Merah Jambu

Hey guys, so.. a lot of you have been asking me the same question over and over again. “Nate, are you going to update your blog in the U.S?” My answer to that is: yes and no… I want to continue posting on my blog but I am still not sure if I have the time to do it. But rest assured, I will still update my Instagram (yay!) and for those of you who haven’t followed me; please follow! (Instagram: @nathjeto).

Anyways, before leaving Jakarta I’ve decided to fill up my belly with as much Indonesian food as I can…

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Just recently, I went to this Indonesian restaurant/canteen called Merah Jambu located in Gedung Tempo Scan Tower. I ordered (almost) everything from their menu and had a great time.

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The first dish I tried was their nasi goreng buntut (oxtail fried rice). This dish is my personal favorite and I will surely miss not having this dish in the States. I love this dish because it’s so flavorful and they give out a pretty generous amount of buntut (oxtail). 

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The second dish I tried was their fried duck. The mango-chilli and the duck meat goes very well together as it complements one another. For those who love mango-chili, I think this dish is definitely worth the try. 

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The third dish I tried was their soto betawi and soto ayam. I liked it but I still like the nasi goreng buntut better. 

Furthermore, I also tried the sop buntut, nasi bogana, nasi liwet and tahu telor. All these dishes were spectacular as it tasted very rich and you can feel all the Indonesian spices giving all sorts of flavor. I loved the tahu telor, its crispy, yet you can taste the saltiness and also a bit of sweetness from the sauce.

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Lastly, I also ordered the tape goreng (fried fermented cassava). This is the perfect dish to close and it shouldn’t  be missed. 

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Overall, I had a good experience dining here at Merah Jambu. FYI, this restaurant/canteen also does delivery and catering services. You can contact them via their Instagram (@merahjambucanteen) or by calling/emailing them at: +628164248100 / merahjambucanteen@gmail.com.

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Hygiene: ☆☆☆☆☆

Price Range: IDR 20-40k per dish

Location:

Merah Jambu
Tempo Scan Tower, Level B
Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said kav 3-4
Jakarta, Indonesia 12190
Phone: + 628164248100 / merahjambucanteen@gmail.com

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BCA Indonesia Open 2016

A few weeks ago I was invited by BCA to Hong Kong Cafe in Sarinah to have to the opportunity to gather with fellow bloggers to discuss about an event called Badminton Indonesia Open.

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A group of people attended the gathering and I was fortunate enough to have met leaders of PBSI (Persatuan Bulutangkis Seluruh Indonesia) and also professional Badminton players. For those of you who have no idea what PBSI is, its basically a club or kinda like a group of people sharing the same interest of playing badminton professionally.

During the gathering I was given valuable knowledge about badminton and BCA’s role in the event. Badminton Open Indonesia is BCA’s biggest CSR and they are the main sponsor for the event. One of the professional Badminton athlete, Fran Kurniawan Teng shared about his passion in badminton and his rigorous training everyday. He spends most of his time training and shared to us about his previous wins and also challenges along the way on how he hopes to win for Indonesia in the future. The leaders of PP PBSI, Corporate Secretary of BCA Ibu Inge Setiawati and Head of Public Relations and Social Media PP PBSI Ibu Yuni Kartika, were also very optimistic that Indonesia will win in the near future.

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A week after the gathering, I attended Badminton Open Indonesia on Friday the 3rd at Istora Senayan. As I watch the match between Indonesia and Denmark I could feel the thrill and excitement. Although the Indonesian team lost, Indonesia still gets another chance next year if they are still optimistic on winning! I was watching from the the press area and even though I’m not a big fan of badminton nor any sports, infact, I was literally taken away by the spirit of the audience cheering for team Indonesia and just the thrill of watching the players play. This was a first time experience for me watching live sports in Indonesia.

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Anyways, here’s a glimpse of history about Indonesia open events. This year, 2016, marks the third year for BCA to host the event alongside with Djarum. Indonesia has previously won a lot of awards in Badminton thanks to players Ardy Wiranata, Taufik Hidayat, etc. And in addition, Indonesia has won many tournaments before in the years 1983, 1996, 1997 and 2001.

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All in all, the Badminton event held at Istora Senayan was a blast to attend to because of the thrill, and this should be a fun event if you were to come with friends or family. There were also a lot of food vendors in the area, and I was happy to have come to support for team Indonesia.

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Quipper: A Fun E-Learning Solution!

On November 14 2015, Quipper Video launched its newest product in Grand Indonesia by inviting a number of media bloggers for a press conference.

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Quipper Video is a one-stop solution to learn in the digital age we live in today. Most twelfth graders or SMA 3 students in Indonesia have to go through what we know as Ujian Nasional (UN) or Seleksi Bersama Masuk Perguruan Tinggi Negeri (SBMPTN). For those of you who don’t know it and are International readers, these testings are a requirement from the government in Indonesia and it is something like the SATs for Indonesians. This online product makes videos to help students especially in the twelfth grade to learn about topics such as mathematics, sciences and languages.

Quipper understands what most twelfth graders have to go through everyday in their lives – waking up early in the morning to go to school and arrive home really late at night. They understand that teens rarely get the chance to see the sunlight because of the long and tiring day of school. Teens in Jakarta especially get home really late due to factors such as traffic and may find that going for offline tuition with tutors a hassle. So they have built this website and publish videos for students to learn from. Not only that, but they have more than 4000 quality questions for students to learn from and quiz themselves.

I can totally relate to this situation because I am currently in the twelfth grade and I get super lazy to go to an actual offline or physical place to get lessons on UN exams after finishing 8 hours of school. I would rather have it in my phone or laptop and I can access it whenever I want. I also feel that its easier to use Quipper because I can repeat the videos again and again. I can review anytime I want and everything is up to me. I can save more time by having it on my personal gadget and still learn. I think Quipper is a nice learning tool because it will teach students like me about independent learning by motivating to learn ourselves. This skill will be useful for university later and throughout our lives. After we finish high school I don’t think our parents would still push us to study and it is up to us to study or not.

In addition, Quipper would also be beneficial for students like me because it will help me familiarize with what the UN examinations are like. I go to an International school and my school have never required us to do these examinations. However, just recently the government changed the rules and have made it mandatory for us to take the UN examinations. With the help of Quipper, I can help prepare for my upcoming UN examinations and get the big idea. I can start learning with the topics I want to learn first and as a very individualized learner I like to learn things through listening as well as visually.

Learning has never been easier as it can be done anywhere as long as you have a laptop and  good internet connection with you. Their learning tools are also categorized in more granular topics so it is easier for students to follow along. Students can rewind and play back the videos if they want to repeat the lessons. This suits my learning style because I like to go back and review things in detail again an again. Where in real life if you actually go to an actual place for lessons, it would be really hard because asking the teacher to explain it again and again would make them unhappy and myself feel bad.

Finally, Quipper is also designed to motivate students in learning, and parents have access and may monitor students learning activities through a report.

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Bake and Dine with Breadlife!

20140709-141829-51509756.jpgLast week I was invited to an event by BBlog Indonesia and I was asked if I could come to Breadlife in Living World to taste the new edition to their fine selection of bread. I was very interested and I decided to join in with other fellow food bloggers. The experience was both fun and I got to decorate my own cake! How cool was that? Decorating my own cake was pretty hard as I am not an experiencde cook or even pastry chef or whatever you call it. But it turned out okay… I guess. You be the judge.

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20140709-141829-51509973.jpgTo start off, we were given different selection of bread to taste and they introduced us their newest edition which was the Cheese and Chocolate Ball. The “Ball” part is inspired by the World Cup season and the bread won’t be here for long as they will only sell it for this certain period of time only. Apart from that, they also had Lebaran packages for those of you who celebrate Ramadhan and the packages seems pretty cool and affordable.

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20140709-143137-52297227.jpgMoving on, we tasted two big trays of bread. I ate a lot and I think I tried almost every single bread there is in Breadlife today! Readers, I’m sorry but I got to admit that I’m such a pig (lol). My favorite one has got to be the cheese ring. I like how they have the melted cheese inside and the crusty cheese outside. It gives a perfect combination. Also the rugby ball bread has got to be my favorite and the tiger roll which also consists of cucumber inside! How unusual but I like the taste.

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I also tried their new drinks and I tried the Green Tea frap. Honestly, it tasted pretty similar to the one I always have in Starbucks yet I think it had more whipped cream in it or maybe its slightly sweeter.

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Last but not least, I’d like to thank Breadlife for inviting me to the event and Bblog Indonesia especially for everything!

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Hygiene: ☆☆☆☆☆

Location:

BreadLife
Living World, Ground Level.
Jl. Alam Sutera Boulevard
Tangerang
Phone:+62 21 29310659

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Sumiya 炭家

After years of searching for good Japanese food in Jakarta I have to say this restaurant has won its way into my top list! This restaurant is truly a hidden gem; meaning, its isolated and not a lot of people know of. Presumably when you hear the place STC Senayan you automatically think that its a place for people to go buy electronics and not to eat food. So while I was there I decided to try and a lot of people have been recommending me to go ahead and try so why not? I find this place super affordable, super great taste, and ambience is very welcoming. The decor of this restaurant is very dark even so, its still pleasant and you get the Japan feeling. Enough blabbering about nonsense and lets talk about the food. For the appetizer I ordered the regular salmon sashimi, and maguro avocado tar-tar salad. For the main courses we ordered spicy tofu nabe, tempura set with rice, salmon with rice, salmon steak, salmon sushi roll with cheese. Honestly the food tasted heavenly and I am planning to go back to this restaurant for more. If you like Japanese food you have to definitely go to this place because where else can you find good affordable Japanese food in Jakarta?

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Average Spending: Rp. 100,000 and above

Hygiene: ☆☆☆☆☆

Location:

Sumiya
STC Senyan, G FL Unity 128
Jl. Asia Afrika Pintu IX
Jakarta, Indonesia
Phone: 021 5793 1826

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Kaihomaru

This Japanese restaurant is located in City Walk and is very convenient for people during office hours to eat lunch here. Coming here I saw that almost 3 /4 of the place was occupied by Japanese people living here. The place is very simple and the food was simple as well. Even so, its the simplicity that makes the food authentic and nice. If you’ve tried Sushi Tei, this restaurant is so different because here the taste is more bland and plain. Different to the one in Sushi Tei where they have adapted it to the Indonesian taste. We ordered the salmon sashimi, tamago, dumplings and salad for starters and we moved on and ordered the tempura set, gindara (cod fish). Lastly, for desserts we ordered the ice cream mochi rum raisin. The food was amazing however the dumplings were just decent because it tasted nothing much like regular dumplings and it seemed like something I ordered from Chinese takeout.

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Average Spending: Rp. 100,000 and above.

Hygiene: ☆☆☆☆☆

Location:

Kaihomaru
CityWalk Sudirman, Fl, 1.
Jl. KH Mas Mansyur, Tanah Abang
Jakarta, Indonesia
Phone:+62 21 7396229

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TeSaTe

If you’re looking for a nice place to dine or have lunch with your friends and family this is the place to visit. This restaurant should be one of the nicest Indonesian restaurant in Jakarta for now. The ambience is very welcoming and you can feel the Indonesian vibe. The restaurant is decorated with Indonesian interior and it feels very traditional but also modern in a way. Food is excellent and its leaning towards fine dining and presentation of the food is quite fancy for an Indonesian restaurant. Basically this restaurant is an upscale version of Sate Khas Senayan and it suits the Indonesian tongue. My favorite dish would be “Nasi Tug-tug” and the “Nasi Goreng Buntut.” There are pictures below. These are different type of Indonesian rice cooked with oxtail and some crunchy stuff that combines the entire plate to make it a complete Indonesian delicacy. They also serve other Indonesian veggies which is tasty.

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Average Spending: Rp. 100,000 and above

Hygiene: ☆☆☆☆☆

Location:

TeSate Senayan
Plaza Senayan, 4th Fl Bl CP Unit 414
Jl. Asia Afrika No. 8, Jakarta
Phone: (021) 572-5521
Fax: (021) 572-5521

TeSaTe Pacific Place
Mall Pacific Place level 5 unit 62-63
Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 52 – 53, 12190, Indonesia
Phone number: +62-21 579-73653

TeSaTe Menteng
Jalan Sam Ratulangi No. 39, Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta

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