Tag Archives: Chinese Food

Bakmi Win, The Wonder Noodle Shop in Southern Jakarta

Jarang bisa menemui gagrak bakmi yang tidak luntur gaya Chinese sekaligus rasa lezatnya karena tanpa hadirnya MSG. Itulah Bakmi Win yang dikomandoi oleh Oom Win sendiri yang selalu tampil antusias dan bergaya sporty ini.

Hadir di kawasan yang tidak terlalu banyak memiliki warisan mie selain legenda mie dari negeri Korea di bilangan Senopati tidak jauh dari situ (pun intended), Bakmi Win juga tidak gentar menghadapi kedai soto populer yang tepat berada di depannya. Sebagai salah satu fans Bakmi Win, terkadang dalam hati saya ingin semacam berseru kepada mereka yang tengah bersantap di kedai soto itu, “Hey guys, you don’t know what you’re missing here. Come here once in a while!” Well, that’s just to show how much I like this place.

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Sang mie sendiri tampil kenyal dengan rasa gurih dan dilengkapi taburan ayam. Potongan daun bawang memang opsional tapi harus tentunya ditambahkan. Sebagai pendamping, biasanya saya memesan bakso kuah dan uniknya Bakmi Win menemaninya dengan potongan lobak. Sungguh segar dan selalu panas. Menyenangkan sekali.

Selain bakmi, sering juga Bakmi Win menyediakan siomay maupun nasi ayam. Tidak lupa yang wajib dipesan adalah es jeruknya yang benar-benar menggunakan satu butir jeruk besar sehingga memang rasanya fulfilling banget. Tapi itulah Oom Win, sepertinya memang beliau senang memberikan yang terbaik untuk pelanggannya.


BAKMI WIN
Halal-friendly
Unsuitable for vegetarians

Address: Jalan Tulodong Atas no. 16, Jakarta – Indonesia

Opening hours: Daily, breakfast – late lunch time


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Street Food: Rujak Shanghai Encim

Tak akan habis warga Jakarta membicarakan berbagai keseruan berkuliner di daerah Glodok, namun bisa dibilang memang menemukan perkara menemukan yang yakin halal di sini tidaklah mudah.

Nah, sebagai salah satu pilihan yang bisa dibilang memenuhi kriteria tersebut adalah Rujak Shanghai Encim. Berikut adalah keunikan dari jenis rujak yang satu ini.

Rujak Shanghai Encim 1

Memasuki wilayah Pancoran, kamu pasti akan dihadapkan dua pilihan antara memasuki daerah Pasar Petak Sembilan di sebelah kiri atau Gang Gloria di sebelah kanan. Rujak Shanghai Encim justru terletak di dalam sebuah pujasera tidak jauh dari gang legendaris tersebut.

Di sini, satu meja khusus Rujak Shanghai milik Encim Ahung siap untuk melayani pengunjungnya. Rujak Shanghai ini bukan berarti berasal dari Negeri Tiongkok namun konon dahulunya pada tahun 1950, ibunda Encim Ahung pertama berjualan di depan Bioskop Shanghai yang kini tinggal menjadi kenangan.

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Keunikan rujak ini tiada lain adalah karena bahan-bahannya. Yang paling utama adalah juhi serta ubur-ubur yang direbus sejenak dan dipotong-potong. Lalu kemudian turut mengiringi adalah kangkung serta lobak. Sausnya sendiri adalah saus tomat homemade yang kental dan disiramkan di atasnya serta diberi bubuhan koya untuk sensasi renyah. Kalau ingin rasa pedas, Encim Ahung sudah mempersiapkan sambal di atas meja.

Memang ada sensasi tersendiri dari rasa rujak ini. Tidak hanya menggunakan bahan yang tidak lazim, namun rujak ini begitu otentik dan sulit dibandingkan dengan rujak mainstream pada umumnya. Racikan milik keluarga Encim Ahung ini konon pernah hendak dibeli ataupun diduplikasi para pesaingnya, namun soal keaslian tentu tidak ada yang bisa mengingkari.

Jadi pastikan berkunjung ke kedai sederhana yang satu ini, pastinya akan disambut ramah oleh Encim Ahung dan asistennya serta dukungan kita semua akan selalu melestarikan bisnis otentik yang telah dibangun selama 66 tahun ini. Selamat mencoba!


RUJAK SHANGHAI ENCIM

Halal-friendly
Suitable for vegetarians

Address:
Jalan Pancoran, Glodok, Jakarta – Indonesia (di dalam pujasera sebelum Gang Gloria)

Opening hours: Daily, 8am – 8pm


Street Food: Bubur Ayam Muara Pak Yunus

Bubur ayam. Satu makanan pagi kegemaran begitu banyak warga Indonesia. Cepat, murah, dan berisi; bubur ayam menjadi pilihan paling cocok untuk memulai pagi yang sibuk maupun santai.

Sekali-sekali bertandang ke Bandung tentu berburu bubur ayam seolah menjadi pencarian tiada berujung. Masih sulit memang untuk bisa menandingi rasa lezat yang sudah saya kenal sejak masa kuliah dahulu, yakni bubur ayam milik H. Amid di daerah Jalan Pajajaran.

Kesampingkan dahulu bubur ayam khas warga Tionghoa yang jelas-jelas paling terpuji soal rasa, namun untuk bubur khas warga pribumi ternyata masih belum terlalu banyak yang selalu terkenang.

Satu masa saya berkunjung ke wilayah kompleks Muara di pinggiran kota Bandung untuk menghadiri pernikahan. Tidak bisa berlama-lama dan tidak menyempatkan makan, akhirnya pilihan jatuh ke Bubur Ayam Muara milik Pak Yunus, sebuah kedai sederhana tepat di tepian sungai dan banyak dikunjungi warga sekitar.

Bubur Ayam Muara Pak Yunus

Secara penampilan bubur ayam milik Pak Yunus ini terlihat sangat berisi dan memang secara harga sedikit lebih tajam dibandingkan bubur kisaran rumah yang gemar berkeliling pagi dan sore. Secara rasa rupanya cukup memadai dan tentunya berisi.

Bila jujur ingin dibilang ini sederajat kenikmatannya dengan H. Amid tentu belum, tapi mungkin di lain waktu ketika di sini tersedia telur mentah serta cakwe raksasa, maka dapat dipastikan bubur ayam satu ini menjadi favorit kedua atau ketiga saya di Bandung.

Jom jangan lupa berkunjung bila tengah melipir ke sisi jauh Bandung yang satu ini, saudara saudari.


BUBUR AYAM MUARA PAK YUNUS
Halal-friendly
Unsuitable for vegetarians

Address:
Jalan Muara Sari V, Bandung – Indonesia (tepat di perempatan)

Jam buka: Khusus makan pagi menuju siang


EAT: The Hook (JAX, Mar 2016)

Anchors aweigh! We are now sailing for a wild seafood treat at The Hook!

The Hook (1)

The Hook, as the name suggested, has many things you always wanted from a seafood restaurant. Located conveniently across the famous Blok S square, the restaurant rests comfortably on an intersection between the busy Jalan Suryo and Cikatomas. It has the all needed sunny large windows surrounding the laid back atmosphere inside. It is as if you are retreating to seek solace, away from all the commotions on Jakarta’s streets.

Initially I thought that The Hook might be another version of Fish & Co. or Manhattan Fish Market. Apparently it is not. While there is a fish and chips on the menu, the restaurant actually employs an immense use of grouper fish in different presentations. The grouper or some might more familiar with the term garoupa fish, is exclusively provided from a farm at a remote island on the pristine waters of Arafura Sea – far to the eastern part of Indonesia.

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Heading straight to the food, start with something fresh and light such as the grilled prawn schasclik smeared with beautiful BBQ sauce or perhaps the fish roll satay served with chili dipping sauce. They are both appetizing and will certainly refresh you for the next course.

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One among the signature dishes at The Hook is the steamed humpback grouper. Steamed fish retains much of the nutrition with the original taste and texture of the fish itself. It was made savory and delectable after a good marination process and receiving further treatments from the delicate soy sauce with herbs.

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While at it, treat yourself also with other fine creations from The Hook such as the grilled Emperor grouper, grouper steamboat with vegetables, the deep fried grouper ribs withrica-rica, and more from other fruits of the sea such as lobster Thermidor, stir-fried black pepper Papuan crab eaten with mantao, and even the grouper head with turmeric fish broth.

The Hook (4)

With the garoupa playing the central role here, it does sound interesting and appealing. If you are keen, let us sail together for The Hook!

The Hook (5)

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THE HOOK
Not halal-certified
Some menu are suitable for vegetarians

Address:
Jalan Cikatomas II no. 35, Jakarta – Indonesia

RSVP: +62.21.2970.4981

Opening hours:
Daily, 10am – 10pm (Sun-Thu), 10am – 12am (Fri-Sat)

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Original link: http://jax.co.id/the-hook/

The Iconic: Cahaya Kota

The light still shines on bright and beautiful for Jakarta’s premiere classic Chinese restaurant, Cahaya Kota. Soaking rich with its history of good food and its contribution for the country, here is the story.

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There is something in common shared among several subjects of this rubric since the beginning of The Foodie Magazine. All this time, we have covered a lot of grounds – from classic pastry and coffee shops, ice cream parlor, restaurants, and down to the street food.

The similarity, which we somehow discovered, is that many of them were founded traditionally or continued from previous European owners by these Chinese descendants. These businesses thrive for generations until now and they retain the authenticity unseen in other places.

Speaking about Chinese restaurants, it will not be fair to say that Jakarta can only be represented by one iconic place only. As we all know, big cities all over Indonesia has their share of old Chinese restaurants and here, it is quite ubiquitous.

Cahaya Kota as the star of this issue is an important example of how a restaurant can bland its long standing existence with tales behind the independence of Indonesia as well as contributing to Jakarta’s diverse culinary scene and great food in-between.

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This is partly because Cahaya Kota’s history is among the best documented in Jakarta. Usually it is up to the elderly owner or someone who is well-versed about the history and that they would verbally pass the knowledge. On the contrary, Cahaya Kota preserves its history by documenting references from old newspapers clippings, letters, photographs, and remarkably – through published diaries of notable people in the past.

The story starts in the year 1943. Cahaya Kota was known as Toeng-Kong back then and its original location was still on Jalan Menteng Raya. During this era, the late Indonesian historian Des Alwi recounted the moment when he was tasked to buy some food from Toeng-Kong by Sutan Sjahrir – Indonesian first prime minister later in 1945.

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“It was 12 o’clock in the afternoon and I remember clearly that I paid for the fried rice and ifumie each for 25 cents”, he said. It was not known to him yet that the food was for the lunch of Indonesia’s important figures such as Sutan Takdir Alisjahbana, Ali Budiardjo, and Amir Hamzah who will attend this secret meeting. They were discussing the issues of politics and the future independence of Indonesia.

The experience was vividly written by Des Alwi in a letter designated for the restaurant, giving credit for its indirect role. Through the letter, he urged the readers to not only respect the history but also to help preserve the legacy that Cahaya Kota safeguards until this day.

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Not more than two decades later, Toeng-Kong had to move out of its original location because of the Monumen Nasional’s construction. But there’s a certain perk that Toeng-Kong has to make it easier. The restaurant was previously appointed as the caterer for police and military forces in Jakarta and that means Toeng-Kong had that special privilege to be assisted by the local municipality for the relocation.

When the relocation was completed, Tjahaja Kota was chosen as the new name to replace Toeng-Kong. The use of old Bahasa spelling was used at least for the next ten years before a fire incident happens and the rebuilding process finally completed.

The seventies and the eighties were the golden years as Cahaya Kota won competitions and awards from the government. Until today, the restaurant has always been the darling of Indonesia’s notables. Memoirs written by closest confidantes showed that both Soekarno and Soeharto were huge fans of the restaurant. Almost every year now the restaurant has been participating to cater the banquets on Indonesia’s Independence Day celebrations at Istana Negara.

Specializing in Cantonese cuisine and as expected from a high caliber restaurant, the menu is rich with adventure. From the classic rice and noodles, crabs, fish, prawns, beef, chicken or steamboat dishes; Cahaya Kota boasts the lineup for exquisite ingredients such as sea cucumber, shark fins, and abalones. With a total of hundreds of recipe variations among these ingredients, each visit will constitute as a moment of discovery, even for the most avid foodies.

Other than that, its attentive service makes it a memorable experience for many, its sheer capacity and the Lazy Susans are what that makes it beautifully orthodox. The old vibe lingers still, although the atmosphere is increasingly modern.

Now on its seventh decade and moving forward; Cahaya Kota remains as a classic choice for families and officials, for lunches and celebrations, for elders and their grandchildren. Not without crediting its famous offerings from kitchen, the restaurant also serves as a remembrance of its contribution in Indonesia’s culinary and political history.

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CAHAYA KOTA
Not halal-certified
Some dishes are suitable for vegetarians

Address:
Jalan KH Wahid Hasyim no. 9, Jakarta – Indonesia

T: +62.21.319.4885

Website

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Featured in THE FOODIE MAGAZINE Nov 2015 edition

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