Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Brownies n cookies - Cute Christmas

Christmas day is already in the corner! Something fun to do during Christmas is sharing our joy by giving Christmas presents to those who we care.
I believe the brownies cake shaped as a tree, covered with green icing fondant and some Christmas ornaments made also from fondant on it plus "cute doggy" cookies, can become a cute Christmas present ;)
Ready to deliver :)
I hope the ones who received this Christmas present will feel the joy and enjoy it.

Merry Christmas 2010 & Happy Holidays, Everyone!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

JCF Food Blogger's Dinner

Jakarta Culinary Festival (JCF) held a special event called Food Blogger's Dinner - Eat, Drink and Write at Pop Up Restaurant & Bar on 30 November 2010. It's a collaboration between Ismaya Group and Goorme.com (an Indonesian food portal).
The JCF Food Blogger's Dinner started with a talk show about Writing presented by Ivan Sielegar (Goorme.com), Erza S.T (Food Writer) and Photography Tips and Tricks by Himawan Sutanto (Foodtography).
Then after the talk show, Chef Hugo Adrian demonstrated the step by step how to prepare California roll.
As soon as the demonstration ended, all the food bloggers headed to the dine area. As a starter, we were offered for the complimentary welcome drink such as Erdigner Beer or Ketel One Lychee Martini. Then, the complimentary wine - G7 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon or G7 Shiraz or G7 Chardonnay, to accompany our dinner.

While waiting the dinner to be served, I sneaked to take a glance about the activities in the kitchen ;)

The 7 - Course Gala Dinner prepared by 7 chefs.

Cold Appetizer
by Fahmi Widarte - Corporate Chef of Rotaryana Prima
Balinese Chicken Salad
with coconut vegetables and sambal matah.

Hot Appetizer
by Hugo Adrian - Executive Chef of Blowfish Kitchen & Bar
Braised Wagyu Beef Cheek in Sweet Miso
by Agus Ishermawan - Head Chef of Ismaya Catering
Authentic Sultan's Tomato Cream Soup

by Gianfranco Beltrame - Italian Chef De Cuisine at Casa D'Oro,
Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta.
Conchigliette Rosse All 'Uovo Mantecate Al Ragu' D'Anatra.
Pinoli Tostati E Rucola
Red Shell Pasta With Duck Ragout, Pine Nut
and Rocket Salad

by Sofyan Joshua - Technical Culinary Chef of Sukanda Djaya
Chilean Sea Bass
seasoned with Lee Kum Kee Ginger Oyster Sauce

by Ignacio Virgen Jimenez - Chef de Cuisine of Potato Head
Short Rib, Truffle Demi Glaze, Charcoal Oil, Glazed Carrots,
Potato Hot Foam and Nuts Fake Cous Cous

by Rinrin Marinka - Artistic Chef
Green Tea Cake ala Tropicale

The 7 Chefs who prepared the delicious dinner.
At the end of the Gala Dinner, I was awarded for my food blog with the Grand Prize - a Sony Bloggie :)
Thank you to Ismaya Group and Goorme.com for this wonderful event.

Pop Up Restaurant & Bar
Grand Indonesia West Mall, Level 5
Central Jakarta

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Pizza e Birra

Last night, I was invited to a birthday party at Pizza e Birra. The restaurant has a fun casual dining concept. It serves many varieties of pizza from the traditional Italian pizza to the innovative, unique non-Italian pizza.

Pizza e Birra has also many selection of beer.
Thus, I gave a try for the Beer with peach flavor - Rp. 39.000
So, no wonder to see the interesting napkins. It says "Save Water Drink Beer"

Well, I didn't get the chance to try and eat all the ordered food but I managed to take most of the pictures with my new camera canon (uhmm.. why I don't feel satisfied with the result of the pictures?). Anyway, some of the pizza that I tried were good but some were not as good as I expected. As for the dessert, I don't think I will order it when I come back to this place.

Fish and Chips - Rp. 39.000
Portuguese chicken wings - Rp. 35.000

French Fries

German Sausage Platter - Rp. 75.000
Threesome sausage combination in tomato Hamburg curry and potato salad

Regular size - Rp. 49.000
Large size - Rp. 75.000

KungFu Peking Duck
BBQ duck with cucumber and red green chilies

Morning After
Bacon, fried egg and crispy rosemary potato chips

Lord of the Onion Rings
Beef meatballs, bell peppers and mushrooms plus onion rings.

I'm not sure the name of this pizza

Sicilian Salami
Classic pizza topped with beef salami

From India with Love
Tandoori chicken and cashew nuts with mango chutney

Wasabi Wasabi
Served with tuna sashimi marinated in balsamic reduction

Meat me in heaven
A combo of beef salami, turkey ham, meatballs topped with caramels onion

Texas BBQ Story
Zesty barbecue chicken in Texas bbq sauce with sour cream
Mommy's Boy
Crispy fried calamari and garlic mayo with fresh aragula salad

Spaghetti Aglio Olio - Rp. 29.000

Spaghetti Japanese unagi hot chili and garlic - Rp 72.000

Dessert Pizza
Small size - Rp. 35.000
Medium size - Rp. 55.000

Black Eye Pears
Chocolate pudding and pears topped pizza with white chocolate coins
Mad about Tiramisu
Warm pizza topped with traditional coffee tiramisu cream sprinkled with cocoa powder

Traditional Tiramisu - Rp. 35.000
Caramel Latte

All prices subjected to 5% service charge and government tax.
Currency: 1 USD = Rp. 9.000

Pizza e BirraPlaza Indonesia Extension
Lantai 5, Unit E 22
Jl. MH Thamrin Kav. 28-30
Jakarta Pusat 10350
Tel. (62 21) 319 28070

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.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Korean Cooking Demo

Hero Supermarket (one of Indonesia's biggest supermarket chain), together with Mu gung Hwa (Korean Supermarket & Distributor in Indonesia) held a free Korean Cooking Demonstration at Taman Anggrek Mall yesterday afternoon.

This event is related to the Korean Festival - selling Korean food products with a 10% discount, from 8 November - 5 December 2010.

Testing Food in the Hero Supermarket.

Tteokbokki (Korean rice cake)

Hot & Spicy Tteokbokki

I joined the Korean cooking demo. While waiting for the cooking demo to start, I got a can of Korean green tea :)

The cooking demo was conducted by Ms. Lee Young Hee - a very friendly, funny and energetic lady. She speaks fluently Indonesian language.

Ms. Lee demonstrated 4 Korean dishes:

1. Kim Chi ingredients
1 chinese cabbage
finely chopped garlic chives
finely chopped scallions
3 cloves - grated ginger
1 Tbsp. finely chopped garlic
1 Tbsp. Seujeot (fermented small shrimps)
3 Tbsp. Myulchijeot (fermented anchovies)
Gochugaru (chili powder) to taste
3 Tbsp. Chili paste
Sugar to taste
Salt to taste
Sesame seed
2 glass of water

Kim Chi

2. Jap Che ingredients:
150 gr sliced Beef
150 gr Dangmyun
2 soaked and sliced Shitake mushroom
1/2 Onions
2 cloves finely chopped garlic
sliced red, yellow and green paprika
1/4 sliced carrot
70 gr Horenso (spinach)
150 gr sugar
Jingangjang (dark soy sauce)
sesame seeds
sesame oil
cooking oil

How to prepare the ingredients before cooking:

Dangmyun (Cellophane/ Glass noodles) made from sweet potato starch.
It need to be soaked for 30 minutes before using.

Marinated the beef with sugar, Jingajang, garlic, sesame seeds and sesame oil .

The cooking:
1. On a heated pan, put a few drops of cooking oil.
2. Add garlic and onions - sautee
3. Add all the vegetables and beef - stir
4. Add the soaked Dangmyun - mix
5. Add Jinganjang, sugar, sesame oil and final add the sesame seeds

Jap Che
3. Bulgogi
(No recipe provided)

4. Bibim Bap ingredients.
(No recipe provided)

- All the pictures in this post were taken using my cellphone because my digicam is broken. Sorry that some of the pictures are blur.
- This is not a promotion post, just for sharing :)
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