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.

Just like the nasi goreng buntut, the sop buntut is  also my personal favorite!IMG_2785.JPG

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 EXPO & AUTOSHOW 2016 AT ICE BSD

Are you looking for your dream house or dream car? If so, this article will explain you the things you need to know before purchasing either a car or a house using the benefits of BCA.

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Last weekend, BCA together with Sinarmas Land have created the BCA expo and auto show with a purpose to help their clients fulfill their everyday needs to own either a house or a car. I went to the event to find out more.

When I arrived at the event, the exhibition is already filled with many people. They came to take a look of the new variant of  premium cars and the promotion that offered by BCA. There were many new variants that offered on the event such as All New Toyota Sienta, the new generation of family SUV from Hyundai called All New Hyundai Tucson and the most awaited new variant of BMW that is All New BMW X1.

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Aside from the car’s exhibition inside the hall, the visitors could register themselves to test drive their dream cars. Visitors could choose to either drive themselves or stay seated in the passenger seat and enjoy the luxurious features each cars have to offer.

The event was opened by the board of BCA’s directors Armand W. Hartono and Henry Koenafi as well as the director of Sinarmas land, Michael J. Purwanto. This event specially invites BCA Solitare clients and BCA Prioritas.

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Honestly, I was pretty intrigued with the deals they had to offer. As I passed by the cars in the expo, they all look very cool and of course very appealing. But in this case, it wasn’t the car’s aesthetic that tempt me to buy one, but it was more to BCA’s offer that I did not want to miss. With interest rate as low as 3.45% and some cars with 0% interest rate I’m sure no one would want to miss this opportunity to buy a car with really low rates. This deal (BCA’s KKB- Kredit Kendaraan Bermotor) would be the best one I’ve seen so far. I was even tempted to buy a car for myself but I do not think I will be needing one since I am leaving Indonesia soon to study abroad. However, for fellow friends and Indonesians, this should be the time for you to buy a car! And FYI, most banks would usually give rates as low as 3.9% only. In addition, BCA also offers additional deals (the best tinted glasses for your car – VCOOL, free iPads, BCA Flazz cards). You may also choose your dream car from many participating brands (Toyota, Honda, Daihatsu, Suzuki, Mercedes, Mazda, Mitsubishi, VW, Hyundai, BMW, Nissan, Audi, Lexus, Mini, JLR, Porsche, Maseratti, and MClaren).

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Not only that, I also found out more about BCA’s KPR program. Buying your dream house has never been easier and affordable. BCA is offering a fixed interest rate of 7.99% in the first three years, and 8.99% in the following three years after. This rate usually applies to a minimal of 8 year period of time. In my experience hearing from my parents, this deal is simply amazing. Usually banks would give interest rates at 10% and above, and this still shocks me. BCA is offering deals you definitely do not want to miss.

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While I was there I also enjoyed a cup of nitrogen ice cream from Ron’s Laboratory which I easily purchased using BCA Sakuku for 50% off. I have written about how easy to use BCA Sakuku in a previous article (Click here to find out more!).

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All in all, the BCA expo and auto show was clearly a fun event to attend as I also got to test drive a few cars myself! Being a young adult myself I was experiencing and trying out different cars that I could potentially buy for myself in the near future.

To find out more about BCA’s amazing deals, you may contact them at the nearest BCA;

OR visit their website!

http://www.bca.co.id

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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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To find out more you can email: info-id@quipper.com as well as check them out at http://video.quipper.com.

Or check them out at their social media pages!

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Ippudo Indonesia

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Preparation of the ramen back in the kitchen

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I was excited to finally get invited and try the Ippudo Ramen here in Indonesia. Ippudo has been my ultimate favourite ramen before it had opened here. Although its been around a year they’ve opened in Pacific Place, this was going to be my very first time to try their new menu, the Sapporo Chicken Ramen.

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The Chicken Ramen is only available here in Indonesia, and made due to high customer demand. Most of the Indonesian people here do not eat pork, so I guess that’s why they decided to change and bring a substitute.

The Sapporo Chicken ramen is served in a white bowl and a black spoon. They differentiate their utensils to cater to the non pork-eating crowd. The taste however did not disappoint. I loved it, but I did not love it as much as I loved the pork. The chicken meat was less juicier compared to the pork. I’m not saying it didn’t taste good, but I prefer the pork more than the chicken. But if you’re going for the chicken, I suggest you to order the spicy one because spicy goes better with chicken.

The Buta Ramen, or whats known as the pork, has a little bit more “oomph” in the taste, and definitely more delicious. The soup or broth is very strong and I love how when the yolk for the egg melts and it just gets mixed altogether. An explosion of flavours in every spoon.

Another fun fact I should note, their noodles are curvy. They are curvy because it is a perfect combination to be eaten with the minced meat. It will get stuck in one of the strands and easier to eat.

Lastly, we were given to try the Japanese Pannacota. This is a unique find and a must try. I don’t think you’ll ever find any kind of Pannacotta like this in Jakarta. The texture is somewhat like tofu, and it is not that sweet. As for the powder, I think it has a floss like texture and taste, and the entire thing just blends in very well. I liked it a lot.

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With the Japanese chef

Oh, and before I forget… Ippudo is hosting a contest giveaway. You can win a trip to Japan!
Here’s how:

“Untuk merayakan 30th Anniversary of IPPUDO, kami mewakili IPPUDO Indonesia ingin memberitahukan bahwa IPPUDO Indonesia sedang mengadakan kontes “My Ultimate Ramen Experience” dengan hadiah berupa 3D2N ke Tokyo GRATIS!

Pemenang akan menginap selama 3D2N di Tokyo, mengunjungi Ramen Museum, datang ke Annual Tokyo Ramen Show dan makan siang di salah satu store IPPUDO paling sibuk di Ginza, Tokyo.”

How To Join?

  1. Register data diri kamu di www.ultimateramenexperience.com
  2. Makan di storeIPPUDO dengan minimum pembelian Rp 150.000 per struk. Di dalam struk tersebut akan terdapat kode unik.
  3. Masukkan kode tersebut ke akun kamu di www.ultimateramenexperience.com
  4. Kumpulkan 3 kode untuk mendapatkan kesempatan memenangkan kontes ini.

Terms and Conditions:

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Hygiene: ☆☆☆☆☆

Price Range: IDR 160k and above for two people

Location:

Ippudo Indonesia
Pacific Place, 5th Floor
Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 52-53
Jakarta, Indonesia 12190
Phone: (021) 57973339

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Waku Waku Cafe

Although I am a big fan of Japanese food, I’ve never really tasted the food called “ochazuke” before I was introduced to it by Waku-Waku Cafe. Before this cafe opened in Gandaria City I came to their food tasting event where just a few bloggers were invited to test the food. We had a wonderful time discussing the taste, and what to be expected of the restaurant once it opens for business. “Ochazuke” is a term derived from a combination of the words Ocha + tzuke. We all know that Ocha means tea and a thing that mesmerised me is the idea of pouring tea over their food. Basically they introduced me to this Japanese dish where we have to pour the tea over the rice bowl- kind of like what the Westerners would do with their milk and cereal.

Tai Ochazuke

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We were given three sets of Ochazuke. The first was the tai-ochazuke. It consists of raw snapper sashimi- however I guess when you pour the hot ochazuke it cooks the fish slightly. However I still think eating it raw is the best because you get to taste the different flavour it brings. They also serve wasabi, pickles, and cut seaweed by the side.

Salmon Ochazuke
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Secondly, we were given the salmon or sake ochazuke. This dish is rather the typical steamed salmon we taste or can get anytime- but the slight twist of pouring ochazuke makes it yummier and just not your average kind of dish. The texture of the salmon is delicate and you get the nice feeling when you eat it.

Tempura Ochazuke
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Thirdly we had the tempura ochazuke. Needless to say this has got to be my favourite because I love anything that is deep fried. Well you can say that it’s the typical and all tempuras are the same- yes I got to agree with that but tempura poured over hot ocha has to be relatively new and an interesting concept you guys have to try it out.

Chirashi
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Another familiar dish they had was the “chirashi.” I got to say that I really love chirashi because it has all the sweet tuna sashimi and tamago (egg) all over the place. It’s like putting a variety of taste into your mouth and experiencing all sorts of flavour in just one bite. The sushi rice ties in the entire thing and makes the whole thing well made.

For desserts we had, the Matcha Shiratama Amnitsu, Shiki Oriori, Japanese Dorayaki, and mochi with red bean. The desserts all tasted great but my favourite has got to be the Matcha Shiratama Amnitsu because it has a combination of mochi by the side, red bean and matcha ice cream is my ultimate fave!

Matcha Shiratama Amnitsu

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Lastly, the ambience of the place sorts of bring you to feel as if you’re in Kyoto. With the TV panels put on the side showing nature and the greeneries they have there. And with the table setting of just sitting down on the floor makes it very unique.

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Unfortunately, this restaurant will be opened only for two months- so hurry up and visit! Another thing is, their chef used to cook in the Japan embassy.

URL: WAKUWAKU CAFE

Hygiene: ☆☆☆☆☆

Price Range: IDR 50-100k

Location:

Waku-Waku Cafe
Gandaria City- Floor UG (Next to Churreria)
Jl. KH.M. Syafii Hadzami No. 8
Jakarta Selatan 12240
Phone:+62 21 2900 8071

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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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