemula

** Ini adalah Sample Article aku untuk sebuah media. Daripada di anggurin aja, mending di publish disini yaa.. Maklum, Di buang sayang.. hehe **

Siapa yang tidak tahu mengenai Bento? Saya rasa kata-kata Bento sudahlah familiar di telinga orang-orang Indonesia, apalagi para ibu-ibu muda yang suka mencari ide menu baru untuk bekal  sekolah anak kesayangannya.

Dalam istilah bahasa Jepang, Bento adalah makanan bekal berupa nasi dengan lauk pauk dalam kemasan praktis yang bisa di bawa kemana saja. Pembuatan Bento ini sudah di mulai dari abad ke-5, masyarakat Jepang suka membawa bekal makanan berupa nasi kering sebagai makanan praktis waktu itu. Seiring berjalannya waktu, Bento-pun sering terlihat sebagai bekal sekolah  dan sering di bawa masyarakat Jepang yang sedang pergi piknik. Tetapi, setelah usainya perang dunia pertama, Bento di larang untuk di bawa ke sekolah karena di anggap sebagai sarana pamer bagi murid-murid orang berada di sekolah. Setelah sudah lama hilang, akhirnya Bento pun kembali masuk dan populer kembali di Jepang pada tahun 1980-an. Dan ternyata keahlian untuk menyiapkan Bento untuk anak-anak adalah kebanggan tersendiri bagi ibu-ibu rumah tangga Jepang, apalagi kalau lauk nya bisa di bentuk sebagai hiasan juga.

Saya yakin keahlian membuat bekal tidak hanya menjadi kebangaan ibu-ibu Jepang saja, melainkan semua kaum wanita di Indonesia juga. Karena pastinya tidak hanya anak-anak saja yang suka makanan unik dan menarik, tapi remaja dan dewasa pun suka menyantapnya juga.  Apalagi ketika di sajikan Bento unik yang di bentuk karakter yang lucu dan menggemaskan. Berikut adalah panduan cara membuat Bento Nasi Panda :

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Pic source : http://hungryhouse.co.uk/blog/bento-boxes/

Bahan yang harus di siapkan:

  1. Siapkan Tempat Bento
  2. Nasi putih secukupnya
  3. 1 Sosis Sapi
  4. Nori / Rumput Laut
  5. 2 Lembar daun Selada
  6. 1 buah kentang rebus
  7. 1 cherry tomato

Cara membuat Nasi Panda :

  • Masak nasi secukupnya. Ketika nasi masih hangat-hangatnya, langsung bentuk jadi agak lonjong sebesar kepalan tangan. Karena nasi hangat, akan lebih mudah untuk di bentuk. Dan jangan lupa untuk memakai sarung tangan plastik untuk alasan higienitas.
  • Keluarkan Nori yang sudah di siapkan, lalu potong bulat lonjong untuk menjadi mata, hidung, mulut yang sedang tersenyum dan satu garis baju pada panda.
  • Setelah itu, potong kecil sosis yang sudah matang berbentuk lingkaran yang lebih kecil, untuk menjadi rona merah pada pipi panda.

Cara membuat Dekor Nasi Panda:

  • Cuci bersih Daun Selada. Lalu, jadikan daun selada sebagai alas nasi Panda Bento.
  • Potong Sosis menjadi 3 bagian, lalu potong jadi bentuk bunga, dan goreng sampai matang
  • Setelah itu, Potong Kentang menjadi 4 bagian, rebus sebentar agar menjadi sedikit lunak, lalu goreng sampai matang.
  • Cuci bersih cherry tomato sebagai penghias di ujung Bento.
  • Setelah semua bahan sudah siap, mulai-lah tata Bento seperti yg ada di gambar. Di jamin semua yang melihat pasti langsung ingin menyantap masakanan anda.

Kalau anda bukan tipe orang yang suka dengan makanan lucu, mungkin bisa juga mencoba membuat Bento simple yang terlihat lezat seperti di bawah ini. Jepang mempunyai banyak jenis Bento, tentunya semua kembali ke kreatifitasan si pembuat Bento. Biasanya di Jepang, Bento-bento seperti ini di jual di banyak tempat, seperti di restaurant siap saji, supermarket 24 jam, dan stasiun kereta. Ini adalah Bento yang lebih umum di temui, biasanya Bento terdiri dari karbohidrat dan protein, sekaligus gampang di bawa kemana-mana. Bento pun juga bisa di konsumsi di atas kereta shinkansen bagi yang harus menempuh perjalanan jarak jauh. Berikut adalah cara mebuat Salmon Teriyaki Bento.

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  Pic source : http://hungryhouse.co.uk/blog/bento-boxes/

Bahan yang harus disiapkan :

  1. Nasi Putih secukupnya
  2. 5 ons Ikan Salmon segar (tanpa tulang)
  3. 1/2 cangkir kecil kecap manis
  4. 2 sdm air lemon yang di tambah sedikit gula
  5. 2 sdt gula
  6. 1 sdm minyak sayur
  7. 1 butir telur
  8. Salad
  9. Mayonaise dan Saus Sambal

Cara membuat Salmon Teriyaki Bento :

  •  Campur kecap, air perasan lemon dan gula. Lalu, rendam Salmon ke dalam mangkuk tersebut.
  • Masukan ke dalam kulkas selama kurang lebih 45 menit.
  • Siapkan broiler pan, masukan minyak sayur dan panaskan dengan api kecil.
  • Masak ikan salmon selama 2-3 menit, jangan lupa di bolak balik sampai matang.
  • Kocok telur dan buat telur dadar seperti biasa. setelah itu gulung telur dadar tersebut.

Setelah selesai, tatalah bahan-bahan yang sudah jadi seperti gambar di-atas. Mudah bukan cara membuat Bento Jepang ini. So, are you ready to cook?

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