Dish That I Crave: Lamb Satay from Sulaiman, Jakarta

Had a glorious late lunch yesterday at Sulaiman – a halal Chinese food restaurant of Uighur origin! We had a very savory lamb satay, a self-styled lamb curry, unique grilled eggplants, and Sichuan-based mapo tofu.

Reviews and pics will be shared later to tempt you! 😀

Alternatively you can visit the place here at Jalan Wahid Hasyim – Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Foodie Flicks: Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

A video that will make you want to eat sushi right away. I dare you! 😀

Taken from: http://sassyraconteur.wordpress.com/2012/10/08/jiro-dreams-of-sushi/

Already 85 years old and still going strong, Jiro Ono has seen the ups and downs of his fulfilled live and a career as a master of sushi for the past 75 years. He started small and he started it all with devotion. For him, a job is something that you should not complain about, it’s something that you have to love and that the rest of your life is to learn how to master it.

A sushi master, a sage, and a lifetime student of kaizen, in this documentary Jiro tells us about everything that he knows on how to reach the highest aspiration in life. He tells us about the tough life he had when he’s still very young, he tells his visions on how to dedicate himself for this lifetime venture, and in turn everybody tells how they fare with the master’s life – from his apprentices, from his sons, from his business partners, and from a food writer perspective. Everyone simply admires his character and his attitude as his conviction affects them in a good way and that made everyone strives to be as determined as him even though eventually they may not be able to surpass him in the end.

Jiro Ono, the owner of Sukiyabashi Jiro

This documentary shows also that he’s human after all and he has sentimentalities with his long gone parents, his sons, and his friends. He even admires a younger and a very talented chef we all know as Joel Robuchon. Of course, all his hard works culminated into a prestigious award of three-star Michelin for his famous restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro, but in the end he’s that next door grand dad that we all know well.

The best part of the documentary is about seeing him in action on how he creates his special 20 course of sushi under 15 minutes for his guests, on how his son and the apprentices take care of the kitchen from food preparations and how they do business at the famous Tsukiji fish market. It was all presented gorgeously by director David Gelb.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi tells us a philosophical story about a master who dedicates his life to the fullest, but also tells us more on how to appreciate food and the people behind it. For now, I simply hope that someday soon I could get a chance to visit Sukiyabashi Jiro and taste Jiro’s wonderful 30,000 yen set of amazing sushi! I know it’s gonna be tense to eat under a scanning old eagle eyes of his but instead, he might as well found me savoring his dishes with tearful, dreamy eyes filled with happiness.

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Jiro Dreams of Sushi Poster

JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI (2011)

Drool Level: ***** (maxed out!)

Director: David Gelb

Producer: Kevin Iwashina, Tom Pellegrini

Cinematography: David Gelb

Genre: Documentary

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Pictures taken from various sources

Foodie Quotes #3

“The smell of good bread baking, like the sound of lightly flowing water, is indescribable in its evocation of innocence and delight.”
― M.F.K. Fisher

Have a great brekkie, everyone! 😀

Flavor Updates: Weekend Live Cooking (Tien Chao, Gran Melia Jakarta)

Tien Chao - Main Dining Room

An idea of having weekend brunch in good Chinese restaurants? Always sounds good! Families or couples who are simply bored with their usual weekdays breakfast could use a little change once in a while with good selections of dim sum or any hearty dish fresh from the wok. With its ‘Weekend Live Cooking’ program, Tien Chao gives a kick to fulfill the desire.

Tien Chao - Private Dining Room

For this program only, Tien Chao devises a new way to tempt its customers by putting a long table in the middle of the main dining room equipped with delightful temptations of Chinese cuisine either ready to be cooked live in front of you or already served fresh, such as the salad and its compatriots. To make it even more exciting, Executive Chef Ken Choy has even prepared up to 71 dishes made available only for this festivity.

Tien Chao - Seared cod with orange and pomelo dressing
Seared cod with orange and pomelo dressing

For starters, I made a very decent selections ranging from soft shell crab with steamed bun, Peking duck with hoisin sauce, and the unique seared cod with orange and pomelo dressing. What’s next would be of course, the all-time favorite chicken feet and xiao long bao from the dim sum family. It was quite unfortunate that there’s no juice flowing out from the xiao long bao but I found the hottest sensation from the dim sum collection that day and it was the stunning scallop dumpling with a bit of caviar on top – beautifully made, beautifully presented and was of course, highly delectable!

Scallop Dumpling with Caviar
Scallop Dumpling with Caviar
Black Pepper Chicken Feet
Black Pepper Chicken Feet
Xiao Long Bao
Xiao Long Bao

To seal the day, a bowl full of good old fried rice with salted fish was combined well with the wok-fried Australian beef served upon a dragon fruit and these babies became a great continuation after the delicious dim sum. Imagine how the dragon fruits gave a refreshing sensation to the wok-fried Australian beef, which was juicy and tender, and splashed with rich black pepper sauce. It’s all indeed a Sunday brunch you don’t want to miss.

Tien Chao - Fried Rice with Salted Fish
Fried Rice with Salted Fish
Tien Chao - Australian Beef with Dragon Fruit
Australian Beef with Dragon Fruit

Available only on Sunday (check for availability).

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TIEN CHAO

Halalness to be confirmed (pork menu and liquor are served)

Some menu suitable for vegetarians

Address: Gran Melia Jakarta, Jalan H.R Rasuna Said (Kuningan) Kav. X-0, Jakarta – Indonesia

Opening Hours:
Everyday,
Lunch: 11.30 am – 2.30 pm
Dinner: 6 pm – 10.30 pm

RSVP: +62.21.526.8080

Website:
http://www.melia.com/hotels/indonesia/java/gran-melia-jakarta/restaurants-and-bars.html

Pricing: IDR 200,000 – IDR 400,000 / person

Foodie Quotes #2

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien