Saya berasumsi kamu nanya soal *makanan*
yang enak ya, dan bukan tongkrongan. Because I notice that you #Jakartans tend
to get confused between “good food” and “cool hangout”.
Those are two different things, and you rarely get both in one place.
So since this is about *food*, any
#Jakartans comments like “yaelaah Dri, tongkrongan elo segini doang”
will be ignored.
My homemade beef stew. Potato, carrot, celery, peas, beef, onions, simmered for 90 minutes in a thick savoury broth seasoned with bay leaf, rosemary, and a dash of worcestershire sauce. Served with toasted french bread.
Octopus, to be exact.. not cumi. Yeah, I
gave up eating takoyaki and the grilled octopus at Kitchenette after reading
how highly evolved octopi are; displaying self-awareness, intellect, and emotional
Depends on the method of execution. I think
death by injection would pair well with dim sum and almond pudding, execution
by shooting squad matches with rosemary pork chops and a lime sorbet, and
electric chair would go well with grilled barramundi and es podeng Blok S.
Man, that’s easy. Pick up kacang Garuda
yang masih dalam kulitnya. Shake and listen to it. It rattles around loosely.
But Kacang Dua Kelinci? Just a faint “thud thud.” Open both, and
you’ll see that Kacang Dua Kelinci fills the shell karena gendut2. Kacang
Garuda? Kurus krempeng, kayak pake baju kegedean.
Now eat them. Dua Kelinci just tastes so
much better, with just the right amount of saltiness. I think Kacang Garuda is
like Dr Dre Beat headphones: it’s for people yang kemakan iklan and simply
don’t know any better.
I generally skip any recipe that require
imported charcuterie/cured meats such as andouille or italian sausage, imported
cheeses like gruyere or blue cheese (parmesan or Kraft boleh lah), or wine
(bisa diganti grape juice). I do a good salmon with Jack Daniel’s sauce, but
rarely make it because of the cost. I occasionally buy beef, and when I do it’s
always local. Pork and chicken is cheaper and easier to cook.
My fridge and pantry always has wheat
bread, eggs, carrots, onions, milk, frozen peas, cheese, mayo, seasonal fruit, flour,
a variety of herbs and dry spices.
Stuff I avoid:
Anything out of my budget, as I described
above. As much as I like imported canned goods, it’s also too expensive. I try
avoiding buying anything that is heavily preserved, full of nitrites or salt (but
Ma Ling is an occasional treat), or high in fat (oh bacon is still worth it).
I have none. I’ve bookmarked some instructional
videos on youtube but haven’t gotten around to learning them. But I’ve learned
how to sharpen my kitchen knife on a steel rod, and yes.. I feel kinda badass
whenever I do it.
It really depends on what you mean by
“good restaurant”. Because often times “good food” and
“good ambience” are two different things. The problem is that
#Jakartans tend to confuse the two.
It’s like when #Jakartans say “Dri,
kopi yang enak dimana, Dri?”, I know they are not referring to the
beverage. What they are actually asking is “Dri, tempat nongkrong paling
happening yang ada kopi di menu, dimana, Dri?” They’d sip kopi sachet at
some Dago Atas tourist-trap cafe and consider it gourmet coffee.
But that aside, I was just chatting with
one of my friends who owns a popular Bandung food blog. We realized that we are
so clueless about the new places that have been popping up, as we are trapped
at home on weekends because of the traffic. Both of us agreed that, unless the
food is SO exceptional that we’d hear about it, it’s just not the effort of
suffering the traffic.
So I’m afraid that my selection of
restaurants are usually within a 4 kilometer radius of my house. Not the
hippest places in town, but some of them serve some exceptional dishes. Ranging
from hotel restaurants (Maja), bule bars (Volcano), porky (Puri Bambu), to kios
(Batagor Abuy). My food blogger friend and I are blissfully unaware of those
new restaurants popping up around Dago, Progo or Riau (Beehive, Blue Doors,
etc), which tend to be more ambiance-oriented. Which is fine in its own right..
I just happen to prefer good *food*.
Cuankie yang enak itu ya yang di pikulan
itu. Accept no substitute. Especially kalau siomaynya sudah overcooked and
floats in the steaming kuah like ubur2. Cuankie yang *tidak* enak (tapi anehnya
terkenal), yang di Jalan Serayu. I reckon it’s for those #Jakartans who simply
don’t know any better.
Puri Bambu dekat Karang Setra. Itu dua
restoran dengan nama yang sama bersebelahan (don’t ask), saya recommend ke yang
besar di kanan. Ini chinese style sih. Good sate, bacang, and iga cabe garam.
Nasi Campur Bintang di Jalan Kelenteng. As
good as nasi campur di Jakarta, tapi sore2 sudah tutup.
Two Hands Full di Jalan Sukajadi. Okay
honestly saya belum coba semua… but the breakfast uses pork bacon, dan ada
pulled pork sandwiches.
Bakpao and Siomay Ming Yen di Jalan
Sudirman. Sebanding lah sama yang ada di Jakarta Utara.
Pokatiam di Pasir Kaliki. Chinese style
pork and dimsum. It’s not bad, but belum Jakarta Utara level.
Glosis di Hegarmanah. Restoran jerman old school.. been around since the 80s. The wiener schnitzel is the best I’ve ever had. It’s not authentic, as it uses rosemary in the coating. And I order with hollandaise sauce. But it’s much more flavorful than the bland schnitzel you get at Paulaner Brauhaus.