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6 Must Try South Celebes Delicacy (Apa Kareba Makassar, part 3)

South Celebes culinary is very authentic with its special ingredients and its spicy taste. Here are ten must try foods you can find in town: 1. Horse Coto As its name, this Coto uses Horse meat as its main ingredient. So this meat is cooked with herbs and spices as in Coto Makassar. I had the opportunity to taste this unique food on my trip to Tanjung Bira Makassar last November. The broth is thicker and flavorful, served with lemon juice that makes the meat tastier. 2. Yellow Rice Yellow could be found here also, with variant side dishes like boiled egg, sauteed potatoes, shredded beef, etc. 4.  Mie Titi Mi Titi is another must try dish when visiting the city. Located in Jalan Datumuseng, The restaurant serves variant kinds of noodles. And of course, the signature dish is Mi Titi it selfs.  Enjoy the crispy grilled noodle which is topped by savory broth, vegetable and chicken meat. 5. Pisang Ijo (Green Banana) 5. Pa Piong Pa’Piong is Torajan traditional culinary. What is special with this food …

Culinary Hunting in Central Java (Exploring Central Java, part 1)

Couple days ago, I got an opportunity to explore some cities in Central Java, started from Semarang, its capital, heading to Pekalongan, Pemalang, Purbalingga and ended up at Purwokerto. Riding a bike with my friend, we traveled the cities, enjoyed the scenery and dropped by a while to spend the quality time. Through this blog, I would like to share you some experience I had during the time traveling to the cities. This premier part would talk about some local cuisine at some city. A unique blend of taste that can be found variously from one city to another. They might offer the same menu, for example Soto (traditional soup) or Sate. But if you taste it, you can find different ingredient in each city. In Pekalongan, Soto Tauto (or they call it Coto Tauto) is served with fermented soybeans (called tauco) and buffalo meat. Meanwhile in Purbalingga, Soto Bancar is served with sweet yet hot peanut sauce to add its authentic flavor. Ladies and Gentlement, Please enjoy… Durian ice soup, served with coconut milk …

Indonesian Culinary, Harmony of Art and Taste

Indonesian culinary is not only famous for its savory flavor. How they serve it, how they plate it and even how they eat it imply its unique art blended with its traditional value… How Padangnese (West Sumatra) Serve their dishes. They can put more than 10 small plates on their hand–quite like an acrobat, ait? Yes, Javanese decorates Tumpeng rice for ceremony perfectly with some cutlets cooked in traditional recipe, mashed and fried potatoes. halved spicy eggs, tofu and tempeh, including some cucumbers, tomato slices and chilli flower as garnished. Photo taken from http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7051/6978039882_a0d10793b7_o.jpg Togethernes could be tangibly seen in some culture like Lampungnese (Southern Sumatra) Nyeruit.  This tradition is usually held to celebrate some familial event. Family, relatives or colleagues will gather and dine. Pic taken from http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qsNMv1n5_M0/TfipisE7bLI/AAAAAAAAFx4/6zOAWXb6jNI/s1600/15nyeruit.jpg Most of Indonesian loves sambal (chilli sauce) and they often pinch their food (fried chicken, fried tofu, and some othed fried food) on sambal to add more spicy flavor and to gain the appetite. Pic taken from http://assets.kompas.com/data/photo/2011/09/17/1218161620X310.jpg

Enjoying Palembang Culinary

Local culinary is another perfect reason why people want to go back to a city. Its distinctive taste derives not only from its peculiar spices, but also from the local technique when cooking it. As we might know, Palembang is one of destination which is nationally recognized as culinary city. Not only Pempek (local fish cake) which attracts food hunters when visiting, but some unique cuisines also become famous as city’s signature dish like Mi Celor, Burgo, Laksa, Celimpungan and Model Gendum. One day, I dropped by at a roadside stall. We ordered some dishes like Mi Celor (Noddle with shrimp creamy sauce), Lenggang Panggang (Omelet filled with slices of pempek which are stirred together and grilled, served with local spicy sweet vinegar), Pempek Panggang (Fish cake which is grilled, halved, and then filled with dried and minced salty shrimp), fish fillet smeared by flour which is fried and served with spicy creamy sauce (I forget the name of this dish), and Gohyong (pork grilled, covered by beancurd skin and then fried). Palembang culinary, albeit …

Wangfujing’s Snack Street, from Mainstream to Extreme! (Ni Hao Beijing, part 1)

Ni hao Beijing!! Ok, take a deep breath. Once I step out of immigration border, my Chinese proficiency will be examined. Yup, approximately 8 hours was taken to fly from Jakarta to Beijing and with a sleepy head, I queued to have my passport stamped. After the officer put some mark on the visa, I and my family walked out and went to airport express train station. The airport express brought us to Dongzhimen station at Line 2, then continue to change the line at Jianguomen station and take the line 1 to the last stop at Wangfujing. Here, I and family would stay 3 nights before leaving the city to next destination, Hangzhou Wangfujing street is a street pedestrianized for shopping area. This is one of the most famous shopping centers in Beijing.  A long the main road, we can have a visit to some malls or one big book store. Wangfujing’s name derives from the word “Wangfu” which means princely residence, and “Jing” which means well.  The name was given in the Qing …

Berburu Kuliner Unyu-Unyu (season 2)

Setelah sukses membuat readers penasaran dan pengen uji coba makanan unyu yang saya perkenalkan di posting sebelumnya (Berburu Kuliner Unyu-Unyu), kali ini saya bermaksud mempersembahkan tulisan season dua saya mengenai berburu kuliner unyu-unyu. Seminggu lalu saya baru saja berpetualangan selama 3 minggu di empat negara tetangga, yakni Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand dan Singapura. Dan tentunya, yang namanya traveling, selalu diisi dengan ajang berburu makanan khas setempat. Bagaimana dengan saya? Lagi-lagi saya terpancing untuk iseng hunting makanan-makanan unik yang agak lebih menantang daripada makanan kaum awam pada umumnya. 1. Baby Egg Alias telur hampir jadi. Nah kalau di filipina, telur ini bernama balut. Sebelum saya mulai small ASEAN trip saya, saya sudah terlebih dulu penasaran dengan keberadaan telur ini di salah satu postingan di sebuah grup. Sesampainya di Vietnam, saya langsung bertanya pada teman saya (orang lokal), dimana saya bisa mencicipi baby egg ini? Langsung teman saya menggiring saya ke sebuah pasar tradisional di dekat penginapan saya. Kami tiba di sebuah warung tenda pinggir jalan. Teman saya menghampiri pemilik kedai, berbicara dalam bahasa Vietnam dan kembali ke …

Berburu Kuliner Unyu-Unyu

Jalan-jalan dan jajan-jajan, ibarat Sampek dan Engtay, adalah dua hal yang nggak bisa terpisahkan. Kalo souvenir dan snack-snack adalah oleh-oleh untuk teman-teman, Kuliner adalah oleh-oleh pengalaman yang akan selalu terkenang walau kelak akan dibuang. Dan saya adalah jenis homo sapien travelerensis yang hobi berburu makanan lokal tiap kali saya berkunjung ke suatu tempat. Tapi nggak seperti ras -ras saya yang lainnya, saya termasuk spesies yang paling ekstrim dalam hal perburuan makanan. Kalo temen-temen biasanya suka mampir di resto-resto normal ala “Bebek Bengil Ubud”, atau “Pindang Meranjat Palembang”, saya lebih suka masuk ke pelosok-pelosok sudut kota dan mencari masakan-masakan seperti berikut ini: 1. Gulai Kuda Kuda? Ya, kuda. Binatang yang kita lihat kalo sedang naik delman itu dimasak dengan rempah-rempah dan voila… jadilah Gulai Kuda. Masakan ini saya temukan di daerah Denpasar Barat, Bali, di sebuah warung. Cukup mudah menemukan warung ini karena pada papan namanya terpajang gambar siluet kuda. Warung ini nggak hanya menyajikan Gulai ataupun sate kuda, tetapi juga makanan-makanan wajar seperti nasi campur dan sate ayam Kalo ditanya apa rasa daging kuda? Hmm, …