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.

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OATrageous Breakfast

Experiment 1

Ingredients

  • 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

Ingredients:

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

Previous Experiment

Ingredients:

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

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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  

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.

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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. 
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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.
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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.

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