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 :)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Nan Xiang at The Sultan Hotel, Jakarta

I attended my second cousin's wedding at one of the Nan Xiang restaurants, located in The Sultan Hotel (former known as Jakarta Hilton Intercontinental Hotel).

8 dishes were served during the wedding's dinner including the appetizer and dessert. Too bad that the specialty dish of Nan Xiang which is the famous dumplings (xiao long bao) wasn't on the menu.

Combination of Cold Dishes
(Beef slices, mushrooms and tofu)
Nothing to shout about this dish.

Thick Corn Soup with Minced Chicken
Although it mentioned as a thick soup but it's actually quite watery to my opinion.

Roast Chicken Hongkong Style
I find the chicken is a bit too dry to swallow

Fried Fillet Fish with Sweet & Sour Sauce
The fillet fish is sliced very thin.
Most of the guests and me think that the sauce is too sweet.
Sauteed Beef with Black Pepper Sauce
The black pepper sauce is tasteless.
There's no a kick of pepper in the sauce.

Braised Vegetable Pocai with Garlic
Sorry, I didn't get a close up picture of this dish.
But anyway, among all the dishes, I think this is the only dish that tasted good.
The pocai is fresh and crunchy.

Fried Rice Shanghainese
The rice is too dry and hard; totally lack of flavor.
The chopped carrots are still raw.

Combination of Two Snack
Balls with sesame seeds and little sweet steamed buns,
tasted mediocre.
Despite of feeling happy for the new wedding's couple, a lot of the guests went home feeling unsatisfied with the food.

Nan Xiang Restaurant
QI Lounge - The Sultan Hotel
Lagoon Tower
Jl. Gatot Subroto
Jakarta 10002

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.
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