--> Aswin and Alia's Food Journey

Mamak Kitchen: A Fusion of Singaporean, Malaysian, and Thailand Cuisine

Opened in the mid of 2013, the restaurant is serving a fusion of Singaporean, Malaysian and Thailand cuisine

Six Layers Color of Happiness: Rainbow Cake at Disini Bakery

Based on TermWiki, rainbow cake is a confection made with layers of brightly colored, almond-based sponge cake, apricot and/or raspberry jam, and a chocolate coating.

Sugarush: New Hang Out Place in Braga

Churros and Braga. What is the connection?

Caffe Bene: Korean Coffee Shop in Bandung

Alia has been craving to visit this place for a while, so when the time comes to visit she was delighted

Warung Sangrai: Real Indonesian, Eat With Their Bare Hands!!

Located in the opposite side of Mamak Kitchen, the restaurant is serving traditional Indonesian Food with one particular course that are standing out: Quails

4/18/2014

New Ramen Restaurant in Bandung: Hakata Ikkousha

There is a new Ramen Restaurant in Bandung called Hakata Ikkousha. The place has been here for a while, and it was hyping!

Our sister-in-law and our cousin has already visiting the place before, and both of them give their seal of approval. So, when the time arrived, we anxiously visited the place.

The restaurant location is quite hidden, and you probably missed it if you don't look carefully. The outlet was the place for a restaurant called plate for me before becoming Hakata Ikkousha.

The restaurant is actually a franchise restaurant, with branches already opened in Surabaya and Jakarta. The branches outside of Bandung serves pork and lard, while the one in Bandung does not serves pork menu. This system is already implemented by another famous ramen restaurant to target wider audience.

The ramen taste quite okay, with distinction of thicker broth. Their chicken karaage tasted superb and they have their signature spicy garlic as their condiment.

Overall dining experience is great, and we cannot wait to visit them again soon. 

Enjoy!

Hakata Ikkousha
Jl. R.E. Martadinata No. 172
Bandung - Indonesia
Phone: +6222 7231257
Fax: +6222 7231306
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ikkousha_ramen
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ikkousha.ramen

Tori Karaage

Chasu Don Ayam

Ramen Ayam Special

Their Signature Chopsticks

The Condiments

4/17/2014

Pepperlunch Trans Studio Mall: New Way to Sizzle

One of the favorite place for my Dad to eat when visiting Trans Studio Mall. In general, this is a twist of the original Teppanyaki from Japan and sizzling steak from USA, combined into a hot plate with Asian flavor.
They have two sauce: garlic which is savory and sweet sauce, which personally for me is better to be combined for better flavor :).

The portion is huge (it comes with a premium price, also :D), but very fulfilling. Good for filling your stomach when you are preparing to visit an event there, such as watching a 3 hour movie in the Cinema.

Other thing. You should eat them while it is hot, otherwise anything that are served on that hot plate might get burnt (been there before).

Enjoy!

Pepperlunch
Trans Studio Mall
2nd Floor B 203 P
Jl. Gatot Subroto No. 289
Bandung - Indonesia
Phone: +62 22 9109 1919
Twitter: https://twitter.com/pepperlunchBDG


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Double Hamburg
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Beef & Salmon
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Mashed Potatoes

4/16/2014

Riau Islands (Culinary) Trip in March 2013: Harbour Bay Seafood Restaurant, Batam


This is our last night staying in Batam. Tomorrow, we are returning to Bandung. After a tiring but happy days, a spectacular end is a must, and this place provides it.

Located conveniently in the Batam harbor, we can see Singapore lights from the place. The trip itself would take only around 30 minutes. So near, and it kept us wondering, is there any similar restaurant facing us also in Singapore?

Their dishes mostly are seafood. Their main diva menu is their signature Black Pepper Grilled Crab. The Crab is so big and have a lot of meat inside. Really spiking up your cholesterol level, but really worth it (We can burn the carbo later when we are returned to Bandung).

Overall dining experience was delighful. Cannot wait for us to return here again soon.

Enjoy! 

Harbour Bay Seafood Restaurant
Komplek Harbour Bay No.R 08
Jln. Duyung Sei Jodoh
Batu Ampar - Batam
29461 Batam – Indonesia
Phone: +62 778 – 741 5188
Fax: +62 778 - 741 5199
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/harbourbaysearesto
Email: info@harbourbaysearesto.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/hbseafoodresto
Website: http://www.harbourbayseafoodresto.com/

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The Signage


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Crab Soup
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Deep Fried Shrimp with Oatmeal
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Grilled Crab with Black Pepper Sauce
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Stir Fry Veggies with Seafood (Cap Cay)
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A View to Singapore
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Happy Hungry Face
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The Fresh Fish Aquarium






4/15/2014

Riau Islands (Culinary Trips) in March 2013: Otak-Otak Warisan pak Agu

Got this package from several medical doctors stationed in Batam and Bintan area. The shape and the taste of the otak-otak is very different compared with the one we used to eat here in Bandung or in Jakarta. The first difference is that the otak-otak tends to crumble easier compared with our version of otak-otak. Our theory suggest that the use of aci (some kind of flour) is very limited. The second difference is that this otak-otak must be using more fish compared with their counterpart here. The third difference is they have two version: the regular white version, and the red version which are imbued with chili.

We really liked them both. Hopefully we would be able to go there (or got a package sent to us? *hint*) sometimes soon in the future.

Enjoy!

Otak-otak Warisan Pak Agu

Ruko Palmspring B3 no5
Batam - Indonesia
Phone: +62 8127031280 or +627787071203
Web: https://www.facebook.com/otakotak.warisanpakagu
Twitter: https://twitter.com/@otakotakpak_agu

The Box

Number III Champion in Keppri!


Ingredients

Serving Suggestion

Brochure

The Otak-Otak



4/14/2014

Riau Islands (Culinary) Trip in March 2013: Kopi Selamat Pagi

Selamat Pagi!

Good Morning!

This is what we have tasted when we tried this coffee from Batam during our last trip there. The vendor stall was accidentally located during our search for cool beverages when we are "lost" in Nagoya Shopping District, Batam.
The taste of the coffee is quite strong! Inline with their name "Selamat Pagi". Really can kick start your morning in a positive way ^_^.

Enjoy!

Good Morning Coffee
Phone: +62778454563 or +62778456674
Twitter: http://twitter.com/KopiSelamatPagi

Kopi Selamat Pagi




4/13/2014

Riau Islands (Culinary) Trip in March 2013: Bintan Lagoon Resort


As mentioned earlier, we're staying in one of the resort in Lagoi that was Bintan Lagoon Resort. The resort is well known for its golf course. Well, that was the reason of our visit to this island, I mean, some from our group, while some of us want to see the beauty of the island itself. Since the area is managed by Singaporean and seems like a colony, we were kind of curious what would it be like.

So, from the gate which is separated the resort with its surrounding area, we could see from the infrastructure that it was very different. It had better quality, the road, the lighting, rainwater drainage system, and so on. The area is well designed. Although, once we arrived at the hotel, the building itself is little bit old and outdated. Well, the view from the lobby to the swimming pool is somehow great.

Since Aswin had left to play golf in the morning, then I had to have breakfast without him. The buffet had many varieties of food, but mostly Western food. I like the selection of salad and bread which they had. I choose the American style of breakfast such as toast, sausage, baked beans, potato wedges, and salad on the side. After that I could resist to taste their pancake because it seem good, well yeah...it was GREAT. It always best to have fruits in the morning, so I closed the breakfast with watermelon, melon, and the fruit compote. Last but least I have to start my morning with black coffee.

I love their beach, I could never be bored swim there since the water is so clear.

Enjoy!


Bintan Lagoon Resort
Bintan Island, Jalan Indera Segara Site A12
29155, Indonesia
Phone: +62 770 691388
Website: mozaichotels.com‎
             http://www.bintanlagoonresort.net/



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The View From the Restaurant
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The Restaurant Interior
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The Breakfast Menu
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Pancakes with Eggs
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A Balance Meal Should Include Fruits, Right?
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Fruit Compote

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A Cuppa Coffee to Kickstart Your Day!


4/12/2014

Riau Islands (Culinary) Trip in March 2013: Kelong Restoran Tunteja 533

We couldn't get enough of seafood. Since it kind of abundant here and relatively cheap compared in Jakarta or Bandung, so why not have a dinner with seafood (again). 

The place was quite far from the hotel, and since it was dark, I couldn't guest where are we right now. Just follow the crowd.

They were serving all kind of seafood like usual. We had deep fried flour battered shrimp, steamed fish, cap cay or stir fried vegetables, and chili crab, it was our favorite one. We also ordered fried chicken for the one who can't eat seafood. It was GOOD! Of course, nothing can beat the freshness of seafood while we're near the sea. 

So, our tummy were full and got back to the hotel feeling tired but happy :D

Enjoy!

Kelong Restaurant
Tunteja 533
Desa Sebung Pete
Kec. Teluk Sebung
Bintan


The entrance

Deep fried flour battered shrimp

Fried chicken (This one is good!)

Stir fried vegetables

Steamed fish

Our favorite: Chili carb. Yum!

Full tummy = happy faces!



4/11/2014

Riau Islands (Culinary) Trip in March 2013: Mega Bintan KM. 50

We left Tanjung Pinang in the morning after we went to Penyengat Island. Our next destination was Lagoi. According to Wikitravel, the area is located at the northern tip of the island, around 2 hours trip (70 km) by bus from Tanjung Pinang  and 45 minutes from Singapore by ferry. Lagoi is full of expensive resorts and manicured lawns, and it has very little in common with the rest of the island. It is known as Bintan resort and commonly misunderstood as a colony of Singapore because of its higher standards in infrastructures, utilities and security.

It is very much a family-oriented destination, there are currently five independently owned and operated beach resorts, four designer golf courses as well as a range of recreational facilities and attractions located within it. Most tourists come for its serene characteristic, where they can laze by the beach, enjoy spa, play golf and dabble in watersports. The area is separated from the rest of Bintan by thick forests, checkpoints, and armed guards.

We were stopped for a while in between our trip to have lunch at rumah makan Mega Bintan KM. 50. It is the type of warung that serve chicken/beef soup with clear  or coconut milk broth. It was remind me of warung my colleague, and I used to have for lunch in Serpong. As expected the soup was superb, but since the weather was so hot I was drizzled with sweat while eating, and that was when cold drinks became the savior. They provided a variety of drinks in the can which came from Malaysia.

Next: LAGOI. I'm very excited since I heard so many stories about this place and how beautiful and odd. Well, where else in Indonesia that the currency is in Singaporean Dollar.

Rumah Makan
Mega Bintan
KM 50
Bintan - Indonesia

Their Famous Sop Ayam
Hungry faces? YES!
They also provide other menu beside sop and soto
Soto & Sop Display
Sop Ayam w/ Rice
The Large Lemon/ Citrus for Additional Tangy Flavor

Kerupuk
Drinks (We think it is coming from Malaysia)

Spicy Chili
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Photo group before heading to Lagoi. Cheese!