Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sate Kuda

So it was an easy guess. Sate kuda... aka BBQ'ed marinated horse meat.


Telaga Warna, Dieng plateau.

It was our second last day in Jogja. We spent our time becoming typical tourist visiting the Borubudor temple and the Dieng plateau. After the long day, we decided that it was time to have something the typical tourist wouldn't. Our taxi driver took us to a famous place street where the local Indonesians go for Sate Kuda.


There is this street near the railway station in Jogya which is full of Satay Kuda stalls. (I can't remember the street name but thank you to pictures! The street name is Jalan Jend Sudirman) The taxi driver mentioned that most of them tasted the same because all of the stay stick are pre-marinated by the same company and distributed to all the stalls.


Satay kuda was sold at 10,000rp for 5 sticks with rice. The texture was tougher than beef... didn't quite like it. I don't think I'm a fan of horse meat. I remembered I had Ba Sashi (horse meat) at a Nonbei and it took me ages to chew on the meat.

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Call to Post


This video relates to my next post ... take a wild guess on what I ate.

Actually, it's so obvious isn't it? Just wanted to share this nice jazzy Call to Post.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Warong 96, Bali

He walked in with a t-shirt, board shorts and flip flops. I went in with a sleeveless tank top, shorts and flip flops. We felt so over dressed. ...as in too much cloth on us.

The hot Australian guy seated in front of my table was topless (body yum yum... I felt so guilty because I can't help staring when my dude friend is still in front of me). The tall fair skin Japanese gal seated on my left was only in a bikini. (she was hot too and my friend felt guilty because he can't stop staring...so I guess we are even HAHA)


The whole of Warong 96 at Jalan Legian (Gang Poppies II / Poppies II lane) in Kuta (That's in Bali Indonesia) was just filled with beautiful people, with almost 90% just skin! Sorry la but this jakun got a little bit of cultural shock. How come Pangkor not like that?! We need more choppy waves for surfers man! HAHAHA!


And yes yes, we remembered to eat after we got enough of admiring God's creation. The food was actually quite good. I had a (pork) bacon carbonara which was as delicious as the one I ate at Opus (Jalan Bangkung, Bangsar). I would have ordered something else but the plate of creamy pasta huge!


He of course ordered something porky too. I had a chunk of that pork chop and YUM! Real juicy stuff! I didn't like the sauce that came separately though. The brown sauce was quite bland.

I miss Bali. I miss my Balinese host and his family. I miss the porky stuff. I miss the padi fields and eating wild flowers and fruits. I miss Batukaru!
And yeah, I miss the half naked men too.

I kid you not when I say there are just hot half naked men everywhere! Just pick up a stone and throw it back over your shoulders... you'll most probably hit a shirtless surfer with only his board shorts and flip flops on!

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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Lumpia

Lumppppiaaaa! Somehow saying the word lumpia out loud makes me laugh. I have no idea what but lumpia reminds me of the Oompa-Loompas in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. I know, I know, two very different words... but Lumppppiaaaa! HAHAHA!


Lumpia is actually the Indonesian version of fried popia. Deep fried spring roll. I first came across this lumpia stall in front of Hotel Mutiara in Malioboro street during my first visit to Jogjakarta. Locals were crowing the stall and business was good. I can't help but to buy a piece although I was already full.


This time at Malioboro, I dragged my climbing buddy to have a bite of this superb lumpia. Good stuff! Tasted as good as before but later I realized that the price went up drastically! From 1700 rupia to 2500 rupia in a year! But 2500 or not, it's still so worth it!

..actually come to think of it, 2500 rupia is less than 1 ringgit. Cheap hor?! Too bad cannot ta pau back.

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Saturday, January 02, 2010

Steamboat, the Pangkor fisherman style

Happy New Year Folks!

While many of the people I know spent their new year's eve out with friends, I spent it with my family in Cameron Highlands. Nice little gathering up in the mountains (I like :P) where the temperature is low and the water is icy cold. We had our eve dinner eating organic steamboat somewhere in Berinchang. Not bad, but the steamboat reminded me of a steamboat I had with a couple of ex-schoolmates back in September.


It took me and my ex-schoolmates a while to plan for the trip to Cameron. Busy people us. Hehe. We did some brain storming on what we wanted to eat, what soup base we wanted, who is in charged of what utensils... even met up earlier for a "meeting" to get everything ready.


Vegetables and mushrooms came from the night market in Berinchang. 14 packets for RM10 for small packs. 5 packets for RM10 for the bigger or more expensive vegetables. It's like all you can eat vegetable buffet steamboat!


We went to Kelana Jaya pasar tani in the morning to buy the fishy platter supply before heading up to Cameron. Seafood in the highland is scarce.. if not expensive.


I bought these small yellow fishes. Bad idea. Small little things are harder to clean (yup, I had to clean all of em and ended up with fishy smelling hands!) and they are full of bones! They ended up at the bottom of the pot boiling in the soup which made the soup really sweet! YUM!


The slimy slippery sotong was easier to clean. I used to think that the spots on the sotong can be left on the flesh... but no leh. You need to peel of that layer of skin and only eat your sotong white.


Got some chicken slice to go with the seafood.


And pork slices too.


Non of us requested for pork liver but hey! we had some. Super hard to slice the liver!


We got hold of these konyaku noodles as well. Nice crunchy texture to the steamboat.


Finally, the secret ingredients to the ikan bilis and fish soup, canned pork ribs and belly! Odd combination? All I can say is that usually the oddest combination works the best =)

Mixing canned pork belly in fish based soup for steamboat is Pangkor island fishermen trademark. I used to have a lot of steamboat for dinner in Pangkor when I was younger. My uncle and aunty would buy the freshest seafood from the fisherman and prepare this steamboat. Fresh fish marinated in sugar and sweet thick black cause. Prawns, crabs, sotong... all fresh and dumped into the soup.

If you can get hold of fresh raw abalone, slice and soak them in lime juice. Makes a really good appetizer for the steamboat

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