--> Aswin and Alia's Food Journey: February 2014

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


Jakarta (Culinary) Trip in June 2013: Bakmi Gang Kelinci Pasar Baru

We are big fans of Mie. Either cooked with broth to become a Mie Ayam/ Mie Baso/ Bakmi, or saute with vegetables to become Mie Goreng/ Kwetiaw Goreng/ Ifu Mie. All of Mie is yummy for us.

However, some Mie stands out among the others. Legendary places are scattered all around Indonesia, and today, we are lucky to be able to visit one of the Legendary mie vendor: Bakmi Gang Kelinci.

Tucked in a small alley called (obviously...) Gang Kelinci, the restaurant offered traditional noodle-based dishes consisted of Mie Ayam, Fried Noodle and Siomay.

The portion is adequate. The taste was great. And the most important part: we managed to tick one of our bucket list of visiting legendary noodle vendors all around Indonesia. Yay!


Bakmi Gang Kelinci
Jl. Kelinci Raya No. 1-3
Pasar Baru Sawah Besar
Jakarta Pusat DKI Jakarta
Jakarta Pusat
Phone: +62 21 3522288
Website: http://www.bakmigangkelinci.com/

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Their Famous Siomay
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Their Famous Chicken Mee (Mie Ayam)
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Mie Ayam with Meatball


Jakarta (Culinary) Trip in June 2013: Ayam Kremes Wayang Pasar Baru Jakarta

When we reached Jakarta, we were really hungry. We think that Pasar Baru area will be opened until 10 PM or something. After all, it is a marketplace right?

It turned out we were dead wrong. Sooooo wrong...

When we decided to go and eat at 8 PM we were quickly presented with a bitter realization: Everything was closed at that time.

Panicking and more importantly, hungry, we searched for a place to eat there.

We finally found a place where it seems everyone are eating and drawn to a same place. And it is fully packed. The Ayam Kremes Wayang.

In front, there is a signage that says: Package consisted of Ayam Kremes (fried crispy chicken) + Lalap (raw vegetable) + chili sauce + iced tea price Rp 15k (US$ 1.5). Is it too good to be true?

When we reached here, we are pretty much game on whatever they are serving. And it is true. When ordering, it turned out we are pretty much ordering the last piece of chicken that they have there.

We ordered 3 Ayam Kremes  + Rice + Iced Tea + Mineral Water. It turned out the chicken was very crispy and good. We don't know what they put in the ingredients but if comparing them with the now trendy Korean chicken wings, this babies are sure can compete. The chili are super hot and the Iced Tea are thick with sugar, Javanese style. A really good way to end your night (with minimum budget).


Ayam Kremes Wayang
Pasar Baru
Jl. Samanhudi

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Jakarta (Culinary) Trip in June 2013: Kopi Oey Tune Hotel Pasar Baru

Our today's purpose of trip to Jakarta is to accompanied me on scholarship interview. The scholarship was provided by the Indonesian Department of Finance, and the location is in the center of Jakarta.

Bearing in mind (and cost), we decided to book a hotel room in Tune Hotel Pasar Baru. The reasons is because of the closeness of the hotel to the interview location, and the magnet of Pasar Baru area as a tourism spot, preferably by our Malaysian friend.

The place that we've stayed have a small coffee shop called Kopi Oey in the ground floor. As we are hungry and tired, we decided to ordered the food from here. The place itself offered various local foods, as well as courses from our neighboring countries of Singapore and Malaysia.

The taste in overall was okay and fulfilling. Now all we have to do do after lunch is go to bed before visiting Pasar Baru at night.


Kopi Oey
Tune Hotel Pasar Baru
Jalan Haji Samanhudi No.25, Jakarta Pusat
Kota Jakarta Pusat, DKI Jakarta 10710
Phone: +62 21 38902172
Web: http://kopioey.com/

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Fried Rice
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Take Away Sandwich
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The Neat Box
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Rice in Pandan Leaves
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A Bowl of Noodle
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Cool Drink for this Hot Day!
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Very Thick Toast!


Nasi Kuning & Bubur Ayam Pasir Salam

One of our favorite place to eat breakfast on the go. The outlet is always empty, but don't let the appearance fooled you, as the outcome can be two ways: Either nobody eat there, or the food is already being sold out.

Apparently, the latter is what you get when you visit this place over 08:00 AM. Like today, we managed to get just one portion of Nasi Kuning and two portions of Bubur Ayam. I have the next customer as my grumbling witness you haplessly can only watch me smile while I bring the last piece of Bubur Ayam & Nasi Kuning to my car.

Perhaps there is Karma at play, and maybe the next time I am visiting this vendor, it is he who will smile in front of me, while he brings the last order Nasi Kuning & Bubur Ayam to his car :).


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Nasi Kuning Pasir Salam

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Bubur Ayam Pasir Salam

Bubur Ayam & Nasi Kuning Pasir Salam
Jl. Pasir Salam Raya (in front of Alfamart)
Bandung - Indonesia


Man vs Food Edition: Nasi Goreng Suyud

*spoiler warning*



Man and Woman lose. BIG TIME!



I mean, looked at the size of that portion -_____-".

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1/2 versus full portion. Use the spoon as scaling device. Big isn't it?

The nasi goreng is still tasty, delicious with a hint of charcoal in them. But the portion... We think it can feed an entire battalion so to speak :).

The chef was kind enough to reduce our embarrassment, by offering the nasi goreng to be wrapped. 

And it took us two days to finish the whole portion...

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Man and Woman: 0; Food 2

So, in the end, a wise words from us: if you have large stomach capacity, and like to challenge yourself, them this nasi goreng Suyud portion is a must for you to conquer. At least it will give you the bragging rights after you finished it whole.

For us, perhaps after a decent training to increase our input capacity under the tutelage of Adam Richman, then we will visit them again.

For humanity!


Nasi Goreng Suyud
Jl. Mangga (in front of Republika office)
Bandung - Indonesia


Kuala Lumpur (Culinary) Trip in April 2013: I Love Yoo! Tiao

On our final day in Bukit Bintang, we decided to take one last quick round trip in the Pavilion Shopping Mall. Have not yet explored all of the restaurants here, we decided to visit their food courts.

Not feeling hungry, we tried to find some snacks there. And after a while of searching we finally found what we are looking for.

The outlet called I Love Yoo! Tiao, a mixed up between the sentence of "I love you" and Youtiao, the outlet serves a freshly fried Youtiao, or Chinese cruller. In Indonesia, their counterpart might be cakwe, who are also shaped similar.

Freshly made and fried on the spot, this Youtiao serves as a perfect goodbye for our happy trip in Kuala Lumpur.

Look forward to visiting this city again soon.


I Love Yoo! Tiao
Pavilion Shopping Mall, Food Court Area
168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 55100 
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

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The Outlet
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The Package
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The Sweet Youtiao
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The Savory Youtiao


Kuala Lumpur (Culinary) Trip in April 2013: Lunch in Front of Petronas Twin Tower

One of the tricks we learned during our trip abroad is that you can save quite a lot of money on meals by visiting the local stores and duplicating what the locals ate during their lunch/ dinner time.

And so, the time we visited the Petronas Twin Tower at KLCC (Kuala Lumpur Convention Center), we tried our best to copy what the local workers ate there. After a careful investigation, it seems that a lot of them prefer to eat on the go, with the choices of prepackaged nasi lemak and fried meals in supermarkets as the quick and fulfilling choice.

So we choose to have our meals just like them. With the open air view of Suria KLCC and its surrounding park, we downed two packages of nasi lemak and fried wonton.

Not bad. Perhaps it would be useful for us in case we are working in here. At least we already known where to eat our lunch :).


Petronas Twin Tower
Jalan Ampang
Kuala Lumpur

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Fried Wonton
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Food Source
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Nasi Lemak
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Beautiful View #1
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Beautiful View #2
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Nasi Lemak #2


Kuala Lumpur (Culinary) Trip in April 2013: Burger Bakar Abang Burn

Today we have the honor of being taken out by one of our best friend in Malaysia, Shazrin. He is currently working as a lecturer in UiTM, Malaysia.

He is visiting us all the way from Shah Alam, and tonight he brings us to this hip place called Burger Bakar Abang Burn.

It is a local franchise of grilled burger, that is quite famous here, with 15 chains are opened all around Malaysia. What so special about their course in our opinion is the gigantic serving that they served. 

I ordered their burger, and they served their side dish of sausages, instead of regular fries. Other unique thing that we find here, is the addition of onion rings inside the burger and the hard-to-miss towering soda.

Really great place for hanging out with your friends.

Thanks Shazrin! Hopefully we can see you again soon!


Burger Bakar Abang Burn
Website: http://www.abangburn.com/

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Burger Bakar
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Burger Bakar & Sausage
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Towering Soda
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Ais Campur
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The Interior #1
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The Interior #2
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The Exterior


Kuala Lumpur (Culinary) Trip in April 2013: Komugi

It was late at night, and we are making our last round of windows shopping in Pavilion, Bukit Bintang, when suddenly we sees a crowd in a Bakery.

The crowding happened because apparently the Bakery is selling their bread in discount due to closing time. A common marketing strategy among bakeries.

Being a good Indonesian customer, who never missed a chance for any discount opportunity, we quickly joined the crowd.

Komugi is a bakery specializing in Japanese type of bread. The bread usually soft and very light, and this is also what we found when we are trying a bite of their bread.

Light, yummy, soft. The only problem now is that we think we might added weight quite a lot when we went back home :).


Komugi Bakery
Pavilion Shopping Mall
Lot No. : 6.24.1A, Level 6
168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 
Phone: +603-2148 0369
Website: http://www.komugi.com.my/aboutus.html

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The Logo
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The Bread #1
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The Bread #2


Kuala Lumpur (Culinary) Trip in April 2013: Fruit Vendor in Damansara

While walking to our bus stop after feasting in IKEA Damansara, somewhat our inner self are speaking: 

"You have not eat fruits and veggies today..."

"You should have some..."

And suddenly, this fruit vendor are showing up in front of us. Filled with fresh fruits, we quickly ordered their mixed fruits.

Fresh. Tasty. And most importantly: guilt free.


Fruit Vendor in Damansara
Mutiara Damansara, 47800 Petaling Jaya
Selangor, Malaysia

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Look At Those Fruits!


Kuala Lumpur (Culinary) Trip in April 2013: Ikea Damansara Food Court

We love visiting IKEA. Not just because of their simple furniture design, but also for their famous food courts.

Starting with their hot dogs, followed by their ice cream...

Then comes with the shopping...

After paying in the cashier, continuing our journey to their food court, and tasting their famous Swedish meat balls, grilled chicken, and chicken wings.


Thank God we take the bus to our hotel :).


IKEA Damansara
2 Jalan PJU 7/2, Mutiara Damansara
47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Phone: +60 3-7726 7777
Website: http://www.ikea.com/my/en/store/damansara/indexPage

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Trying their famous Hot Dog
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... And Ice Cream
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... And Swedish Meatball
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And Grilled Chicken
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The Interior
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Chicken Wings
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Kolsy What?
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The Menu
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Smaklig Maltid!


Kuala Lumpur (Culinary) Trip in April 2013: Subway Sandwich

We really liked sandwich. And it is very difficult to find a great sandwich vendors in Bandung.

With this premise, so it is actually a must for us when visiting other countries all outside of Indonesia, that we tried their sandwich vendor, and today is not an exception.

Subway is a sandwich vendor that has been around all around the world, but strangely, yet never made it in Indonesia. We said this because apparently Subway was opened in Indonesia, but only for a short while.

We don't understand the reasoning, but we think that we missed a good healthy franchise here, as Subway is known for it's healthy content and fresh bread. Perhaps soon we can learn to our mistakes and have this franchise opened in Indonesia.


Subway Sandwich
No. 78, Jalan Bukit Bintang
Kuala Lumpur 55100 
Phone: +603-2145 6899
Website: http://subway.com.my/layouts/index.html

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Sandwich Goodness
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Delicious Fillings


Kuala Lumpur (Culinary) Trip in April 2013: Ochado Pavilion

Pearl tea beverages hype is still happening here in Southeast Asia, even when the invention started back more than three decades ago in Taiwan. With the opening of new outlets in Indonesia, it is no wonder when we can find the similar one in Kuala Lumpur.

This time we try the beverages in Tokyo Street of the infamous Pavilion Mall in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. The vendor called Ochoda. We think they put a Japanese twist in the beverage. 

The taste is okay. It has some kind of Japanese twist in it. Perhaps it is the tea?


Lot No. : P6.33.00 & P6.34.00, Level 6
168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 
Phone: +603-2145 9868
Email: enquiry@ochado.com.my
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OchadoMalaysia

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The Store (Don't Mind the Black Dressed Guy... He is Lost in Row of Foods)
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The Signage
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The Pearl Tea