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Scones are delightful things. Whether it’s the American or British style, I love them both for any time of day—breakfast, supper, as a snack, and preferably toasted and warm. Flaky on the outside, soft on the inside, scones make for great guest treats too. If you’re used to the American kind, which not surprisingly contains a whole lot more butter and sugar, you may find the British kind a bit plain. And while most American scones have add-ins like raisins, chocolate chips, blueberries, and others, British-style scones rarely have any. It’s not to say the Brits are terribly health conscious, but the difference is that they don’t mix in as much butter in the scones only to slather it later on as they eat it. Same goes with the sugar—jam-piling is what adds sweetness to the scones. And while American scones are shaped like a triangle, the British kind is round and resembles American biscuits. Our hefty breakfast at Tosaria has barely made its way down but we couldn’t say no to scones, especially not …

Juicy Bao

Anywhere we travel it’s impossible to miss Chinese food. And in between the sandwiches and steaks, we were in for some noodles and dumplings. Juicy Bao was recommended to us by a local friend, and it made for the perfect lunch spot while we window-shopped around Chinatown in downtown Melbourne. Because it was a late lunch, we decided not to over-order and stick to a few varieties: the signature steamed pork xiao long bao, pan-fried bao, pork and prawn wontons, minced pork noodles, and some stir fried Chinese broccoli. My favorite was the noodle dish, chewy and perfectly savory with some crunch from the greens. And of course, mixed in with a generous spoonful of chili oil. As for the baos, they were decent, with the exception of my little bao-juice-trickling-down-my-sleeve hiccup. But I have no one but myself to blame. Afterwards we continued our stroll around downtown, as our eyes roamed for a little something sweet. Pork and Prawn Wonton in Peanut, Chili, and Spicy Sauce Shanghai Noodles in Spring Onion Oil with Minced …

Tosaria

/Zucchini Fritters with poached eggs, mushrooms, beetroot relish, dressed rockets, and pea tendrils/ Our first deed upon arriving in Melbourne: breakfast. I had heard so much about Tosaria from my parents and brother on their last trip, one among the many things I missed out on. On this visit, we are generously hosted by two old friends of my parents’, proud owners of this family-friendly joint. Tosaria’s breakfast menu screams Sunday brunch and reminds me of places I’ve been missing. Between the savory and sweet, I wanted both. But the brioche French toast was tempting, and I thought I could always irritatingly fork in R’s plate. And to go with the brioche, my favorite: a cup of hot chai latte. At Tosaria, we are so well taken care of, so well that every meal leaves us in a state of swelling and coma. Everyone makes us feel welcome day after day, and we are even spoiled with off-the-menu choices. Portion wise, we expected big, and we got big. On top of fresh ingredients, plating was …

Tabo Bah: Does the Fried Samcan Live up to its Hype?

Another time, another place, another quest for a happy meal. Okay, that came out wrong. Scratch McDonald’s off your head. We’ve got something a little (okay, a whole lot) better. On our way home from the airport, we regretted not grabbing a bite earlier so we decided to take the next exit to Pantai Indah Kapuk, at which we all know, the last thing they’re out of is food. While faced with a bounty of diner choices, upon a good word from my brother, Tabo Bah, a Batak restaurant, became our number one pick. The interior is rather plain and unadorned, but the food is something else entirely. Samcan Goreng (Fried 3-layered pork) | 33K (top left) The famed fried samcan, fried to a golden brown perfection. Bubur Ayam (Chicken Porridge) | 33K (top right) Savory porridge with chicken, mushrooms, and scallions. Rendang Babi (Pork Rendang) | 25K Rendang’s main ingredient usually comes from a cow. But (surprise, surprise), this surrogate is 100% pork. Daun Ubi Tumbuk (Ground Yam Leaves) | 17K Similar to the kind you’d expect …

Dill Gourmet Cafe New Year’s Feast: A New Concept and Menu

You probably know Dill Gourmet Cafe to be, well, a cafe. Think coffee and cake. During our last visit, we had some light bites from the sandwich, pizza, pasta, and cake selection. And when I say light, I mean it. But with the new year, Dill is rebranding and revamping its concept from cafe to casual dining, which means a whole lot more selection of mains that will actually fill you up. Oh before I get too excited and forget, we got to take home these almond chocolate chip cookies as a favor, and boy were they a treat! I wiped out the whole can (with a bit of help from three friends) in a day. I regret nothing. You’ve got to get your hands on these! And since they were bite-sized, it didn’t even feel like I was eating anything (ha! the lies I feed myself!). The new Dill features a gourmet market/cafe concept, complete with an inviting display of fresh pressed juices and a handsomely put-together menu. The first thing on my table: the …

The Holy Crab Swims its Way to Bali, with New Menu Exclusive to #TheHolyIsland

Our table affair with The Holy Crab began almost a year ago. The first time was a treat. The second a feast. And at tonight’s tasting, we were in for a surprise! Ushering in the new year, The Holy Crab is swimming its way to the holy island of Bali this week, specifically to the Petitenget, Seminyak area. And with a new outlet comes a new menu, of course. So for all you crustacean fanciers in Bali, the wait is over! So what have we to look forward to with the new carte? You’ve guessed it: rolls! Here we have the classic Lobster Roll (180K), Crab Roll (50K), and Shrimp Roll (35K), with the optional topping of The Holy Crab’s Original Sauce. The rolls were pre-toasted with butter (thank goodness, as it should) and the meat toppings were liberal. You don’t see very many seafood rolls being served in town, so I’d say these ones are a pretty good bet. Next, crab cakes. Something I hardly get to eat in Jakarta, but a classic that I love. These …

Baconerie: Praise the Lord, Bacon Be Thy Name

Praise the Lord. It is Christmas season after all. Bacon Be Thy Name. Christmas. Bacon. Christmas and Bacon. Why not? Bacon goes with Christmas. Bacon goes with everything! And what say we but Amen to this neighborhood café dedicated to everyone’s favorite protein? Baconerie, despite being the new kid on the block, has quickly become a favorite of many. Especially hunters and seekers of pork. And then the rest of the bacon-loving world population. Am I being presumptuous saying that everyone loves bacon? Perhaps. But you know I’m right. Hosted within The Grove @ Kemang, right by Moe’s Place, Baconerie serves all-day breakfast grub including coffee, scones, cookies, cinnamon buns, pretzels, and sandwiches and burgers, within which their bits of bacon are incorporated. On a Saturday noon, the place was bustling with locals and expats, diners you can tell are morning people. The atmosphere is casual, so feel free to come in your flip flops and last night’s t-shirt (and hair). We kicked off our late brunch with a bite of the chocolate orange scone and a sip of lemonade. …

The Scrumptious Loco Moco, Hong Kong Style

We like to keep our food promises. When we say we’d come back, you can bet on it we will. At our first visit last year, I thought to myself, this place is definitely worth a revisit. And boy, was I right! I don’t know about you, but when I travel, I go for places that are inconspicuous, places that aren’t loaded with people who look like me (tourist). We arrived for an early lunch when the place was empty, so we had the whole restaurant to ourselves (I don’t know why this is worth mentioning; it’s probably not). The owner, an affable middle-aged lady who did the waiting, cooking, and serving, spoke to us in proper Mandarin, gracefully taking our orders and smiling. Not surprisingly, we didn’t need much time to decide on our order: 1 bowl of wonton noodle soup, an extra bowl of wonton, a plate of green veggies, 1 spam and egg with rice, and my very own: 2 orders of 2 Loco Moco’s! Each item cost in the range of HKD …

Rush Hour: Americanized Chinese Food Delivered Straight to your Door!

So, listen. We know you’ve been enduring and patient, as have we. And today, I declare us all free of the dolor of nostalgia we have had to suffer through all this time. A Panda Express clone, the King of American Chinese food (or what my dad would call “fake Chinese food”), is finally within reach here in Jakarta! My favorites (which I suspect are yours too): Crab Rangoon, General Tso’s Chicken, Kung Pao Chicken, and let’s be honest, any combination of orange plus some kind of meat meat, or lemon plus some kind of meat, are mine (and yours) to devour. Simply call Rush Hour and you’ll be on your way to scarfing down a mixed bag of comfort grub we know you have so dearly missed, as have we. On my recent trip to Shanghai, I stopped by Cha’s Restaurant for a delicious feast of what we considered Americanized Chinese food. And although Cha’s serves the gourmet kind, we’re happy Rush Hour delivers the non-gourmet kind, perfectly packaged in back-to-basic white paper boxes. Crab Rangoon | …

Ippudo Indonesia First Blogger Gathering

Ramen, lamian, pasta, bakmi, noodles…call it what you may. The Italians have it, as do the Chinese, Indonesians, Americans (question mark, question mark), and of course the Japanese! And even though I love them all, and dare I say equally, the Japanese ramen holds a special place in my heart (and in my gut). It’s one of those viands that’s almost impossible to get sick of. A comfort antidote to a flu as well as the perfect company for those late-night television-binging sessions, I cannot not can say, to ramen, I will never say never. Today’s ramen chow down was brought to us by international chain Ippudo, whose stores you’ll find all over Japan and in 10 countries all over the world and major cities including New York, Seoul, Hong Kong, Taipei, Shanghai, Sydney, Bangkok, London, and now Jakarta! Can we all just take a moment to acknowledge the craze, fad, and frenzy over ramen in Jakarta over the last few years? Ippudo has been around since 1985, and so we believe they know a thing or two about serving ramen. And we …