A slightly vague photo, I admit. The reason why is that this photo was taken outside, at nighttime in Jakarta. During the day, there was a parking lot for cars just around the corner of the place I stayed. But at nighttime? Chicken, chicken chicken! Specialized in chicken, this mobile restaurant pops out of nowhere during nighttime. On the left of the photo you see some ayam goreng (fried chicken) and in the right upper corner is a bowl of bubur ayam (chicken congee). Not only was the food tasteful, it was cheap too. But the best thing of all was just the possibility of sitting on a bamboo mat, next to the road on a warm Jakarta night and eating chicken with your hands.
Indonesia has fantastic food. That’s for sure. What is also certain is that you can buy this fantastic food almost everywhere, at anytime and for a very low price. So how on earth did I end up eating this beef pastrami sandwich at Dunkin’ Donuts? Well, after a walk around Monas I got so hungry that I just wanted to eat something. And that’s when I saw Dunkin’ Donuts, conveniently located at Gambir train station. 1+1=2 so I ended up with a Boston Beef Pastrami Sandwich. And somehow, this wannabe sandwich (with sambal!) did taste quite okay.
After a sabbatical of about six months, I believe it is seriously time for some new posts. Although we stopped writing these few months, we didn’t stop taking pictures of all the lovely food around. Here’s just a little appetizer for what is coming. While waiting for a train on the train station of Weesp a sudden hunger struck me. Having the choice between a regular sandwich and this spicy beef wrap, my choice was easily made on the latter. Spicy beef in piri piri sauce, spring onions, cucumber and lettuce: I liked it.
It is kind of a funny thing. This post marks the beginning of a whole lot of other posts that will feature food that I ate this summer whilst traveling through Indonesia, and it is a post based on some strange flavored crisps and beer. Not really representing the fine cuisine of Indonesia, but it has a tale nonetheless. After arriving in Jakarta after a flight from Amsterdam, my girlfriend and I took a Blue Bird cab to our accommodation. Not that hungry, and quite tired, we ventured to a nearby 7-Eleven store and settled for a Bintang beer and something to snack: “Cheezy Pizza Flavor” crisps. At least it was a flavor that isn’t available in The Netherlands, but also not one that I am really eager to introduce here, if I remember correctly. Still, as a tired traveler settling with something to snack, a Bintang in my hand and the prospect of all the great food ahead, I went satisfied to bed…..and woke up after just two hours jet lagged like I have seldom been before.
When I eat a thick piece of brown bread like the one above, I want to have enough toppings on it so I can really taste the toppings instead of only bread. Instead of a thin slice of ham or salami, I want slices of crispy smoked Dutch bacon, topped with a large omelet which give you a rich and filling lunch just when you need it.
The Ya Zhou Café is a Korean restaurant in the ‘basement’ of the Suntec City Mall, next to the Fountain of Wealth. As you can see on the picture below, the menu consist of a card with pictures of dishes. I seriously cannot recall what was on the menu, but just check out the pictures of the food!
That plate above was served sizzling hot. And seriously, the sound of a stack of beef sizzling away on a plate sounds like the best symphony you could compose. The beef was slightly seasoned with spicy herbs and other spices that I couldn’t identify, but it tasted great.
The dish above was a mie soup with a beef broth. Also served with a significant amount of beef. Great.
Add some Tiger beer to the meal and it makes it instantly better. The only thing I didn’t quite like was the soup that you can see above on the right. It was more like a broth, but it tasted a bit strange. It had a powdery, grainy ingredient which wasn’t really to my liking.
This was another delicious sizzling hot plate of meat. With this amount of meat and some rice your meal is going to get great. If you are a vegetables fan you really should order another dish since the microscopic touch of green on top were the only vegetables around.
On thing that was a great side dish was the kimchi that you can see on the bottom left of the picture above. Kimchi consist of fermented vegetables and it really does taste a lot better than it sounds.
This stewy dish was once again filled with meat, meat meat. Oh, great food times followed.