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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 …

Shirokuma: Beware of the Great White Bear, He’s High. On Sugar.

Shirokuma (shiro meaning white and kuma bear in Japanese) is quickly becoming a popular favorite on the block. A Japanese-inspired dessert cafe, Shirokuma delights customers of all ages with its savory dogs (relax, we mean hot dogs) and sweet medleys of ice cream, mochi, cake, and more. Since its opening about a week ago, this delightful little nook has attracted an eager, whopping flock (I heard they even had to turn down some customers due to the crowd). Thankfully, they did not turn us down. And yes, were we in for a treat! Being graceful eaters, we of course started with the savories–the Terimayo Dog, Tonkatsu Dog, Kuro Japadog, and Okonomi Dog. Although a savory food, the hot dogs had a touch of sweetness to them. The sausages (there’s pork) were surprisingly tasty (I say surprisingly because I rarely find hot dogs with good sausage in town). And they weren’t the skinny, scrawny kind; they were a good size and woud fill you up. And although I enjoyed the hot dogs, I would’ve preferred less sauce. From the savory, we moved …

Island Creamery Celebrates a Month of Sweet and Savory Desserts

Calling all ice cream lovers, sweet toothers, whatever you call yourselves – Island Creamery offers unique concoctions blending the sweet and savory to challenge your palate to a whole lot of happiness! Get your taste buds ready for some fun!  Today, we are sampling 3 different desserts: The Lightning Rod Sundae, Secret Pop! Sundae, and The Elvis Milkshake. All 3 were individually cooked up to create a unique flavor, crunch, and interpretation. Drooling? We won’t judge. The Lightning Rod Sundae Island Creamery’s signature walnut brownie topped off with a scoop of Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream, chocolate fudge, and salted pretzel sticks. I enjoy the blend opposites of hot and cold in desserts. So it’s no surprise that the marriage of sweet and savory made me happy. The 2 sundaes, albeit different, shared a parallel character in that there is not only creaminess involved, but a whole lot of different texture, crunch, and aroma. The brownie, nuts, and pretzel sticks in the Lightning Rod Sundae paired well with the rich chocolate ice cream, as did the caramel popcorn and bacon …

Martabak Rosmi

Where should I start? How could I begin to illustrate and rationalize the complexity and integrity of this one sweet thing? I’ll start with a fun fact, or confession you might say. On time I ate one whole box of this medley of chocolate, peanut, cheese, sweetened condensed milk, butter, butter, and butter, all by myself. Well, my mom watched. No big deal right? You may not admit to it, but I know you’ve done the same at some point. And in my defense, I had just returned from abroad, having been apart from this sweet tart for several months. The worst part about being abroad is when my friends and I attempted to recreate it, we never quite succeeded. So not worry, this post is not going to talk about our failed recipe, but will showcase the real deal. Traditionally, martabak is sold as an afternoon snack, so you won’t see martabak stalls open until around 4 in the afternoon, closing at around 11 in the evening. Martabak Rosmi in Sunter, North Jakarta, has …

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

Hong Tang: Sweet Poetry for the Palate

In Mandarin, hong means red, and tang sugar. Hong tang, red sugar, then is definitely an appropriate name for this sweets joint, although their less literal translation is sweet poetry. Recommended to me by a friend, Hong Tang turned out to be a pleasant experience. If you’re into Asian traditional desserts like mochi, ice kacang, and soup-based desserts, give Hong Tang a try. This could be a place to take your parents and grandparents too (let’s hope they don’t have diabetes), so they can tell you how these modern desserts compare to the true traditional ones they know. Price wise, you are looking at spending in the range of 25-45K per bowl of dessert. I shared my bowl because these sweets could get you pretty high! All the items shown below are recommended, just depends on what you feel like enjoying. And if you’re like me, looking for an alternative to Bubble Tea (there are maybe about a hundred joints in Pantai Indah Kapuk), be brave, opt for something different and hop to Hong Tang! Black Sesame Soup (#101) Hot/Cold​ –Recommended …