Category Archives: Yogyakarta

Taking It To The Streets: Bakmi Jawa Harjo Geno (The Foodie Magazine, Dec 2014)

Consider your holiday incomplete if you only have the story about bakpia but not the rest of Yogyakarta’s authentic delicacy. By that we mean, of course, its bakmi Jawa!

The Foodie Magazine paid homage to one of the best in the city, Bakmi Jawa Harjo Geno.

Indonesians are naturally born noodle lovers and now living close to a Javanese family made me somehow amazed at how they became so crazy when it comes to noodles, or to be exact, bakmi Jawa.

As a delicacy highly suitable, and mostly only available, for dinner, bakmi Jawa is indeed a enjoyable feast for the eyes from it first start being cooked and then presented on the your dinner table. Everybody knows that a good bakmi Jawa has to be cooked by using charcoal and thus when combined altogether with the chicken broth and duck egg, you will know that it is a good, different take on noodles.

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The rest of the ingredients are pretty much straightforward such as with the use of chunks of chicken, cabbage, and scallions. However, the cool thing about bakmi Jawa is that you can order it with full broth or half of it, as the Javanese would call it ‘nyemek’. I personally prefer the latter as for some reason, I cannot stand idly watching the soupy noodle with growling stomach. I opt for the latter so that I can eat immediately!

Instead of just chunks of chicken, you can always ask to add chicken liver and even prawn into it, as I actually discovered when visiting one of the most famous in Yogyakarta owned by Pak Harjo Geno.

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Clearly, Yogyakarta is the right place to start seeking for the authentic and peerless bakmi Jawa hawkers. Pak Harjo Geno is the second generation owner and the rest of The Genos has bakmi Jawa businesses in several places around the city as well, however if you ask who is the direct descendant for the business, then this specific outlet on Jalan Parangtritis is the answer.

Cooking from the inherited refurbished pushcart since the 70s, Pak Harjo came to prominence when he was asked to cook bakmi Jawa for the late president Soeharto in 1996. As to why he was chosen of course it was clearly due to his highly delectable best-kept secret family recipe that keep The Genos running the business for decades until this very moment.

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But at the end of the day, the debate continues still as to which one becomes the best in Yogyakarta. However I have to assure to try this one if you haven’t and see whether Pak Harjo Geno’s bakmi Jawa will become your number one.

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BAKMI JAWA HARJO GENO
Halal-friendly
Suitable for vegetarians

Address:
Jalan Parangtritis (nearby the turn to Prawirotaman), Yogyakarta – Indonesia

Opening hours:
Everyday, TBA

Spend: IDR 15,000 – IDR 20,000 / person

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Featured in THE FOODIE MAGAZINE December 2014 edition

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Photography by Dennie Ramon

Kahvehane: Epic Coffee

Late night coffee seemed to be a great idea while in Yogyakarta. While it may not seem to be that late back then, I was actually more intrigued with the presence of modern, hipster coffee shop outside of Jakarta, Bandung and Bali. That night, our choice went for Epic Coffee.

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Jalan Palagan is en route to the higher grounds of Yogyakarta. About how far it took for us to get there somehow reminded me back when I used to frequent Noah’s Barn on the outskirts of Bandung. Jakarta has one too now by the way.

While the owners of nowadays coffee shop usually go after the strategic place, it seems that it’s not the case for Epic Coffee. Upon witnessing how it looks and based on the accounts of “coffee people”, Epic Coffee was destined to be here and to be eloquently designed.

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While it may look like a warehouse, it was neatly decorated and giving away such space I have never witnessed before from any other coffee shop. True, they may be sharing their spot with an interior shop but what they offer for the coffee lovers is a luxury that one would rarely witness in Yogyakarta.

It is without doubt, the fanciest coffee shop in Yogyakarta. Just look at the gadgets and the machines. With its La Marzocco’s Strada and a myriad of manual brew instruments, Epic Coffee is seriously introducing itself as a third-wave pioneer in this city.

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The beans it utilized came from our local farmers and roasted by trusted people from capital J, but it seems that pretty soon, they might be doing that by themselves as well.

It was a pleasant visit and my coffee was a formidable one, especially to ‘suggestively’ repelling my drowsiness that night. I can imagine that the place would be equally beautiful as well during the day. In all, I am happy that Yogyakarta finally readies itself to embrace more of this trend and based on those “coffee people”, there are other places that I can actually visit after this.

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Until next time then, Epic Coffee!

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EPIC COFFEE
Halal-friendly
Unsuitable for vegetarians

Address:
Jalan Palagan Tentara Pelajar no. 29, Yogyakarta – Indonesia

T: +62.274.4530704

Opening hours:
Daily, 10am – 11pm

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Quikskoop™: The Restaurant at LOKAL Hotel & Restaurant

My last year’s Jogja trip was packed with appointments and all had to be done in just mere two nights.  The last one night that I spent at LOKAL was highly pleasant but again, too short. It was also ironic that I only had time to eat at their good looking restaurant only for breakfast. Even so, I managed to see the potentials found within the menu.

Chef Nchank Tamberang, whom I featured on previous issue of The Foodie Magazine, was chosen as the big guy behind the kitchen. With his years of experience, he crafted a simple but interesting lineup of dishes. That came surprisingly with a really good price as well! For Jogja, this is a particular lineup you would like to see in hotels.

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For that breakfast, my nasi goreng was nice and well-complemented with the satay but my photographer’s bubur ayam had a mixed review from us. Even so, LOKAL was nice enough to add more if we asked and the breakfast was also nicely ended with a plate of assorted fruits.

Anyway, take a look at their menu here and you will find out that LOKAL presents something more than you would see normally in Jogja. Again, that came with a really friendly price tag as well.

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I’d like to visit again the hotel and the cafe sometime and enjoy that sunny morning. I just love to be basked under the morning sunlight coming through the restaurant’s windows. Not too long though. Anyway, if you came a bit too late, the restaurant might already be fully booked for events or crowded with teenagers.

Well, the place feels gaul, that’s why.

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LOKAL HOTEL & RESTAURANT
Halal-friendly
Suitable for vegetarians

Address:
Jalan Jembatan Merah no. 104C, Yogyakarta – Indonesia

T: +62.274.524.334

Opening hours: Everyday, 6.30am – 11pm (Sun-Thu), 6.30am – 1am (Fri-Sat)

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Cover Feature: Good For Eats Pop Up Tour (The Foodie Magazine, Nov 2014)

Wrapping up their pop-up tour to four cities in two countries, Good For Eats took us on the big bang that ended their campaign in the historical city of Yogyakarta.

An early wakeup call was all that it took to get us on a plane trip to Yogyakarta for the much anticipated dinner that Good For Eats (G48) had organized for us there. It’s both exciting and a feel good trip for me whenever it’s related to Yogyakarta, the city famed for its lengthy heritage list as well as its rustic culinary excellence. By the way, in case any of you foodies need to know better about who the guys are behind G48, we actually have introduced them in our September issue.

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The chefs behind Good For Eats are Fernando Sindu (Nando) and Ivan Wibowo, who in our past issue, told us on how they began the G48 venture and up until now, the time when these creative young minds are busying themselves with a throng of projects from running their own restaurant, private dinners, pop-ups, and as professional culinary consultants for up-and-coming restaurants in and out of Jakarta.

Yogyakarta signified the end of their pop up tour that had been started since September. Singapore was chosen as their first stop at Toby’s Estate and then continued with Bandung at CUPS Coffee Shop, Surabaya at Historica, and finally with us at Canting in Yogyakarta. Each venue sponsored the pop-up tour for up to three days and with a special menu that only lasts during their stay there.

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On why they ultimately chose Yogyakarta as one of their destinations was happily explained by Chef Nando, “In one aspect, it’s all is in line with the launching of Canting, our latest restaurant project as culinary consultants. However, we also feel confident with the maturing market in Yogyakarta to accept something new here”. Thus we also became the witness of what Canting has to offer in their menu and you can tell immediately, or me perhaps as a fan of G48, that it is comprised of the style that these duo usually show to people, but of course twisted with something new and colorful.

Summarizing their whole tour, Chef Ivan Wibowo remarked the whole experience as exhausting but full of fun, “The most interesting part is that we also came to a conclusion that each city has their clear distinction when it comes to taste and interest”. Ivan further noted that Bandung proved to be a solid market as they’re fond of anything related with rice bowl and truth be told, G48’s flagship restaurant Umabo in Jalan Wijaya is also well-known because of this particular dish. “But the craziest part came from the Surabaya crowd and we were overwhelmed with the never ending wave of customers. The queue line was unexpectedly long as well”, said Ivan.

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There’s plenty of expectation on their final pop-up here in Yogyakarta and that didn’t come exclusively for us. In this lovely restaurant Canting, the duo had prepared plenty of selections with an intelligent chemistry between casual Western fare and influences from Mexican cuisine. It was nearing a full house when we arrived for dinner and most of them were seemingly enticed with the pop-up menu from G48.

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Famed for their proficiency with meat, we witnessed how strong these fellas in that particular department. The highlight of that night simply goes for the tender wagyu hanger steak with kimchi fried rice, my Southern-style fried chicken with jalapeño cheddar biscuit and whipped potatoes. Additionally, the exclusive local wagyu steak with choices ranging from rib eye, sirloin, and hanger which can be accompanied by rice pilaf, sauteed vegetables, béarnaise sauce, and roasted garlic were simply choices that anyone cannot afford to miss while having G48 around as the mano behind the kitchen.

Other than these, we highly enjoyed their version of truffle French fries, huevos rancheros, and somehow we drooled over their eggs Benedict on puff pastries that our neighboring patrons chose. Of course, to highlight the night furthermore, Chef Ivan specially made us the “Toastalicious” or the French toast grilled in four corners but deliberately kept moist and soft in the middle. The toast is then combined with maple syrup, vanilla ice cream, and smoked beef. His choco-banana pie and panna cotta in bandrek sauce further showed us that his real intention from the beginning was all about pushing the boundaries where we would find explosion from the flavors and the complex texture structures. It was a big bang indeed!

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As of this moment, G48 will now focus on their other projects including the up-and-coming eatery in a mall on downtown Jakarta and expanding Umabo as well. There’s never a better momentum than now for these boys and they sure know how to deal with it. But for sure, we will see more of Good For Eats in our culinary scene and be sure to book your seat for any of their offer for excitements!

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GOOD FOR EATS (G48)
Facebook: goodforeats
Twitter and Instagram: @goodforeats
E: goodforeats@gmail.com

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Featured in THE FOODIE MAGAZINE November 2014 edition

Photography: Dennie Ramon

Foodies Lists: Loving Hut (The Foodie Magazine, Jan 2014)

Loving Hut’s message to the whole world is all about peace, love and harmony, and most of all, to promote the healthy vegetarian way of life. Ching Hai, a spiritual master and entrepreneur who founded the restaurant chain has successfully brought Loving Hut around the world with hundreds of outlets and some of them of course, in Indonesia.

With its feminine brand design, yellow colored interiors and pictures of international celebrities who have adopted a vegan lifestyle decorating the restaurants, it’s not hard to find Loving Hut. Especially nowadays, the growth of Loving Hut in Indonesia has been very promising as it has opened numerous outlets in Jakarta and other cities.

Although all of the items are made with wholesome plant-based ingredients, there is no reason for the non-vegan to not stop by and enjoy the dishes. Each outlet of Loving Hut has a distinctive menu that incorporates many cuisines and leaves plenty of room to explore based on the original recipes as well. Notables on the menu are Chinese, Indonesian, Western, and a little bit of Vietnamese, together with healthy drinks and juices.

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Interestingly enough, their soybean-based kung pao exactly tastes like the real thing and well-paired with vegetable dishes like stir-fried broccoli. Of course, other options like noodles, Indonesian rice dishes, and even pizza or steak are also there for you to pick. With the spirit to save the environment and to bring the sustainable diet for the earth, this might be the place to start the world’s food revolution.

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LOVING HUT
Halal-friendly (please check for the certification)
Suitable for vegetarians

Address:
Various locations in Jakarta and other cities in Indonesia
Telp: +62.21.2553.9369

Website: http://lovinghut.co.id
Facebook:
Loving Hut Indonesia
Twitter: @LovingHutID

Opening hours: Everyday, mall opening hours

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Featured in THE FOODIE MAGAZINE January 2014 edition

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Photos by: Dennie Benedict