Category Archives: Yogyakarta

Quikskoop™: Loving Hut

Yippeekiyay! Another healthy restaurant! I’m on fire with this genre lately right? Well, partly because it was an assignment for a certain magazine. Second, just recently a fellow foodie friend of mine went ‘astray’ to become a vegan. I figure, why don’t you start looking for these hidden organic jewels and start a trend by reviewing them? Regardless of these excuses, on any circumstances aside from my religious restrictions, let’s do the foodie adventure, shall we?

For several years, I have been passing through this vegan restaurant both in Plaza Semanggi and Kampung Melayu vicinity in East Jakarta. Honestly I looked at it condescendingly and even underestimated it. Probably it’s because they put pictures of old and new celebrities all over the restaurant, making it look silly and shabby. Not to mention with the dominating yellow color that covers all angle. Just ridiculous.

Loving Hut - Broccoli Lada Hitam

However, I have to apologize sincerely to Loving Hut for underestimating it and the moment of truth came when I was assigned with this piece about healthy food. Of course, the only one that came into my mind was this Loving Hut. It’s pretty much nearby where I live and it survives for several years now. It has potentials after all perhaps!

Indeed it was. I was quite satisfied with what they have in the menu as it covers many genres from local, Chinese, and even Italian. They have strange names in it to avoid people thinking that they serve meat but of course not because they substitute it with processed soy beans.

Loving Hut - Green DelightA friend of mine has a good point about vegan restaurants that offer dishes using processed soy beans to make it appear like meat. If vegans want to eat meat that much, why not do it for real instead of eating these processed soy beans? Well, I don’t have the authority to say anything about it but if you guys happen to be vegans, feel free to share your thoughts about it.

By the way, I had a healthy vegetable juice which was refreshing alongside a kung pao dish and broccoli with black pepper sauce and mushrooms. My wife had a maki set because she loves sushi and its friends so much. Well, it was decent and very affordable. You can have a date while spending around let’s say IDR 50,000 – IDR 60,000 if you want to be frugal and boy, these soy beans do taste like meat!

Loving Hut - Tasty Kung Pao

That experience alone made me think that being a vegan or any other derivatives of it can be fun in the end. You don’t have to worry eating sautéed dishes, grills, or even soy beans with meat flavors after all, right? Well, feel free to disagree my dear vegan friends, but if it’s allowed and still healthy, I guess why not?

Roger and out!

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LOVING HUT

Halal-friendly

Some menu are suitable for vegetarians

Address & RSVP:
Jakarta, Tangerang, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Kediri, Denpasar, Medan, & Pematang Siantar
Details at http://www.lovinghut.co.id/kontak.shtml

Opening hours:
Everyday, mall opening hours

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

Spend: IDR 30,000 – IDR 50,000 / person

Quikskoop™: Gudeg Yu Djum

Arrived at 2.30 am in the morning, exhausted, and had to proceed with the wedding ceremony the next day, finished around noon, took a nap, attacked by a bed bug, and then came my last evening in Yogyakarta. Even though I got caught in-between fatigue, deadlines, and my latent willpower to scour Yogya, finally I decided to take a ride on a becak with my wife and led us for a really fine dinner. Gudeg Yu Djum was our obvious choice!

It’s not easy to ride on with so many responsibilities in hand, so little time, and exhaustion. Not to mention that we’re going to have a long ride back home to Jakarta by bus on the next day. Traffic gets crazy nowadays with so many people now own cars and motorcycles, so many buses and trucks on the highways, and the never-ending irresponsibility of local governments to really maintain the road quality. It became stressful to do land travel nowadays in Java and that’s the reason we arrived in Yogyakarta the previous night after an almost 24 hours ride!

So under those circumstances, the dinner’s better be good or else..!

Jalan Wijilan - The land of gudeg

Clearly the obvious choice goes for gudeg on Jalan Wijilan. Well, we’re using becak, Wijilan is nearby many places of interest, and gudeg should be fulfilling no matter what. The competition is pretty fierce on the street and each place offers adequate space and cleanliness, but that’s not the case for Yu Djum.

Gudeg Yu Djum occupies a small, cramped place and we had to wait until seated for like around 10 minutes. Well, the cleanliness has never been an issue for Indonesian hawkers even the famous one, so you’d better set your expectation on the food and nothing else. Although service was quite slow here, one of the staffs was quite helpful and managed to get us through with what we wanted.

Gudeg Yu Djum - Exterior

Originally I wanted the cheaper kind of gudeg such as the ones combined with egg, tofu / tempe, or ayam suwir (shredded chicken), but since it’s almost closing time, they’re almost finished with the usual choices. This left me with only gudeg telur and chicken breast for a heftier price. Well, what I really needed that time was a decent dinner and in that case, I don’t mind at all. Lucky that my family’s also okay with whatever they could get that night.

Gudeg Yu Djum - Gudeg Telur & Dada Ayam 2
Gudeg Telur & Dada Ayam

The portion was small but it was deceiving. I underestimated it at first but it all turned out really well. Yu Djum’s interpretation of gudeg is a mixture of balanced sweetness and emphasizes more on the spicy side thanks to the solid performance of sambal krecek (made from diced cow’s skin). Of course the rest of the team did well and it was a harmonious teamwork between the warm rice, gori (young jackfruit), hard-boiled egg, and the chicken.

Well, I can’t say much for now as I have to compare Yu Djum with the rest of the competition at Jalan Wijilan or even somewhere else. But rest assured that Yu Djum’s version of dry gudeg is clearly one of the best so far, but you have to be a bit lenient and not too picky with the cons. Until next time, Yogya!

Gudeg Yu Djum - Signage

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GUDEG YU DJUM – YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA

Halal-friendly

Must eat: All delicious gudeg combinations!

Spend: IDR 20,000 – IDR 40,000 / person

Address:
Jalan Wijilan, Yogyakarta – Indonesia
Jalan Kaliurang, Yogyakarta – Indonesia
Jalan Wates, Yogyakarta – Indonesia
Jalan Solo, Yogyakarta – Indonesia

Opening hours: Everyday, 6 am – 10 pm

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Quikskoop™: Soto Lamongan Cak Ngun & Cak Sodik

Soto Lamongan Cak Ngun & Cak Sodik - Soto

During my very short visit back in Yogyakarta, I was hoping that we could have a special treat there before heading back home to Jakarta. And yes, it’s not just a wishful thinking as my in-laws of my in-laws family took us for a breakfast at a seemingly very busy place with its famous Soto Lamongan!

The looks of Soto Lamongan Daging Sapi owned by Cak Ngun and Cak Sodik may look not like a permanent establishment but it does occupy a large portion of the land and draws many hungry visitors since early morning. Luckily we got ourselves VIP seats just aside the serving station where a guy busy putting in all the soupy goodness into prepared bowls filled with shredded white cabbage and bean sprouts and his friends distributing all the ready soto to customers.

What doesn’t feel like real Soto Lamongan is probably the use of chunks of beef on the soup instead of chicken and most of all, there’s neither cellophane noodles nor koya (shrimp kerupuk with garlic smashed into powdery form). This presentation has become an argument between me and my expert foodie friend but then again if you take a look at how busy this hawker is, then I guess there’s no need to argue.

Taste-wise it’s pretty good as the soup is quite flavorful and most of the beef are tender. Seconds are recommended if you don’t mind getting yourself a bit sweaty from both the hotness of the soup and the weather. Already prepared on the dining tables are fried tahu and tempe for your sides apart from other types of kerupuk available there. Be mindful that plenty of flies flying around so it’s best to clear away from those tempe and tahu.

I had my share of second portion and quite fulfilled but still I feel that this doesn’t represent the traditional Yogyakarta culinary selections as Soto Lamongan is originated from the city of Lamongan just around an hour journey from Surabaya far in the east. Well, perhaps next time I’ll visit again this lovely city and get myself the best of it!

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Must eat: Soto daging sapi

Price: IDR 8,000

Address: Jalan Veteran – Yogyakarta, DI Yogyakarta – Indonesia

Opening hours: TBA