First Video Collaboration with Narasi.TV

Since I moved and living together with my husband here in Rouen, France, I always missed Indonesian food. And so do him. He fell in love with Indonesian food since the first time he tried Indonesian Nasi Goreng.

Then he told me, there is an Indonesian food truck that sells nearby his University which caught our eyes and our stomach, of course. Therefore, we would like to introduce you to the Indonesian Food Truck which is very famous here in our city!

Here we present you our friend who sells Indonesian food in Rouen, France.

LE JAVA BALI!

Thank you, Narasi TV team!

Honeymoon Series #6 : Nge-Hitz di ‘Cafe In Hit Coffee Shop’, Labuan Bajo

Finally, here is another recommended place for you to hang out in Labuan Bajo, Flores!

Jadi, hari terakhir di Labuan Bajo, setelah 3 hari 2 malam living on board, kita (khususnya saya) pengennya cuma mau leha-leha aja deh! Jadilah, akhirnya ngopi adalah our top priority untuk berleha-leha di Labuan Bajo. Selain karena, sepengen itu minum kopi asli Flores, sejujurnya di otak saya waktu itu bawaannya pengen nulis dan nulis melulu. Karena banyaaak yang mau dibagi setelah liburan ke Yogyakarta dan Labuan Bajo bersama (ehem!) suami tercinta.

“I just really need an iced cappuccino and maybe bit writing on my laptop!” that was exactly my answer, when he asked what do you want to do today.

Emang ya, dasar orang INFJ, emang cuma paling bisa curhat lewat tulisan-tulisan. Siapa yang setuju?

Acung!!!

Untungnya suami juga sama-sama INFJ, walaupun dia sebenarnya lebih ke tipe more into adventures sih, jadi ya dia setuju aja kalau hari itu kita akan ngopi-ngopi di kafe tok!

Setelah Googling coffee shop atau tempat nongkrong apa yang cozy dan kopinya enak, juga lokasinya tidak terlalu jauh dari hotel. Akhirnya, jatuhlah pada pilihan ngopi di Cafe In Hit Coffee Shop. Tempatnya emang enak banget, cocok sih buat yang emang mau ngopi sekaligus hangout atau hanya sembari ‘kerja’ di depan laptop. Dekorasinya lebih menggunakan semen concrete dan industrial, which is emang kekinian dan sesuai namanya, hitz banget! (gimana gaes bahasanya udah anak Selatan banget belum?! Hahaha)

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Barista-nya ramah-ramah & bersedia sharing cerita soal kopi

Oh iya, kalau kalian beruntung, kalian juga bisa nemuin buku bacaan favorit kalian di kafe ini. Lihat aja koleksi buku disini, lumayan banyak kan? Mereka sengaja menyediakan buku-buku untuk bacaan para pengunjungnya, yang sengaja dikumpulkan dari hasil sumbangan para turis yang datang di kafe maupun yang memang gak sengaja ketinggalan di kafe.

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Koleksi buku-bukunya yang juga membuat dekorasinya menjadi lebih artsy. Mereka juga jual kopi asli Flores dan sekitarnya loh, baik yang sudah berbentuk powder maupun masih biji kopi

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Suami yang setia banget nungguin nulis sambil baca buku kesukaannya yang dia temukan di display. Laaavv ❤

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Area toilet tepat di atas tangga. The quotes pun ❤

Untuk soal minuman, variasi menu yang ditawarkan juga lumayan banyak, mulai dari black coffee hingga beragam pilihan minuman frappe. Selain minuman, mereka juga menjual light meal seperti; sandwich, banana cake, muesli, salad, dan sebagainya. Waktu itu saya dan suami sempat mencoba Ice Cappucinno, Ice Coffee Machiato, dan Ice Green Tea Frappe!

Ice cappucinno nya aja udah bedaaaa banget rasanya sama cappucinno yang biasa kita minum di Starbucks ataupun di coffee shop lain di Jakarta. Rasa kopinya…. DUH! Sampe gak bisa berkata-kata lagi deh.. pas ditanya, ternyata kopi yang dipakai kopi Flores dan Manggarai.

Untuk harga sih, relatif sama ya dengan harga kopi-kopi di Jakarta, sekitar 30.000-an keatas, tapi soal kualitas kopi? Gak diragukan lagi deh. No perez ya, ini honest review…

Kalau soal suasana, asik dan lagu-lagunya juga top 40s punya. Untuk area kafe terbagi 2, ada yang indoor area juga outdoor, sayangnya gak terlalu banyak kursi yang disediakan di dalam, karena lokasi baristanya aja udah lumayan memakan tempat. Walaupun tidak terlalu besar, sebenarnya lumayan banget untuk nongkrong sama teman, keluarga atau pasangan yang emang cuma mau sekadar ngopi sambil chit-chat!

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All you need is love and a good cup of coffee, indeed.

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Notes dan testimony yang dituliskan oleh pengunjung

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We are in a paradise, wifi is just a bonus

Jadilah, kita lumayan lama banget stay disana, bahkan sampai hampir sunset! Suami saya asik tenggelam dengan buku yang dia temukan di kafe tersebut, saya juga udah asik sendiri dengan laptop. Dari awalnya kita duduk-duduk di dalam, karena ber-AC dan lumayan untuk ngadem dari panasnya matahari di Labuan Bajo, sampai akhirnya sore-sore kita pindah keluar sekalian cari angin dan ganti suasana.

Oh ya, lokasinya pun berada tepat di sebelah Le Pirate Hotel dan Restaurant yang sudah sempat saya review juga.

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Baca juga: Honeymoon Series #2: Le Pirate Restaurant, Labuan Bajo, Flores – Indonesia (Review)

Address: Jl. Soekarno Hatta, Labuan Bajo, Flores 86554 

Opening Hours: 6.30 AM – 10.00 PM

Estimated price: 20.000 – 70.000 IDR

Honeymoon Series #2: Le Pirate Restaurant, Labuan Bajo, Flores – Indonesia (Review)

Rooftop bar with a view

Feels like we were in Bali, that’s what I thought when we visited this restaurant. Located in the central part of Labuan Bajo, Le Pirate restaurant has four floors which the Ground Floor is the hotel reception, 1st floor is the main restaurant, 2nd floor is the Le Pirate hotel and the 3rd floor is the rooftop bar. I also wanted to book their hotel during our stay in Labuan Bajo, but last time it was full-booked on the dates we were there.

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Le Pirate Restaurant was taken after dinner

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Le Pirate restaurant interior design

We went there to have our early-dinner time on our first day in Labuan Bajo. We ordered two pad thai, vegetable one for my husband and seafood one for me, Vietnam spring roll, and 2 lemon squash. It was around 4 or 5 pm in the afternoon, so it was less people.

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Food we ordered

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Seafood pad Thai

For me, the price quite pricey both for food and drinks, almost similar price in Jakarta and Bali, to be honest. For the taste of the pad thai itself, was quite good. I could say 7.5 out of 10. The Vietnam rolls were so-so, 7 out of 10.

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Vietnam Spring Rolls

We also went to the rooftop bar just to see the view of Labuan Bajo harbour from above. There were a small swimming pool and some places just to relax and lay down your body. You can also buy and enjoy cocktails drinks from the bar.

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Source: Le Pirate website

I will recommend you to visit Le Pirate restaurant if you want to feel fine dining with a good view also with your loved ones or if you just want to have some good drinks with friends on their rooftop bar. The sunset view was magical!

Location: Jl. Soekarno Hatta, Labuan Bajo, Flores 86554 

Opening Hours: 7.30 AM – 10.30 PM

Estimated price: 30.000 – 100.000 IDR

Honeymoon Series #1: First Impression being a Vegan in Loving Hut, Yogyakarta (Review)

Well, I was in Yogyakarta last month during the familymoon with my husband and his French family. We basically visited some touristic places when we were there, some good cafe and restaurants, as well as did some adventure at Mount Merapi in Yogyakarta. That was 2nd times visit for me and my husband, the first one was just last year. And just last month we have seen quite a lot of changes in Yogyakarta, such as the big pedestrian walk that they built in Malioboro area as well as other new cafe and restaurant. Who does not love to walk in Malioboro? Many street foods, shopping places, souvenir shops, street art performance, etc.

This year, since we visited with his family, we tried to visit a vegan restaurant because they are a true-vegan! Well, I am not a vegetarian nor a vegan, but in this post, I will try to recommend you one of the best vegan restaurant in Yogyakarta (at least from my experience). This vegan restaurant was recommended by my mother-in-law.

The restaurant called, Loving Hut. It is a vegan restaurant, which absolutely not using any animal products. As a human who is basically eat everything (you can call me an omnivore, lol), that was my first time to eat in such kind of restaurant. We went to the Loving Hut Express, the place quite small not like any other restaurant in Yogyakarta, but the location was well located just in the central part of Yogyakarta.

A little bit about the history of this vegan restaurant, since the first restaurant has been established and founded in Taiwan in 2008, the restaurant has been successfully dominating the vegan restaurants in some of the European and Asian countries. Currently, the restaurant has the franchise which spread to 23 countries with more than 155 outlets, including in Indonesia. They also have its franchise in the United States, Canada, Panama, Germany, France, Spain, England, Czech, Austria, Australia, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mongolia, Korea, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.

I was thinking to be a vegetarian or vegan is the scariest and impossible thing to do. Because I just can’t imagine my life without egg, chicken, seafood, cheese, milk, and any animal product (BRB, CRYYY). But since my husband and his family is a vegetarian or even a vegan, so I gave a try to this resto.

WHICH WAS SOOOOOO DELICIEUX….

I have some preference for vegetables and fruits that I usually eat and only some of the vegetables that I can eat it raw, which the rest should be well cooked. And in here, we can choose both the raw or cooked. They even have a cabinet glass which there are so many foods that you can choose for yourself, which for me more like Nasi Campur or Nasi Rames, but still contain vegan products.

I was very curious about the Burger that they have in this restaurant so I ordered it. OMG, when I took the first bite, I feel like I was in a Burger King!

No, it wasn’t exaggerated feeling!

Because the size was quite big and surprisingly the “HAM” was almost exactly the same as in there. Look at this… Sooooo YUMMMMZ!

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Sorry I did not take a proper picture for this, coz its YUMMM

I can be a vegan every day if all the food I eat would be like this.

I was not tried a lot of food in here, but my mother-in-law also loved the salad and juice they have it there, it was all fresh and delicious, as she said! My husband loves the vegan kwetiau and the Seven Seas delight, which contain seitan kind of meat, vegetables and rice.

Here, you can definitely choose and order some kind of food like vegan meatballs, vegan satay, vegan kwetiau and basically almost everything, you name it, they sell the best vegan food with Indonesian taste.

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Image from Google

It was not more like a restaurant but more like a small cafe or warung, since the place is not really big so you have to come earlier or just after dining time or you will have to wait to get the table. The price also very affordable for a good quality and healthy food!

So, for those of you who will come to visit Yogyakarta, you should try to eat in Loving Hut Express!

Location
Loving Hut Express
Jl. Moses Gatotkaca No A18
Gejayan Mrican Yogyakarta
Telp. 0274-562959

(D)roolling cheese by Ojju!

Happy Monday all!

Today, I am gonna show you another happening Korean restaurant in J-town! (red: Jakarta Town).

The restaurant name is Ojju K-Food!

What makes it really special and very happening? It because they have the phenomenal rolling cheese, which will definitely spoil your tongue and mouth!

I went to Ojju K-Food in Gandaria City, unluckily, on the weekend. Why it was unlucky? Because it was very crowd and full of people, even I went there around 2 pm, which is it shouldn’t be very crowd because it was already passed off the lunch time.

But, in fact, I got the queue number and should have to wait for around 25 numbers, which was waited for almost 2 hours! Yes, it was a very crazy queue! But don’t worry, we can track our queue numbers from their website, so we don’t have to wait in front of their restaurant for hours, but you can also do window shopping while waiting for your turn! 😉

And after 2 hours of waiting, it was paid off by this delicious view!

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Rolling Cheese Chicken Wings (Fiery Spicy)

I love this restaurant because of their concept is different from other Korean restaurants in Jakarta, from their interior design, their unique service system, their Korean food menu, and the food taste!

Beside the famous menu of Rolling Cheese Chicken Wings, they also have other main menus, such as Budae Jjigae (Korean ramyeon). FYI, the Budae Jjigae is a Korean army stew dish where you can put various toppings, such as; beef (169K), chicken (149K), seafood (229K) and vegetables (119K) or you can create your own toppings! 😉

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Here is the Budae Jjigae, which you can also ‘create your own’ Budae Jjigae!

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Two choices: Beef Ribs (219K) and Chicken Wings (99K)

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Mikhailov with his shocked’s face when the food came!

Like any other Korean restaurants, they also sell Korean Banchan (Korean small dishes menu); Tteokbokki (rice cake), Ramyeon (Korean noodles),  Dosirak (rice box with 3 choices of chicken, beef and seafood as main dish), Japchae (Korean noodles stir fry) and many more. The price itself very variant from 9K to 89K! I would recommend the Tteokbokki, because it was very tasty, delicious and spicy.

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They started to roll the cheese until it’s melted on the mini stove in our table!

For drinks, they have variant of lemonade, juices, soft drinks, and the famous soju (Korean alcohol drinks). Last time, I chose their signature Corn Tea only for 22K and you can enjoy it approximately for 3-4 person!

They also served us some of the FREE side dishes as complimentary, such as; kimchi, sweet and creamy corn, milky macaroni, and some sour-spicy pickles (cucumber kimchi), where you can see half of the looks in this picture below!

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And this is how we eat! Don’t worry to be dirty, because they provide us with the plastic to eat with our own hand!

For those who is very curious with this Ojju K-Food, you can also find them on their Instagram account @ojju.indo.

Ready to (d)roolling your cheese? Let’s go to Ojju!

Location: UG floor, Gandaria City Mall, South Jakarta (opposite the Sushi Tei)

Opening Hours: 10.00 – 22.00

Estimated price: IDR 50.000 – 250.000 (for 2 person)

On finding Korean spicy ramen in Town!

Haloha! It’s a weekend blast!

Today, I am going to make you very jealous and drooling just because of the food that I really want to share with you.

This weekend, I’ve decided to treat my sister and my nephew in two famous and very happening Korean restaurants in Jakarta. It is located in one of a shopping mall names Gandaria City, South Jakarta.

Almost every people were talking about this two Korean restaurants, one of them was Double Pots! I knew and looked at those pictures about this kind of foods on Instagram, here are their official Instagram account @doublepots. So, at first, we decided to go there yesterday.

Then, voila…

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Korean Spicy Hot Soup (before it’s cooked)

 

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And this is when its already cooked!

Yes, it’s Korean Spicy Hot Soup (with double noodles). It’s very tempting, right?

Anyway, this is one of their special and most favourite ramen/soup dish which contains; fish cake, beef sausage, Shimeji mushrooms, Korean noodle, kimchi, cheese slice, narutomaki (kind of seafood), beef slice, fresh fish balls, mixed vegetables, chikuwa, crab nugget, and seafood tofu. The taste was very tasteful, not too spicy for me who really love spicy food, hahaha. But it’s very recommended!

Besides the Korean Spicy Hot Soup, they also have Beef Hot Soup, since we prefer seafood than beef, so we order the Korean Spicy Hot Soup one! Uuumm yummy :9

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Look at Mikhailov’s excited face!

Besides Korean ramen, they also have any seafood or chicken side dish platter. We chose to order the prawn with salted egg. You can also add-ons some of the side dish in your hot ramen soup, such as; eggs, cheese, noodle, fish cake, and etc.

The price is not too expensive, for the Korean Hot Spicy Soup it was only IDR 78,000 (or equal to $ 6/EUR 5.5) and since the pot/bowl is large enough, so actually you can eat it for two people! (Mine was for 3 people, hahaha). And for the side dish platter the price starting from IDR 40,000 until IDR 60,000 ($ 3/EUR 2.7 – $ 4.4/EUR 4).

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Nomnomnom…

So for all of you who really like to eat Korean ramen and located in South Jakarta or surround, Double Pots available in Gandaria City Mall and Cilandak Town Square. Check this out!

Location: Gandaria City Mall, South Jakarta (next to Pablo Cheesecake)

Opening Hours: 10.00 – 22.00

Estimated price: IDR 40.000 – 150.000

 

Journey to find the Köttbullar, Swedish Meatballs in Stockholm, Sweden

In 2015, I had a chance to go to Stockholm, Sweden, which for me, I never had a dream to go to such a beautiful city. I had a dream to Europe, but then I did not know much about this city and the country. What I really know about the country was… IKEA and their meatballs. Back to 2013, I really like to go to IKEA to bought some cool stuff for my home and my bedroom. But back then, the nearest IKEA that I could visit was only the one in Singapore. Since I was quite often visiting Singapore mostly for my work, so I went there maybe more than five times, either only for eating or bought some stuff.

I was so happy that my senior adviser in my office now, gave me the recommendation to join with one of the biggest Internet Forum which annually been held in Stockholm, Sweden. So, that time I was thinking maybe I should travel more to get to know the city, then I should have to go to the first and original IKEA once I am in Stockholm, Sweden. After long walked and get lost like for more than 2 hours just to find the IKEA shuttle bus in the city centre

And this what I’ve got…

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Spent my first day in Stockholm with this delicious Swedish food

It was different taste with the one that I ate in Singapore last time, hahaha, of course! The meatballs were very tasteful with the Gräddsås (cream sauce), and I love their Lingonsylt (lingonberry jam), also the tasty Potatisimos (mashed potatoes)!

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The tasty Köttbullar

The original meatballs usually used either pork or beef. My favourite, of course, the beef (since I don’t like pork, haha). The Swedish meatballs or köttbullar have been brought to Sweden by King Charles XII, after his exile in Istanbul in 1713. Meatballs and kebabs have long been a staple of Middle Eastern cuisine and have been featured on 196 flavours numerous times. The Swedish word for meatball, köttbullar, first appeared in Swedish print a few decades later in Cajsa Warg’s 1754 cookbook. Anna Christina Warg, better known as Cajsa Warg, is one of the most famous cooks in Swedish history.

Then, they became popular in the United States after the immigration of Scandinavians to the northern Midwest States in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. During that period, more than 1.3 million Swedes migrated to the US.

Anyway, you should not have to go to IKEA only to eat the Köttbullar (like what I did before, lol) because, most of the restaurants in Stockholm or maybe in all over Sweden, also sell it! You even can also cook it by yourself, they also sell it as frozen food at the supermarket and you can find the Lingonsylt easily in IKEA!

This year I will have a chance to go to Stockholm again, and I will try to find another delicious köttbullar in one of the restaurants in there. Does anyone know where should I go? Please, leave your comment here! Tack!

*Tack, Swedish language means thank you!

 

Indonesian traditional snacks #1 – Kue Putu

Hello! Sorry, I’ve been busy this whole week with my full-time job, so I just have my time to write my blog post now. This time, I would like to introduce and to show you how much I really love this kind of Indonesian snack, as my first post about “Foodstruck“. In this section, I will talk more about my favourite food, snack, dessert, cafe, restaurant, or even junk food, which will make you tempted and droll enough only by seeing my pictures and read my explanation about the food.

So here we go!

Does anyone ever taste or knows about kue putu? 

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My snack since I still in childhood!

Yup, that’s the kue putu!

Never underestimate the way Indonesian people steamed my favourite Indonesian snack all the times! I really love this kind of snack very much even since I am still 5 years old. And it will be more delicious to eat once it’s just steamed because you can taste the warm of the rice flour, coconut and the brown sugar which melted inside!

Oh, I really missed that taste!

Why it called kue putu and what does it means? Kue putu is a traditional cylindrical-shaped and green-colored steamed cake, which made of rice flour which sometimes they have two colours, like the green colour from the pandan leaf, filled with palm or brown sugar then usually they steamed it in the bamboo tube like you can see on the picture above and they served with grated coconut.

It’s quite surprising for me, that I just knew actually kue putu is not only sold in Indonesia, but it is also known and commonly found in another Southeast Asian countries, like in Malaysia and Philippines; as well as in the Netherlands which had colonial ties with Indonesia, as informed by one of my Dutch friend.

Trust me, I could eat many of kue putu instead of gorengan (Indonesian snack which goreng in Indonesia is fried). Of course, it because kue putu much healthier than gorengan!

Like 20 years ago, we can easily found kue putu were sold by someone who always pushed his cart and walked around our neighbourhood. But now, it’s extremely very rare to find the cart, moreover if you live in the capital city of Jakarta. Yes, you might still find it in some traditional markets and few street food stalls, but believe me… it is still very rare, hahaha.

I found this one in the picture when I visited Yogyakarta and stayed in Grand Aston Hotel. So, in front of the hotel, I found many street foods, which sometimes it will be a lil bit difficult to find it in Jakarta, one of them was the kue putu. So since I stayed there, I bought kue putu like for four times in a week.

And what I love the most about kue putu because they usually used natural sugar, rather than artificial sugar or sweetener. That is why it’s one of healthy Indonesian traditional snack! 😉