Bread or cereals for breakfast? No thank you! A bowl with warm noodle soup, vegetables and and an egg? Yes please! And some pancakes made from fried bananas? Oh yes please!
Those banana pancakes were especially good. Normally, pisang goreng (banana coated in batter and then deep fried) is eaten as a snack and for example sold by vendors. So when we were offered to eat a special variation of pisang goreng as breakfast, we had to try it out. What can I say? We had no regrets at all.
Walking outside in the warm nights of Indonesia is always fantastic. Especially when you are searching for a place to eat. So, stumbling outside of the boulevard of Pangandaran, there it was. A restaurant called Mungil, just beside the sea. I saw the sign of the restaurant and then I knew it: this is where I wanted to eat. Not because it said that they had cool beer, not because the sign said that they had juices, not even because they said that they had Indonesian seafood (that was one of the main reasons though), but because it said that they had “kind of…” all sorts of things! And especially the “kind of seafood”. What in the world is “kind of seafood”?!
After ordering some drinks, soon the food was served. Sate (skewered meat), perkedel (flat round patties made of potatoes, vegetables and meat) and a dish with prawns all served with nasi (white rice) topped with bawang goreng (fried shallots). Although the prawn dish was quite salty, I cannot say it didn’t taste nice. With the nice food, good company and the sound of the sea in the background, it definitely was a successful night.
Why oh why would anybody ever eat spaghetti in a McDonalds, let alone in Indonesia where good food is waiting for you at every corner? Well, because I am always curious with food. And since it was really cheap, what could go wrong? To be honest though, I wouldn’t recommend this spaghetti to anybody. At least not if you are expecting something that does not taste like prefabricated spaghetti with a tiny bit of sauce on top. But if that is what you expect, and if you don’t have more than fifty euro cents to spend, this is your thing. Otherwise, don’t take the spaghetti and just stick with the French fries. Or if you are in Indonesia, get some sate kambing.
Not the best taken picture, I agree. But what you see above is one of the two Indonesian variations on the McFlurry. This one is the one that is the most similar to the McFlurry with M&M’s. The name McFlurry Warna Warni means as much as “colourful Mcflurry”. The name is derived from the colourful chocolate “candies” that they mix with vanilla ice.
Pop Mie! You can’t leave Indonesia without seeing at least a dozen Indonesians eating Pop Mie on the streets/buses/trains/wherever. And it is easily understood why. It’s a cup filled with tasty instant noodles in all kinds of different flavours. It is quite handy to eat on the go and therefore a lot of Indonesians do so. Furthermore, you can buy it almost everywhere. Almost all little warungs (small shops) have it and sometimes you see people selling it on the streets and in trains. You just have to open the cup, add all the powdery spices and add some boiling water. Simple as that!
When I see something new, I have to try it. This time it were grilled chicken paprika flavoured crisps. It was a nice variation on the in the Netherlands already familiar paprika flavour, but I would not desperately want it to be introduced back here. Still, the sweetness of the paprika in combination with a little chicken is good! But having some ayam panggang paprika without the crisps would probably taste a whole lot better.
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.