Nasi Goreng Abang Abang


The last time I ate Nasi Goreng Tek Tek or Nasi Goreng Abang Abang with my mum was when I still took ballet class in elementary school. We used to buy nasi goreng from the street vendor in front of Sport Mall Kelapa Gading on our way back home. Today, we got stuck all day at home due to severe flood and nonstop rain. We got no ready-to-eat food, and there was no gas to cook instant noodle. We were extremely starving by 7 pm, so we decided to go buy nasi goreng outside our compound. IMG_2233

The fried rice turned out to be nice, much better than expected. It smelled very fragrant, not too oily and the seasoning was just right.



Jakarta has Mangia Cafe on Panglima Polim, whereas Bogor has Mangiare Cafe & Resto. Mangiare is an old house in Bogor, which became famous as a pre-wedding photo venue. 20141216_141455 20141216_141505

Indoor Cafe 20141216_141751 20141216_141901 20141216_142157

Outdoor Cafe

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The Food

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Kedai Nasi Uduk Kebon Kacang, MOI

The brand of “Nasi Uduk Kebon Kacang” has been widely used all over Jakarta, but I wonder which one is the pioneer and most authentic. Kebon Kacang is an administrative village in Tanah Abang district, Menteng, Central Jakarta. Thus, I guess the original Nasi Uduk Kebon Kacang should be the one located in Pasar Tanah Abang or the one located on Jl. Kebon Kacang. Riri took me to another Nasi Uduk Kebon Kacang Hj. Ellya in Pesanggrahan, West Jakarta. This post is about Kedai Nasi Uduk Kebon Kacang in Mall of Indonesia, Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta, which is the eighth branch since 1967. 20141221_144336

The interior looks more like a modern cafe than a traditional restaurant (warung). 20141221_142059 20141221_142107 20141221_142303

Everything here is extremely petite, especially the nasi uduk.


Sayur Asem   20141221_142529

We ordered several lauk: Sate Udang, Sate Usus Ayam, Ayam Goreng Dada, Tahu Goreng, Tempe Goreng20141221_142719

Two kinds of sambal: sambal ijo and sambal kacang. I like the sambal ijo, as it tastes like the usual one served in Padang restaurants. I don’t really like the sambal kacang, but it tasted OK after Riri mixed it with sweet soy sauce. 20141221_142221

The glass for ice tea is super small, as the height is only half of 600ml water bottle. 20141221_142540The order form 20141223_211943 copy

Wa’Keke @ Kedai Kopi Kwang Koan

 There are many other things to explore in Kedai Kopi Kwang Koan apart from coffee and steamed buns (bakpao), such as Wa’Keke that offers Manado cuisine.

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Wa’Keke sells two kinds of fried banana: Pisang Goreng Slice and Pisang Goreng Kipas. Pisang Goreng Slice uses pisang kepok that is not ripe yet, whereas Pisang Goreng Kipas uses riped pisang kepok. I really love the Pisang Goreng Slice, accompanied by tasty chilli.  20141216_075342

I really like their Nasi Kuning Manado, but it is served on regular plate instead of woka leaf. It’s hard to find woka leaf in Jakarta, and it will cost too much to import it from Manado, maybe the leaf will cost more than the rice. The yellow rice is topped with cakalang, kering kentang, boiled egg, fried shallots and the very tasty chilli.  20141222_071844

Kumalawangi, Hotel Royal Amaroosa, Bogor

The ambience of the Royal Amaroosa Hotel made us feel like dining as royals. 20141218_141756 20141218_141651 20141218_141519 20141218_151812

The Christmas decoration made the ambience even more bright and cheerful. 20141218_141217 20141218_141540

The menu book looks very elegant, just like the interior design. The logo of this hotel, which is a cursive letter A, kind of resembles Waldorf Astoria Hotel. 20141218_141419

I ordered Nasi Timbel Amaroosa, a traditional Sundanese cuisine, which comes with rice wrapped in leaf, chicken, tahu goreng (fried tofu), tempe goreng, ikan asin (salted fish), kerupuk kampung, and a bowl of Sayur Asem. Before our order came, they gave each of us free soft roll and butter. I fell in love with the bun at the first bite. So soft, match with the name. 20141218_143050

I like the presentation of the Nasi Timbel, and the taste didn’t disappoint me too much. The rice is warm and fragrant. I didn’t really like the tofu, maybe they should substitute the yellow tofu with Tahu Yun Yi. The tempe was also not very good. The salted fish was very fluffy, quite special. 20141218_14361220141218_144107

It is quite creative to wrap the lalapan with leaf in cone shape, and to put the sambal in tomato. 20141218_14361820141218_143658I really love the chilli paste; not too spicy, but addicting. My friend said the secret ingredient for the this chilli paste is sugar. I requested for extra chilli, and the very friendly waitress came with a big portion of chilli and sweet soy sauce. 20141218_144226

The chilli was so tasty that even my friend who ordered Chicken Teriyaki also mixed the chilli onto the sweet Japanese grilled chicken. 20141218_143245

I finished all the chilli by spreading it onto my soft roll bun. I’m willing to come back here next time to try their other menu, maybe their lunch buffet that costs 160k/person. However, I was surprised to see the bill when they charged 2 cups of single espresso for an order of double espresso. 


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Presentation ●●●●●


Chicken Teriyaki = IDR 72.000

2*Nasi Timbel = IDR 160.000

Earl Grey Tea = IDR 20.661

2*Single Espresso = IDR 42.000

Subtotal = IDR 294.661

Service Charge 10% = IDR 29.466

Government Tax (10% from subtotal after service charge)  = IDR 32.413

Grand Total = IDR 356.540

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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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

Manado Escape Trip with Riri – Day 5

The schedule for day 5 was to travel around the city of Manado and visited some tourist attractions. Thatha requested to try Nasi Jaha, so our guide took us to Rumah Kopi Billy, a traditional coffee shop that serves coffee and some snacks. 20141029_075616 20141029_075633

The traditional coffee shops in Manado look similar to those in Pontianak, and maybe this particular coffee shop, Rumah Kopi Billy, has the same reputation as Warung Kopi Asiang in Pontianak. 

Nasi Jaha (Ginger Rice) 20141029_075657

Lalampa – similar to lemper 20141029_080341

Half-boiled egg and black coffee 20141029_080725

The grandma as the cashier; she was very quick and accurate.


Franky wanted to try Bubur Manado, so our guide took us to the second breakfast place: Dego Dego Manado Cafe, which looks much fancier. 20141029_08222520141029_082336

I tried the chestnut layered cake since the colour was very vibrant. The cake was quite nice, not too sweet. It’s not so easy to find pastries with chestnut in Jakarta. 20141029_083028 20141029_083118

Since almost every customer orders Bubur Manado, the waitress came with a cart loaded with many bowls of Bubur Manado. 20141029_084113

To add protein to the Bubur Manado, we ordered Nike Goreng (Nike Fritters) and Cakalang Goreng (Deep Fried Skipjack Tuna).  Both “Nike” and “Cakalang” are types of fish. Nike Goreng contains ubi bete (taro / yam). 20141029_084335 20141029_084501After breakfast, we went to Bukit Kasih in Kawangkoan, which is the symbol of unity of five different religions in Indonesia. Just like the Great Wall of China, there are stairways along the mountain of Bukit Kasih. However, the weather was heavily cloudy and started to rain, so we didn’t finish the trail that required approximately 1.5 hours. Sadly, this place is kind of abandoned, the area looked dry and dirty, which could be why not many tourists are willing to go there. 20141029_113248 20141029_113309There’s a legendary coffee shop with its famous bakpao in Kawangkoan, near Bukit Kasih: Rumah Kopi Gembira. The menu is quite simple just like other traditional coffee shops, such as drinks (coffee, tea, chocolate, soft drinks), biapong (steamed buns), roti bakar (toasts), pia (pie) and eggs. 20141029_12072420141029_12080920141029_12083520141029_121015

We ordered the two kinds of biapong (steamed buns): Biapong Ba (Pork Steamed Bun) and Biapong Temo (Black Sweetened Beans Steamed Bun). Biapong is Manado word for “bakpao“. 20141029_121155

The steamed buns with pink dots are the Biapong Ba, whereas the bigger bun is the Biapong Temo.


At first I ordered hot tea, but the tea was tasteless, so I ordered another cup of black coffee.

The steaming process and the interior of the coffee shop are very traditional, which might invoke nostalgic feeling to all customers.
20141029_123501There’s a famous coffee shop in Kelapa Gading Jakarta called Kedai Kopi Kwang Koan, which has a very similar concept to this one. I guess the owner of the one in Jakarta is originated from Kawangkoan, Manado, where Rumah Kopi Gembira is.

After visiting Kawangkoan, we went to see the traditional house of Minahasa called Rumah Panggung Woloan. It is very interesting since the structure of the house is made of knock-down woods, which means you just need to purchase a land and stick this structure onto it. The house comes in many different sizes, and you may customise the number of bedrooms according to your needs. I couldn’t take good pictures since it was raining heavily. 20141029_142848

There’s a second largest statue of Jesus Christ in the world located in Citraland Manado. The world’s largest statue of Jesus Christ is in Brazil. 20141029_152045 20141029_152220We went to the hippest shopping mall in Manado: Manado Town Square (Mantos). Judging from the tenants, interior and traffic of the mall, I think Manado is far more developed than Pontianak. 20141029_165823 20141029_170415The chain coffee shops, such as Excelso, Dante and Black Canyon had already entered Manado, whereas in Pontianak, you can only find Excelso. The Excelso in Mantos was one of the prettiest one I’ve ever seen. 20141029_170109

Manado Escape Trip with Riri – Day 1

Riri and Thatha took a 5:30 am flight from Jakarta to Manado last Saturday. We arrived in Manado at around 9:30 local time since the flight takes about 3 hours and Manado is one hour ahead of Jakarta.

This was my second time coming to Manado, but I had no memory of this city. Judging from the art deco glass and the tenants at the airport of Manado, the city of Manado should be more promising than Pontianak.

20141025_101011Outside the airport, Thatha saw an interesting phrase Si Tou Timou Tumou Tou and immediately guessed that the meaning must be “welcome”. Apparently, the phrase is the motto of Manado city, which means “Manusia hidup untuk menghidupkan manusia lain” (“Men live to help others live”). What a beautiful phrase that identifies Manado people.

We stayed in Manado Tateli Beach Resort. According to some locals, this resort was used to be Hotel Sedona, and it is going change into Grand Mercure Resort. 20141025_11492720141025_115138

The confusion of the name can be seen from the bath
room amenities. 20141025_115416After checked in, we had lunch at the hotel restaurant. I like the placemat that looks like a traditional satay fan without the stick. 20141025_120332Homemade bread before the meal 20141025_122134After waiting for an hour, our orders finally arrived. The appetizer, Pisang Goroho (Minahasa Fries), came out at the same time as the main course. This is a very unique fried banana that can only be found in Sulawesi. Javanese usually eat fried banana with cheese, condensed milk, chocolate butter, or fruit jams; Pontianak people usually dip fried banana into srikaya (coconut jam). In Manado, the fried banana is accompanied with spicy chilli sauce. The banana used is not the normal soft and sweet banana, it is more like plantain, a bit hard and bland. The chilli sauce in this restaurant is so addicting. I really love this dish. 20141025_125333

For main course, Thatha had Chicken and Beef Satay, Riri had Ayam Woku Bakar, and Franky had Spinach Tagliatelle Carbonara. The peanut sauce for the satay was a bit disappointing, not enough peanut flavours and the texture was too smooth, looked like an instant sauce. 20141025_125308

Franky’s dish didn’t turn out as expected. The homemade pasta was seasoned as Aglio Olio instead of Carbonara, and there was no meat at all, only spicy taste.