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.


Ya Kun Kaya @ Hotel Santika, Kelapa Gading

While reading the book of Ya Kun, The Top Toast, I paid a visit to a Ya Kun store inside Hotel Santika compound in Kelapa Gading Sport Mall. It is such a coincidence that the founder’s Chinese name is similar to my dad’s Chinese nickname. My dad is usually called Ah Loi, and my dad was born in Pontianak (坤甸 Kūn diàn). The Chinese character of Pontianak, the capital city of West Kalimantan, appears in Ya Kun’s logo.


The logo of Ya Kun has changed into white font on maroon background, whereas before it was red font on white background. I wonder why the year written underneath the logo is 1944, because according to the book, the founder, Mr. Loi Ah Koon, started the coffeestall business with his wife in 1936. The wife invented the recipe of homemade kaya and use it to spread on toast. The kaya toast became a bestseller snack companion for drinking coffee in the morning. At the same time, Mr. Loi added a secret ingredient to his own roasted coffee – Planta margarine, which is known as Blue Band in Indonesia. The husband-wife made a perfect combo, and the business soon became a booming success. Their hardwork paid off, and they were able to raise their eight children. I really treasure their experience in fighting together at their early marriage stage to build a happy family. This touching story somehow affected how I see Ya Kun Kaya today. IMG_0053 IMG_0052I ordered the Traditional Kaya Toast Set Meal, which consists of 8 thinly sliced toasts, a cup of black coffee, and two soft boiled eggs. IMG_0057

I really like how the toasts are very crunchy, almost feel like eating crackers. The kaya jam was not too sweet, and the butter wasn’t overwhelming. I cannot wait to try their other menu: Crackers with Kaya, to taste how crunchy the crackers are.  IMG_0058IMG_0059

However, I was a little bit disappointed at the quality of the eggs. The eggs were probably not at very fresh condition, so they had a little bit of unpleasant smell. IMG_0055The interior of the shop is modern minimalist. IMG_0049 IMG_0051I should install this kind of grill in my future house, so that I can pack good toasts every morning for my husband to bring to office and for my kids to bring to school. IMG_0047

I’d definitely come back again next time, although the pricing is a little bit high for traditional breakfast. Actually, my parents’ hometown, Pontianak, serves similar style of traditional breakfast in much cheaper price. However, the history of Ya Kun has captured my heart. IMG_0050

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

Kedai Kopi Kwang Koan (revisit)

I never get bored coming to Kedai Kopi Kwang Koan, as there is always something new to find out here, such as the upside down coffee serving. It turns out that not only black coffee can be served this way, but also coffee with condensed milk (kopi susu).

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Soft-boiled Egg 20141216_075256

However, I was very disappointed at the attitude of the owner one time. I had black coffee that cost IDR 8.000, and I paid with fifty thousand bill. The owner said in an unfriendly tone that it was too early to have change for my bill, and he just ignored me. His staff then asked me if I have a BCA card.

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

Quirky Findings in Little Tokyo, Melawai, Blok M



Bali Heritage Reflexology & SPA 

Who dares to try their extreme massage styles using balls, from the smallest to the largest balls (golf, billiard, tennis, football)20141129_20162420141129_20160420141129_201644 20141129_201613

They even offer something larger than balls: water gallon! 20141129_201556

Other than balls, they also make use of food and beverage, such as red wine and strawberry ice cream20141129_201621 20141129_201724

If all of the above sound too common, maybe you should let the clown or the sumo to do the massage for you. 20141129_201738 20141129_201750

La Moutte


Varieties of Japanese purin (pudding), including information on calories 20141129_200704 20141129_200710

I bought the no.1 bestseller: Pudding Namareka – 276 Cal/100g. 20141129_200745

I also bought the Graham (whole wheat toast) – 248Cal/100g. The bread is very petite, much smaller than bread from other bakery. 20141129_200928 20141129_201022


Daitokyo is one of authentic Japanese cuisines in Little Tokyo, Melawai, Blok M. 20141129_185316The restaurant has many private rooms, but it was all reserved when we arrived. 

There is also a tatami private room.

We sat at the bar seating which face directly into the kitchen. 20141129_20050020141129_185625

The menu book is huge. 20141129_185646 20141129_185657

Apparently, this restaurant is part of a big group, Daisei Group, who owns many other brands, including Kira Kira Ginza (right next to Daiktokyo), Yellowfin, Jurin, Ramen 38, and a Japanese bakery La Mouette20141129_185736

We ordered a glass of sake. 20141129_190259

Nankotsu Karaage – chicken cartilage 20141129_191840

Gekikara Age Tofu – I love the crunchy garlic and chilli toppings 20141129_194146

Yaki Tofu Chanjya – the topping was a bit strange, tasted kind of like a mixture of jelly fish with something else. I did research afterwards. It turns out that “Chanjya” is Korean style dish, made of stomach of codfish. 20141129_191432

Tsukune – one of Riri’s favourite 20141129_194513

Yaki Tori Don – The rice set consists of all chicken parts, including skin and liver. I prefer chicken meat only. 20141129_191817The menu is very creative, uncommonly seen in other Japanese restaurants. Sadly, they do not have Tamagoyaki. I was a little bit annoyed when there was suddenly a cat inside the restaurant.

Wooden plates decoration in front of the restaurant, which I also implemented on Java Java.



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Nankotsu Karaage = IDR 33.000

Tsukune = IDR 25.000

Yaki Tofu Chanjya = IDR 45.000

Gekikara Age Tofu = IDR 28.000

Yaki Tori Don = IDR 60.000

Sake = IDR 90.000

Subtotal = IDR 281.000

5% Service Charge = IDR 14.050

PB1 10% = IDR 29.505

Total = IDR 324.555

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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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