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8 Classic dishes not to be missed in Bandung (Jakpost Travel – November 30, 2012)

8 Classic dishes not to be missed in Bandung

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Bandung has been well known as one of the culinary capitals of Indonesia. With the huge development of the city’s tourism over the past few years, new restaurants and cafés have sprouted up like a wildfire. However, the classics remain brave, resilient and still flourishing.

The Indonesian culinary scene has never been this crazy before. Influences from abroad arrived without a moment of hesitation and Indonesia suddenly became the melting pot of many foreign cuisines. Many local ventures have taken on a modern look but many more cling to their authenticity.

Many of the dishes popular in Bandung have been around for years, decades and some even originated from the Dutch colonial era in the early 1900s.

So here is a hand picked selection of the classics that have stood out the test of time.

1. Classic Chinese cuisine at Toko You – Jl. Sultan Hasanuddin No. 12

Yamien Manis & Pangsit Goreng
Yamien Manis & Pangsit Goreng

From its modest beginnings of only serving noodle dishes and the delicious bakso goreng (huge shrimp meatball), now Toko You serves a vast range of Chinese food, local fare and even Indian cuisine under the roof of Javanese style interior. With the addition of colonial heritage furniture and paintings, Toko You now presents itself as a stylish establishment and yet maintains the originality of those delectable, hearty dishes at affordable prices.

2. Ice cream at Braga Permai (Maison Bogerijen) – Jl. Braga No. 58

Wiener Melange
Wiener Melange

Braga Permai, previously Maison Bogerijen, has served colonial style dishes and homemade ice cream for many years. During its heyday, it was frequented by wealthy people during the colonial era. Great ice cream dishes like the classic Wiener Melange filled with coffee and topped with vanilla ice cream or the eclectic Sengasengana, which is full of fresh strawberries, are among the best choices here.

3. Kupat Tahu Gempol – Jl. Gempol (right nearby the T-intersection, in front of the Gempol traditional market)

Grandma Yayah prepares Kupat Tahu
Grandma Yayah prepares Kupat Tahu

Grandma Yayah has been selling one of Bandung’s tastiest kupat tahu (rice cake, bean curd and bean sprouts mixed with a peanut and coconut milk sauce) since the 1960s. She is very friendly and modest. Make no mistake – her hawker is one of the most sought after for breakfast. It’s purely because her take on kupat tahu is silky and rich!

4. Cendol Gentong Pak Asep – Jl. Alkateri (sidestreet, on the left before intersection)

Cendol Gentong
Cendol Gentong

Pak Asep has been selling cendol (worm-like jellies made from rice or sago served cold with palm sugar and coconut milk) for many years. He was the first to use only pure sago without the green coloring from the dracaena plant; this makes the cendol naturally white and translucent. To make it more luscious, he adds extra coconut milk and uses only the best palm sugar and jackfruit. He keeps his cendol in a big clay pot believed to retain the coolness of the beverage – which is definitely best drunk during hot days. Very refreshing!

5. Lomie & Bakmie Imam Bonjol – Jl. Imam Bonjol No. 9

Lomie and Iced Tea
Lomie and Iced Tea

With lomie (noodles with Chinese spinach, bean sprouts, shrimps, meatballs and sticky soup) as its signature dish, this once small side street hawker has now transformed into a formidable business and turned this once silent, leafy street into a buzzing one. Aside from lomie, this stall also serves other classic noodle dishes.

6. Martabak San Francisco – Jl. Burangrang No. 42, Jl. Karapitan No. 76, Jl. Waas No. 13

Martabak Manis under process
Martabak Manis under process

With a history spanning over many decades, this Chinese immigrant-influenced martabak (flipped thick pancake) from the island of Bangka has now become ubiquitous all over Indonesia. One of the pioneers for that achievement is Martabak San Francisco.

What once started with only nuts or sesame seed as its filling, now martabak as we know it uses milk, chocolate, cheese, banana, strawberry, blueberry, jackfruit, raisins, and many more as the selections for the filling. It is sinfully delicious and the best part is that you can have it your way!
7. Laksa at PT Rasa Bakery & Ice Cream– Jl. Tamblong No. 15

Laksa
Laksa

There’s always a place in a town frequented by the grandparents. Yes, PT Rasa delivers all that nostalgic feeling through an array of alluring Indonesian classics such as laksa (rice cake and vermicelli in light curry broth), fried rice, nasi rames (rice and assorted sides), and many more. Additionally, Rasa also serves timeless snacks such as bitterballen with mustard, saucijs brood (puff pastry filled with meat) and mini lasagna. The best is definitely its homemade ice cream creations and Dixie-style ice cream cones!

8. Schaschlik and German sausages at Tizi – Jl. Kidang Pananjung No. 3, Dago

Tizi - Schaschlik

With its uniquely beautiful look and small garden in the middle of the restaurant, Tizi has always been a classic choice for a romantic dinner in Bandung. Tizi’s specialty is its famed schaschlik (German-style skewered meat and vegetables) and German sausages. Its wood-burned pizza and sandwiches are also worth a try. Don’t forget to take some of its distinctive European-style pastries back home.

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Featured in Jakpost Travel (November 30, 2012)

Pictures courtesy of Rian Farisa (The Gastronomy Aficionado)

Flavor Preview: Pineapple Cake (SunnyHills – Taiwan, Singapore)

You might think that SunnyHills might be a name for a place of attraction for tourists, a real estate compound, or even a new competitor for a certain luxurious cemetery around Karawang, West Java.

No it is not.

SunnyHills is a specialty bakery that offers authentic pineapple cakes traditionally sourced, made, and baked in Taiwan! Not only a bakery and shop but SunnyHills also has its pineapple farm, suitable for ovo-lacto vegetarians, and has a halal certification. It’s very reassuring for me especially since I am a Muslim and even in Indonesia, sometimes it’s hard to find halal-certified snacks. I hope that MUI will continue to label and standardized the halalness of not just packaged snacks but also hawkers and restaurants. Even further, the Ministry of Health should also start an initiative to grade the cleanliness of all establishments, hawkers and restaurants.

Back to SunnyHills, it’s also quite a surprise to find that they have their own pineapple farm, using premium ingredients such as New Zealand butter, Japanese gourmet flour, and good eggs. Not only that they have opened up a store back in Singapore, they’re also planning to reach Japan soon. One thing for sure, it’s gonna be a fierce competition in Japan since mostly snacks, cakes or desserts are neatly wrapped and packaged. But there’s no doubt that SunnyHills has also the upper hand for that.

The one case that I received as a gift was really neat and good looking. It has cute animal characters, greetings card and explanation about the product. The expiry date is also only around two weeks after baking and it’s a good thing since supposedly the cakes won’t contain any preservatives.

The cakes, called as Sunny Delights, are shaped in ingots thus reminding how very Chinese-influenced they are. The outer layer of the cake is a semi-sweet taste of a crumbling baked crust and the insides are the pineapples – fragrant, fulfilling but not as thick as my aunt’s nastar recipe. Well, Indonesians will find it quite familiar as we often encounter nastar, Dutch-influenced colonial times cake but with different outer layer than Sunny Delights,almost every year when we celebrate religious holidays. I was quite content with Sunny Delights though my Indonesian tongue is still hoping for a power play that can bring me joy through the interesting textures. Make the crust sweeter, make the pineapples tangier, and it’s gonna be great once I add coffee or tea into the chemistry!

It’s a promising move already and I respect on the length the company has taken so far. I like the sustainability and the localities empowerment for the product, thus also the dedication for being organic and stay true to the quality. It’s just a matter of taste and people has different paradigm in that. In the end, I ultimately enjoyed my 10 gold ingots of Sunny Delights and quickly ran out for it. As for now, I’ll entertain myself with my personal reserve of nastar then.

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Email order: service@sunnyhills.com.sg

Tel order: +65.8522.9605

Pricing: S$ 25 (box of 10), S$ 37.50 (box of 15), S$50 (box of 20)

Location: Raffles Hotel Arcade, Unit #03-05, 328 North Bridge Road, Singapore

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Photo courtesy of SunnyHills

Restaurant Review: Union Brasserie, Bakery and Bar (Hang Out Jakarta, January 2012)

Saat itu adalah sore hari yang sejuk selepas hujan. Angin berhembus kencang dan keramaian tetap merajai Union, sebuah tempat yang teramat hype dan penuh setiap saat. Rasa penasaranlah yang membawa kaki saya melangkah ke tempat ini.

Lima belas menit berlalu di bangku khusus waiting list dan seorang greeter membawa saya ke sebuah meja yang hanya dapat saya gunakan satu jam saja sebelum yang mereservasi meja itu datang. Tanpa membuang waktu langsung saja yang terlintas dan ingin saya coba adalah yang terbaik dan menarik dari menu Union yang berisi masakan dengan cita rasa modern ini.

Adalah crispy skin salmon bersama mashed potato serta saus yang intriguing dengan bahan jahe dan jeruk. Menyusul sesudahnya adalah homemade lamb sausage dengan imbuhan herbs seperti rosemary dan thyme dengan onion gravy.

Meskipun suasana begitu ramai dan penuh, untung saja pelayanan tetap berjalan cukup prima. Meski bagian dapur mungkin agak kewalahan namun atas bantuan pelayanan yang baiklah semua makanan dapat diantarkan dengan cepat.

Setidaknya apa yang diharapkan ternyata juga berimbang dengan rasa yang kami dapat. Salmon yang cantik datang dengan kulit renyah. Hidangan ini ternyata membutuhkan dua kali proses masak. Yang pertama tentu merenyahkan dulu kulit dan dilanjutkan dengan memasak ikannya sampai ke derajat medium-well sesuai pesanan. Rasanya yang tidak terlampau ringan tapi juga berisi ternyata semakin dahsyat ketika digabungkan dengan kelezatan saus gelap berbahan jahe dan jeruk ini. Certainly one of the best sauces I ever had! Untuk sosisnya sendiri mungkin tidak terlalu impresif bila disandingkan dengan sang salmon. Tapi yang memuaskan adalah kepadatan sosis tersebut dan rasa bumbu yang tebal nan gurih.

Merunut kata Union yang merupakan perpaduan keahlian pasangan chef muda, Adhika Maxi di kitchen serta Karen Carlotta di bakery, maka sudah barang tentu desserts adalah sebuah keharusan!

Adalah mocha cake yang menjadi pilihan karena red velvet cake sudah tidak tersedia saat itu. Tekstur yang didapat adalah perasaan semi lembut ala red velvet namun kali ini berwarna coklat, serta lapis demi lapis krim keju lembut ternyata memang seru!Tapi tunggu dulu, ternyata ada kacang-kacangan juga di antaranya dan menghantarkan rasa manis yang juga memberi nuansa yang berbeda. Sungguh pilihan yang tepat!

Carrot Cake (Photo by: jenzcorner.net)
Banana Cake (Photo by: jenzcorner.net)
Crunchy Chocolate Cake (Photo by: jenzcorner.net)

Di samping itu pada bagian bakery terdapat berbagai cakes lain seperti carrot banana, praline, hingga macarons. Bagels and baguettes? They got them also! 

Jadi lengkap sudah pengalaman malam itu dengan hasil cukup mengejutkan. Tidak overrated karena semata-mata popularitas belaka, tapi tampil lumayan memuaskan. So book first and pick your best seats karena Union tidak akan kekurangan pengunjung dalam waktu yang lama.

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Union Brasserie, Bakery and Bar

Rating: ***

Halal-friendly (dishes using pork and wines, liquors also available as beverages)

Some dishes suitable for vegetarians

Address: Plaza Senayan Courtyard, GF, Jl. Asia Afrika No. 8, Jakarta

RSVP: 021 – 5790 5861/62

Opening Hours: 11 AM until late (Daily)

Website: http://unionjkt.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/233268313372920/

Twitter: @UnionJkt

Atmosphere: A very busy New Yorkish 1930s era bistro with pictures everywhere and waiters changing the diapers (table sheets) every time a patron leaves instead of real table clothes. During its serene time, which would be very rare, enjoy the breeze of what’s left from Jakarta cool air and a spectacle towards the courtyard with fountain.

Ambiance: Cacophonous. Loud. Smokey. Busy. You name it.

Service: Would be very lucky to receive prime service especially during busy hours, like I did. Well, at the expense of tardiness from kitchen side.

Pricing: Around IDR 300,000 – 400,000 for two

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-Featured in HANG OUT JAKARTA January 2012 edition-

Restaurant Review: Aaltje Bakery & Café (HOJ, June 2011) [CLOSED]

Aaltje adalah seperti hidden gem di bilangan Kemang Raya. Dalam pencariannya saja saya sempat menelusuri hingga nyaris sejauh Jalan Ampera padahal keberadaannya sangat-sangat dekat dari arah saya datang yaitu Prapanca. Ternyata letaknya berada di sebuah bangunan perkantoran yang agak tua dan herannya tepat di sebelah Die Stube, sebuah patokan yang mudah diingat.

Penampilannya dari luar tampak menarik dan cukup unik, layaknya pub kuno yang lebih mengingatkan saya pada tipe Irish pub karena warna hijaunya ketimbang tema pub Belanda padahal dengan nama seperti Aaltje ini. Ternyata bukanlah pub yang sepertinya menjadi tema tempat ini meski terlihat suguhan wine dan liquor pada umumnya, malahan Aaltje menyatakan dirinya sebagai bakery dan café. Padahal untuk kategori seperti itu lazimnya saya melihat baguette atau jejeran croissant dan berbagai macam roti lainnya namun ternyata tidak.

Saat itu baru saja lewat waktu makan siang sehingga tempat ini menjadi sepi sepeninggal rombongan keluarga ekspatriat Jepang terakhir yang baru saja beranjak. Hasilnya adalah sesuatu yang saya tidak harapkan. Dengan keadaan kosong setelah makan siang, herannya tidak ada yang sigap menyambut dan keadaan masih belum sepenuhnya bersih. Konon setelahnya saya diinformasikan bahwa sebelumnya baru saja sebagian Aaltje disewa untuk sesi foto pre wedding. That’s not an excuse though.

Untuk makanannya, Aaltje ternyata memang menyuguhkan berbagai sajian khas pedesaan Eropa dimana terdapat crepes, galette, stroopwaffles, pancakes, escargot, poffertjes dan homemade ice cream.

Sebuah creperie! Betapa bahagianya!

Tidak sulit bagi saya untuk memilih apa yang hendak saya makan karena banyak pilihan di dalamnya yang menggunakan berbagai bahan yang cukup langka seperti salmon, beef casserole, asparagus, apple compote, hingga caviar.

La Baltique

La Baltique. Sesuai namanya dari Laut Baltik di sekitaran Denmark, ternyata galette ini menggunakan unsur-unsur seafood seperti salmon dan sesuatu yang bahkan lebih jarang yaitu Danish caviar. Memang bukan tipe yang mahal seperti Beluga caviar tapi betapa eksotisnya caviar hingga digunakan untuk sebuah masakan rustic seperti galette ini! Penampilannya-pun terbilang cantik. Bintang utamanya tentu adalah smoked salmon itu sendiri yang di selimuti oleh crème fraiche with cheese, herbs, and the jewel of the dish itself, the Danish caviar. Untuk menambah kesegaran dan rasa, mereka menambahkan lemon dan potongan tomat kecil.

Hasilnya adalah betapa lembutnya perpaduan galette dengan salmon tersebut. Crème fraiche-nya juga memberikan kelezatan tersendiri. Rasanya mungkin seperti mayonnaise yang tidak terlalu sharp dipadukan dengan rasa keju yang tidak terlalu asin. Namun sebelum tercampur, jangan lupa untuk mencicipi caviar-nya terlebih dahulu. Agak mengingatkan pada telur ikan terbang yang biasa kita temui di atas maki atau sushi namun tentunya berwarna hitam seperti caviar pada umumnya.

Dish kedua siang itu adalah sepiring Lasagna yang ternyata cukup ringan mengingat porsinya yang besar. Lasagna versi Aaltje lebih didominasi rasa tomat meskipun terlihat creamy dan berkeju namun untungnya tidak demikian padat. Rasanya cukup decent meski mungkin tidak sesuai ekspektasi kita pada Lasagna versi Italia asli dimana begitu banyak layer untuk pasta-nya serta saus tomat yang kental dan keju yang asin.

Makan siang yang cukup memuaskan meskipun rasanya seperti makan siang di restoran tutup seperti yang kita lihat di film-film tentang mafia Italia. Di siang yang panas, ada baiknya juga untuk mencoba homemade ice cream mereka yang beragam. Rasanya duduk di pojokan café ini, tidak terganggu oleh lalu lalang orang serta pemandangan langsung keluar tampak ideal bila dengan menikmati minuman dingin dan homemade ice cream serta poffertjes a la Aaltje. Sayangnya selalu ada kekurangan bila terlalu dicermati, meski demikian tidak ada salahnya untuk sedikit menikmati hidup dengan menerima kekurangan tersebut dengan harapan bahwa Aaltje akan mencoba untuk tampil lebih baik lagi.

Plaza Bisnis, Jl. Kemang Raya no. 2, Jakarta

RSVP: 021 – 719 2320

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AaltjeBakery?v=info

Rating: 3/5

Price Range: IDR 150,000-200,000 for two

-Featured in HANG OUT JAKARTA June 2011 edition-

Link: http://hangoutjkt.com/food/58/Aaltje-Bakery-Cafe

QuikSkoop™: Toko Oen

So one day, I was on my way to East Java through the Great Northern Route and I stumbled upon Semarang. My mom-in-law who used to live there knows the way around the town but had never been to this particular place. So it’s our special first time there with the whole family at Toko Oen!

Quite unfortunate that we had our breakfast somewhere earlier so I was planning to take them for dessert. It was around 9 AM in the morning and even I didn’t sure whether it’s already open or not.

Luckily, it’s open and I was struck in awe by the extreme authenticity of the place. Similar places like this also can be found in several big cities around Java like, for instance, ice cream parlor Ragusa or colonial eatery Huize Trivelli in Jakarta, bakery shop Sumber Hidangan or ice cream parlor Braga Permai in Bandung, and I heard they got something similae as well in Surabaya.

Oen’s Symphony

Again, it’s unique, antique, and homey at the same time. Probably it’s because that the place is maintained well, inside at least. The exterior is not too inviting by the way. Perhaps they want to keep certain ingenuity degrees from the building.

Seeing from the menu, they do specialize in steaks with Dutch colonial touch, namely the Bestik. See my post about Miranda for that dish. Usually the sauce was a bit different than the familiar trio of BBQ, mushroom, and black pepper sauces plus they got pork too here in some dishes. The thing is, I believe that the ice cream must be homemade!

Charlotten

Apart from that, they also got several pasta dishes, Indonesian, Chinese, and our prime target, ice creams! Without further due, me and my wife got the Poffertjes with three scoops of mocha, vanilla, and chocolate ice creams. While the in-laws went with other types of ice cream parfaits.

The ice cream flavors do not vary much. It’s still between strawberry, mocha, chocolate, and vanilla but the parfaits have more variations. All named in Western, Dutch, and French style and with no descriptions at all so it’s best to ask the waitress about it. Even if you don’t ask about it, I can assure you that anything you pick would be fantastic!

Poffertjes with Ice Cream

For example, my in-laws parfaits. My brother-in-law had this particular Charlotten or three scoops of ice cream with lidah kucing or literally the cat’s tongue. It’s one of those Dutch hampers shaped long and thin, taste a bit sweet and works well with ice cream or afternoon tea. While my mom-in-law picked Oen’s Symphony or the same three scoops of ice cream but with three slices of strawberry roll cake.

The coolest part should have gone for ours, the Poffertjes with Ice Cream. It’s the whole nine Poffertjes balls with icing sugar washed dark with chocolate and overshadowed by three scoops of ice cream. It was a delight where the chocolate sauce should run the campaign as the star! The ice cream was good as well and filled with signs of classic homemade taste. Nowadays ice cream feels modern with the thick flavor and not watery at all. The one in Toko Oen was just different. Anyway, I was a bit dejected by the Poffertjes, much to my dismay. They put too many eggs in the dough and it tasted too thick as the result. Although perhaps it’s their trademark or even it’s they way to create Poffertjes but one thing for sure, it’s not the first time I taste Poffertjes and I don’t have much fondness for the one here.

The endings were swell anyway. Everybody’s happy especially my mom-in-law who used to live her 24 years of youth here but hadn’t had the chance to visit Toko Oen. I bought two boxes of hampers on my way out and that seals the deal. Thank you Semarang!

LOCATION & WEBSITE:

Jl. Pemuda no. 52, Semarang

024 – 354 16 83

http://www.facebook.com/toko.oen (Facebook)

http://www.tokooen.com (Website)