Yesterday was Alex’s birthday, so we made a mini surprise party for him this afternoon. I bought the wrong candle, so there was only “2” on the cake. He turned 29 this year, but I bought the candles with number “27”.
Alex treated us super late lunch at his restaurant, Siapakira. His restaurant serves Indonesian and Chinese cuisine. Judging from the black & white picture below, this restaurant was started in Semarang quite long time ago, maybe during Japanese colonial era. Alex wasn’t sure either, but he said it was closed for a generation before it is open again.
Gado Gado Melayu – This is Pontianak-style gado-gado that you can hardly find in Jakarta. In Pontianak, this dish is called “Selada” (lettuce), and the famous legendary shop is located on Jalan Merapi. Unlike other gado-gado, this version of gado-gado only has one type of green vegetable: lettuce; moreover, unlike other gado-gado sauce that is made of peanuts, this sauce is made of ebi (dried shrimps).
Udang Remah (Shrimp Flakes). I couldn’t stop eating the mysterious flakes. I couldn’t guess what it was made of. I thought it was salty egg with serundeng (grated coconut flakes), but Alex said it wasn’t.
Asam Pedas Kepala Ikan Lais (Sour & Spicy Fish Head Soup). This one is Tina’s favourite dish. She finished the bowl on her own. She loves fish head and sour taste.
Ayam Seroendeng (Chicken with Grated Coconut Flakes)
Es Lilin (Candle Ice) is a traditional ice cream, similar to popsicles, which comes in many interesting flavours: durian, ketan hitam (black glutinous rice), rujak, alpukat (avocado), kelapa (coconut), sirsak (soursop), nangka (jackfruit), kacang merah (red bean), kacang hijau (mung bean), and so on. I’d like to take Riri here, and I know which flavour he would pick. Could Riri guess which flavour Thatha would pick?
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Gado Gado Melayu = IDR 27.500
Asam Pedas Kepala Ikan Lais = IDR 45.000
Ayam Seroendeng = IDR 27.500
Udang Remah = IDR 65.000
Udang Petai Bunga Pepaya = IDR 35.000
Tumis Kangkung = IDR 22.500