All posts tagged: Eat

Kallista Tea Rooms

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 …

Bakmi Ayam Sido Laris

Hands down one of my favorite bakmi ayam in Jakarta! The thin and curly noodles are cooked very al dente, chewy, and when topped with the minced pork, and a few generous spoonfuls of hot sauce, become pure happiness. As if that doesn’t make me happy enough, the bakso goreng, swekiau, siomay, and occasionally, a second bowl of noodles, just complete the party! Sido Laris is open only in the evening until late night–perfect for dinner and/or supper. I know everyone has a favorite noodle place somewhere, and this is definitely on my top 5 most favorite in town. Writing about it doesn’t do the food justice. Do yourself a favor and get to it! Otak-otak (Fishcake) Bakso Goreng (Fried Shrimp Meatballs) Swekiau Kuah (Dumpling Soup) Bakmi Babi (Pork Noodles) | 16K​ ​Choice of meat toppings: chicken/pork/mixed BAKMI AYAM SIDO LARIS Jl. Sunter Agung, Kompleks STS (Next to Holland Bakery) Jakarta Utara T. (021) 98498405 HOURS Mon – Sun: 6 PM – 11 PM

Savour 2013

SAVOUR is an annual weekend-long food event in Singapore. Its creators claim that the SAVOUR concept remains the only one of its kind in Singapore: a relentless pursuit to unite the best in food and drink with a wide range of unique activities that is accessible to all. SAVOUR 2012 brought together over 14,000 like-minded food enthusiasts into one exclusive purpose-built venue where they enjoyed a day of Michelin-starred dishes, expert master classes, live demonstrations, fun workshops, and culinary shopping. ​Gourmet Village The alfresco Gourmet Village featured over 25 leading chefs and 18 award-winning restaurants serving up a global tasting trail. The 2013 line-up paraded chefs with over 10 Michelin-stars between them in addition to top-100 ranked restaurants, including representation from South America and Africa – a massive progression from the 2012 line-up. Over 60 signature dishes of different varieties were offered. Here’s a sample of what we had: Beef Short Rib // Charred Radicchio // Macadamia // Buckwheat // Balsamic Burnt Butter by Chef Douglas Tay of OSIA Pork Belly // Freshwater Eel // Black Truffle …

Rumah Makan Ujung Pandang

If you love seafood and have never been to Makassar, you are missing out. I’ve been there only once myself, but the 2-day jaunt was enough to capture my unwavering heart for good eats (not to mention cheap eats)! All I remember of this trip was the volume and frequency of our repasts. Within 40 hours we managed to (voluntarily) chug down around 9 meals. The seafood was blissful, so fresh, so tasty (you can really taste the sweetness in the fish and crab meat), and oh so cheap! Seafood aside, other highlights included nasi goreng tomat, pisang ijo, pisang bakar, and I kid you not–pretty much everything else! With no intention of deceiving you good people, this post won’t feature my Makassar chronicle, but instead, a seafood restaurant recommended to me (and now to you), one that won’t cost you a flight to Makassar.  All the dishes featured below are recommended, but the high point of my dining experience at Rumah Makan Ujung Pandang was the unexpectedly tasty udang goreng telur asin (skin-on). It is by far the best …

In-N-Out Burger Saga in Jakarta

By now you must’ve heard about the IN-N-OUT Burger hype in Jakarta today. Not surprisingly, this news invited many oohs and aahs, and also skepticism. I felt both. While I didn’t mind having a nostalgic bite of this burger, I questioned its taste and quality. I knew that if I wanted to get it, I’d have to be there hours earlier, but I chose longer sleeptime. ​We got there at around 11, which was the scheduled and announced start of the service time. It was crowded, but not as crowded as expected, and the reason being the big sign posted at the steps of Emax in Kemang that said “Sorry, Burgers Sold Out.” I found out later on, after speaking with one of the IN-N-OUT guys that the burgers have been sold out since 8 am. People have been lining up since 6:30 am. The spirit! What I heard, though, that those eager early birds were chauffeurs and maids dispatched by their nons, nyonyas, and tuans to be the first to obtain a wristband which gets you a burger. …

Mutiara 5: An Old-Time Goodness

There’s so much I can say about this eatery, but I won’t because this vicarious reading will neither do you any good nor the food justice. To relate to my glee, you just have to be there and eat. My taste palate and tummy have been spoiled for as long as I can remember. My dad used to take us to this establishment since my brother and I were little. The waiters who have been working there since have seen us grow up and remember us even until today. Opened in 1982, Mutiara 5 has been tirelessly serving Chinese food and seafood since. The dining and kitchen areas used to be one and without air conditioning. But through the years and today, the eating area is enclosed with air conditioning and separated from the kitchen area by glass doors. But really, who cares what the setting is like. What matters is the stuff escaping down our throats and into our bellies! For as long as I can remember, the taste and goodness haven’t changed in …

Bittersweet: More Sweet Than Bitter

I love cake. Did you know that cake can be a loyal, loving friend? Cake is my good friend. You know how some women end up growing old with no one but 30 cats in their home? I’d be one of those, except I’d be having, instead of cats around, cake. My fetish for cake has been around since I was little, but more and more, it’s becoming unruly. They say you don’t eat the goods you bake yourself, but when I bake, I am absolutely guilty of that. And serendipitously, when I’m baking, I always end up having a lot of leftovers. I do give out most to people, but the rest (usually the ugly) I keep for myself (sometimes stashed in my bedroom). Don’t judge. Since I got back form the US, there are few restaurants/cake shops in Jakarta that serve cakes that I really enjoy. Bittersweet is one of them, yay! At this point, perhaps like me, you are probably sick of reading about red velvet cake. I wasn’t sure why or …

Caliente: Saucily Mexican!

In Spanish, caliente means a range of descriptives including hot, warm, heated, spirited, urgent, and so on. The combination of these words signify another mix of descriptives like high temperature, spicy, piquant, alive, with love, affectionate, ardent, animated, energetic, and so on. On my recent post on Taco Local, I lamented the dearth of decent Mexican eats in Jakarta, especially having lived in Austin, Texas for a while…until I found Taco Local. But here’s another Mexican eatery to divert your taste buds! Caliente distinctly reminds me of the famed and loved Chipotle Mexican chain restaurant evidenced by their casual setting, basic ingredients, condiments, as well as music (they had on The Killers when I was there–a good thing). Very affordably priced at the range of 35-50K per burrito, you can expect to spend in the range of 50-75K per person per meal. Their menu consists simply of taco salad, nachos, fries, create-your-own burritos and naked burritos (less provocatively called the cali bowl). When I chatted with Andy and Kevin, partners and owners of Caliente, they expressed their appetite …