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Indonesia March – May 2012 : Surabaya

My birth city Surabaya, I was there quite long but as I flipped through the photos, there weren’t that many photos I made there with the big camera. I suppose I enjoyed my time too much there that I didn’t care about taking photos. But some that I took I’m sharing with you today. Mostly of food 🙂 Happy midweek!

I stayed at one of my sweetest friend home Mbak R. She is a known name for homebaked goods especially for this klappertaart. Check her drool worthy website here. And yes I’m not biased, this was the best klappy I ever tasted, ever! Not too sweet and filling, good balance of tartiness and sweetnes and the texture from the young coconut meat, raisins and almond made it a pleasant experience for your palate.

And eh, in front of her house I found what I believe the Surabaya version of Whitty?

One of my fave dish of Surabaya, tahu campur.

There are many dishes from Surabaya that are made from petis (fish paste) and this one is no exception, tahu campur (literally means mixed tofu). Egg noodle, tofu, lento (fried cassava fritter), salad leaves, beef brisket with savoury petis based soup, topped with krupuk. Divine!

We also went to the Padangnese restaurant. Now the way of eating in this restaurant is different than the other. First the waiter will bring you many plates of side dishes but afraid not, you don’t have to finish everything. The rule is when you take one plate of side dish then you have to pay for them.

See the waiter with his hands full of dishes.

Shopping malls in Indonesia are crazy. Some open until 2am in the weekend just to proof it we went there and it was still packed with mall goers. Wondering when will that ever happen here in Holland?

And as any other bizzare things in Indonesia, found this guy just laying down relaxed on top of a moving vehicle.

For Mbak R daughter’s birthday, we celebrated at this cozy traditional restaurant, Dewa Ndaru.

Must say that I was addicted to the morning glory tempura style on the left. It was crunchy with sweet savoury sauce. So much I loved that dish that I actually forgotten what the rest was. @_@

The birthday cake that I helped making with Mbak R’s sister. Yes it would be a waste if you stayed with one top cake maker if you didn’t learn a thing or two.

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Jakarta Part I

Indonesia March – May 2012 : Madura

Anyone heard of Madura before? Well it’s an island north Surabaya. When I was little my aunt whom at the time worked in Madura always took me there with the ferry from Surabaya. But since 2009 you don’t need to do that anymore because they have built an enormous bridge connecting Java the main island with Madura.

I went again with Mbak Lia and her gank. Eventhough I’ve been there many times before but it was only to the east part of Madura (Sumenep) where my aunt had lived. For this 1 day outing we went to the west part (Bangkalan) which is the closest part to the bridge.

Misty Suramadu Bridge in the morning.

Welcome in Madura.

First we went to find some breakfast. This rice based dish name was nasi serpang. I somehow find it is similar to nasi krawu in Gresik. Mbak Lia said indeed true because people from Madura created nasi krawu.

As if that wasn’t enough we went to another place. Warung Amboina was the name and they served traditional Javanese dishes such as this picture below soto babat (tripe soup). Besides this they also served nasi campur (mixed rice), nasi rawon (black beef soup), nasi telur petis (egg with shrimp paste sauce).

The place has been around for third generation now but they maintain theyir traditionality. Even the server still write the order on the wooden plank for the kitchen staff to see.

We were full and satisfied but show must goes on, we stopped by at Bangkalan Market and I came across this lady selling salt. Mind you since Madura’s land is not as fertile as Java they can’t really have same crops like Java such as rice. But Madura however is famous for it’s salt. It gains it’s nickname Pulau Garam (Salt Island) because of it.

A normal view in Indonesia.

We stopped by to admire the beauty of the beach in Bangkalan.

My two beautiful friends 🙂 Mbak Lia and Mbak Tjita.

Our last stop and also the highlight of the day was the batik Madura centre. There you could see the making of batik Madura. Batik Madura gains its a unique batik due to their more colourful and bold pattern. We went crazy there because not only the batik were so pretty but since we were at the place where they make them, price was very nice as well.

Before we left, they also showed us the workshop where they make they batik.

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Jakarta Part I

Indonesia March – May 2012 : Gresik

I’ve never been Gresik before. This little city lies nearby Surabaya and all my life I’ve been coming many times to Surabaya but not Gresik. So when my friend Mbak Lia asked me whether it would be a good idea to go there and explore the food, I immediately said yes. Off we went with some other friends for a nice day out.

First we stopped by at Mbak Fifi’s house, she already prepared very nice lontong mie. A speciality from Surabaya. A noodle based dish with bean sprout and what makes it typical Surabaya is the used of petis (Indonesian shrimp paste). It’s spicy, savoury with tiny hint of sweetness. Yum!

On the spot Mbak Lia also taught us how to make her renown kering kentang, a side dish made of fried potato, peanuts. You could check out her recipe here in Indonesian.

Yum, I don’t think we could wait to eat this for side dish, it is also good for snack on its own.

The whole crew, you could see we were full and sleepy after all the food. Thank you all for the memorable outing.

But we had to move on and see some parts of Gresik, for example we went to the city centre where they still have old colonial style building. This building was privately owned but we just went inside and asked permission to shoot some pictures.

I could not just pass some blue doors and not take pictures.

Next we went to a Nasi Krawu place, a typical rice dish from Gresik. This place Nasi Krawu Mbuk Tiban is one of most popular place in Gresik.

It is basically rice with some side dish of shredded beef, serundeng (shredded coconut) and the most important condiment, the sambal.

To take the load off from our full tummy we went to the Pasar Gresik, the central market that is. We weren’t long there, Mbak Lia wanted to show us this particular dish they sell at the market.

Which was this. Can you guess? They were fried fish roe. Have you ever tasted fish roe before?

Typical Indonesian market scene.

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Jakarta Part I