36 fun hours in Jakarta, involving bloggers, pork and coffee!

Fun? Why fun? Because I ATE GOOD FOOD! Hahahaha! I don’t usually review restaurant or cafe or places but today I will do that. Why? Because I had found THE BEST espresso in Jakarta, Indonesia Asia!

But more on that later, I will now talk about how fun it is to finally have a bloggers meet-up!! Woot!!! Let’s talk about this in an organized timeline.

Bloggers meet-up!

Foto wajib di depan LEKO

Foto wajib di depan LEKO

Gil and I accidentally took the same flight and I forgot how did we end up planning the meet-up. Well, I think she planned it and I took her credit. LOL. I did meet with Gil before and it was fun meeting her for the second time. She was loud, loud and loud. Hahaha. We talked on a plane like it was out private jet and some people were staring but what the heck, we didn’t care. LOLOL. Talking to Gil is like talking to an old friend, I didn’t have to filter my words (trust me I’m actually harsh and vulgar – not proud of it btw) and as much as I don’t want to admit it, I had fun. Shit, she will be like “I KNEW IT MAY I KNEW THAT YOU LIKED ME”.

We landed at Soe-Tha around 9 something and went straight to Central Perk where the meet-up was planned. She was starving so we headed to Leko once we arrived at CP but sadly the mbak-mbak didn’t let us sit because apparently, it wasn’t open yet. Gil threatened to eat her hand if she didn’t eat soon so as a very wise and kind person, I calmed her down.

Anyway… long story short, we could finally sit inside Leko at 11 am and Happy was the first to arrive. We also got to know Happy’s boyfriend, Ai later on. Dea and Utin then arrived. I did meet with Dea before and she was still as pretty as remember. (now you have to say something nice about me, Dea! Mwahahaha!) And the person who I really really couldn’t wait to meet finally arrived, DINA!!! Simply because she promised me LEMPER! Hwahahaha. Dina came with her husband, Benny and her cutey baby Raka. Raka was soooooo adorable!

We then ordered some food and I must tell the world that Gil ate like there was no tomorrow. Oh she was an embarrassment for all of us….

And then Melissa came with her husband and her cutey baby, Grace. Grace was dressed pink from head to toe and it was something I liked about girl babies. Hahaha. So adorable!

After eating Iga penyet, sayur asem, kangkung cah, etc etc, Dea still popped an idea to have dessert at Hong Tang! Jeez Dea, if I couldn’t fit my gown, I would so gonna sue you! *knock on wood*

But anyway, I kinda liked Hong Tang dessert, even though BLACK BALL IS STILL THE BEST!!! Yes, Dea, it should had been refunded! Hahahah. But I enjoyed talking with everybody lahhh

Anyway, I seriously had fun, we should really do this more often!!! :)

Foto full team di Hong Tang

Foto full team di Hong Tang. Thank you Benny for the photo!

Scrappy Saturday with my Bridesmaids

After saying goodbye with my new fun friends, I went to Fenty’s house to start the crafting thingy for my DIY wedding. I estimated 5 hours to wrap up all the tasks but guess what? We finished it at 2 in the morning. Geez…

Spill the tools!!!

Spill the tools!!! Can you see that my luggage was full of ribbons and threads?

They cut the thingy and I was QC-ing. yes, I was such a bitch. LOL

They cut the thingy and I was QC-ing. yes, I was such a bitch. LOL

No lah, when Renny and Angel (the strawberry girl) were cutting the invites’ buttons, I was writing all the RSVP names! It was quite frustrating because my hand writing was kinda ugly. :( But anyway, it was still fun because we were making fun of the fact that at this age of my life I was still seeking for approval because I asked them “Is it nice?” everytime I wrote one name, and Renny was like, “DO YOU WANT ME TO SAY IT’S NICE?” with sarcastic tone. Tsk!

And my creepy maid-of-honor took a selfie while we were slaving our asses off!

And my creepy maid-of-honor took a selfie while we were slaving our asses off!

And another selfie, showing of her masterpieces of yellow and gray pencil that she painted.

And another selfie, showing of her masterpieces of yellow and gray pencil that she painted.

And I got “masuk angin” later on and I asked for NASI PADANG for my dinner because it was the only thing that could cure me!!! And yes, wishes granted!!! :D

Fenty found some Padang resto that had a delivery service. Thanks god it was yummy!!!

Fenty found some Padang resto that had a delivery service. Thanks god it was yummy!!!

After invitation was done, it was already quite late, maybe around 9 or 10… And then Klemens came as a bartender to mix some vodka for my drunkard maid of honor, so she could re-energized herself and crafting some bows for me. LOLOLOL.

Yes, we were up to SECOND TASK OF THE DAY: Crafting the personalized Napkins! Woot woot!!!

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Work work work!

It was cool because our teamwork was actually very good! Angel was folding the napkin, Renny was crafting the bow, I put on the ribbon ring onto the napkin, fenty combined the bow onto them and then QC of course. Fenty is a certified OCD freak so she was in charge of QC for both invites and napkins. LOLOL.

And what did Klemens do? He snapped photos and drank the vodka. Cih!

We finished around 1 am and then still in the mood for… gossiping! Hahaha. No lah, we were talking from heart to heart. :p Anyway I didn’t really remember what time I slept, I guess it was around 2:30 and in Singapore time it would be 3:30 and trust me, I FELT SO OLD I COULD’T SLEEP LATE ANYMORE!

New found glory on Sunday!

Now this is the part where I write my very first review… I will review noddle place in Jakarta called BAKMI AGUAN and it is non-halal guys. Sorry about that.

Foto diambil semena-mena dari Path nya Fenty

Foto diambil semena-mena dari Path nya Fenty

Now let me write in Bahasa… Ini namanya Bakmi Aguan… enaknya keterlaluan… Mie nya sing ada lawan… Baso babi nya sangat menawan… Hebat kan gue bisa berpuisi penuh ryhmes!

Baso Goreng FTW!

Baso Goreng FTW!

Yah pokoknya intinya ini enak banget, susah gue jelaskan pake kata, lo cobain sendiri aje!!! Lokasinya nggak taw dimana tepatnya, yang pasti daerah Puri. Jangan tanya gue lah, gue nggak tau jalan, tinggal ngikut doang, mending tanya google aja. Hahahaha, ini review paling sampah nggak sih?

Tapi suwer ini wajib makan bagi pecinta mie babi!!!

Habis dari sini, dengan perut yang sudah maju 5 cm, kita cabut ke kedai kopi bernama KOULTOURA. At first I though it would be just another coffee show… and then I sipped their espresso and HOLY CRAP, I COULDN’T BE MORE WRONG.

IT WAS REMARKABLE!

Their espresso was already double shot by default. FYI, I couldn’t just drink one shot of espresso, especially after the all-nighter… I had to have two shots at least. The guy said their espresso was already two shots by default. So, for you who could only drink one shot, THIS IS NOT FOR YOU.

Anyway it turned out that their two-shots of espresso had the amount of water for one shot of espresso. But the thickness was just AWESOME, especially for people who loves thick espresso like me. OMG BEST COFFEE EVER! I was so curious and I asked the Barista about the coffee blends. He spoke fluent coffee and I could only caught that he blended the coffee beans from all around Indonesia. :)

I couldn’t have enough so I ordered my second cup of espresso, asking for different blends. The waiter recommended me the one with the butterscotch smell, I was skeptic at first because I didn’t like butterscotch but again, I COULDN’T BE MORE WRONG. It was my (again) best coffee I had so far since I came back from Italy!

OMG, YOU GUYS WHO LOVES COFFEE MUST COME TO KOULTOURA!!!

Best espresso ever!!!!

I’m sorry I don’t have any photo of my espresso because I didn’t snap it. Geez, I really thought it was just gonna be another ordinary espresso for me. Guess I had a nice surprise last weekend. :)

However, these are some photos…

Foto Hot Chocolate nya Fenty yang gue ambil semena-mena dari Path nya

Foto Hot Chocolate nya Fenty yang gue ambil semena-mena dari Path nya

ITU DIA PENAMPAKAN ESPRESSO NYA!

ITU DIA PENAMPAKAN ESPRESSO NYA! Dapet bonus Lemon water pake soda pula!

I will be so going back!

I will be so going back!

My old friend, Azhim then picked me up and sent me off to the Airport. Too bad I didn’t snap any photo with him, but he was too busy curhat that we didn’t even bother to take photos. LOL

And then the flight took off…

Oh it was surely the most fun I had since this year started. :)

I kinda had a little tear when the flight took off… I used to hate Jakarta so so damn much, now I hurt my heart a little everytime I left. Sometimes we had to be separated with the people we love so we knew how much they meant to us. :)

I miss my dear friends already. I love you guys… so so so much, words could never express it.

See you next month! :)

Cheers,

May, the coffee addict.

If I were a food blogger

First of all, I sincerely apologize for those who are on diet. I, myself, wrecked my diet too for doing this thing (and I’m not even sorry!) But if I’m going down, you’re all going down with me. Muwahahahah! *evil laugher*

I never label myself as what kind of blogger. There are food blogger, beauty blogger, fashion blogger, design blogger, DIY blogger, artsy blogger, etc and I think I’m the kind of dramatic blogger. LOL. I love to write dramatic things and philosophical things, epiphany, dream comes true and stuffs like that.

Today, I wanna have fun by being a food blogger for one day. Fortunately yesterday I went to the event called World Street Food Congress 2013, which is a perfect event for me to be a food blogger. Who doesn’t love street food? And from all around the world! Yum! There are 10 participating country which are: Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, India, China, Mexico, USA and Denmark for the total of 37 street food stalls. Hungry already???

The list of the food in the entrance, who doesn't want to go in?

The list of the food in the entrance, who doesn’t want to go in?

I remember I read the article about World Street Food Congress about three months ago and Pak Bondan (a street food culinary expert from Indonesia) promised that he would bring the best of street food vendor from Indonesia to this event. I WAS BOUGHT instantly. I must go to this event. Period.

The event finally came, unfortunately during my no-fries diet because of my cough. But the hell, I thought, this event only comes once in a blue moon, so f*ck coughing!

I went there with Bandi and my friend, Frida. We were so exciting we kept talking about it all day. The event itself costed $28 per entry, with $8 for admission fee and $20 turns to be a food voucher. (But trust me it’s not enough so Bandi purchased another $20).

First stop, Kue Pancong.

At once I knew that the man who cooked the kue pancong is originally from Indonesia, probably Bandung. I was so freaking happy that the food congress does really bring everyone from their country so the food is totally original!

Original Kue pancong makers!

Original Kue pancong makers!

Kue Pancong is a cake made from coconut and sprinkled with sugar. As simple as it sound, this tastes heavenly good.

Bandi and I, loving the kue pancong.

Bandi and I, loving the kue pancong.

Next stop, Nasi Kapau.

Holy mother of god! No words can describe how happy I was to see this stall. Happier I was when I saw the namecard that this stall was brought from West Sumatra, the original home of Nasi Kapau. OH MY GOD! Could this be any better!!! Bandi was undoubtedly queuing in line at once and he, with his charm, flirted with the Nasi Kapau Lady so he got extra rice and super extra chilly!!! YEEHAAWW! (You know how we, Indonesians like to flirt with food seller to get extra things, right? Haha)

The amazing Nasi Kapau!

The amazing Nasi Kapau!

The Nasi Kapau contains rice, beef rendang (which is very tender oh my) with crispy fried cassava, sayur nangka (cooked jackfruit with curry), and loads of green and red chillies!!! We ate and we ate and OH MY GOD HOLY GOODNESS! This tasted like heaven!!!! My friend Frida actually captured the moment when Bandi and I ate the Nasi Kapau but I’m too embarrassed to post it here because it looked like I hadn’t eaten for a year. Haha. Pardon my extreme love for Nasi Kapau.

Bandi kept mumbling, “Oh my god…” and “holy shit!” while eating, I feel like he’s having sex with the Nasi Kapau and I was the third wheel.

Anyway, Nasi Kapau is basically Nasi Padang, FYI. Because some of my friends didn’t really get what Nasi Kapau mean. (WTF?) They are just slightly different with the way they were cooked but for me it’s the same lahh!

Another Indonesian main dish: Nasi Manado.

Even though this doesn’t taste as good as Nasi Kapau, it’s still one of the best of course. (Come on, we all know it’s all going downhill from Nasi Kapau, ok?!)

Nasi Manado.

Nasi Manado.

Originated from South Sulawesi, Nasi Manado contains rice, spicy cakalang fish, extra pork satay (because again, we flirted with the seller LOL), bakwan jagung (corn fritters), and sauteed eggplant with some leaf I didn’t know (tasted so good!)

And Frida came along with this: Soto Tangkar with Sate!

Savoury Soto! Yum!

Savoury Soto! Yum!

Soto tangkar is well-known in Jakarta as soto betawi, tasted similar too. The different of Soto Tangkar from any other Soto is that it’s cooked with coconut milk and oh my god, tasted so freakingly delicious.

Finished with the Indonesian food, we went hunting internationally.

All the way from Thailand: Hoy Thord

A zing taste of Hoy Thord!

A zing taste of Hoy Thord!

I don’t really know what is exactly Hoy Thord, so forgive me if I explain incorrectly. For what I caught from my taste buds, it was some kind of Oyster Omelette (but not the Singaporean kind of Oyster Omelette) with lots of beansprouts and some big prawns. It also had a strong taste of lemon and the sauce was a little sour.

What’s the verdict? I love it. But this comes from me, a girl who who worships Thai food and will eat anything cooked by Thais. Haha.

All the way from India: Indian Fried Chicken.

Herbs Fried Chicken!

Herbs Fried Chicken!

I didn’t remember what was the exact name of this dish because it wasn’t so special. I didn’t find the Indian street food appealing because in Singapore there are a lot of original Indian restaurants (and I love Indian food) so I didn’t really crave for the Indian food. This was brought by Frida and I took a bite and I didn’t really like it. It tasted like Shilin snacks. LOL

All the way from Mexico: Shrimp Tostada!

I already had my eyes on this dish since the first step inside the food arena but because it had a very long queue, I skipped it for other stalls. When the euphoria turned down, I went straightaway and ordered the Shrimp Tostada. The Mexican lady asked, “which level of hotness do you want?” and I answered cockily, “the highest you can get.”

She laughed and shouted something in Spanish and one of the crew rang some kind of noisy bells so I screamed along with them. LOL.

This is the lady who made my super hot Shrimp Tostada.

This is the lady who made my super hot Shrimp Tostada.

So I brought back the Tostada to my table and took a bite. HOLY SHOOT! I LOVE IT! And yeah, It was freaking hot! I felt like my mouth was about to explode.

A mix made in heaven.

A mix made in heaven.

The tostada was actually cold tacos consist shrimp, sour cream, (god knows how many types of) chillies, nuts, avocado and other herbs my tongue couldn’t catch. All I knew was it danced synchronously in my mouth and it was amazing.

Now I’m definitely craving for more Mexican food!

All the way from Copenhagen, Denmark: Porc Sandwich.

Busy kitchen in Danish Stall!

Busy kitchen in Danish Stall!

This is the one dish I didn’t really get. First of all this is the most expensive dish of all, which is $14 while the other ranged from $8.50 to $12.00, second of all, the combination just didn’t work for me while Bandi loved it.

Porky Pork! 100% sinful!

Porky Pork! 100% sinful!

The sandwich contained a slice of tender pork, slices of fresh apples (yes, you heard it right, apple!), sauteed beet, pickles, and roasted pork skin. The Danish lady told us that this sandwich mean to mix the fatness (like pork skin) and fresh healthy ingredients like apples and beets. For me it just didn’t work, but again worth trying for experience lahh!

All the way from the USA: Smothered Chicken with Mashed Potato.

Shaking butts while cooking!

Shaking butts while cooking!

These two guys were literally cooking while rock-and-rolling. They put a radio on and cooked like there was no tomorrow. Oh I love how Americans act sometimes, like they just didn’t care.

Anyway, this is our last stop in the Food Congress, simply because my stomach would really explode if I didn’t stop eating. Thankfully the last dish turned out to be my personal favorite. I then asked Bandi to find the recipe and cook one for me later. (Bandi is better in cooking American food than me, so yeah, it’s not because I am lazy, ok?! LOL)

Surprisingly good!

Surprisingly good!

The smothered chicken is a comfort food so yeah it’s definitely fattening. It is actually cooked chicken with savory gravy and mixed with mashed potato.

I didn’t try any of the dishes from Malaysia (no points to try it here), Singapore (come on, should I?), Vietnam (I don’t like Vietnamese food), and China (because the stalls weren’t really appealing). I did try a tester from Malaysian Mee Siam (noodle) though and err, it wasn’t that good. :p

Anyway, sorry for the bad quality photo, I forgot to bring my camera and there were no good lighting because it was an outdoor event with a dim lighting. *excuses*cough*excuses*

Happy tummy, happy soul!

Happy tummy, happy soul!

Last night I surely had a very good night sleep with my happy tummy. =) Bandi was really really happy I could tell. I always knew that making him happy is easy, just get him a good food. Oh how I’m so lucky to have a guy that’s easily pleased. LOL.

So, how’s my one and only food blog post? I think I know why I shouldn’t be a food blogger, because it makes me hungry again and it would really really ruin everyone’s diet and also the fact that I could only explain “OH MY GOD” for all the delicious food I ate. But you really should see me eating. Haha.

Cheers,

May, already hungry again.