Thursday, June 15, 2017

KOPI SUSU IN JAKARTA

Kopi susu, actually is coffee with milk in Indonesian, is one trending hype right now. Almost every week I see new comers are popping up, introducing this kind of coffee to those people. The style is similar, transparent cup with their own branding, covered with affordable price.
I've tried this 3 #KopiSusu and here's the thought!

KOPI TUKU
ES KOPI SUSU TETANGGA-IDR 18k
Cipete Raya/Pasar Santa



As a pioneer of Kopi Susu in Jakarta, they must have been very proud on setting the trend. I did remember on my first sip, this kind of coffee was not a familiar one to my taste bud. I never had a sweet iced coffee before. After a glass, I found myself craving for it though. For me, Kopi Tuku set the standard of Kopi Susu in Jakarta. Hint of palm sugar, mild coffee, ad rocks of ice, those kind of ingredients design a great cup of Kopi Susu!

ANIMO BREAD CULTURE
ES KOPI SUSU ANIMO-IDR 18k
Jl. Cipete I no. 6a



Few things I love about animo: their cute little cafe in Cipete area (so far away from my neighborhood, tho), creamy Kopi Susu, and freshly baked bakery which was very tasty. The Kopi Susu itself is kind unique, they blend it through the process of making, producing one cup of cream Kopi Susu. On the first sip, it was heavenly! I found myself could not finished the whole cup because the texture was kind heavy and fulfilling. I do recommend to share it with family or friends. Don't forget to try their delicious pastry, too! Everything was so fragrant, tasty, and affordable.


DRINKLAH
KOPILAH-IDR 21k via gofood, IDR18k if you buy directly at Plaza Indonesia Level 5



Kopilah is one collaboration between my fave coffee shop (Calibrate Coffee) with Eatlah. This portion of Kopi Susu was a perfect size for me. The coffee was not too mild to give you the caffeine boost, with a hint of sweetness that quite dominating (reminded me  of maple syrup, tho). I can really drink this every single day!


I know I haven't try another goodness of Kopi Susu in Jakarta, but well, my busy job forced me to do it one by one.
So, what's next?


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

REASON TO KEEP ON (FOOD) BLOGGING

So many people popped out a question: why did you start becoming a food blogger back then?

Well, you know, food blogger is one quite busy 'job' nowadays. Food tasting here and there, new restaurants are coming out, new menu in every seasons. Food blogging has become one lifestyle here, in Jakarta.

But I started my food blogging activity back in 2011. At that time I did not even know that food blogging could be something 'in' like this. I did poured all my love about food just because I love writing. Writing had became one of my dreams. I wanted the world to know my point of view, a thought from one introvert girl in the world that could not stop talking. I wanted them to know me.

I did keep on writing until I get my first food tasting invitation at one bakery in Jakarta. I was so glad, happy because finally some people read about my thought, appreciate it, and trust me enough to try their creation. It was one magical feeling when you realized that your rows of words meant something to some people. I would not forget that kind of feeling.

After that, I kept on writing. I met some wonderful people that taught me a lot. Some people that inspired me to do bigger things.
Strangers have became friends. Friends have became family. Some people stay. Some people don't. 
And I grateful for every moment of it.

At one point, besides all the good things I got from food blogging, I got this one tiny bad seed on my heart. Sometimes I got envy with people around me, with people who did better than I did, with people who got more exposure than I did. Once I thought about quitting, because this job, this hobby, grew an envious heart in me. But a good friend did push me through all of this, convinced me that I was a blessed one too, and made me realize that things could not be measured with fame and money.

Yes I did realize that those things sometimes did not matter. I did not really care about exposure anymore. I did not really care about how many followers or likes I got in my social media. I got more than that. I found family. I am happy that my writings can reach so many people. I am happy that I can finally learn to socialize with so many kinds of people. Long story short, I learned a lot.
An introvert girl has become an ambivert.

Some said that food blogger is kinda saturated nowadays. Is it true? Well, you decide.
The important things is, this food blogging thing I am doing, is my love for writing. Until now I am still the same person with dreams of reaching so many people with my thoughts. Those fancy cameras and social medias are good companion for my hobby/carrier, but still, my heart at writing is my main reason to be a food blogger.


Best regards,
@jechristy

Saturday, June 10, 2017

KABUTO MAZESOBA

Japanese's kind of noodle is kind of trending right now, at least in Jakarta. After those ramen and udon (which was enjoyable to our palate), soba is another thing to highlight. Soba, commonly known as noodle in Japanese, might have the wrong perception. At first I thought that all soba was served cold. Turns out I was wrong! This soba was different with cold soba.

Kabuto Masezoba, is another new comer in Pantai Indah Kapuk area. Kabuto means Japanese helmet, while mazesoba means mix. So before enjoying this delightful bowl soba, you have to mix it well. Do you need another addition of spices? Apparently not. Everything is prepared for you as original as they are in the kitchen. So you just have to mix and take a slurp! 

For their mazesoba, you can choose among original, sweet and spicy sauce. A portion of Kabuto Mazesoba worth IDR 138k. Might sounds pricy, but this luxurious bowl of soba contains imported beef and foie gras inside! You can also add some toppings like pork chasiu, chicken chasu, corn, etc.


I tried the original and spicy one, Both are good, but my heart goes to bowl of spicy soba. The taste itself is not overwhelming. It's heartwarmingly humble, a remainder that sometimes comfort food is all you need. Beef was tender and well seasoned. Combination of everything is complementing each other!
I also find their soba was kinda heavy. The noodle was kind springy, reminded me of Jakarta's type of noodle. For me, a bowl was too much in portion. I won't mind to share their generous portion though.


Beside soba, you can also choose for bowl of donburi instead. Their best seller, so called Kabuto Don, is IDR 138k. Another luxurious rice bowl with imported beef, foie gras, and truffle oil. This is another good flavor they have, but I do prefer spending all those calories on soba.




Pork chasiu for IDR 42k. Look at those shiny and glistening pork! Do you need further explanation?



Overall, Kabuto mazesoba offers a heartwarming bowl of soba and rice bowl. Another good addition to Jakarta's food industru. Keep up the good work!

KABUTO MAZESOBA
Ruko Crown Gold B no 2 (aligned with Lost and Found shop)
Pantai Indah Kapuk

Best regards,
Jessica Christy Limanjaya


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

XON-CE DRINK, HEALTHY AND TASTY IN ONE GULP!

Things that my close friends know about me: I am such a big fan of healthy lifestyle, or at least a healthy eating lifestyle. I choose my food wisely. I do not drink soda and sugary beverages. I choose tea and coffee over those scrumptious blended drinks. I rarely eat fried food. I include veggies or soup into my daily meal. I do not eat those things half-heartedly. I feel like I am what I choose to eat. I feel energetic after those salad, fruits, and smoothies.

I also choose my vitamin and nutrients source carefully. As a person with medical background, I know that those vitamins and minerals actually could be included in your daily meal, as long as you eat regularly well. The thing is, my schedule is not allowed me to eat on that punctual time. Sometimes my fruits and salad left untouch at the end of the day. Sometimes I have to sacrifice those dinner time to examine my patients. But still, I love my job.


Good thing is, I heard about this Xon-Ce Drink. Xon-Ce drink is the first healthy drinks to fulfill your nutrients needs. On a bottle I can fulfill the needs of Vitamin D, calcium, and vitamin C, so efficient! They also come in tasty and fresh orange flavor, too! Such a paradise during your overheated day!
I like it because they are not overwhelmingly sweet., with 12 grams of sugar per serving, you can save those calories from any other empty sugary drinks! More over, they only use natural sugar cane to sweeten up Xon-Ce drink.

Lactose Intolerant? Worry not, because Xon-Ce drink is tolerable for people with that kind of condition. Anyway, those vitamin C and D also help calcium absorption. By drinking 2 bottles of Xon-Ce drink each days, I can fulfill 80% of my daily vitamin C needs without any hassle. 


I also choose the ingredients of my food well. Do you know that I do not eat those instant food because I know that kind of food contain preservatives? Good thing is, Xon-Ce drink is preservatives free!



During this holy month, Xon-Ce drink also can help to supply your needs! Do not forget to consume it twice a day to keep you fresh!


I personally a fond of this product. Easy to get, tasty and fresh flavor, natural sweetner, and more importantly high in calcium (305 gram), vitamin C (90mg), and vitamin D (400iu)! Such a good kick to start my busy day. So, do not forget to grab your Xon-Ce drink today!

Best regards,
Jessica Christy Limanjaya

Monday, June 5, 2017

KINTARO SUSHI PIK

I have a thing with Japanese food. I love the fresh ingredients, light flavors they have, and also the nutritious composition inside those yummy food! Japanese food once was quite hard to find in Jakarta, but recently the Japanese food trend was really growing, especially in Pantai Indah Kapuk area. Yes, bringing it to you: Kintaro Sushi.

Kintaro is so playful. Lovely bright colors with vibrant energy is gonna welcome you once you stepped in. Interior was cozy, a big applause to Kintaro for bringing the good vibe!

So basically Kintaro claim themselves as the first custom sushi in Indonesia. Yes, you can custom your own sushi roll and poke bowl (YASH TO THESE BABIES!). Ingredients was fresh and you can choose premium things like salmon mayo, spicy tuna, beef, etc.

So let's dig in the food!

SALMON- IDR 45k 

GYU KUSHIKATSU-IDR 180k


You're gonna be a happy kid for this. They have this gyu kushikatsu, right here in Jakarta. Premium beef cutlet dipped in their special sauce, sizzled in hot pan, and danced in your taste bud. So tasty!

CIRASHI DON-IDR 130k

One word to describe it all: fresh! I love love their generosity in giving those thick cuts of salmon, tuna, and egg. Yum!

HOTSTONE CIRASHI-IDR 120k

VOLCANO ROLL-90k

BOMB ROLL-95k

Bomb roll and Volcano roll was comfort food that won't fail any taste buds. All was tasty, complimented by those yummy sauce and generous filling.

ABURI MORIAWASE-IDR 95k

Cutest thing I found here: rows of salmon aburi, salmon belly aburi, tuna aburi, tamago aburi, gyu aburi, and unagi aburi on this cute little bridge. 


BENTO



Another pretty yet cute thing here: castle shaped bento! Consisted of 3 layers of bento and everything was pretty tasty as well.

KINTARO GYUDON-IDR 95k

Who's not falling in love with tender slices of premium beef in a bed of rice, with perfectly cooked egg on top?

SUSHI ROLLS ON SHINKANSEN



Another pretty presentation was they're using shinkansen to serve this 3 sushi rolls, each consisting 8 pieces. My favorite roll of all was dragon roll! 


Overall Kintaro sushi delivers good selections of Japanese food with fresh ingredients and enjoyable flavor. I tried almost all things above and did not disappointed at all. Good luck Kintaro Sushi!

KINTARO SUSHI
Ruko Garden House B21, Pantai Indah Kapuk
(next to Cake a Boo)


Best regards,
Jessica Christy L
@jechristy


Monday, May 29, 2017

SUSHI GO! PIK AVENUE MALL

Japanese food, for me, is identical with something luxurious. I do understand why Japanese restaurant set their price high because maintaining the freshness of the ingredients is one of their important key to serve a good quality of dish. However, a plate of affordable sushi might sounds tempting. I heard about this new sushi house at Pik Avenue from a friend and got quite good review about this. IDR 15k/plate? You've got to be kidding me.

But here's the truth. Sushi Go! has its own interesting concept and visiting their store at Pik Avenue, Dotonburi floor, convince me that an affordable sushi is possible to be enjoyed. Those bright yellow store delivers the vibrant mood of their sushi place, dominated by the sushi bar and sushi belt all around the space. Feels like entering an authentic sushi house, but with young and energetic atmosphere.

The only downside is, we have to wait until those belt deliver what catch our eyes. We can not order from their menu (even though they provide a menu list on the table). At first I feel like the quantity of the sushi is not that much, but as it get crowded, the variation of their sushi on the sushi belt get better.





I try some of their sushi creation. Two pieces of inari, which is good as always. A piece of unagi sushi, fresh and tasty unagi sauce. Two pieces of salmon mentai, which is delicious although the slice is kinda thin. Overall everything I have here is good, but I find that those munchies do not really satisfy me well in matter of portion. It's quite small, but it's IDR 15k, so I won't complain.


Vibrant mood sushi house, good concept, affordable price, and more importantly, fresh and tasty. Sushi Go! could really be your next spot to satisfy your sushi craving!

SUSHI GO!
Pik Avenue Mall, level Dotonburi, 2nd floor unit 2F JT T1A&T1B
Pantai Indah Kapuk
North Jakarta


Best regards,
Jessica Christy Limanjaya

Monday, May 8, 2017

LETTER TO MOM: PENANG BISTRO

Dear Mom,
Remember about your favorite restaurant in Jakarta called Penang Bistro?
I remember those good times when you did pay a visit to Jakarta, you craved for good food so badly and we tried Penang Bistro. Then it became your favorite thing to eat ever since.
I still can remember that you never ever bored to eat their tasty roti canai with chicken curry, mango chicken, heart-warming steamed fish with imperial Hongkong style, and your favorite ambula juice.
Oh, what a good time to remember, 
Penang Bistro was such a good remembrance of those lovely moments, right?





And mom, last week I got an invitation from Penang Bistro and Rinku to attend their outlet at Menteng. You know what, their Menteng outlet was so pretty! I was greeted by their friendly staffs (as usual) and good ambiance. Leaves and flowers were everywhere, decoration was just perfect. I bet you'll love it there! Next time our Penang Bistro-date should be in Menteng, okay?



Roti canai with chicken curry


straits crispy squids

Mom, Penang Bistro was so generous to give me all of their recommendation. I did remember we always ordered the exact same thing everytime we were here, but on that day I had the opportunities some of their specialties. You guessed it right mom, everything was delicious!



roti canai with peanut and chocolate


mango chicken


oatmeal softshell crab


malay mee goreng

And sorry mom, I found my new favorite. Their crispy roti canai with crunchy peanut and chodolate inside was so scrumptious! I could not stop munching, literally. Just remind me to order it for you next time we eat here, okay? I also had their oatmeal soft shell crab and sambal ebi prawn (heaven!), mayonnaise shrimp and crispy squids (worth every calories!), fried tofu negeri jiran (delicious, as always!), and their heart-warming fried noodle (make me missing home). We never tried this before mom, but trust me, their crispy beef with special sauce. penang special crispy duck, and black pepper beef was yummy! I also had their veggies and my favorite were golden egg yolk and ebi string bean! Long story short, everything was a top notch!
ps: their teh tarik was a real thirst quencher!



Reading my letter to you make you drool, huh? Penang Bistro had been a sweet one to treat me with all of these goodness, but it was not the same without you, mom. Come visit me in Jakarta soon, I can't wait to have another Penang Bistro-date with you!

Hugs and kisses,
Jess.

PENANG BISTRO
Jl. Kebon Sirih no. 59, Menteng
Central Jakarta

Find another outlet at Grand Indonesia, Central Park, Mal Kelapa Gading, Senayan City, Pacific Place, Kota Kasablanka, Oakwood, and blok M.
Some of the photos are belong to @vinella.s

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

MAM JAKARTA

I'm so into healthy food lately. Living in a city where the main transportation is not your own feet makes you bloated sometimes. I feel like I want to be more active by doing yoga, cardio, or simply use my own energy to take the stairs and avoid the elevator. I also do realize that eating healthy is one main key to cut all the unnecessary calories. 

Introducing MAM Jakarta, where all the fast food packed into one serving of healthy food. Having the background as 5 housewives, I bet they want to serve the best for children and family in healthier way, while still enjoying fast food. They had this one healthy catering, called 3 skinny minnies, and turned out they spread their wings to this fast food chain. And yes, Dian Sastrowardoyo owns this!

So the thing is, they simply use the alternative way to put into the ingredients. Organic composisitions, handmade secret sauces, but still, produce qualified food is their main focus. I could easily said that their price was not cheap for the food, if I did not know their background well. After knowing all the process and ingredients, I thought it would be worth the price.


THE REAL DISASTR (IDR 116.5k)


So some of my blogger friends said that this was the best thing in MAM Jakarta and I should give it a try. I was not into burger, I should say. I was not into big patty with all the sauces and heavy dressings, but I found my exception. This one blew my mind. I love love love everything they put it here. Firstly, the wheat bun. It might looked dry and hard, but it was soft and very enjoyable I just could not stop munching it. The meat was very very tender and thick, without giving any guilty feeling. The sauce was the bomb. I could not explain what it is, but I could say that this was very delicious!

THE BIG WAVE (IDR 86.5k)

I found that fish burger was sometimes underrated, but I could not even try to turn away from this one. The soft wheat bun, combined with all the fresh veggies, their secret sauce, and the crispy fish was truly a mouth pleaser. Everything was dancing in mouth in beautiful way I did not expect this to be this good!
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K-POP BOWL (IDR 86.5k)


This was my third menu here and still I was impressed! So basically K-pop bowl was one rice bowl with their korean sauce with tender meat and egg on top. The sauce might be too heavy for some people, but I should say I love it! One spoonful of white rice, perfectly cooked meat, egg, covered in sauce was very enjoyable meal for me. Major love!
ps: they serve this in brown rice too!


K-POP SANDWICH - IDR 96.5k


This one actually was K-pop bowl turned into sandwich. This generous portion of sandwich reminded me of Vietnamese bahn me, but in softer bun as usual. Unfortunately I found the beef tongue here was kinda chewy, it was not as tender as I found in the rice bowl. The pickle and coriander was there to elevate the flavor, but I did not find this as enjoyable as the other because I am not a coriander person. It's either you love it or hate it, right?


RAINBOW CHIPS - IDR 27.5k

All the food was served with this rainbow chips, made of sweet potato. Even the chips was so healthy!


Some of the beverages I could find here. They also had cold pressed juice to accompany your healthy junk food!


Overall MAM Jakarta was beyond my expectation. I thought it would be another new restaurant, but after I gave it a try I really think this one deserved a highlight. Good job on their effort to serve fast food in healthier and yummy way. Good luck for you!


MAM
Senayan City Mal, LG floor (next to food hall)
Jl Asia Afrika Lot 19
South Jakarta
Opening hours: 10 AM-10 PM

Best regards,
Jessica Christy Limanjaya