Showing posts with label Indonesian culinary. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Indonesian culinary. Show all posts

Monsoon Poon, A Cozy Corner for Your Special Day

Monsoon Poon, A Cozy Corner for Your Special Day

Let's continue our journey in exploring the culinary adventure in Wellington, the coolest little capital of the world.

I will take the opportunity to take you to Monsoon Poon,  a cozy corner for your special day, especially for South Asian food lovers. Known as South East Asian Trading House Restaurant and Bar, it is located in the central part of Wellington, to be exact at 12 Blair Street, Te Aro, Wellington. Moonsoon Poon has gained its reputation as an exotic corner, offering more than just delicious, people's favorite palates, but also the experience.

Welcome to Monsoon Poon, Wellington
Welcome to Monsoon Poon

Welcome to Monsoon Poon, Wellington
I really love this exotic entry way

As you enter the premise, you will be transported to another part of the world, - or more likely,  to several parts of the world stretching in the region of my beloved origin. For sure, you have to follow the health protocol by signing in through NZ COVID-19 tracker and showing your vaccine pass to the staff before you are assigned to your seats. 

Don't forget your vaccine pass

Before ordering our meal, I was enjoying the colorful, feel-at-home interior design in this restaurant. You will definitely see so many beautiful and intricate traditional fabrics from Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and more. 

Some fun, rustic old ads and wooden accents as well as statues can be found dotting the rooms. Not to mention in the restroom. In this area, you will see so many photos and posters as well as information about donations and charities that the restaurant and its networks have shared in the area. 

Well, let’s take a look at the ambience from some photos I took there. You can see why I love this place. 

Such a lovely collection of red lampions, paintings and plates
the corner of the bar

Now, let's take a look at the menu and the food. As I have mentioned above, they are serving South East Asian cuisines and you will definitely see some curry from Thai, Bangkok street noodles,  Thai beef salad, Singaporean  Fried noodles, Bali prawns, nasi goreng from Indonesia, Pho Bo and more.  During our visit, we orders the green curry, Singaporean noodles, beef and black pepper and chili tofu. Sorry if the photos were not that good as I forgot to take the photos after eating half of them LOL.

the green curry

black pepper, chilli and tofu

All in all, I love the food, the ambience and the interior design of this place. You should try it as well if you are around. Here are more photos I took around the restaurant and hopefully when you come down to Wellington, you get a chance to try their menu. 

The bar corner

These flowers really attracted my attention

WW: Seroja Cafe and Indonesian Restaurant in Wellington

Missing food from home is no longer a problem for me and The Frakarsas. 

We have Seroja Cafe and Indonesian Restaurant in Wellington !

Located at the posh corner of the city of Wellington, the Waterfront area, Seroja Cafe is indeed a lovely place to enjoy Indonesian signature dishes, like rendang, bebek and ayam kremes, nasi goreng, batagor, tempe mendoan, ikan bakar or grilled fish and more.

Here are some food we managed to try while visiting this lovely place.

ayam kremes

Special ice tea!

The cafe is located at Clyde Quay Wharf Accessway East, Te Aro, Wellington 6011 and you can definitely check more info and delicious menu at

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Warung Nongkrong, Tempat Hits di Bandar Lampung yang Harus Kamu Coba

Risol ragout dari Warung Nongkrong, Tempat Hits di Bandar Lampung yang Harus Kamu Coba

Hi semua..

Salam sehat! Semoga kita semua selalu sehat, aman dan bahagia, di manapun berada.

Belum lama ini, aku dan keluarga sempat beberapa kali mengunjungi Bandar Lampung, kota tercinta yang menjadi kampung halaman. Urusan keluarga yang mendesak membuat kami sempat bolak - balik beberapa kali sambil tentu saja menyempatkan diri untuk menikmati some outdoorsy time favorit kami sekeluarga, snorkeling dan berenang di pulau kesayangan yang banyak terdapat di Teluk Lampung. For sure dengan tetap memperhatikan protokol kesehatan dan disiplin dengan 3 M. Pokoknya, a trip back home is always packed with cool stuff.

Warung Nongkrong, Tempat Hits di Bandar Lampung yang Harus Kamu Coba
Warung Nongkrong, Tempat Hits di Bandar Lampung yang Harus Kamu Coba

So recently, I also had some times to meet my dearest ladies in one of our favorite spots. Just like in many cities across the country, we have so many cool cafes and hip restaurants being opened. Bandar Lampung is no exception. Compared to the time when I was born and raised in this lovely city, Bandar Lampung is now dotted with eateries, cafes, and lovely Instagramable  restaurants. Some of them are managed and run by my friends as well. 

Warung Nongkrong Bandar Lampung
Kita sudah datang sebelum Warungnya buka hehehe

So in one of our visits to Lampung I came to the place that has been recently reopened. Warung Nongkrong namanya. Terletak di Jl. Z.A Pagaralam no. , Kedaton, Bandar Lampung, this place is indeed very strategicLocated right on the side of the main road, very near to several campuses and universities in the area, Warung Nongkrong certainly attracts many crowds who love to spend some times in a comfortable place over famous Lampungnese coffee and delectable plates. With a touch of industrial design and homy accent, this place is indeed a nice place to visit.

Masih ingat kaan waktu aku ketemu ibu - ibu hits teman kecilku di Bandar Lampung yang sampai sekarang masih sering bertukar sapa dan kabar via berbagai platform, terutama WAG dan Instagram? Beberapa waktu yang lalu, aku sempet bertemu dengan @lindasumadewi @rennygheghe @iyuniarti di tempat nongkrong paling hits @warungnongkrong #bandarlampung. For sure, pastinya kita bertemu dengan menerapkan protokol kesehatan yaaaa! Face shield, masker, jaga jarak (mendekat pas foto aja bentaar 😇) dan rajin cuci tangan plus pakai sanitizer untuk ruangan maupun tangaan. 

Some of the food we tried in Warong Nongkrong. Banyak juga hehe..

It is indeed now a must for all restaurants and public places to implement 3M in Indonesia: wearing masks, washing our hands properly and frequently; and keeping safe physical distance. Here in this cafe, when you first come your body temperatures will be checked and you are requested to  wash your hands. Moreover, hand sanitizers are also available. I also saw that the tables and chairs are cleaned frequently with disinfectant.

And now, let's see the menu! My favorite part indeed! There are various menus you can definitely try here. Starting from the appetizers, main course and desserts, you can also enjoy a wide range of incredible Lampungnese coffees which are famous for their bold tastes and aroma. Something that you should not miss while coming here.

Risol Ragout and Kroket keju. super yuuuum..

Kalau bicara menu, banyak yang aku dan anak - anak suka nikmati di sini. One of my fave is of course the  risol. Aku sukaaa dengan risolnya yg mantul dan asli enaak!  No MSG lagi! Yaaay bangeet buat aku dan pastinya juara rasanya! Risol ini ada yang original dan ada yang isinya  extra keju Mozarella. Dua - duanya enak. Anak - anak juga sempat coba burger, chicken strips, siomay, Korean garlic cheese bread, singkong keju, nasi goreng, nasi iga and more. Ternyata banyak aja yaaa hahaha. Warung Nongkrong juga punya promo untuk jam makan siang yang asyik dengan harga super terjangkau dan pastinya enak yaaa. Pokoknya rugi untuk dilewatkan, terutama untuk mereka yang berdomisili di Bandar Lampung dan sekitarnya.

Dan pilihan makanan sama kopinya juga okeee, dengan deretan kopi dan coklat produksi asli #lampungkeren yang kamu, ya KAMU, musti cobain. Pokoknya  ♥️♥️♥️banget.  Aku sempat mencoba ice blended choco yang menggunakan coklat asli produksi Pesawaran Lampung. Juga ada Jahe Merah yang asli produksi lokal Pesawaran Lampung. Rasanya mantap! Bahkan aku membawa pulang paket jahe merah yang pas banget diminum saat pandemi seperti ini.

Happy me with ice choco asli dari Pesawaran, Lampung

Not to mention local blend, yang tersaji mantap dalam kopi tubruk Lampung. Moreover, you can order various ice blended beverages including strawberries smoothies, matcha frappe, nutella choco frappe, red velvet frappe, and lychee squash and more. My .. I can go on and on with those drink list indeed.

Btw, I managed to make a video on one of my visits here, featuring my dearest friends and cousin, Indri and Gheghe, as well as the owner, Linda Sumadewi. It's already in YouTube  (here is the link of Warung Nongkrong video) and hope you can watch it fully.

If you want to know more, langsung kepoin IG nyaaa yaa, bisa check out di sini: IG Warung Nongkrong

Warung Nongkrong di Bandar Lampung, Indonesia
Cheers from the 4 of us at Warung Nongkrong

Alamatnya Warung Nongkrong adalah Jl. Z.A. Pagaralam no. 30, Kedaton, Bandar Lampung. It is so easy to find this place as it is located by the main road. You won't miss it!

So, that's a little review I have for Warung Nongkrong (WN) in Bandar Lampung. Hope you get to visit this lovely place and let's support the local business in our neighborhood. 
Cheers and see you on the next story!

WW: A Brief Visit to Bandung, West Java

One side of Bandung from above

We start traveling again these days with health protocol and new normal norms.

I had a working visit to Bandung, the capital city of West Java, for 3 days. Together with my hubby, we drove from Jakarta and it took us around 3 hours to arrive at Hilton Bandung, where we stayed. Well, this is the second time we stayed here as we really enjoyed this global-chained hotel. Too bad this time my kids didn't come along as we didn't really stay that long either.

Welcome to Hilton Bandung

Since I had meetings here, I didn’t really go out much but we did enjoy some culinary visit to some famous spots. Some of them are like our favorite places, so my hubby and I walked down the memory lane during our stay. We went to Batagor Kingsley, Se'i Sapi Lamalera, Iga Bakar si Jangkung and Kartika Sari Dago. Well I have to admit those are legendary places which have been famous for a long time.

Here are some of the photos I took while visiting them. Can you guess which one is which :)?

Se'i Sapi Lamalera
Se'i sapi is the traditional smoked beef plates from East Nusa Tenggara. You usually eat it with steam cassava leaves and hot chilli or sambal. Here in Bandung, they have a wide variety of sambal to eat together with the beef.

Se'i sapi for you..

Se'i sapi Lamalera Bandung
the cute mural

Se'i sapi Lamalera Bandung
the menus

Se'i sapi Lamalera Bandung
my fave.. with sambal Kecombrang

Batagor Kingsley
This bakso tahu goreng or fried tofu and fish cake is my fave. Whenever I go to Bandung I always ttry to eat here. We even have them take away to Jakarta as well. 

Batagor Kingsley Bandung
Batagor Kingsley Bandung with the soup... super yuuum

Batagor Kingsley Bandung
Fried Batagor Kingsley Bandung with spicy peanut sauce

Morenos Ice Cream at Kartika Sari Dago

I can't get enough!

Iga Bakar si Jangkung
These grilled ribs, marinated in Indonesian herbs and sauces, are the best!

Iga Bakar si Jangkung Bandung

Iga Bakar si Jangkung Bandung
I tried the soup as well..

A cup of hot tea after a plate of grilled ribs

Hilton Bandung
One of my favorite hotels in the city, not far from the train station and so many interesting spots in the area. I really enjoyed our spacious room and lovely view of the city from my room.
our comfy room at Hilton Bandung

breakfast at the hotel

the amenities are  Verbena & Lavender series from Crabtree & Evelyn

Can’t wait to go back to Bandung again soon and explore more. I sincerely hope next time coming here I will be able to meet my dearest blogger friends from Bandung as well. Meanwhile, stay safe, happy and healthy yaaa

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WW: Culinary Adventures in Cirebon, West Java, Indonesia

Culinary adventures in Cirebon, West Java, Indonesia

Welcome back...

Let's continue our adventure. This time, I would like to kindly invite you to join me in my Culinary Adventures in Cirebon, West Java, Indonesia

As I have shared previously (READ:  Kanoman Palace, Cirebon, West Java, Indonesia dan Sunyaragi Cave, Cirebon, West Java) , Cirebon is indeed a special place for me and my family as my late grandpa from my late father was originally coming from Cirebon. While we are here in Indonesia, we take some times to visit this city again and again as we still have many relatives to meet plus lovely attractions that I would like to introduce to my kids as well. That includes the culinary experience here.

Cirebon has ben well known for its delicious cuisine. Empal gentong, empal asem, tahu gejrot and nasi lengko are only few examples of this culinary heaven.  Not to mention the munchies, like ketan gurih, rengginang rebon and emping manis. The list can go on and on.

Empal gentong is the traditional beef stew from Cirebon, cooked with coconut milk and a mixture of Idonesian spices such as kemiri or bitter nut, sereh or lemon grass, laos/lengkuas or galangal, and daun salam or bay leaves. While empal asem is similar, but it is cooked withouth coconut milk. Instead, it uses tamarind water and belimbing wuluh, a special starfruit with has unique sour taste.  Both stew are served with fried onion and slices of fresh spring onion and celery. Tahu gejrot is a special mixture of fried tofu with a sauce made of garlic, chili, tamarind, palm sugar, and sweet soy sauce. My late dad loved tis so much and we cherish this special dish wholeheartedly. We sometimes cook it at home as well. Then nasi lengko is Cirebonese plate of rice with fried tofu and tempe, sprinkled with generous fresh cut cucumber, steamed bean sprout, fried onion, kucai  or chives, with spicy (or not) peanut sauce. Oh my, even as I write this, I am drooling and suddenly hungry.

I might need to write more details about more Cirebonese food at later stage but now, let's see some of those scrumptious palates. Tell me whether it brings out your appetite instantly.

Culinary of Cirebon, West Java, Indonesia

Culinary from Cirebon, West Java, Indonesia

Culinary from Cirebon, West Java, Indonesia

Culinary from Cirebon, West Java, Indonesia

Culinary from Cirebon, West Java, Indonesia

Culinary from Cirebon, West Java, Indonesia

Culinary from Cirebon, West Java, Indonesia

So, what do you think? 

Which one is your fave? 

Have you tried some of them?

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