What Chef Eats: Emmanuel Julio (The Foodie Magazine, Jul 2015)

As a true Manadoan, there can be only one dish that resides deep in the heart of Chef Emmanuel Julio. Clue for you – it is a soup and came from European influence. Surely you can already guess what it is.

Chef Emmanuel Julio

Yes, you got that right. It’s either erwten soup or this one. If you choose the latter, then it might came with different writings. However, any answer is deemed correct.

The bruine bonen soep, bruine boon soup or simply brenebon soup, is an interesting heritage of crossover cuisines between Manadoan and influences that came from colonial Dutch. It comprises of the string beans, beef or pork, and some herbs. It is light but also fulfilling. “I always eat it with rice, naturally!” admits Chef Julio.

Chef Emmanuel Julio himself is the CDC of Sriwijaya Restaurant from The Dharmawangsa Jakarta, who would choose no other dish apart from this one. For him, it has that nostalgic values and a degree of simplicity that you would crave from time to time.

“Usually for Christmas, I would ask my mother to cook this for the whole family. Why do I like it so much? I guess it’s because this is one of my earliest food and I always remember the taste that makes me love it until now”, says the chef poetically.

During Christmas for Manadoan families, people are usually serving Western-influenced dishes and bruine bonen soep is among the must-have for the festivity. “The memory of feasting together with the whole family on the dining table back then gave more reason for me to love the soup more”, he adds.

Speaking about the chef’s career in the kitchen, Chef Julio spent his tenure in several places from Jakarta to Dubai before anchoring here at The Dharmawangsa. Once he was working under the tutelage of the illustrious Chef Vindex Tengker here and years before at Four Seasons Jakarta.

Now brought under the wings of the experienced Executive Chef Felix Budisetiawan, he’s responsible for preserving the hotel’s famous approach with progressive Indonesian cuisine and Sriwijaya’s latest creative initiative on luxurious omakase dining. Thanks to his talents and experience, Chef Julio is also being groomed as the hotel’s next Executive Chef.


Featured in THE FOODIE MAGAZINE Jul 2015 edition

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PLAY: Pantry Magic (JAX, Oct 2015)

A kitchenware specialty store that starts your culinary conquest.

Who would have thought that ramekins were the cause behind one important element that defines Jakarta’s culinary scene of today?

That particular element, of course, is Pantry Magic. Since it was inaugurated in 2008, Pantry Magic has helped countless of home cooks and professional chefs on their quest for perfection.

So, why ramekins you might ask? Back then, ramekin was a rare commodity in Jakarta. Rianto Hidajat and Chindy Lie, the current proprietors of Pantry Magic Jakarta and Bali, were able to find what they’re looking for at this famous kitchenware shop’s Singaporean outlet.

Originating from Hong Kong, Pantry Magic features a concept that inspired both Rianto and Chindy. From the store’s beautiful appearance and up to the abundance of its kitchenware, the couple decided that Jakarta should have this share of happiness as well. Long story short, Kemang was chosen as the signature location for the shop, and a couple of years later, Pantry Magic opened its doors in Bali.

Pantry Magic has a very extensive product lines to meet your culinary needs.
Pantry Magic offers  an extensive line of products to meet your culinary needs.
The selections and quality of the products Pantry Magic carry has earned trust from celebrity chefs and trendsetting restaurants.
A display of high quality products that have earned trust from celebrity chefs.

The previous decade has seen the immense growth of interest in anything culinary, and Pantry Magic arrived among the emergence of celebrity chefs and trendsetting restaurants. While the expatriates dominate Pantry Magic’s market share since the day it opened its doors, there’s a rising trend that Indonesians are now beginning to spend more for their cooking needs.

In addition to Pantry Magic’s personal brand lineup of products, the shop is also working closely with the world’s premiere cookware producers such as for instance Kenwood for the toasters, KitchenAid for the mixers, the cookware from Cuisinart, and many more.

DēLonghi cappuccino maker.
DēLonghi Icona Vintage.
kMix Toaster by Kenwood.
Kenwood mixer.

Pantry Magic is designed to cater even the most specific needs. In addition from providing the common wares such as pans and pots or the grills and the knives, Pantry Magic also serves the niche market. From butcher’s knots, salad spinners, fondues, or raclettes; the store also provides molecular gastronomy ingredients and stoves.

A Pottery for your perfect stew.
Honey Dipper
Premium quality Chef’s Knife from Friedr Dick.
Typhoon vintage kitchen scale.

To further entice the market, Pantry Magic holds cooking demo events regularly up to several times in a month. Here, the customers can participate on specific courses designed to introduce the cuisines of the world as well as our regional delicacies, tutored directly by professional chefs and experienced people in the industry.

Currently, Pantry Magic is preparing to open its latest store in Grand Indonesia. Attached inside the Seibu Department Store, Pantry Magic is more than ready to serve the markets outside of South Jakarta.

Be sure to give it a visit soon.


Jalan Kemang Raya 14B, Jakarta
Ruko Lotus, Blok 6, Jalan Dewi Sri, Kuta – Bali


Opening hours: Daily, 9am – 6pm


Original link: http://jax.co.id/pantry-magic/

Fun Food Facts #37

Fun Food Facts #37:

Pumpkin Seeds

  • Pumpkin seeds are high in zinc, which is good for the prostate and building the immune system.
  • They also contain fatty acids that kill parasites.
  • Raw pumpkin seeds contain essential fatty acids and beneficial proteins.
  • For maximum nutritional benefits, seeds should be eaten raw.
  • Roasted seeds contain damaged fat that can lead to plaque in the arteries


Facts provided by: www.mercola.com

Foodie Quotes #54

“I’m into mellow dates with really good food.”
– Lauren Conrad

Dish That I Crave: The Yamien of Warung Lela

Well, today is not actually about me missing a dish or anything that I want to eat in particular. But I was only missing my hometown and Warung Lela. I could be that sentimental sometimes.

Wale 1

You see, Warung Lela has been around for so long, offering dishes as simple as bakmi and nasi tim, but it’s that simplicity and how homey the place is that made me missing them so much.

The vicinity of Jalan Kupa or Jalan Apel on the upper hills of Bandung has charming surroundings. Not only that once or twice ,whenever I am in Bandung, I would frequent Kopi Selasar or Roemah Kopi for my caffeine intake and the breezy side of Bandung, but a visit to Warung Lela or Bumi Joglo became a must-do as well.

At any rate, I nevertheless love how the food tastes here and Warung Lela’s attentiveness to hygiene and service. It may took quite an effort to come up here during holiday times but that’s Bandung for you and its traffic. Queued in a waiting list is to be expected but it’s worth the trip nonetheless.

Now, I should book a ticket back home sometime soon.



Some of the menu are suitable for vegetarians

Jalan Kupa no. 6, Bandung – Indonesia

Opening hours:
Daily, 9am – 9pm

Spend: IDR 25,000 – IDR 50,000 / person

The exciting gastronomic escapades of a stylish gourmet!


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