--> Aswin and Alia's Food Journey: 2013

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


Enjoying Original Korean Fried Chicken at Myeong Ga Restaurant

One thing that we missed during our last trip to Korea, is trying their original fried chicken. After we returned to Bandung, we have made the search to find the best Korean fried chicken as one of our obsession.

Searching ups and down. left and right, we came to visit this place: Myeong Ga Korean Restaurant. We are very familiar with their branch in Papaya, but never ever tried their main branch in Jl. Prof. Sutami. 

The place is very well designed. When we entered, a similar feeling begin to come to us, as we entered a restaurant during our trip to Nami Island and Seoul. The greetings of "hwan-yeong" are said by the waitress here. The traditional dress by the waitress. The calm and relaxing ambiance. And even the guest are mostly Korean.

As our main purpose is to try their fried chicken, then we quickly ordered their fried chicken, 2 bowl of rice, Jjajangmyeon , Mango Juice and Aloe Vera drink. While we are waiting, we are served appetizers of kimchi, fried tofu, mushrooms, and other delicacy. Also, when we ordered, we got free flow of Korean tea, just like we experienced back in Korea.

When we faced the serving, we are amazed with the size. It should be enough to served up to four people! Wow, amazing!

The chicken tasted very good. A combination of familiar breaded fried chicken, but with an Asian twist. Yum! The noodle also tasted delicious. Happy tummy and happy face.

And for a while, we feel like returning to Seoul again.


Myeong Ga Korean Restaurant
Jl. Terusan Prof. Dr. Sutami No. 52A
Phone: +62 22 2007 363

The Appetizers

Mango Juice

Aloe Vera Drink


Korean Fried Chicken

Hungry (Happy) Face!


Things We Find at Car Free Day Event: Teh Sereh at CFD Dago

If you check our previous post about Car Free Day event, you already know the reason why we loved to come here so much. Not because we are working out to make us healthier by exercising or joining aerobic class here like others do (sadly..), but because we can find new interesting meal and beverages here. 

Like the last time we visit here, we found a unique new mash-up called Cingcau Cappuccino. Now, another new beverages emerges called as Teh Sereh (Lemongrass Tea).

Lemongrass? Are you serious?

Apparently, yes... Lemongrass is already known as one of the ingredients of herbal medicine in the east. So, why not mixed them up with tea, bottled them, and sell them as a regular drink (Asian loves this thing. Sometimes things can get overboard, like Japanese beef tongue flavored ice cream).  

Selling price in Car Free Day event: Rp 6.000 (US$ 0.5) per bottle, or Rp 15.000 (US$ 1.2) per 3 bottle. Currently only serving in Car Free Day Dago and nearest Borma supermarket chain, but they expect to expand their brand soon.

So, if you are feeling like to try a new twist of tea flavor in a bottle, this tea worth trying.


Teh Sereh
Car Free Day Dago (in front of SMAN Satu Dago)
Jl. Ir. H. Juanda

The Outlet


Things We Find in Car Free Day Event: Burger Ramen at CFD Dago

We always liked to go and visit Car Free Day event in Bandung, as interesting thing(s) are always can be found here. Today on the list of mash up includes energetic street dancing, rock band, and Barney the Dinosaur human doll (although not quite impressing our nephews ^_^, as they prefer to stay in a distance with the performer).

For food, one of the new things found here is Ramen Burger. Currently is hyping in the USA, and already being predicted as one of the food trend that will be happening in 2014, it is already entering Indonesia.

Serving for an affordable price of Rp 15.000 (around US$ 1.2), it is offering an Asian twist of a familiar meal that everyone loved so much. Currently they are only serving it in Car Free Day Dago event only, as they still looking for a place for opening their first branch. Hopefully they can find a spot soon, so we can regularly try this unique invention.


Burger Ramen
Car Free Day Dago (in front of SMAN Satu Dago)
Jl. Ir. H. Juanda
Twitter: @BurgerRamen_ID
Delivery Order: +62 898 749 1421

Burger Ramen Stand in Car Free Day Dago


Another Sushi Joint: Sushi Tora at Riau Junction & Trans Studio Mall

After visited site of our current interior project. I was quite hungry because I only ate oatmeal for breakfast and lunch. And Aswin went to Jakarta to do some errand. So, what to eat? I was thinking about healthy food in Toko Kehidupan, which Aswin does not quite like, but I guess the traffic rather awful, so it lead me to Riau Junction instead. I was thinking about Myeong Ga or maybe Kopi Scooter, but after I was there. Suddenly, sushi come to mind and I've been craving for sushi for days. So, I was curious about this one sushi stall in Riau Junction, Sushi Tora. I end up ordered for spicy salmon roll, aburo maguro, and cold ocha. It cost around Rp 50.000,- Surprisingly the sushi was extremely good, it was so fresh, and me like it! Well, I found another sushi place which isn't so crowded (yet) with people.

The Outlet

The Interior

Spicy Salmon Roll

Aburo Maguro

They also have another branch in Trans Studio Mall (ex. Bandung Super Mall). This time I am bringing Aswin to the place :).

The Interior

Is this soy sauce, or fantasy?

The Menu #1

The Menu #2

The Interior Design. Looked Super Cool (and Very Japanese)

The Interior #2

Tuna Roll

Shrimp Sushi

The Grilled One on the left

Chicken Popcorn

Their Signature Squared Sushi



Sushi Tora

Riau Junction Ground Floor RGF-04B
Jl. R. E. Martadinata No. 17 (Riau)
Bandung - Indonesia
Phone: +6222 4202456

Trans Studio Mall GF-A089
Jl. Gatot Subroto No. 289
Bandung Indonesia
Phone: +6222 91091832

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/_sushitora


Things We Find at Pasar Kue Buah Batu: Delfiza Cake & Pastry

Bandung is well known for the bakery and pastry places, such as Kartika Sari, Primarasa, Bawean, La Belle, and so on. So, they are favorite place for tourist to buy gifts for their family and friends, but the price quite high since Jakartans the one who swarming those places. I found this place called pasar kue subuh or maybe we called it morning snack market on Jalan Buah Batu, it is near Dunkin Donuts. The vendor provided cake and pastry in very reasonable price around Rp 1000 - Rp 1500/pieces and for the cakes around Rp 20.000 - Rp 30.000.

A couple of weeks ago, my mother asked me to buy snacks for 100 days commemorating my brother's funeral and I went there. In abundance of places, I found this corner of stall who sells quite delicious cake and pastry. The vendor, although have only small logo here, actually have a small industry at home called Delfiza Cake and Pastry. Their cakes looks delicious and after I sampled it, it turned out very well.

Good price, great taste, delicious looking display. What can you ask for more?


Delfiza Cake & Pastry
Jl. Sari Indah VII Komplek Sari Indah Residence Kav. 6
Phone: +6222 702969/ +62 81324087633

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Short Hot Sauce Review: Lingham's Chili Sauce

Hot sauce and Indonesian people is inseparable. Most of dishes that came from ancestors of Alia and Me is usually drizzled with hot sauce/ chili sauce. Rendang, Ayam Pop, Gulai Ayam, Fried Chicken, Lalapan, and others must be accompanied/ created with hot sauce.

That is why we liked to try different takes on hot sauce, especially from outside of Indonesia. Today we review the Lingham Chili Sauce. Celebrating their 100 years of serving, we really think that they must have done a great job in serving these flaming chili sauce.

Quick glance to their ingredients, they only add chili, sugar and water to their ingredients. No onion, no preservation, no shallot, just plain old chili sauce.

The taste: Great! Not too spicy, but really makes a great condiment for foods.

Recommendation: add it to your fried chicken, chicken porridge, or plain omelette to start up your day.


Lingham Chili Sauce
Tel: +603 8723 9588
Fax: +603 8723 7577
Website: http://www.lingham.com

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The Bottle


Cuisine Francaise Authentique at Paris Villages, Setrasari Mall

We have not eaten a great French food for quite some time. We think the last time we ate french cuisine in Indonesia, is when we went to Bistro Delifrance in Jakarta in 2011! Wow, almost 2 years.

We did though ate some great quiche a while ago, courtesy of the nice people in OuicheID. So it is a revelation for us to have a French Restaurant opened in Bandung.

We think aside from the cafe in CCF Bandung, Bandung does not have any specific French Restaurant. Just like Soleluna who sold Spanish cuisine, we think this place is really exciting.

Starting from the clear welcoming facade of the restaurant, we already feel that this is a great way to have a nice evening. Today we are accompanied by our friend who are happened to enjoy traveling and food, Dibja and our nice and lovely close friend/ lecturer/ architect/ traveler/ foodie/ anthropologist Mbak Indah.

When we entered the restaurant, it was quite empty, but suddenly the chef walked in and greeted us in French.

"Bon Jour!"

Hehehe... We replied back with our Sundanese accent: "Bon Jour to you too, Sir!".

He direct us to our seating and quickly serves the menu. We looked at it, and we were looking at each other: the menu only serves beverages, while we are really hungry at that time. Do they serve food here?

Not less than a minute, the chef quickly pulled a big blackboard and begin to explain us about the food menu. Now, that is impressive! The presentation really adds create a special twist and additional appreciation for customers. We liked the place already!

He patiently explains to us each of the menu and answers all of our sometimes funny, inaccurate, and innocent questions. One particular question that we remembered is about the caviar menu. Do they really serves caviar in a salad? He quickly pointed out that it is  french cuisine, which involves, pickled zucchini marinated in cheese. Hmmm... No caviar, but anything marinated in cheese must be tasty! ^_^.

After a while, we quickly ordered several foods and asked them to be served in the middle for sharing. We ordered the Quiche Emmental (Cheese Quiche), Gratin Oignons (Famous French Onion Soup), Caviar de Corgettes (Pickled Diced Zucchini in Cheese Marinate), Beef Filet with Blue Cheese Sauce, and a couple additional french bread. For dessert,  we ordered their Creme Brulee Cafe. For drinks,  we opted for Kir beverages (traditional French Apple Cider). Dibja ordered the Cafe Au Lait and Mbak Indah ordered their Gin.

The foods were served in order, and we quickly dig in. Wow, it was really excellent! We think that their foods are very French: it were seasoned well, presented nicely and with full attention to detail.

Due to the atmosphere and great company, we stayed there for almost three hours. Really enjoying the time we spent there.

Not long then the owner came, and we talked with him for more. He talks about his passion for foods, for Bandung, for french cuisine, and more. The discussion really adds a lot of dimension and knowledge for us about French cuisine.

Too bad we need to end our day there. But rest assured, we will go here again soon!


Paris Villages | Cuisine Francaise Authentique
Setrasari Mall Blok B4 No. 98
Jl. Surya Sumantri
Bandung - 40163
Phone: +6222 2006958
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Paris_Villages
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ParisVillages

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Happy (Hungry) Faces!
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The Appetizers
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French Bread, Fresh From the Oven
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Caviar de Courgettes
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Gratin Oignons
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Quiche Emmental
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Beef Filet
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Creme Brulee Cafe
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Kir Bretong
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The Chef Introducing The Menu
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Cafe Au Lait
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The Interior #1
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The Interior #2
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The Beverages Menu #1
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The Beverages Menu #2
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The Outlet Facade 
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The Outlet Sign


Things We Find In Car Free Day Event: Kue Balok

We love going to car free day event. For those of you who are not familiar with the Car Free Day event, it is an event held for a half of day in Bandung, where some specific road(s) are closed for cars and motorcycles. The road(s) usually then filled with activities such as aerobics, dancing, music performance, and amateur vendors.

There are currently two Car Free Day events in Bandung, held in Buah Batu and Dago area. Currently Alia is visiting the one in Dago area.

Here we can find a lot of vendors selling traditional snacks and foods such as cookies, fried snacks, beverages, up to the more western foods such as grilled sausages, tornado potato fries and burgers.

One particular snack that we encountered in CFD Buah Batu and Dago is this one: Kue Balok. Traditional cookies made using (almost) similar dough with Pancake Batter, and usually serves with sugar frosting on top. Keeping up with more modern twist, now they serves them with raisin, chocolate chip, almond, and one of our favorite toppings: cheese.

With the price of Rp 5000 (USS 0.4) per 3 pcs, it is a great bargain. Accompanied with a good cup of coffee, this combination can really lighten up your day.


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Kue Balok with Raisin Topping

Snacks So Good, It Need Intervention...

We don't know who invented this snack.

Based on our hypotheses:

We think historically it was initiated by the Krip Krip noodle snack that were famous during our elementary school days, then it went haywire during our Senior High School to College era when students, poor and hungry tried to come up with a new snack. Here, a new snack were invented: Behold of the Instant Noodle Eaten Raw era! Cost less than Rp 500 back then, it was becoming a staple of snacks for some of us.

Food producers, looking for the opportunity to profit from this phenomenon, decided to cash in with the creation of these snack creations such as the brand from Mamee and this particular food: Enaak.

Somewhat, we are stuck with this snack right now. 10 packages can be downed in almost a day that somewhat Alia already think that we need to go to an intervention and join a rehab just to limit our daily consumption.

Hmmm... After this post, We DO think that we need an intervention. Perhaps for a couple of weeks from now, it is Broccoli and Carrot as a snack for us.


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Snack so good it need an intervention...