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Dish That I Crave: Ikan Bakar Khas Padang by Bang Themmy

They say Minang people are the best when it comes to grilling. Although grilling itself is commonplace in Indonesia, one still would not dare to resist the offerings of ayam bakar or ikan bakar in a Padang restaurant. Which is why I have to share you why Bang Themmy’s grill fish is a must-not miss!

Ikan Bakar Khas Padang
Ikan Bakar Khas Padang

Despite the humble exterior and personality from behind the success of this grilled fish shack, Bang Themmy’s initial idea to use specific tilapia coming from Subang was an ingenious idea of its own. Well, you know how troublesome it can be eating fish with so many small bones to dodge first, especially when you’re hungry.

Subang’s tilapia swims against fast current and that makes the bones bigger. Which ultimately makes it easier for us to sweep the flesh surrounding the bones. With Bang Themmy’s grilling finesse, the yellow sauce made from spices and coconut milk can be absorbed perfectly and leaving the flesh still moist and meaty.

Here, they are pairing it with a plate of warm rice and steamed vegetables with green chili sambal. Ah the very thought alone drives me crazy!

Somebody please drive me back to my hometown please!

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IKAN BAKAR NILA KHAS PADANG BANG THEMMY
Halal-friendly
Unsuitable for vegetarians

Address:
Jalan Terusan Jakarta no. 280 (hawkers area), Bandung – Indonesia
T: +62.813.2222.4284

Opening hours:
Mon – Sat, 12pm – 10pm

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Spend: IDR 25,000 – IDR 50,000 / person

Dish That I Crave: Pucuak Ubi Tigo Jam by Bang Themmy

Pucuak ubi tigo jam may not be Bang Themmy’s signature dish but if you happen to arrive here and Bang Themmy still has it, then it would be wise to just order one right away. Why? You will know why here!

Pucuak Ubi Tigo Jam
Pucuak Ubi Tigo Jam

The cassava leaves are the lalapan in Minang cuisine. For us here in Java, we are always in need to accompany our dish with vegetables and either this or the young jackfruit will always be on our plate whenever we visit a Padang restaurant.

In Bang Themmy’s however, the cassava leaves are elevated to a level where flavors, skill, complexity, and whimsicality are harmoniously intertwined. As a native Bukittinggi citizen, the recipe actually came from his mother.

“My mom used to steam the cassava leaves by using wood fire and it took her three hours to finish everything just right. Nowadays you cook it by using gas stove but the result would be, of course, different”, he said. The name tigo jam itself came from this particularly lengthy, painstaking process of cooking it. 

The steamed daun singkong are wrapped in leaves and cooked with salted fish, chilies, coconut milk, and Minang basic herbs. With a touch of his family secret, the result was simply amazing and fragrant.

One may still need to add the proteins when you have your share of usual daun singkong, but with this one, you will only need the rice. The complex, silky taste out of this seemingly simple dish was quite unexpected at the beginning. You can’t help but keep on digging until you finish everything!

Even so, I would still do it with the grilled fish because you cannot skip that one as well. I will share it again later in my craving list!

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IKAN BAKAR NILA KHAS PADANG BANG THEMMY
Halal-friendly
Unsuitable for vegetarians

Address:
Jalan Terusan Jakarta no. 280 (hawkers area), Bandung – Indonesia
T: +62.813.2222.4284

Opening hours:
Mon – Sat, 12pm – 10pm

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Spend: IDR 25,000 – IDR 50,000 / person

Dish That I Crave: The Freshly Made Breakfast at Breeze Art & Boutique Hotel, Bandung

Behind the facade of this beautiful yet luxurious bijou hotel, hidden from the sight of many, one may expect that the breakfast spread would be like any other ordinary hotel. However for Breeze, the idealistic owner puts in more effort to be more than just that.

So, after having a wonderful night staying there, I descended downstairs to sit at Breeze’s breezy dining room. Bandung’s morning breeze is something that I will go after whenever I’m there and with a beautiful surrounding like this, well, you can’t ask for me.

However, allow me to post about my stay there another time and for now, let us savor the breakfast together, shall we?

Breeze Art & Boutique Hotel 4
US Tenderloin and fried egg with hash brown and buttered baby tomatoes
Breeze Art & Boutique Hotel 3
Tuna salad
Breeze Art & Boutique Hotel 1
Scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and sour cream, buttered baby tomatoes, and hash brown
Breeze Art & Boutique Hotel 2
Nasi goreng

 

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BREEZE ART & BOUTIQUE HOTEL
Address: Jalan Pondok Hijau Permai Blok I No. 11, Bandung – Indonesia

T: +62.22.820.27488

Dish That I Crave: (The Overpriced) Capcay Goreng from Nasi Goreng Gila Sabang

It’s good to be back to the vibrant Jalan Sabang. So many things you can try, so many things you can share about, but then again, it’s time to meet again Nasi Goreng Gila Sabang.

Well, this story is supposed to be short and aside from the nasi goreng gila that I had last time and the picture here, I incidentally tried my in-law’s order of capcay goreng ayam.

Turns out it was a really good pick. The nasi goreng gila was, to be honest, a bit of a exaggeration in terms of taste and especially the price. The capcay, on the other hand despite having the similarity for the price tag, was utterly more inviting; especially when combined with rice!

Nasi Goreng Gila Sabang

So therefore, my dear readers and fellow foodies, let’s try something else whenever you visit this place. The best nasi gila (not goreng though) still belongs to Bubur Sukabumi in Tebet from my point-of-view, but spending IDR 25,000 for the capcay here in Sabang will still be worth it. If not, then best to head for Garuda instead. 😉

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NASI GORENG GILA SABANG
Address: Jalan H. Agus Salim a.k.a Sabang (in front of Garuda – Padang Restaurant), Jakarta – Indonesia

Dish That I Crave: Sate Padang Ajo Ramon

Easily, the most famous among other sate padang hawkers found in Jakarta. Sate Padang Ajo Ramon, without the need for further introduction, still serves a customized, but still really good, Pariaman-style satay around.

Sate Padang Ajo Ramon 1

Well, I used to bet for somebody else from Benhil, whom I never had the chance to actually know who the sate padang seller is until now since somebody from the ex-office used to buy it for us all, but as a good substitute – Sate Padang Ajo Ramon eases my craving for this particular dish anytime.

Now, he has successfully opened many outlets around the city and easier to find. The quality is still pleasing many people but if you happen to ask native Minang people, you might find them answering with a different tone. Well, some say it loses the authentic touch now and like I said, already customized to cater our tongues here, but well we still love it unconditionally.

So how about you? Which sate padang do you like in Jakarta?