Foodie Quotes #23

“The only think I like better than talking about Food is eating.”
- John Walters

Fun Food Facts #9

Fun Food Facts #9:
ECCENTRIC LINGOES OF SINGAPORE’S KOPITIAM CULTURE

NICKNAMES OF DRINKS (UNCLE)

Video credit: the little dröm store

Staycation: Marina Mandarin – Singapore (Meritus Hotels & Resorts)

Berlokasi tepat di jantung Marina Bay City yang kini menjadi bagian paling istimewa dari kota Singapura, Marina Mandarin seakan menjadi bagian yang tak terpisahkan lagi dari semua daya tarik ini. Marina Bay City kini telah dibangun menjadi kota komersil yang canggih dimana berbagai landmark serta obyek wisata bertempat di dalamnya.

Berbelanja atau berwisata kuliner modern dapat dengan mudah dicapai dengan menyeberang menuju Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre. Terlebih lagi Marina Mandarin telah berintegrasi juga dengan Marina Square Shopping Mall yang mengelilinginya. Tidak jauh dari sini Singapore Flyer, Gardens by the Bay, dan lintasan Singapore Grand Prix F1 dapat dicapai dengan sangat mudah.

Marina Mandarin 4

Kedatangan saya siang itu sungguh berkesan karena arsitektur dari Marina Mandarin sulit ditemukan di hotel-hotel bintang lima lainnya saat ini. Atrium megah yang terbuka menjadikan deret demi deret kamar-kamar hotel yang berlantai 21 ini terlihat jelas dari Lobby yang berlokasi di lantai 4, hingga jauh mengarah ke atas menuju jendela raksasa yang terpapar langsung di bawah langit biru.

Pada lantai ini beserta satu lantai mezzanine di atasnya terdapat berbagai fasilitas restoran berkelas seperti all-day dining AquaMarine yang bersertifikasi halal, Peach Blossoms (Chinese), Tsukiji Sushidai (Japanese), serta Ruth’s Chris Steak House (American) serta berbagai fasilitas hotel lainnya seperti spa serta kolam renang.

Marina Mandarin 2

Tiba di lantai 16, kamar saya untuk dua malam ke depan terletak di ujung koridor dan interiornya terasa cukup kontras dengan feel keseluruhan hotel ini yang berasa kental suasana 1990an. Kamar yang saya tinggali bersama rekan blogger dari Malaysia dalam rangkaian perjalanan wisata Singapura bersama Migme ini terasa nyaman, baru dan modern, terutama berkat desain kamar mandinya.

Beberapa kue khas Cina telah menyambut beserta berbagai buah-buahan. Pada saat itu memang sudah menjelang Imlek sehingga dimanapun saya beranjak, alunan lagu klasik maupun Tiongkok modern terdengar di berbagai penjuru shopping malls di kota ini.

Marina Mandarin 1

Kembali ke bahasan suasana kamar, pemisahan antara area tempat tidur dan kamar mandi adalah kaca tebal yang melebar. Melangkah masuk, saya kontan merasa kerasan. Kamar mandi di Marina Mandarin terasa baru dan tentunya bersih serta lengkap dengan shower dan bath tub terpisah.

Tepat di hadapan twin bed, terdapat meja kerja yang memadai serta tentunya televisi. Yang juga menyenangkan adalah adanya balkon di setiap kamar di hotel ini. Kamar kami berpanorama tepat langsung menuju pergedungan di wilayan Marina Bay City ini. Cantik, namun hati saya awalnya berharap mendapatkan arah menuju lautan lepas, dimana akan terlihat jelas juga pemandangan menuju Singapore Flyer dan Marina Bay Sands.

Secara umum, saya merasa puas dengan pengalaman menginap di sini selama dua malam. Ada satu insiden dimana kunci gembok koper saya hilang pada saat berjalan-jalan keliling kota. Beruntung pihak hotel sigap mengirimkan staff-nya untuk membantu memotong gembok saya dan bagian PR-nya sendiri menyarankan saya untuk mencari gembok penggantinya tepat di Marina Square Shopping Mall. Sebuah saran yang langsung saya ikuti dan saya berpuas hati karena mendapat hasil yang diharapkan.

Meskipun secara keseluruhan hotel ini terlihat sudah terasa agak berumur namun pemeliharaannya sangat baik. Namun sayang dikarenakan kegiatan selama di Singapura cukup padat, maka saya tidak berhasil mencoba berbagai fasilitas di sini. Minimal untuk gym dan kolam renang.

Tapi setidaknya saya mencatat kunjungan mengesankan di all-day dining restaurant di hotel ini, AquaMarine, yang nanti akan saya wartakan di artikel lain pada kesempatan berikutnya.

Marina Mandarin 5

Terima kasih Marina Mandarin atas keramahtamahannya. Mudah-mudahan di lain waktu saya bisa berkunjung lagi dan menikmati waktu lebih banyak lagi di hotel ini serta bersantap di berbagai restorannya.

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MARINA MANDARIN SINGAPORE

6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, Singapore
T: +65.6845.1000

Website

Dish That I Crave: “Pancakes” by Kith Cafe

After an unmissable hotel breakfast, there will always be time for brunch. Looking out for the nearest coffee shop from Esplanade, the name Kith Cafe suddenly popped out from my notes and off I went to Dhoby Ghaut.

Kith Cafe 2

Heading out to the surface, it’s fairly easy to reach this place. Just direct yourself across the street to Park Mall and the cafe can found just out of the mall and aside to the taxi lane.

Kith Cafe is a full-fledged cafe dedicated for modern, casual breakfast and up to supper time offerings. From healthy to big breakfast, toast, salad, pizza, and steak; Kith Cafe has it all but watch for the serving time. For instance, the breakfast menu will only be available until 5pm and starters like soup or salad will only start from 11am.

Kith Cafe 1

My option that day went for the pancakes. It is with hope that the pan was probably less used than others because many dishes here contain pork. So I got myself two huge pancakes, mixed berries, a scoop of honey mascarpone, and a really nice and buttery maple syrup.

It’s a refreshing brunch and I ordered a cup of long black as the companion. The price was quite hefty and you can have more affordable breakfast somewhere else. It’s because Singapore has this huge margin between eating in hawkers and casual cafe, unlike in Indonesia. To top that problem, my useless country’s currency is way weaker when compared with Sing dollars. It’s getting tougher to spend for nicer things in this country as Indonesians.

Nonetheless, I enjoyed my brunch so much and it was okay with the coffee. I’d like to try more but too many porkie dorkie stuff here sih, so we’ll see.

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KITH CAFE

Address:
Robertson Quay, 7 Rodyk St., Singapore
Park Mall, Singapore
Sentosa Cove, 31 Ocean Way, Singapore

Taking It To The Streets: Mie Kocok Pak Haji Endan (The Foodie Magazine, Jan 2015)

You simply cannot call it a day for your foodie adventure in Bandung if you haven’t tried mie kocok. As one of the best in Bandung, Pak Haji Endan’s version is of course, to die for.

Mie kocok is literally translated as “shaked noodles”, but I fear that it’s only an understatement if you compare it with the shaking process in cocktails, for instance. However if you ask the Sundanese people, as where this dish is actually originated, they will tell that the shaking process is when the yellow, flat noodles are put altogether inside this container alongside the bean sprouts and then simmered for a while in a very hot soup.

Mie Kocok MK 1

The regular tukang bakso in Indonesia usually also do this particular step during the serving. What makes mie kocok different than the rest lies on the traditional use of beef tendon instead meatballs. Although we all have to admit that sometimes it is incomplete also without meatballs.

So aside from that, I’d like repeat again that there will always be bean sprouts in use here but some also put the part of kaki sapi into it for an enhanced experience and flavor. The soup itself is made from beef broth; making it thicker in texture and richer by nature. Additionally you can always squeeze a kaffir lime for a refreshing note, fried shallots for the extra crunchiness, optionally some kecap manis, and of course the kerupuk.

Recently during my trip to Bandung, I decided to give a visit to one of the big names in mie kocok business. Mr Endan who has been selling mie kocok since 1980s faithfully from his pushcart, for the past few years has also been expanding his business to be included as one of the stalls in Bandung’s famous hawker center like The Kiosk and Paskal Hypersquare.

Mie Kocok MK 3

It’s clearly not hard to find the original branch on Jalan Kebon Jukut as Pak Endan positions his pushcart conveniently for many years in front of Kartika Sari, Bandung’s famed oleh oleh shop. His reputation also brings fortune for other surrounding pushcarts selling orange juice and es cendol.

Despite his hardened exterior with big moustache and occasional army camo outfit, Pak Endan is actually a nice person who would serve everyone nicely and open for any questions. Not to mention of course, his mie kocok is also delicious as you can get but no meatballs here though. It’s just a plain and straightforward affair between the noodles, the bean sprouts, and the sliced beef tendons with the thick beef broth and the crunchy kerupuk. Absolutely a spot on, Pak Endan!

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MIE KOCOK PAK HAJI ENDAN
Halal-friendly
Suitable for vegetarians

Address:
Jalan Kebon Jukut, Bandung – Indonesia

Opening hours:
Everyday, 7.30am – 6pm

Spend: IDR 20,000 – IDR 25,000 / person

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Featured in THE FOODIE MAGAZINE January 2015 edition

Download it for free here via SCOOP!

Photography by Dennie Ramon

The exciting gastronomic escapades of a stylish gourmet!

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