Thursday, December 31, 2009

Lunch Meetings

In my old office, lunch meetings among the Partners and Directors were held every Wednesday until the last couple of years, it becomes once a month. We (staff) usually would be so happy when there's lots of left overs because we could bring it home :)

Board Room
office lunch

office lunch

office lunch

office lunch

Bye 2009.... Bye left overs..
Hello 2010.... Hello new opportunities...


Monday, December 28, 2009

Mie Udang Singapore (Singapore Shrimp Noodles)

Craving for Singaporean noodles? I guess I don't need to fly to Singapore.... ;)

My friend has been talking about this house restaurant so many times. Well, I'm not so sure whether I can say it as restaurant since it's actually a house but the owner's turned their living room to be a restaurant from morning until afternoon (around 2 pm).

I had Mie Udang Singapore (Singapore shrimp noodles) . The noodles came with the ingredients of morning glory, shrimp balls, shrimps, sliced pork. Sprinkled with spring onion, fried lard (fat pork) and fried shallots. So delicious! The soup was enhanced by the shrimp broth.

mie udang singapore

This is my friend's favorite dish - Mie Goreng Kangkung Terasi. Fried noodles with morning glory, fish cake, beansprouts, sliced pork, shrimp, red chili, shrimp paste and sprinkle of fried shallots . I also like this dish too. It's a really flavorful spicy and I even could smell the nice aroma of its gravy from my friend's plate.

mie goreng kangkung terasi

Mie Udang Singapore "Mi Mi"
Komplek Green Ville Blok B 1 No. 16
Tahap 4, Jakarta Barat

Disclaimer:The review and opinion expressed here are purely according to my personal taste. There's a possibility that the taste of the food might change later on, which could affect the review and opinion here. I also affirm that no monetary or non-monetary compensation has been received from this restaurant for writing this review.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas Stollen

It's a tradition for my mom to bake Stollen every Christmas. Sometimes, my mom would make stollen as Christmas presents or she got some orders from our friends

Stollen is a traditional Christmas cake from Germany, made from yeast dough containing dried fruits, chopped almonds and powdered with icing sugar. Stollen usually shaped like a folded oval but this time, my mom made it different shape like fruit cake based on a request.


Christmas Stollen recipe from Zwickau
The recipe is to make three or four loaves. If it’s too much, then you can make 1/2 of the recipe.

For the day before:
5½ cups sultanas
5 tablespoons vanilla sugar
16 tbsp rum
4½ cups butter
3⅓ cups sweet almonds, skinned and finely chopped
¾ cup bitter almonds, skinned and finely chopped
1⅓ cups candied lemon peel, coarsely chopped
½ cup candied orange peel, coarsely chopped

For baking day:
5½ lbs. flour, sifted
1 cup yeast
1½ cups sugar
4 cups milk
juice and peel of two lemons
Butter and powdered sugar for the glaze

The day before:
Wash the sultanas two to three times and drain them. Then mix them with the vanilla sugar and the rum. Put the butter in a pot. Take out the almonds and the candied fruits. Leave the sultana mixture, the butter, the almonds and the candied fruit out overnight to warm to room temperature.

On baking day:
1. Pour the flour into a bowl and make a crater in the middle.
Mix together the yeast, three teaspoons of the sugar and ½ of the milk. Pour the mixture into the flour crater and work the whole thing into a dough. Cover and let rise in a warm place.

2. Mix the dough with the sugar, the vanilla sugar and the fresh lemon juice and peel. Work the butter (not melted) into the dough using as much tepid milk as necessary to make a smooth, but not sticky dough. Knead the dough until it pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

3. Then fold the almonds, candied fruits and sultanas into the dough until they are distributed throughout. Cover the dough again and put it in a warm place to rise for two hours.
Then knead it again and let it rest for another 30 minutes. Now divide the dough into 2 kg (4 lb.) lumps and form them into the shape of bread loaves. Using the back of your hand press a deep furrow all the way down the stollen, dividing the log into two differently-sized loaves. Fold the narrow length over the broader length.

4. Bake on a well-greased baking pan at 175° C (350° F) for 1¼ - 1½ hours or until golden.

5. Brush the stollen immediately after baking with melted butter. Sprinkle with icing sugar before serving.

Since these Stollens are based on request and look not like the authentic stollen, therefore, decorations on them become essential ;)

The decorations made from fondant.


Wishing you all:
filled with love, hope and happiness"

Christmas Stollen

Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas Cookies

cookies,royal icing

One more week before Christmas day! Thus.. I can't help myself from not making cookies with the Christmas theme :)

cookies,royal icing

I really enjoy "playing" with the dough, the cookies cutters and my most favorite part is when the cookies have been cooled down from the oven, then I can decorate them with royal icing. It's so much fun! ;)

cookies,royal icing

p.s: I'm still using the same roll-out cookies recipe from Wilton.

Monday, December 14, 2009

A weekend in Singapore

I was spending my weekend in Singapore :) Singapore is not far from Jakarta, it only takes approximately 1 hour 40 minutes by an airplane.

I arrived in Singapore on Friday noon and directly headed from the airport to meet a Singaporean blogger named Misti for the first time. She brought me for a yummy lunch at Sophia Food Mall - Peace Centre on Sophia Road. It's really great to meet you, Misti and also thank you so much for the yummy lunch! :)

Hor Fun
A nice savory dish which is thick flat rice noodle with slices of pork, fish cake, mushroom, shrimp, and choy sum in a gravy made from tapioca flour and soy sauce.

Roti Prata
Indian pancake bread served with 3 type of curry saucesAnother version of roti prata with onion, egg and green chili

In the evening before dinner, I managed to eat the Azabu Sabo Hokkaido ice cream at Takashimaya food court at Ngee Ann city - Orchard road. It's a recommendation from Nic - Black Tie, White Lie. Thanks, Nic! Too bad, we couldn't meet up, next time, ya? ;)

Interesting how the ice cream is prepared.
I had a double scoops of double berry (a mixture of strawberry and blueberry flavors) and matcha (green tea). I think this is one of the best ice cream I've ever had! The texture is so soft and also creamy. Just perfect after a long hot day :)

Dinner at Food Republic at Wisma Atria shopping centre - Orchard Road, together with my ex-colleagues.

I had Nasi Briyani.
A very strong fragrant and savory fried rice with spices (i.e: saffron, ghee, cumin, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaves, mint leaves, onion, garlic, coriander, etc.) and a nice crispy fried chicken.

One of my ex-colleagues had this noodle called Mee Rebus that she couldn't finish - not even half of the bowl although she was starving because it tasted too cloying for our Indonesian taste.

The next day, I was invited for lunch at Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice Restaurant, located at 275 Thomson Road #01-05, Novena Ville.

Although this restaurant doesn't look like a fancy restaurant but the food is wonderful delicious.
Black Pepper Crab

Fish Head Curry
Hainanese Roasted Chicken
Hainanese Rice
Sapo Tofu
Stir fried bean sprout
Cereal PrawnsBarley drink

I didn't take dinner because I was too full with all the food from lunch but then, at midnight my friends brought me to have a little snack at the Al-Meen Eating House, serving Indian food and also Thai food. It's located on Changi Road.

A traditional Indian blended yoghurt with water, salt, pepper, ice and Indian spices. It's very refreshing.
Chicken tikka
Boneless chicken marinated with spices.

Last day in Singapore, before heading back to Jakarta, I had breakfast first with my friends at one of the Coffee Bean's outlets in East Coast Parkway.
Salmon Egg n' Muffin
Brek O'day

Well..... I really had a lot of fun and enjoyed very much this short trip.... :)

Monday, December 7, 2009

Cute doggies cookies

Last week, my little doggies - Vincent and Bella, celebrated their 1st birthday :)

In order to celebrate it, I wanted to make something that resembles to my puppies and found out this cute doggies cookies recipe which also tasted really yummy especially because the chocolate chips and crushed cornflakes' filling inside it that make these cookies nicely crunchy. The great part of these cookies, there's no sugar or egg to make the dough! The sweet taste is from the chocolate chips and koko crunch.

Believe me, when you start to eat it then you might can not stop to eat the rest of the cookies! I'm so addicted to these cookies right now! *munches... munches...*


adapted from Amanda
200g butter
200g flour
25g corn flour
25g milk powder

60g chocolate chips (or more)
20g cornflakes (crushed)

Koko Krunch (for the ears)
Chocolate chips (for the nose)
Food marker - black color (for the eyes)

- Pre-heat oven to medium level (about 320 F)
- Cream butter till it becomes pale color
- Add flour, corn flour and milk powder then mix together
- Divide the dough into 10g each, flatten each piece of dough and add in the fillings (some chocolate chips and crushed cornflakes). Roll into balls. Note: If you like sweet, then you can be generous filling with more chocolate chips
- Decorate to make a dog's head feature. Insert 2 koko krunch to form the ears and chocolate chips in the center for the nose.
- Bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown
- Leave to cool
- Make the eyes with black food marker
- Store in an air-tight container

Happy baking! :)


Friday, December 4, 2009

Tukang Nasi Goreng Tek-Tek (Fried Rice Man)

Last time, sometimes when I didn't bring lunch to the office, I would go to buy fried rice from a street vendor that always put his cart beside the office building. The vendor sells not only fried rice but also fried noodle but my favorite is always the fried rice :)

I think there are more than 101 ways of fried rice, you can named from chicken fried rice, seafood fried rice, shrimp paste chili fried rice, and all those kind of fusion fried rices.

The fried rice street vendors are known as Tukang Nasi Goreng Tek - Tek (Tek - Tek Fried Rice man) because when they are selling around the neighborhood with their carts, instead of shouting, they always make a sound... "tek - tek - tek - tek" by tapping a wood :)

Inside the cart:
Fried rice

MSG, salt, oil and sweet soy sauce in bottles
Fried rice

1. a bowl to whisk egg
2. chili sauce for frying
3. blended spices: nutmeg, shallot, garlic, salt, oil
Fried rice

The way of making Tek - Tek Fried Rice:
Fried rice
A. Chop spring onions
B. Cut Chinese cabbage (choy sum)
C. Heat the oil in a wok, add spring onions
D. Add whisked egg with a pinch of salt, make like scramble egg

Fried rice
E. Add Chinese cabbage and blended spices no. 3
(like hot and spicy, add chili sauce no. 2)
F. Add white rice.
G. Cut some fried chicken.
H. Drizzle some sweet soy sauce and salt.

Fried rice
I. Stir altogether
J. Cucumber, bird's eye chili and carrot pickles

And not forgetting tapioca crackers plus fried shallot for final touch.
A plate of Tek-tek fried rice is so full filling... yum... yum... yum... :)
Fried rice,Nasi goreng

1 portion Rp. 6.000 (about 60 cents USD)

Friday, November 27, 2009

Bumbu Desa Jakarta

Bumbu Desa

"Sema Wilu Jeung Sumping!!!

That's the shouting that you'll hear from the waiters when you enter this Sundanese restaurant named Bumbu Desa. It means "Welcome" in Sundanse - West Java dialect.

Bumbu Desa

As soon as you have ordered your drink and what kind of rice you like (white rice, brown rice or liwet rice (nasi liwet which is rice cooked with coconut milk and wrapped in banana leave), you can start to choose your own dishes on a buffet style counter.

There are so many choices that make you sometimes confused but good thing is that each dish is tagged with the name of the dish. Keep in mind that this is not buffet, you have to pay according to the dishes that you are taking.
Bumbu Desa

Sayur Asem
(Sour soup with corn, chayote, peanut, long green bean and melinjo cooked with red chili, and tamarind, etc.)
Bumbu Desa

Main dishes:
Bumbu Desa
Bumbu Desa

Side dishes:
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Bumbu Desa

Fried food
Bumbu Desa

After selecting the dishes that you want to eat, you can sit back to your chair and the waiters will bring the dishes to your table.
Bumbu Desa

Then there's a little stall in the middle of the restaurant where you can take fresh vegetables as salad with chili sauce and sweet soy sauce- free of charge. We called it as "lalapan".
Bumbu Desa

My ex-colleagues and me went for lunch to the latest Bumbu Desa's branch in Tanah Abang area.
Everyone is eating with their fingers :)
Bumbu Desa

We ate the food with brown rice.
Bumbu Desa

Dessert drink:
Es Campur
(young coconut, avocado, black cincau, kolang kaling with syrup and condense milk)
Bumbu Desa

Prices range from Rp. 3.500 (side dishes) to Rp. 47.000 (main dishes) plus 10% tax.

So, if you are looking for authentic Sundanese cuisine, Bumbu Desa might be the right place to go ;)

Bumbu Desa Tanah Abang
Jl. Tanah Abang II No. 97
Jakarta Pusat
Tel: 380 8270

The review and opinion expressed here are purely according to my personal taste. There's a possibility that the taste of the food might change later on, which could affect the review and opinion here. I also affirm that no monetary or non-monetary compensation has been received from this restaurant for writing this review.
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