Fun Food Facts #40

Fun Food Facts #40:


  • Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, flavonoids and other phytochemicals with anticarcinogenic properties
  • Tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C (the vitamin C is most concentrated in the
    jelly-like substance that surrounds the seeds)
  • They also contain vitamin A and B-complex vitamins, potassium and phosphorus
  • A tomato grown in a hothouse has half the vitamin C content as a vine-ripened tomato


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Foodie Quotes #57

“The dialogue and conversation about food is everywhere – television, chat rooms, social media outlets and among everyday conversations.”
– Marcus Samuelsson

Halal Eat Out: Nando’s – Singapore

Still not straying from my halal conquest while in Singapore, it’s high time now for the world renown chain restaurant Nando’s as my next target.

While the interest in eating Portuguese or African-inspired dishes in Indonesia may still yet to be discovered, or if you want to count Casa de Peri at Kota Kasablanka as its sole representative as of today, I bet that the cuisine’s presence here in Indonesia may actually receive warm welcome.

Nando’s was here in the past but it didn’t go well with the market several years ago. But how about now? There’s indeed a drastic change with how the foodies here on seeing something new!

Talking about how adventurous Jakartans nowadays with their food could be an endless story but for an international chain like Nando’s, they might want to consider entering the market here. Which is why, apart from the fact that it is halal-certified in Singapore, my exploration went actually very well that day.

Initially Casa Bom Vento was the destination but since it has not reached the time to open, our hunger brought us to Nando’s as an exchange. Located inside the all-about-eating mall of 112 Katong on the famous Joo Chiat Road, Nando’s has a share of space and atmosphere which were very comfortable for family dining and for couples like us.

The main star here is of course, the chicken. It can come in quarter size, half chicken, or even whole chicken. Afterwards you can combine the chicken with one or two side dishes such as rice, fries, salad, and anything else.

The chicken came in several degrees of spiciness and of course, the chilies are not the likes of habanero, jalapeno, or bird-eye chilies; but it came from the peri peri chilies. These chilies which originally came from Africa was brought by the Portuguese during the age of spice to India and introduced to the world. Hence, there’s this unique intertwining between Mozambican and Portuguese cuisines in Nando’s dishes.

I went straight with the quarter chicken. It was grilled and smothered with mild peri peri sauce. Instead appearing as the golden or blackened grilled chicken that I always know, it came in the color of cream and has these crunchy charred spots around. When cut open, it was moist and all tender. The flavor was a spot on and it tastes like a vinegary, spicy creamy spread which works so well with everything.

Wanting to ask for the usual chili sauce (oh gimme a break, Rian), the waitress instead pointing me up to this sauce station where I can take different degrees of peri peri sauce, black peppers, and even salad dressing that looks like a pesto sauce.

I took the liberty to try several bottles at once and found out that the mild level is the best among all. The garlic peri peri tastes a bit strong with the garlic and not really up to my liking, and meanwhile the hottest peri peri sauce feels like they are punching it with a lot of tabasco instead of the character of spiciness that Indonesians are accustomed of.

It was a really nice experience at Nando’s with all the kind and swift services, especially of course with the food. It’s not cheap, of course, but let’s say that it’s worth it when once in a while you might want to switch from Chili’s to Nando’s once in a while, if it one day opens in Jakarta.

Please come again for us, Nando’s!

FUN FACT: Nando’s originally came from South Africa.


Some dishes are suitable for vegetarians

Address (Singapore only):

  • Bugis Junction
  • Tanglin Mall
  • Plaza Singapura
  • Tampines Mall
  • 112 Katong Mall
  • JCube
  • The Star Vista


Opening hours: Daily, 10am – 10pm

5 Tips dari Food Blogger Top untuk Kamu yang Ingin Ngikutin Jejak Mereka (via Mozaic Magazine)

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Sering foto makanan dan dapat banyak pujian? Mungkin sudah saatnya kamu jadi food blogger.

Nggak bisa dipungkiri tren upload foto makanan di social media jadi semacam alasan untuk berkembangnya food blogger jaman sekarang. Rasanya makin banyak yang jadi food blogger dengan konsep foto dan review makanan atau resto yang ciamik. Buat yang hobi makan, jadi food blogger mungkin bisa kamu pertimbangkan untuk variasi kegiatan sehari-hari.

Meski review yang kamu buat adalah pendapat pribadi, namun ada beberapa hal yang perlu kamu ketahui kalau mau jadi food blogger yang ideal. Setidaknya menurut deretan food blogger yang sudah lebih dulu ngehits berikut.

Tahu Banyak Tentang Makanan

“Kemampuan baik dalam menulis maupun berbagai teknik fotografi serta editing memang sebuah nilai plus, apalagi bila ditambah dengan pengetahuan mengenai makanan dan dunia kuliner secara keseluruhan. Tetapi satu hal yang harus kita miliki adalah kemampuan untuk bersimpati. Dengan inilah kita bisa menghargai suatu kelebihan atau mendorong sebuah perbaikan atas kekurangan dari sebuah pengalaman berkuliner kita. Dengan perasaan simpati ini juga kita ingin menyampaikan pesan bahwa kita ini layaknya teman-teman pada umumnya.

Meskipun memiliki kemudahan dalam menikmati makanan tapi ini tidak boleh menjadikan kita sombong, sok benar, atau berlebihan dalam menunjukkan pengalaman kita. After all, masih banyak teman-teman kita yang belum berkemudahan dalam urusan makan setiap harinya” – Rian Farisa,

Pakai Kata Cocok Bukan Enak

“Rasa dalam artian kulminasi dari segala panca indera, nggak hanya apa yang dirasa di lidah, tapi juga didengar, disentuh, dan ambience yang dialami. Kemudian nggak sekadar memberikan nilai atau nge-judge enak dan nggak enak, tapi mengedukasi pembaca.

Saya sendiri lebih suka menggunakan kata cocok & kurang cocok, kemudian dijelaskan kenapa. Karena untuk saya yang punya lidah Sumatra, semangkuk Rawon mungkin nggak akan senikmat bila dimakan oleh teman-teman lidah Jawa.

Makanya penting untuk menggunakan cocok dan tak cocok daripada menggunakan enak atau tak enak karena enak itu tergantung selera. Tapi cocok itu memang spesifik pada lidah kita. Misal, karena saya suka manis, saya akan menjelaskan bahwa ketika menikmati dessert saya akan bias karena pada dasarnya suka manis.” – Fellexandro Ruby,

Foto Dengan Cahaya Natural

Perhatikan cahaya, natural light is your best friend. Waktu paling bagus untuk foto makanan adalah ketika pagi atau siang ketika matahari bersinar terang. Saran kami, pilih meja di café atau restoran yang dekat dengan jendela agar bisa dapat cahaya terang matahari dan hasilnya pun akan lebih bagus.” –  Julia & Marius,

Banyak Coba dan Latihan

“Penting untuk tahu banyak tentang makanan untuk mulai blogging, semakin banyak orang yang baca blog kita, sedikit banyak mereka akan menjadikan blog kita sebagai referensi. Kalau kita sendiri belum tahu banyak tentang makanan jangan takut, yang penting coba lebih banyak makanan sehingga membuat lidah kita semakin terlatih.” – Daisy Caroline,

Icip Bareng Teman

“Sekarang kan banyak discovery site. Kalau kalian join mereka, sometimes bakal diinvite untuk coba restoran kok. Lalu, bisa juga beli kupon ke restoran yg menurut kalian menarik, dan sekarang di Jakarta kan ada semacam restaurant weekly, bisa juga lewat situ. You don’t have to spend too much. Lastly, kalau mau coba restoran, pergi bareng temen yang doyan makan, jangan sendiri. Jadi bayarnya sama tapi bisa nyoba macem-macem.” – Ferna Kinata,


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Halal Eat Out: Mufiz Eating House – Singapore

Ah finally, my first time visiting Singapore with my wife and also in full liberty each and every day! Back then, it used to be about work and media trips. It used to be about play by the book and based on schedules.

This time? It’s time to enjoy the finest from Southeast Asia cuisines and some nostalgia.

Staying at Jalan Besar was quite beneficial for us since it is quite strategic – I mean, it’s nearby to Mustafa Center and Chye Seng Huat Hardware’s good coffee. However, it is also near to some good examples from Indian cuisines.

Mufiz Eating House was an eatery I found on accident (and from a recommendation in the internet afterwards), and it’s conveniently located on the intersection of Jalan Besar and Kitchener Road. You won’t miss it because it’s so obvious from anywhere you see it.

One thing that matters most in this trip is to search for halal food as well. That’s why we were having this big breakfast on one fine morning before heading for Chye Seng Huat Hardware.

It’s easy to head here by using bus since a stop is nearby and in stark contrast with Indonesia, even though Mufiz is all about open air eatery, it feels clean when in Singapore. The menu is a large collection of Indian food, nasi goreng, and some from Thai cuisine. Without further ado, we each ordered our own nasi biryani and me with a chicken curry while my wife with the mutton curry.

For the companion, we chose each a teh tarik and iced lychee. One thing that’s actually funny was when my wife, a bit hesitant on which to order, decided initially on a vegetarian nasi biryani. The young man who waited us said something like, “Come on. Nasi biryani is not suppose to be eaten with vegetables. Order something like chicken or lamb at least”. Of course, he’s doing it in a friendly way and I have no objection if it became a mutton curry.

Anyway, the food was okay. It was a big breakfast that me and my wife enjoyed although I found that the food back at Taj near Masjid Jamae Chulia was better, a bit more affordable, and it was air-conditioned.

As some of the Singaporeans said, the food at Mufiz may be quite expensive but it was hearty. However, next time I should try somewhere else as well. I intend to try every halal eatery in Singapore – since it is easier to find than in Indonesia, ironically.

So perhaps in few months from now? See you SG!


Some of the menu are suitable for vegetarians

227 Jalan Besar (at Kitchener Road), Singapore

Opening hours: Daily, 24 hours