Food Truck Festival

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2. Street Ramyun
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3. Food Stop20140822_183250

4. Taco Truck 20140822_18351420140822_183619

5. Amerigo 20140822_18352520140822_183612

6. Tabanco Coffee 20140822_1835497. Retro Gourmet
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Street Steak

Street Steak is a newly opened steak restaurant in Kelapa Gading, which turned out that it used to run under the name Bobby Steak. 20140829_123404 20140829_123726

The interior design matches the name. The alley between rows of tables is designed as street. There is a green board indicating direction of kitchen, toilet, cashier, just like traffic road signs.
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Free appetizer
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I ordered Wall Street Steak – 200 grams wagyu tenderloin marble 5+ 20140829_124900

We tried two kinds of sauce: BBQ (left) and black pepper (right). The sauces were too bland. 20140829_12492320140829_124959

Free dessert pudding 20140829_130605

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Wall Street Steak = IDR 156.000

Mooncake 月饼

The Mid Autumn Festival 中秋节 falls on September 8 this year. There is a tradition of gathering as family, enjoying full moon and eating mooncake on that day.

I saw this adorable elephant mooncake at Pacific Place Hong Kong.

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There are two big categories of mooncake: baked and snowskin. Here is a general anatomy of baked mooncake. 20140831_072017

Here is an example of baked mooncake in an innovative shape. pig-moon-cake-1

Hello Kitty Mooncakes

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Hello Kitty Baked Mooncake

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Hello Kitty Snowskin Mooncake Hello Kitty snowskin mooncake0

Indonesian version of mooncake (kue bulan): pia or bakpia. There are differences between Indonesian mooncake and Chinese traditional mooncake:

  • Fillings. Chinese traditional mooncake is filled with lotus seed paste, but it is more expensive and harder to find in Indonesia, so we replace it with variants of fillings: chocolate, cheese, durian, pineapple, cempedak (jackfruit) and many more.
  • Crust. The chewy crust of Chinese traditional mooncake is made of alkali (lye) water, thick sugar syrup (maltose), flour and oil, while Indonesian mooncake only use flour, oil and sugar so that the texture is more similar to puff pastry.
  • Color. The color of bakpia is white, but the traditional mooncake is reddish brown.

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Other regions in Indonesia also has its own version of bakpia; for instance, Bali has Pia Legong,  and Jogja has Bakpia Pathuk.

Pasar Santa

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Pasar Santa is redesigned to relocate Pedagang Kaki Lima “PKL” (street vendors). The building has three floors, consists of 1.151 kiosks, each kiosk is 2*2 m.  20140830_163322 20140830_163501

We stopped by at this petit coffee shop run by a foreigner called Obsessive Coffee Disorder (OCD). 20140830_16405920140830_163831

The menu is very simple, it is written on a narrow blackboard.
20140830_163853 20140830_163904We had a glass of Cold Brew Tea (left, light brown) and a glass of Cold Brew Coffee (right, dark brown). The cold brew tea is composed of tea from nitrogen machine, ice cubes, fresh lime, and simple syrup. The cold brew coffee is shaken with ice cubes and simple syrup.
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While making our orders, the owner / barista told us story of how he started this business and the variants of drinks available. Everything is handmade in his shop, including the bar table, ceiling, and so on. The takeaway paper cup is hand-stamped with OCD logo. The owner said that it is his family project, in which all members of his family are involved in the process. So sweet. He inspired me to have my own couple / family project in the future. 20140830_163855 20140830_164724 20140830_164811

There are two other coffee shops: A Bunch of Caffeine Dealers (ABCD) and Gayobies Kopi.20140830_16351820140830_164834 20140830_16484220140830_163533 20140830_16485820140830_16364420140830_163552

Pasaraya Blok M

It was my first time going to Pasaraya Blok M. The purpose our my visit was to find batik for my mum’s birthday, but turned out we spent more time looking for Riri’s batik, eating lunch, and grocery shopping.

On the third floor, you can find handicraft, souvenirs, paintings, puppets, cravings, silverware, gems and jewelries.

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The “congklak” (mancala) board shape is different from regular ones. I’d like to buy this traditional game and “angklung” (traditional music instrument) for displays in Java Japa. 20140830_133056  20140830_144556

I like the table lamp with batik pattern. The wayang table lamp is also nice, but I’m scared of wayang. 20140830_144914

On the second floor is dedicated to Batik Indonesia, where you can find exotic batik from all over Indonesia, from various brands, including Danar Hadi, Batik Keris, etc.

LG floor is my favourite floor, which has Pasar Kopi Indonesia, Kresna BaliDapuRaya, and Bali Gourmet.20140830_154006 20140830_145229 20140830_145243

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There’s also another vendor selling coffee from Toraja, as you can see clearly from the miniature of Toraja’s traditional house. 20140830_153723Kresna Bali reminds me of Krisna Shops in Bali.   20140830_153415 20140830_153425

Bali Gourmet is a grocery store with many import items. I like how it has sections of Fresh Produce, Fromage (Cheese) and Butcher Shop with its own unique decoration. 20140830_145306 20140830_154129 20140830_154217

There’s seating area near the CDF bakery of Bali Gourmet.20140830_145312

We bought pretty Batik gift box from this gift wrap store in front of Bali Gourmet called Buntel Kado. 20140830_153730

I’d like to take my mum here, and I’m sure she could spend entire day on the second and third floor.

DapuRaya

DapuRaya is a food court inside Pasaraya Blok M. It is huge. At a glance, it is similar to Eat & Eat, but after you look closer, the two food courts have their own characteristics.  20140830_145334

I really love the interior. The ceilings and pillars look very artistic. Each section has its own interior theme, such as colourful windows on the ceiling, umbrellas on the ceiling, bird nests on the ceiling, batik lanterns, batik fabrics as wall decoration and red brick walls (Riri’s favourite interior material). 20140830_14534220140830_14552920140830_15061820140830_14575520140830_15324120140830_150337

This food court offers various Indonesian cuisine from Sabang to Merauke. The vendors in booths mainly sell main course, and the vendors using carts mostly sell snacks and desserts. There are total of more than 50 vendors. Wow! 20140830_14563420140830_145426

This dessert cart is quite interesting, as all the serving bowls look like real  coconut shells.  20140830_145542 20140830_145554

You need to purchase vouchers before doing any transaction inside this food court, and you may refund if there is extra vouchers. Eat&Eat use the card system with deposit, and you may top up when the balance is inadequate. 20140830_150531For appetizer, I ordered Tahu Gejrot. The method of making Tahu Gejrot is still very traditional, just like in its birth place – Cirebon. Unfortunately, the tofu is not served on clay plate.

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For main course, I ordered from Soto Kwali Damar Hadi. There are two options of meat: beef or chicken. I picked chicken soup.

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The batik fabric makes the preparation trays look elegant. 20140830_151105

Riri had a hard time deciding what to eat since there were too many options. Thatha recommended Nasi Goreng Kebuli although she had never tried before. The rice is fried with “minyak samin” (Indians call it Ghee), topped with lamb and raisins.  20140830_151438

Riri tempted to order Kolak Durian (durian and sticky rice in a thick coconut milk gravy) since he is a big fan of this king of fruit.

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I like how the whole dessert bowl was fresh, didn’t taste artificial and the sweetness level was just right. The coconut milk wasn’t greasy, and the durian wasn’t smelly at all. I like the sticky rice. 20140830_15192920140830_152352             

Bubur Ayam Khas Brebes Bang Jaya

Unlike other street congee vendors, Bubur Ayam Spesial Brebes Berhias (Bang Jaya), is located in a “ruko” (building) with seating area in Pesanggrahan, Puri Indah. 20140830_200801

The cart size is bigger than the size of usual mobile street congee vendors. 20140830_201154There’s an interesting menu: “Bubur Ga Pake Ayam” (Porridge without Chicken). They also offer delivery with an extra charge of IDR 5.000.

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They offer many kinds of satay, including “Telur Muda” / “Uritan” (Young Egg / Unfinished Egg), which is an egg is taken out of a hen but hasn’t fully formed. 20140830_200250

I ordered Bubur Ayam 1 Porsi (Full portion of chicken congee). This chicken congee is indeed very special. The soup broth is very tasty, the chicken is flavoured and the congee is thick. 20140830_200259

Also, the chilli is spicy. 20140830_200341   Although the serving bowl looks expensive, but the food price here is actually very reasonable compared to its quality. 20140830_201159

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Bubur Ayam 1 Porsi = IDR 13.000

Aqua botol =  IDR 4.000

Nasi Uduk Ibu Jum

Nasi Uduk Ibu Jum is one of hidden gems in Kelapa Gading, but it’s only open at night and while it’s not raining. It is located across BPK Penabur Kelapa Gading. Although it is considered as “warung” / street food, but the guests mostly come in cars. IMG_780620140829_19025520140829_184638

The seating area is all outdoor with sunbrella sponsored by Nu Green Tea. 20140829_185015

They even provide a Musholla / praying room for Muslims.

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And children playground… 20140829_190249

Moreover, live music!

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The chilli was awesome! It was still hot while I held the container.  20140829_185335

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Sayur 4 macam = IDR 18.000

Aqua gelas =  IDR 1.000

Total = IDR 19.000

MBTI Personality Test

Riri gave me a link to take the MBTI Personality Test. Here is my result.

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A famous quote for ESFP-ers marilyn-monroe-selfish-quoteSome descriptions of ESFP that apply to me:

  • born entertainers
  • love the spotlight – chat with a unique and earthy wit
  • enjoy the simplest thing
  • no greater joy than just having fun with a good group of friends
  • have the strongest aesthetic sense of any personality type
  • naturally curious – explore new design and style with ease
  • observant and very sensitive to others’ emotion
  • love drama and passion
  • rely more on luck and opportunities
  • dislike complex analysis, repetitive tasks and matching data points to real consequences
  • share emotions through good times and bad with friends and loved ones

ESFP Strengths

  • Bold. ESFPs want to experience things, to try everything there is to try. They do not mind going outside their comfort zone or exploring something that others are reluctant to do. Strongly Agree 
  • Original. ESFP personalities like to experiment and enjoy standing out in the crowd. They do not really care about traditions or what other people expect them to do. Strongly Agree 
  • Excellent people skills. ESFPs tend to be very witty and talkative—they would never run out of things to discuss. They also strongly dislike being alone and enjoy communicating with other people whenever possible. Agree 
  • Great sense of aesthetics and beauty. ESFPs are very artistic, especially when it comes to entertaining other people; this personality type is unmatched in this area. Agree
  • Practical. ESFPs are interested only in practical matters. They dislike theoretical or philosophical discussions, seeing them as a waste of their time. Strongly Agree 
  • Very observant. ESFP personalities live in the present moment and focus exclusively on what is happening “here and now.” They find it easy to notice real, tangible things and changes. Agree

ESFP Weaknesses

  • Find it difficult to focus. ESFPs get bored very quickly and want to stay entertained and excited for as long as possible, regardless of the situation. Not surprisingly, they are likely to find it difficult to deal with tasks that require patience, focus, and dedication. Strongly Agree 
  • Very sensitive. People with this personality type are extremely expressive and emotional, making no efforts to conceal their feelings. They are likely to react very emotionally in the face of criticism or if they are pushed into a corner and are unable to make a decision. Strongly Agree
  • Poor planners. ESFPs rarely think about the future and are more concerned about the present moment, refusing to worry about the next steps or potential consequences.  Barely Agree
  • Always seek excitement. ESFPs take risks and are often self-indulgent, putting the pleasures of the present above stability or long-term plans. Agree
  • Have difficulties in the academic environment. ESFPs see school as a waste of time. They are far more interested in creative, practical things as well as socializing. People with this personality type are likely to find it difficult to stick to schedules and put in enough effort to succeed in the academic environment. Strongly Disagree
  • Loathe conflicts. ESFP personalities do everything they can to ignore potential conflicts, often pretending to be interested or concerned, but then going on to do something they see as fun. Strongly Agree

ESFP Relationships

  • ESFPs often enjoy dating someone without thinking about the next steps or long-term plans. FALSE
  • They will always come up with new and exciting things to do, will be able to talk about everything and everybody (as long as you stay away from philosophical or scientific topics). TRUE. Also stay away from political topics. 
  • Even if the ESFP is very committed to their partner today, that does not guarantee that they will not seriously consider breaking off the relationship after a week. Maybe. Only if the partner is not worth fighting for. 
  • ESFPs are very vulnerable to conflicts and are likely to react very badly if someone says something negative about their relationship or, even worse, if their own partner criticizes them for any reasonTRUE
  • ESFPs personalities are very emotional, and they also prefer to take things at face value instead of trying to guess the motives and reasoning behind them. Consequently, ESFPs are deeply offended by any criticism and may get frustrated even further if the other person tries to take emotions out of the equation by saying that the ESFP should not take this personally or that they are reacting irrationally etc. TRUE
  • ESFPs are also likely to be quite materialistic. FALSE
  • Less mature ESFPs also have a tendency to care too much about social status and their friends’ perception of their relationship. Maybe. Not to the extent of updating Facebook / Twitter / Path status, only care about how the partner acts the same when in public vs in private
  • From the sexual perspective, ESFP personalities are very affectionate, inquisitive, and open-minded partners. They enjoy physical intimacy immensely, and this is clearly visible in all ESFP relationships, as long as their partners are willing to reciprocate. ESFPs are very sexual beings, and they also love sharing that pleasure with their partners. [Secret hihihi]  
  • ESFPs are very enthusiastic, direct, and affectionate partners. Their relationships are likely to be based on simple, pure, down-to-earth love and focus on small everyday pleasures. TRUE
  • Preferred partners: ISFJ and ISTJ types, as their Introversion (I) and Judging (J) traits counterbalance ESFPs’ Extraversion (E) and Prospecting (P) traits. Riri is INTJ