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

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

Rumah Makan Tabona

I picked Tabona for Saturday lunch with Riri and my bro, which is located on Jalan Pluit Sakti Raya, near the famous noodle place Emie Acuan. According to Foursquare, this restaurant serves authentic Medan chicken and beef curry. 20141101_124700

Being the first timers to the restaurant, we were unsure of what to order since there’s no written menu. Apparently, the menu is extremely simple. There are two choices of meat for the curry: chicken or beef, and for the carbohydrate, you can choose either white rice or vermicelli. 20141101_125103 20141101_125726I was amazed that all tables for seating are made of aluminium, just like preparation table in hotel kitchens. 20141101_124831They put bottled beverage and dessert on each table. This Badak beverage is different from other Badak beverage I’ve seen. This one is Jali Jali, while normally people sell the Sarsaparilla. 20141101_130945 20141101_124850

The Tale of Two Gado-Gado Vendors

In this entry, I’d like to present two vendors of gado-gado. The first one is a legendary vendor in Kelapa Gading (where Thatha grew up), and the second one is famous in Puri (where Riri grew up).

1. Gado Gado Lely, Kelapa Gading. Ibu Lely is the one sitting at cashier table, wearing purple t-shirt.


The food and drink menu are quite extensive. The food menu is quite interesting, such as Rujak Banci (banci means sissy). 20140822_124631

The gado gado uses a quite unique ingredient: jantung pisang20140822_12472020140822_124900

I saw cincau hijau on the drink menu, so I ordered it since it’s one of Riri’s favourite traditional Indonesian drinks but I have never tried it before. 20141009_130020

2. Gado Gado Bu Bietje, Puri Indah. According to some sources, Bu Bietje started selling gado gado about 20 years ago. I really liked the peanut dressing, as well as the very fresh boiled vegetables. Sadly, there isn’t any emping20140823_144324

It was so refreshing to drink fresh coconut after eating gado gado. I like drinking the water, but I’m too lazy to scrap the flesh. 20140823_143945

Kedai Opa

Kedai Opa is a newcomer restaurant in Kelapa Gading, specialises in fried rice.

Nasi Goreng OPA (OPA Fried Rice). This is traditional Makassar (Ujung Pandang) style of fried rice, in which the red colour comes from tomato sauce. Since I’m craze for spicy food, I didn’t find this style of fried rice attractive. The portion was huge, enough to feed 3 people.


Nasi Goreng Yangchow (Yang Zhou Fried Rice). This is the halal version of worldwide known Yangzhou fried rice (yáng zhōu chǎo fàn 扬州炒饭). Actually, the main ingredient for this type of fried rice is barbecued pork (chasiu 叉烧).


Ayam Tanpa Tulang Mentega (Boneless Margarine Chicken). As indicated in the title, the margarine flavour was very strong.


Capcay Goreng (Stir Fry Mixed Vegetables) 20141001_192817

The overall food was OK, but the drinks were a bit disastrous. My brother complained about the Teh Tarik (Pulled Tea). He said all he tasted was the extremely sweet condensed milk. My mum was a bit disappointed that the Kedondong Juice (Ambarella Juice) doesn’t have plum in it.

Kedai OPA has a creative marketing promotion: on Friday every week, the restaurant will draw a winner for filling in comment form, and the winner gets IDR 500k cash. Wow! 20141001_192148


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Ayam Tanpa Tulang Mentega = Rp 28.182

Capcay Goreng =  Rp 29.092

Nasi Goreng OPA =  Rp 29.092

Nasi Goreng Yangchow =  Rp 29.092

Kedondong Juice =  Rp 18.181

Teh Tarik =  Rp 13.636

Teh Tawar (2) =  Rp 9.090

Total (including 10% PB1) = Rp 172.002