OATrageous Breakfast

Experiment 1


  • Australian white oats (Ligo Havermout)
  • Fresh milk (Greenfields)
  • New Zealand Manuka Honey
  • Walnut 20141127_06213120141127_062332

Comment on result: this oat tasted much better than the instant Quaker oat

Experiment 2


  • Australian white oats (Ligo Havermout)
  • Fresh milk (Greenfields)
  • Ginger brown sugar
  • Red jujube 红枣 20141129_063211

Previous Experiment


  • Organic oats from Hong Kong
  • Fresh milk
  • Matcha
  • Walnut
  • Strawberry


Comment on result: too little water


EGGsperiment Breakfast

Changing Variables:

  1. Bread
  2. Egg
  3. Seasoning

Experiment 1

Bread: Yin Yang bread (whole wheat with black & white sesame) from Garden Bakery, pan fried

Egg: omelet

Seasoning: Salt & pepper

20141119_060808Comment on result: the bread was soggy

Experiment 2

Bread: Whole wheat from homemade Bakery, toasted for 5 minutes

Egg: soft boiled

Seasoning: Salt & pepper

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Comment on result: the Hello Kitty toasts were too burnt

Experiment 3

Bread: Homemade Bakery, toasted for 3 minutes

Egg: beaten, microwaved for 30 seconds

Seasoning: ginger brown sugar & black pepper >> meant to be chai 20141129_063641 - 3 min
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Comment on result: the toasts were nicely toasted, but losing the Hello Kitty shape; next step experiment with complete chai spices

Experiment 4

Bread: whole wheat from La Mouette Bakery, toasted for 3 minutes

Egg: unbeaten, microwaved for 45 seconds

Seasoning: Lemon Togarashi

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Comment on result: the best bread; 30 seconds of microwave should result in runnier egg yolk  

Nasi Tim Pasar Pagi (Cabang Kelapa Gading)

Kelapa Gading outlet, ruko near BPK Penabur


The food price and drink menus are not written on the menu list. Strangely, this eatery do not offer regular tea (teh tawar hangat, es teh tawar, etc). There are only 4 drink menus: mineral water, soymilk, liang teh (herbal tea), and Teh Botol (packaged sweet tea). I wonder why they do not write down the drink menus.

Susu Kacang 20141126_073516

Nasi Tim Ayam + Telor on my 1st visit dated back on July 4, 2014


Nasi Tim Ayam + Telor on my most recent visit, four months after the first visit. Do you notice the change? The rice is no longer served on a ceramic plate, but it is served on top of takeaway paper wrap and a rattan basket. 

Mie Ayam 20141126_073139

Extra charge for additional boiled vegetable 20141126_073507

Two big steamers for the rice


Giant pot for the broth 20141119_104249

The crews (mom & daughter)

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Soldaten Cafe, Bandung

My friend took us to a quite recently opened cafe with Nazi theme: Soldaten Cafe. According to the waiter, “Soldaten” means “soldier” in German. I had a horrifying moment there, as we sat on the upper floor with glass rooftop while it was raining quite hard, thunder and lightning came unexpectedly. I have to admit that the concept of this cafe is one of a kind, but it is not the kind of cafe I’d go over and over again.

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Mie Baso Karapitan


My friend from Bandung took me to his favourite yamien shop. The store looks very simple and old, with a cart outside and plastic chairs inside. The menu is also very condensed, as you can only choose either sweet or savoury noodle, with additional baso (meatball), bakso goreng (fried meatball), pangsit kuah (dumpling soup), or pangsit goreng (fried wonton skin). 20141105_180047

Yamien Manis (Sweet Noodle) 20141105_180849

Yamien Asin (Savoury Noodle) 20141105_180853

Baso & pangsit kuah 20141105_180934

Bakso Goreng (Fried Meatball) 
20141105_182300Although it is a street food vendor; surprisingly, the quality of service here is like in a 5-star hotel. The owner’s daughter refilled our glass of tea whenever it is almost empty.

Sumagung, Kelapa Gading

Kantin Pojok Permata

The concept of this eatery is similar to Warung Kopi Hijas in Pontianak, where the space is rent out to several different vendors and the seating area is shared. In Kantin Pojok Permata, the vendors that open in the morning are Bubur Ayam Pasundan, Lontong Sayur, drink station and Rumah Kopi Kawanua. 20141014_07362420141014_07261820141014_072821

For food, I picked Bubur Ayam Pasundan. 20141014_072610

I like how the porridge is not too watery, and the rice texture is just nice. I have to admit that the cakue tastes very nice although I usually don’t eat cakue.  20141014_072655

For drink, I ordered coffee with egg from the drink station. The female coffee brewer was very confused when I requested to mix the raw egg (telur ayam kampung) into the black bitter coffee. She said she had never witnessed anyone who drinks coffee this way. 20141014_072922

Maybe I’ll try the coffee from Rumah Kopi Kawanua next time, which reminds me of Manado trip. Traditional coffee shops in Manado usually sell biapong (bakpao / steamed buns) along with coffee or tea.

Kantin Cahaya

Kantin Cahaya is located right the opposite of Kantin Pojok Permata, but Kantin Cahaya is solely owned instead of rented out to many vendors like Kantin Pojok Permata. The menu in Kantin Cahaya ranges from ready-to-eat food (prasmanan), nasi uduk, ketupat sayur, bubur ayam, and nasi tim. 20141014_074153 20141013_07085020141013_072241I ordered Bubur Ayam (Chicken Porridge). The porridge loses its rice texture.


I added a portion of sawi pahit from the ready-to-eat counter. 20141013_071402

The owner is very talkactive, as he talked to almost everyone who passed by. There is a traditional market nearby this location, so many housewives and maids pass by this area every morning. 20141013_071118

Bakmi Naga Ny. Liong

It has been almost ten years since the last time I visited Sunter Mall. The mall is even smaller than the one and only mall in Pontianak. When I walked on the third floor of the Sunter Mall, I was intrigued to try Bakmi Naga Ny. Liong, which is the non-franchise version of Bakmi Naga. Although the restaurant is titled as Bakmi Naga, which literally means “Dragon Noodle”, but it offers many varieties of food other than noodle, which includes rice, congee, and stir fry meat and vegetables. I think Bakmi Naga belongs to Chinese restaurant category.  Since the restaurant is certified Halal, it captures large proportions of Muslim customers. When I had dinner there, many customers ordered fried rice for main course and Es Teler (Indonesian shaved ice) for drink. Some dined there with families, some dined alone after work like me. 20141113_181107

I ordered Nasi Tim (Steamed Chicken and Mushroom Rice). I like how they put big sized  mushrooms on top of the rice. The soup looks like water, but it is very rich in flavour. It has nice overall taste, but the rice is not soft enough. 20141113_181944 20141113_182041

I really like the interior with red brick wall on one side and vintage frames on the other side, with an old picture of Nyonya Liong in the middle. It gives customers deep nostalgic feelings. 20141113_181658 20141113_181136 20141113_181628

I love the wooden chairs, which clearly differentiate the franchised Bakmi Naga from the non-franchised Bakmi Naga Ny. Liong.

Both versions of Bakmi Naga use a gold or ceramic bucket to carry cutleries to customers’ table before meal is served. I wonder if any customer ever steal this bucket, because it is kind of unique. 20141113_18193120141113_183241


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Nasi Tim Ayam = IDR 18.000

Aqua 330 ml = IDR 5.500


Kikugawa is the first Japanese restaurant in Jakarta, opened in 1969 by Kikuchi Surutake, a Japanese soldier who got sent to Jakarta during the World War, fell in love with a Manado woman, and returned to Jakarta after the war was over. He also opened the first Indonesian restaurant in Japan called Bengawan Solo. I assume Mr. Kikuchi is fond of river since he named both of his restaurant with river – Bengawan Solo is a river in Solo, whereas ‘gawa’ from Kikugawa means river, and he added his own name, ‘Kiku’, in front of gawa.

Kikugawa is hidden in Cikini residential area, which is used to be called Jalan Kebon Binatang, a few houses away from Gado Gado Bon Bin [Bon Bin = keBON BINatang].



They offer many kinds of set menus, and the prices are very reasonable.
20141108_194557 20141108_194627Tamagoyaki. Riri’s favourite dish. This one is the best I’ve ever had. 20141108_200418

Look how happy Riri was when the food arrived, just like a little boy who just got a new toy. 20141108_201412

Riri ordered the Kiku Set, which comes with sashimi, tempura, sukiyaki, yakitori, rice and miso soup. The egg in the sukiyaki looks very nice. 20141108_201416

Thatha had the Kikugawa Set A – chicken teriyaki, gindara teriyaki, agedashi tofu, mini oden, salad, rice and miso soup. I asked the chicken and fish to be grilled, and to replace rice with salad. I like the salad dressing, some kind of yuzu soysauce.  I really liked the agedashi tofu, as the sauce contains ginger. 20141108_201444

What made the special dish became more special was the super spicy chilli powder. Riri asked for togarashi, but turned out that this restaurant offered Thai chilli powder, which fits more to Indonesian taste. 20141108_201834

Look at how beautiful they cut the papaya, looked like salmon sashimi. 20141108_203759

After the free fruit dessert, the waitress gave us a comment form to fill. I gave full marks for each criteria, but I wrote a suggestion to add sake and dessert menu. And maybe it could be much more interesting if they write the history of Kikuchi on the menu book. Thanks to @efenerr for the valuable information.  20141108_204022

Kikugawa is truly a hidden gem. People come here to enjoy unpretentious Japanese soul food, not to enjoy luxurious interior in many famous Japanese restaurants in Jakarta. There are more unpretentious Japanese restaurants in Little Tokyo Blok M, which was developed a decade after Kikugawa, around the 80s. I was a bit worried that there was nobody when we entered the restaurant, but after  we ordered, more and more people came.