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Jia (Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta)

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Jia is a contemporary Chinese dining and one of the newest restaurant by Shangri-La Hotel. You might notice that there is one restaurant that went missing with the addition of Jia. (yes it's Shang Palace) They decided to create a brand new restaurant with varieties of new menu and cozy yet youthful interior that's suitable for every age.






The interior was pretty much indicates Chinese restaurant with red-colored decoration (because it's still in Chinese New Year vibe!) and round table. The light inside the restaurant was pretty dim with wooden interior dominating the restaurant. Despite being a newcomer in the industry, I could see that they managed to attract many people as it was fully booked during my visit (wow!)

Without further ado, let's get started with their food!

Signature Peking Duck (Whole - IDR 398k or Half - IDR 218k)
Signature Peking Duck

Signature Peking Duck is one of their specialty and please keep in mind that pre-order is required for this menu because it took around 45 minutes to serve this food. The duck skin was perfectly crispy and nicely flavored without nutty smell. Oh, and you can choose the second way to eat the remaining duck meat and I chose myself the "Wrapped in Lettuce" one and it tasted super good!

Crispy Fried Beef in Honey Sauce (IDR 58k)
Crispy Fried Beef in Honey Sauce

One of the best appetizer(s) that you really have to order! The crispy fried beef tasted like beef jerky with perfect crispness and the sweet honey sauce just made everything better!

Crispy Fried Beef in Honey Sauce

Steamed Shrimp Dumplings topped with Bird's Nest and Tobiko (IDR 98k)
Steamed Shrimp Dumplings topped with Bird's Nest and Tobiko

One of their premium dimsum selection with the so-called bird's nest that will definitely do a good thing for your health. It tasted pretty delicious and I'm loving the green-colored dumpling skin!

Dimsum

Steamed Custard Buns with Salted Egg Yolk (IDR 32k)
Steamed Custard Bun with Salted Egg Yolk

I just love how they make those cute eyes for the dimsum (lol!). It's basically a bun filled with gooey and heavenly delicious salted egg yolk paste, it's definitely one of the must-have menu for those who love salted egg.

Steamed Soup Pork Dumpling (IDR 32k)
Steamed Soup Pork Dumpling

Steamed Soup Pork Dumpling or also known as Xiao Long Bao is dimsum with soup inside the dumpling skin. You have to bite the corner of it and slurp the soup before you eat the whole dimsum to enjoy it at its best!

Steamed Soup Pork Dumpling

Crispy Roasted Pork (IDR 98k)
Crispy Roasted Pork

Crispy Roasted Pork is definitely a sinful treats that everyone loves. Their version was served in a pretty plating and I love the crispness of the skin.(imagine if you're eating it and it sounds like "crkk" when you bite it, lovely!)

Crispy Roasted Pork

Si Chuan Dandan La Mian Noodle Soup with Pork (IDR 68k)
Si Chuan Dandan Noodle Soup with Pork

One of their selection of noodle soup(s) that consists of minced pork with spicy soup. It tasted pretty delicious although I didn't find the soup to be spicy at all which might be good for those who can't handle spicy food!

Deep Fried Swan with Almond Sauce (IDR 32k)
Deep Fried Swan with Almond Sauce

You just can't deny that presentation is one of the most important aspects in food these days. I mean, just look at those cute swan on the plate! The pastry was filled with generous amount of almond sauce which has perfect level of sweetness!

Dimsum

Overall, I had a wonderful lunch at Jia, the food tasted delicious, the service was amazing and the place is great. I have to say that I'm quite shocked when I saw that the price of their food was so affordable despite it's being a hotel restaurant. I could see that they will become very crowded in the near future so you'd better make reservation before you go there. Last but not least, best of luck for Jia and thanks for having me!

Jia 
Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta, Lantai 1, Jl. Jend. Sudirman, Sudirman, Jakarta
(021) 29229999

Opening Hours:
Mon - Sun : 11.30 - 14.30; 18.00 - 22.30

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Ming by Tunglok (Senayan City, Jakarta)

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Ming by Tunglok (or formerly known as Little Ming or Ming Dining) is a Chinese restaurant by Tunglok group (the same group that manages Dancing Crab) which is located at Senayan City. Apparently, they decided to change their name again to highlight their specialty as Chinese restaurant that's perfect to dine in with family, especially as the "Chinese New Year" is getting closer.

Interior
Interior
Interior
Red Pocket
Yu Shang

Interior-wise, the restaurant was simple yet cozy and I could see that the lighting gets better compared to their previous design. There are several VIP rooms for those who would like to experience private dining here. 

Let's get started with their food!

Yu Shang (IDR 388k (S) / IDR 488k (L))
Yu Shang

Yu Shang is an old Chinese traditions which symbolizing abundance, prosperity and vigor. It consists of various cold ingredients such as turnip, carrot, sesame seeds, parsley, jellyfish, ginger, etc. It was meant to be served cold as an appetizer. The interesting part is when the process of adding ingredients and mixing the ingredients begin, as new year wishes was also being told during these part.

Adding Salmon
Adding Gold Cracker

And here's the fun part, mixing all the ingredients and be prepared to have messy table!
Mixing Ingredients

Prawn Steak with Black Pepper Mayonnaise Sauce
Prawn Steak with Black Pepper Mayonnaise Sauce

Forget about the traditional plating for fried shrimp dumpling that you've seen before, because they definitely brought the prawn steak to the next level with pretty plating. The prawn steak might be small, but trust me, it was fully filled with plump and delicious prawn meat, not to mention the super good black pepper mayonnaise sauce!

Stir-Fried Pork with Zhen Jiang Style
Stir Fried Pork with Zhen Jiang Style

The Stir Fried Pork was marinated with traditional spices and black vinegar and it tasted heavenly delicious. The pork meat was super tender with right amount of fat and I love how the seasoning was pretty bold yet not too overwhelming. Seriously, you have to try this one if you happen to pay a visit here, because it's definitely worth it!

Black Pepper Beef
Black Pepper Beef

Their Black Pepper Beef tasted pretty delicious with a strong hint of black pepper flavor. It tasted pretty decent and plus point for the tenderness of the beef.

Noodle Soup with Smoked Duck Meat
Noodle Soup with Smoked Duck Meat

The Noodle Soup with Smoked Duck Meat tasted unexpectedly delicious despite it simple yet humble presentation. The broth was thick and rich although I found the smoked duck was a little bit tough.

Overall, I had a great early Chinese New Year lunch at Ming by Tunglok, the food tasted delicious, the service was great and the place is nice. It's great to see that they manage to keep the consistency of their food and I could see myself coming back to this restaurant in the future. Best of luck and thanks for having me, Ming by Tunglok!

Ming by Tunglok
Senayan City, Lantai 3, Jl. Asia Afrika, Senayan, Jakarta
(021) 72781627

Opening Hours:
Mon - Sun : 10.00 - 22.00

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Yamagoya Ramen (Baywalk Mall, Jakarta)

by 11:37:00 AM


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)

by 12:51:00 PM


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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