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Yamagoya Ramen (Baywalk Mall, Jakarta)

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Welcoming 2017! I would like to wish all of the readers Happy New Year and may this new year bring prosperity and good luck for all of us. I'm looking to have more adventure and culinary journey and this year, don't forget to follow me on instagram for live update!

Yamagoya Ramen is not a new player in F&B industry in Jakarta, it's a restaurant that specialized in serving Japanese food located in Baywalk Mall. I've tried many restaurant that serves ramen and I have to say that each of them was unique and the taste is different in a way. After all, it's all about preferences, whether you like the lighter or heavier broth, right?

Yamagoya Ramen

I didn't get chance to take picture of the interior because I was way too focused on the ramen itself .(lol!) But the restaurant is quite spacious and I reckon they can accommodate up to 50 people, it was not crowded during my visit so it's all good.

Let's get started with the food!

Yamagoya Ramen (IDR 58k)
Yamagoya Ramen

Yamagoya Ramen is apparently the signature dish here which is a pork ramen served along with boiled egg, bamboo shoot, spring onion, cha shu and nori. You can ask not to include one of the ingredient if you don't like it, as for me, I love all the ingredients so it's a big no when the server ask whether I would like to exclude any of the ingredients.

Their ramen version is a bit light which is definitely suit my liking, the broth was not super thick but it was not light as well, it's just right and the cha shu was definitely the best. Although it would have been perfect if the egg came out perfectly soft-boiled.. :(

Yamagoya Ramen

Gyoza (IDR 29k)
Gyoza

Gyoza is perfect pairing for ramen and I freaking love their gyoza, it was slightly crispy on the outside and moist and juicy on the inside. Not to mention that the pricing was quite affordable as well. Oh and they have pork and chicken version of the gyoza so you don't have to worry if you don't eat pork!

Gyoza

Chicken Curry Rice (IDR 29k)
Chicken Curry Rice

The Chicken Curry Rice might look a little bit unappealing, but trust me it was good enough to make you lick the plate! Honestly, I didn't expect much from their curry, but it tasted surprisingly delicious and the portion was huge as well. I personally think this might be even better if they have spicy version for the curry.

Chicken Curry Rice

Overall, I had a great lunch at Yamagoya Ramen, the food tasted pretty delicious, they service was good and the place is nice. If you prefer lighter version of ramen, I  recommend you to try their ramen. But if you prefer thicker and heavier broth, this might not be the one for you. Like I said before, it's all about preferences. Best of luck for Yamagoya Ramen!

Yamagoya Ramen
Bay Walk Mall, Lantai 2, Jl. Pluit Karang Ayu, Pluit, Jakarta
(021) 29839063

Opening Hours:
Mon - Sun : 10.00 - 22.00

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12 Must-Try Street Food in Thailand

by 7:16:00 PM

I just can't believe that it will be 2017 in less than 2 days, like seriously. I have been thinking about what kind of article should I write as the last post for 2016 and I decided to write about food guide of my recent (I guess, lol) trip to Thailand! (yay!) I went to 4 big cities in Thailand during my last trip which are Phuket, Hua Hin, Pattaya and Bangkok, and of course I tried various Thai cuisine from these cities which I'm going to share!

Sanctuary of Truth


As you can see from the picture above, I traveled to a lot of places such as the divine Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya, super famous Phi-Phi Island in Phuket and Santorini Park in Hua Hin. I do recommend you to visit the Sanctuary of Truth if you visit Pattaya, aside being well-known as the city for nightlife, I was really amused by their handcrafted temple. (keep in mind that it has not been finished yet as of now so you might encounter several workers there)

People said that you've never been to Thailand unless you experience the night market and the street food because Thailand has so many street food to offer. There are a lot of fancy cafes as well but there's something exotic and special about street food, don't you think so? Oh and be prepared to be drenched in sweat as the weather in Thailand was hot and humid especially in the summer time.

Let's move on to the food guide, shall we?

#1 Pork Satay
Pork Satay

Pork Satay is one of my favorite street food(s) as it's simply delicious, fragrant, not to mention that it's really cheap as well. There are several varieties of pork satay, I've tried the one coated with sweet sauce and another one with curry sauce.

How much?
THB 10-20

Where to find?
Almost everywhere in Thailand, just look for satay stall on the street

#2 Watermelon Slushie

The instagenic dessert can be found in several places and I've got mine at Cicada Market in Hua Hin area. Seriously, you have to visit Cicada Market because it's real huge, organised and have tons of great food.

How much?
THB 50

Where to find?
Cicada Market, Hua Hin

#3 Chicken Rice

There's something special about the chicken rice in Thailand, probably because of the spices and sauce that they used. I'm just loving those crispy chicken!

How much?
THB 40

Where to find?
Humble stall near Hua Hin train station

#4 Fruit Juice
Fruit

Fruit juices will always be great to beat the heat and you have to try their fruit juices at least once. There's something special about their mango that's different from the usual mango in Indonesia.

How much?
THB 30-60

Where to find?
Almost in every night market in Thailand

#5 Skewered Meat

Who can resist those sight? Various skewered meat(s) are displayed on the stall and waiting for you to grab them. Cheap and delicious indeed!

How much?
THB 10-40

Where to find?
Almost in every night market in Thailand, I bought mine at night market in Phuket

#6 Pad Thai
Pad Thai

One of the iconic Thai cuisines, Pad Thai is basically fried noodles or rice noodles with veggies, meat and Thai sauce. It tasted simply delicious and leave a clean taste afterward. Are they using magical wok to create this goodness?

How much?
THB 40

Where to find?
Almost in every night market in Thailand, I bought mine at night market in Phuket

#7 Tom Yum Goong

Another iconic Thai cuisine, Tom Yum Goong is basically Thai-style hot creamy soup served with cilantro, herbs and various seafood. Actually, it's not that spicy as you thought, if you can stand eating Balinese food, this one will be easy for you.

How much?
THB 80

Where to find?
Almost in every night market in Thailand, I bought mine at night market in Phuket

#8 Noodle Soup
Noodle Soup

Honestly, I was taken aback when this food was served, I mean just look at those bloody red soup and I could even spot pig's blood inside. I'm not a big fan of intestines and blood but surprisingly this one tasted pretty decent. I'm loving the fish cakes and fried tofu inside the soup along with the springy noodle.

How much?
THB 50

Where to find?
Phuket Old Town

#9 Kuay Chap

Another intimating dish that I had, I always thought kuay chap would be like the famous instant kuay chap that I used to have with clear and peppery soup. This one is definitely not my cup of tea as it had strong herbal flavor and fully filled with various intestines.

How much?
THB 60

Where to find?
Platinum Shopping Mall Food Court

#10 Pork Noodle Soup

The pork noodle soup consists of instant noodle or rice noodle, pork meat and herbs. It tasted pretty delicious and this one definitely suit my palate. If you couldn't stand the strong smell of their herbs, do tell them not to put too much of it.

How much?
THB 60

Where to find?
- Humble street food stall in Pattaya beach (picture above)
- Restaurant in Hua Hin near the bus stop (picture below)

#11 Convenience Store Snack
Kit Kat

You can never miss going to convenience store when you visit another country, because they always have so much different and unique items.

How much?
Various

Where to find?
Family Mart, Seven Eleven and other convenience store across Thailand

#12 Crispy Pork Rice

I freaking love crispy pork and I'm glad that there are a lot of restaurants that serves crispy pork over rice in Thailand. A must-have for pork lovers!

How much?
THB 70

Where to find?
Almost in every night market in Thailand, I bought mine at secluded night market in Pattaya

Carbonara Pie

I guess that's all that I could share and I do hope these information will help you especially for those who are planning to go to Thailand sometimes soon. If you have any questions, you can drop me an email or comment below, I'd be happy to help!

I'd like to wish Happy New Year 2017 for all of the readers and I'll see you guys on the next post in 2017 with more food and travel experience!

Cheers,
Paulus

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Pondok Ikan Bakar Khas Kalimantan (Tapos, Depok)

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As a food blogger, many people think that I only dine and eat at fancy restaurant with steep price and to be honest, that's quite frustrating for me. In fact, I don't mind to eat at humble stall on the street as long as the food is good and I really love finding hidden gems. Talking about hidden gems, have you ever heard about this legendary "Grilled Catfish in Bamboo"? It's one of specialty dish from Pondok Ikan Bakar Khas Kalimantan. It is located at Tapos area, if you come from Jakarta, you can take the exit at Cimanggis gate and you'll arrive here without any problem!



The restaurant itself is quite big and spacious, I reckon they could accommodate up to 100 people in total. I do recommend you to make reservation especially if you are planning to come on weekend because despite it hidden and remote location, the restaurant usually fully filled with crowd. I know it might be hard to believe, but you will believe it once you tried their food. Like people said, there must be a reason why the restaurant is packed with people.

Let's get started with their food!

Ikan Patin Bakar Bambu / Grilled Catfish in Bamboo (IDR 140k/kg)
Grilled Catfish in Bamboo


Grilled Catfish in Bamboo is their specialty food which is basically marinated catfish tucked inside bamboo and then grilled to perfection. The spices that they use to marinate the catfish was indeed special, it was a tad spicy and flavorful. Even better, it managed to get rid the fishy smell of the fish itself. I might not be a big fan of seafood, but strangely, I love this dish.

Mix your rice along with the catfish spice and they indescribable "Sambal Mangga" (Mango Chili). You're going to taste heaven in your mouth! (beware as the chili was quite spicy)

Mango Chili

Karedok (IDR 15k)
Karedok

Karedok is raw mixed vegetable salad drenched in peanut sauce. Not a big fan of veggies (especially the raw one), but this one tasted pretty decent with strong peanut flavor.

Kelapa Muda / Young Coconut Drink (IDR 15k)
Young Coconut Drink


The Young Coconut Drink was served in a huge glass and served along with sugar syrup so you can adjust the sweetness by yourself. The coconut was fresh and refreshing with generous amount of coconut flesh.

Young Coconut Drink

Overall, I had a wonderful lunch at Pondok Ikan Bakar Khas Kalimantan, the food tasted wonderful, the place is nice and the service was okay. By the time I write this post, I have been to this place for 3 times, I guess that describes how good the place is. Best of luck!

Pondok Ikan Bakar Khas Kalimantan
Jl. Raya Tapos No. 1, Tapos, Depok
(021) 87911037

Opening Hours:
Mon - Sun : 10.00 - 20.00

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Waroeng Mama Ong (Blok M, Jakarta)

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Waroeng Mama Ong is a restaurant that serves various fusion cuisine and they just recently launched several new rice bowls menu. Waroeng Mama Ong is located at Ruko Simprug Gallery, exactly accross Binus School. It might be quite hard to find the place as it was a little bit hidden and you have to enter the restaurant from the Ruko Simprug Gallery area.

Interior
Interior
Interior
Interior
Decoration
Interior

The place itself is quite big and spacious, I reckon they can accommodate up to 50 people in total. The decoration was trendy yet cozy at the same time as I wouldn't mind to spend whole day in here. One thing to be noted is their amazing service, all of the servers was really kind and attentive as they gave me what I need before I asked them. (I hope they didn't do so because they knew that I am a blogger!)

Let's get started with their food!

Beef Mushroom Rice Bowl (IDR 42k)
Beef Mushroom Rice Bowl

Beef Mushroom Rice Bowl is one of their newest menu which consists of marinated beef topped with thick mushroom sauce, salad, sunny side up and crackers. I have to say that this one definitely exceeded my expectation, everything inside the bowl got along very well and I love the creamy and flavorful mushroom sauce!

Beef Mushroom Rice Bowl

Garlic Cheese Bread (IDR 23k)
Garlic Cheese Bread

Garlic Cheese Bread is a perfect choice for those who had crush on garlic and cheese (like I am!). Can you imagine the garlic toast topped with gooey melted cheese? Perfection!

Food

Overall, I had a great lunch at Waroeng Mama Ong, the food tasted pretty delicious, the service was amazing and the place is nice. I guess I have to say that they are not really located in strategic area which is a shame because their food was pretty decent. Nevertheless, I wish best of luck for Waroeng Mama Ong and thanks for having me!

Waroeng Mama Ong
Ruko Simprug Gallery, Jl. Teuku Nyak Arif 10, Blok M, Jakarta
0898 8999840

Opening Hours:
Mon - Sun : 08.00 - 22.00

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Home Brew Coffee (Alam Sutera, Tangerang)

by 2:03:00 PM


Home Brew Coffee is a coffee shop located at Alam Sutera area nearby Flavor Bliss and Living World Shopping MallHome Brew Coffee also serves various kind of light bites, main course and dessert aside the coffee. (great!) It is located on the 3rd floor of the building, so you have to take an elevator (or stairs if you'd like to!). 

Home Brew
Interior
Flower Pot
Decoration
Home Brew

I have to say that I was pretty impressed when I came to this place as it's full of natural lighting and decorated perfectly. The coffee shop is spacious with private rooms available for private dining or private party. As it's near Christmas season, there were big Christmas tree and decoration placed near the entrance of the coffee shop.

Let's get started with their food!

Stuffed Chicken (IDR 70k)
Stuffed Chicken

I seriously never expect much from the main course in the coffee shop, but I was definitely wrong this time. The stuffed chicken was super duper good and delicious! The chicken breast was stuffed with mushrooms, veggies and melted cheese, served in a hot frying pan along with baked tomato and baguette. Oh I'm craving for this now!

Monte Cristo (IDR 66k)
Monte Cristo

Monte Cristo is basically fried ham and cheese sandwich and I'm glad that they done it perfectly! They were being pretty generous with the cheese and I love the crispiness from the bread crust. I know I have said this frequently, but every food with cheese just can't go wrong!

Hot Mocha (IDR 44k)
Hot Mocha

Hot Mocha is one of their coffee selection and as a non-coffee lover I found this one tasted pretty decent. The coffee flavor was a bit strong with a hint of chocolate flavor.

Overall, I had a pleasant experience at Home Brew Coffee, the food tasted unexpectedly delicious, the place had a great ambiance and the service was okay. I really wouldn't mind to spend all day in this coffee shop as it felt really homey and nice! Last but not least, best of luck for Home Brew Coffee!


Home Brew Coffee
Jl. Alam Utama No. 1, Serpong Utara, Tangerang
0816 915188

Opening Hours:
Mon - Sun : 08.00 - 21.00

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