--> Aswin and Alia's Food Journey: February 2012

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

Bali (Culinary) Trip in March 2014

Finally, after a year of planning, we are able to set up a trip to Bali. Very excited! Alia has been mentioning about Ubud for quite some time and now this trip is about to be realized.

Welcome Home: Nanny's Pavillon Housewarming

On 30th of April 2014, we were invited to the housewarming of the newest Nanny's Pavillon restaurant in Jalan R.E. Martadinata (Riau), Bandung.

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


Homemade Pancake with Raisin and Ice Cream

Never thought that homemade pancake taste this good. Put raisin in the dough and taste awesome. Try this at home with this recipe and you can develop into your signature pancake. I usually put oatmeal to have it more 'healthy'

200gr all purpose flour
1.5 tbsp castor sugar
1/2 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tps salt
2 eggs
200 ml milk
30 gr melted butter

Put all purpose flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. And then mix eggs with milk and pour it to the flour little by little. Mix it and add melted butter.

What is the connection between Batagor Abuy & Martabak Sakura?

Batagor Abuy
Martabak Sakura's stall
What is the connection between Batagor Abuy and Martabak Sakura? Well, they even quite different type of food. Ok, it is in Bandung, right, but more specific they are in the same spot.

The food court on jalan Lengkong Besar Bandung, open from 4 pm. That day we're buying the martabak for our dinner the savory one of course, but the the sweet one never failed to tempt us. So, we also ordered the sweet one, I think it was the half chocolate peanut and the other half cheese or we call it 'campur'. Aswin never like the chocolate with the peanut one, he said it really taste not good, but for me it kind of classic. It remind me of my childhood moment, the martabak mini street vendor who always there in front of my school, from kindergarten through senior high, there always this type of street vendor. So, chocolate and peanut, it is yay for me.

Back to the food court, and while we were waiting for the martabak, luckily there was no queue, because like when I bought martabak good, there's no people around but the queue was very long, we ordered batagor abuy. This batagor, in my opinion, is the best batagor in Bandung, well I don't like batagor Kingsley and batagor Riri. Batagor Abuy has intense flavor of fish and the best one you can never find anywhere is their peanut sauce, hot, spicy and delicious.

Batagor Abuy, I love thee!

Azuma @90 Gourmet, Jl. Riau Bandung

After several times of planning and re-planning to go here, and many cancelled trips or detours, finally we are visiting the 90 Gourment at Jl. Riau, Bandung. The reasoning of the cancelled trips varies, but mostly is due to the unavailability of parking space, and long line of waiting list.
Today, on my dad's 60's birthday, finally we can go here. Too bad Ahyar, Ia, and little Dimas could not make it here. Fortunately, the place is quite empty (although the parking space is still a big issue). The restaurant itself consisted of three main restaurants: Azuma, Cherry Blossom and Patio. Azuma serves Japanese food, Cherry Blossom serves Western food, while Patio is more like Italian restaurant with a bar on their balcony. Azuma opens with regular time, while Patio closes a little bit late (around 12 PM). They also have a cupcake store in the front area called Butter Cream.
We go and try to eat at Azuma. The interior and decor are outstanding. Very detail and clean. The food in overall tasted great. Look forward to visit them again in the future. Itadakimashu!

The Restaurant Signage: Very Japanese!
Their one of signature drink, Kiwi Cucumber
Spicy Salmon Maki
Special California Roll
Shrimp Pasta
Strawberry Juice
Blueberry Juice
Sirloin Steak
Surprise ingredients inside the Kiwi Cucumber (can you guess what it is?)
The entrance
90 Gourmet
Jl. Riau No. 90
Bandung, 40141 - Indonesia
Phone: +6222 4203295

L(br)unch at Kitchenette

That day Aswin and I were going to Jakarta because Aswin had an appointment with someone at Plaza Indonesia. So, I was waiting for Aswin until he finished the meeting and also took Jum'at prayer at Kitchenette. I was planning to go here, but I guess that day I had the chance to enjoy sitting at one of their chair and look at the passer by. It was the place meet the concept to see and to be seen. I think I was going there around 10 am, so the place quite empty because from what I've heard this place always packed with people, especially on meal time.

So, I ordered hot cappucino and the infamous red velvet cupcake, but too bad they didn't have any yet, so I picked red velvet whoopie pie. I decided to order lunch after Aswin got back for Jum'at prayer. Like I expected the coffee taste great and the pie...superb. I also like the interior of the restaurant, I guess that's why many restaurant in Bandung, such as Le Marly and Sugar Rush -the one we currently visited- are copying their interior. It looked like vintage kitchen. The service also great, considering of the price, I guess with the price like that they should have great service. Well, they even had a bag for my bag, so the bag wouldn't get dirty and I wouldn't be sitting while holding my bag on my lap.
Bag in a "bag"
Red Velvet Whoopie Pie
Hot Cappucinno

When Aswin came around 1 pm, it's definitely like what I heard, the place was full. In the right side of my table there were 6 children with their parents and two baby sitter and at the back of my table I think they're people who were working in this are took their lunch. So, I guess it was right decision to stay here early.

I ordered their galettes, the savory crepes and it was their specialty, kind of forget of the name. I think there were cheese, beef bacon, and potato chips, what I remember is the price, around Rp. 60.000,- well quite expensive for crepes. But the crepes was huge and taste awesome, well comparing to what I had in Le Marly, for the price like that if the galettes not good I think I will smack the chef on the head...kidding. Aswin picked homemade mac & cheese for his lunch and some tea with fruit on a jar for his drink. I tasted the mac & cheese and that's what I called mac & cheese, the taste of the cheese was delicious. I think they used good quality of parmesan and cheddar cheese.

The galettes, savory crepes
Homemade mac & cheese
Tea with fruit in a jar (actually it's not the name)
Cute detail on the floor

Well, it was time to pay and yup...the lunch cost us Rp. 250.000,- Well, comparing to the price of the food in Bandung, the price kind of high. Of course, don't compare it with the Valley in Bandung, with the same price, Kitchenette had more in quality. But, I really would like to come here again maybe with someone treating us. *evil smile*


Daiji Raamen at Cihampelas Walk

The facade
The entrance
Seating area
The stair
The seating area look like bar
Stack of bowls
Gyuu Karee Raamen
Daiji Tori Raamen
Detail of the stair
The bar chairs

Located on Young Boulevard at Cihampelas Walk, Bandung, you will never missed the spot. Grey and with touch of red in the facade with the concept of Japanese noodle place. You can find ramen and donburi here, there's five  styles of ramen miso, shoyu, ... and the dry one. I picked the which the waiter said it is the salty and savory, for the topping I choose tori or chicken. Aswin ordered their karee ramen. Overall the taste is OK, and they are facing fierce competition from several of our favorite ramen stand around Bandung. But, if you are happened to be in Cihampelas Walk, it is safe to say that they served the best ramen in that mall. Itadakimashu!

Daiji Ramen
Cihampelas Walk Young Boulevard
Jl. Cihampelas
Bandung - Indonesia
Web: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Daiji-Raamen/94787816962

Pastry with Ragout Filling from Victoria Bakery

We've been constantly writing about this Victoria Bakery & Cafetaria in previous posts like here and here. We rarely come here, just couple of time and in the past time we often went to the library or store that rent books in front of the bakery. One day, our relative gave us  this pastry from Victoria, we doubted that it will be delicious, from outlook appearance, I think it like banana pastry or pisang molen from Kartika Sari. Then our thoughts are wrong, it was pastry but inside there's variety of ragout, from vegetable only to sausage and the taste was VERY delicious, I means I never taste pastry like this at Kartika Sari or Primarasa. My sister in law also said the same that it is very good.

So, if you look another alternative for gifts from Bandung once you have vacation here, considerate this option because I think the pisang molen just too ordinary and once you try this you will never get enough.

Victoria Bakery and Cafetaria
Jl. Pager gunung No. 7 Bandung

Yamatoya is Back! Thank God

There is a reason why currently I am not regularly goes to BEC (or as Alia used to call it: Aswin's Shrine) these days. Not just because of the full time study has limited my chance to go there, or because after taking the basic financial planning class last year, I have reduce my financial spending spree. No, not just because of those reasons.
One of the main reasons is because I could find a decent place to eat there, after Yamatoya was closed several months ago.
But guess what? They're back! In smaller outlets, but still delivering those yummy Japanese foods. So, if you happened to go to BEC and got no inspiration on what to eat. Don't hesitate! Just go straight to the Food court and try to find the Yamatoya stand there. Enjoy!

Chicken Katsu Ramen

The new Outlet (just pay attention to the lady in kimono)

Their signature large waiting list number flag (is this the correct name?)

Yamatoya Japanese Food
Bandung Electronic Center - Food Court Area
Jl. Purnawarman 
Bandung - Indonesia


Fondue Fountain at Hawker Street in Gasibu (Contributed by Ruben Juliarto)

This current publication is contributed by Ruben, one of my close friend at SBM-ITB. Look forward for your other publications in our blog bro!

Sunday morning, I went to Gasibu market walking and shopping. We found unusual seller equipped with fondue fountain behind the glass window. It seems that the machine requires electricity. I saw the chocolate
flowing beautifully. It was very tempting as I couldn't resist not-to-buy anymore. Asking the price, the seller replied Rp 1.000 each. I ordered strawberry and banana, which are stored in Styrofoam cooling box. All fruits were frozen, I guess that the frozen fruits will help the liquid chocolate to solidify. You can observe it in the picture below. By the way this is the last time I buy Sate Buah/ Fruit Satay (seller's brand) since I don't like it very very much. Chocolate tasted plain and frozen fruits are not fresh.

The Chocolate Fountain

The Fruit Fondue

Smelted Chocolate Fondue (Contributed by Ruben Juliarto)

This current publication is contributed by Ruben, one of my close friend at SBM-ITB. Look forward for your other publications in our blog bro!

I got idea to spend afternoon as much fun as possible, to eat fruits dipped in chocolate fondue. So we went out to nearest supermarket Yogya Griya, buying out ingriedients. So let me list it for you: dark cooking chocolate, whipped cream, and rum. The last item is the most expensive one, more than Rp 50.000 for small 100ml bottle. We opted rum essence Rp 17.000 50 ml bottle. Of course it tastes like rum but I didn't expect rum spirit.

Don't forget to grab fruits and put it on your shopping basket. Sour fruits just taste better than sweet fruit dipped in choco fondue. I gave a shot to dip red grapes, and I don't like it as much as sour fruits. Sweet fruits and sweet chocolate are not good pair.  I picked star fruits, strawberries, Apel Malang- apples originated from Batu Malang. Also I picked red grapes, and I don't recommend this fruits. I do encourage you to try green grapes which tastes more sour than red grapes. Please tell me if you try that, I am still curious about that. Anyway Apel Malang was not good, was not as crunchy as used to be. I regret it so much to buy it.

Homemade Chocolate Fondue #1

Homemade Chocolate Fondue #2

Rushing to home, I couldn't wait to melt to chocolate. I filled pan with water around one-third, then put it on stove to boil it. Made the chocolate into small pieces, and put those small pieces on another metal pot. After waiting to warm up the water, put the metal pot contains small-piece chocolate into the warm pan. Let the chocolate melt as the temperature keep rising. Meanwhile I prepared whipped cream, as I bought cream powder. Add cold water to powder and then stirred it rather fast.  As the chocolate becomes liquid enough, add the whipped cream. Anyway I only use about 125gr chocolate, 60cc whipped cream, and one half spoon of rum essence.

Here the picture I took before I ate all of it. Please forgive I am not sharing the fondue with you. Only sharing the picture. Enjoy!

Santana Taco & Beverages

One of the new addition in PAKSI canteen SBM-ITB. An alternative if you are craving for Mexican flavor in Bandung (which is very hard to find). Enjoy!

Beef & Cheese Burrito 
The Stall
Santana Taco & Beverages
Jl. Ganesha No. 10
Bandung - 40132

Just Us, BEC

Again, due to the side effect of TV Cable (Damn you Adam Richman and his Man v. Food show!), I have a craving for burger. As I could not get one at Campus, so when we go to BEC, the first place to see was a burger joint. Luckily they have one there. For a price of Rp 26.000 (USD 3), you can get a Sloppy Joe Cheese Burger, French Fries, and Lemon Tea. Enjoy!

The Outlet

Sloppy Joe Cheese Burger Combo

Bon Appetit!