Saturday, July 22, 2017

Bakso Malang and Batagor Atan: Comfort Food At Its Finest

 Bakso Malang and Batagor Atan

As a proud Indonesian who love local food more than anything else, I would travel anywhere to find the best bakso malang and batagor in town. Bakso malang and batagor are originally from Malang and/or Bandung. Both menus is a type of street food that never faded away and keep on growing until now. The rise of young entrepreneurs like Leo and Nathan, his colleague, has successfully brought the authentic local food into the next level. Therefore, those guys are the founder of Bakso Malang and Batagor Atan or simplified as Atan Food.

Established in 2016, Bakso Malang and Batagor Atan is classified as a new baby in the market. Specialized in Bakso Malang (Indonesian Meatball Soup) and Batagor (Deep Fried Fish Cake with Peanut Sauce), guest can mix-and-match any ingredients into one plate. Siomay (Siumay), Pangsit Goreng (Fried Wonton), Tahu Isi (Chewy Beancurd stuffed with Meat), Bakso Urat (Handmade Meatball), Bakso Goreng (Fried Meatball), etc. is part of those ingredients which are freshly made daily without any preservatives and food coloring. Do expect for the beautiful and nice texture of meat like no other here. 

Bakso Malang and Batagor Atan

Bakso Malang and Batagor Atan

Bakso Malang and Batagor Atan

Having three outlets citywide, this is the pop-up shop in Mal Taman Anggrek. There is no iconic element here unless the food gallery itself. With beautiful stacks of bakso goreng, pangsit goreng, and more, each guest might be caught mouthwatering all the time. Also, they only have two staffs here, no wonder if the queue would never get a stop.

 Bakso Malang

 Bakso Malang

 Bakso Malang

 Bakso Malang

Bakso Malang

 Bakso Malang

Star with the crowd pleaser menu called Bakso Malang. Featuring the full bowl of bakso goreng, pangsit goreng, tahu isi, and siumay; bathed in rich chicken stock. It's crispy, meaty, and packed with flavor. Perhaps, the real star on that bowl of goodness is just everything! Each element got a different taste that surprisingly delicious and stunning. With that hot soup, you might feel a true complexity between crispiness and wetness. Nevertheless, it remains warm until the last bite of it. Must try.

 Batagor

 Batagor

 Pangsit Goreng

 Batagor

 Batagor

Batagor is another signature menu collection by Atan Food. Featuring the deep fried fish cake in the form of wonton, dumplings, a mixture of meat; bathed in gooey peanut sauce. Once you taste it, you might feel the perfect crunchy texture at first followed by the sweetness and creaminess from that peanut sauce. The best thing behind this menu is that fish cake which got less oily but meatier texture. Just have it while it warm for the best experience.

 Bakso Malang and Batagor Atan

Bakso Malang and Batagor Atan (Atan Food) is one of the outstanding examples of young entrepreneurs who preserve the authentic taste of local food, even elevate it to new heights. Either Bakso Malang or Batagor, both menu is right regarding flavor and texture. But, personally, I do recommend you to try the Bakso Malang which is warm and comforting. It is rainy outside, and I think you need this more. How do you say? Just let me know your comment after taste this! :)

Bakso Malang and Batagor Atan (Atan Food)
ITC Mangga Dua (Lantai 2A No. 29)
Jalan Mangga Dua Raya No.43
Nearest area: Ancol, Pademangan, North Jakarta
RSVP: 082160443787
Operational Hours:
10.00am - 10.00pm (Everyday)
Instagram: @atan.food




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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Tom Tom Kitchen: New Menu Launching

 Tom Tom Kitchen

It is a while since I visit Tom Tom Kitchen before moving to Singapore. During that time, I still remember the most authentic taste of Thai cuisine that they prepared right in front of me. With over 30 menus available, I never get bored with this venue until I bring more people here to convince them that Tom Tom Kitchen is seriously amazing.

Now, Tom Tom Kitchen finally comes up with new menu. 4 years establishment that never lies and survives over the test of time. Tom Tom Kitchen is a sister brand of Suan Thai, a well known Thai restaurant since 1990's. Without removing the nuance of white elephant culture, Tom Tom Kitchen offers you a well clean and classic signature Thai cuisine in a modern way. Let's take a peek! :)

 Tom Tom Kitchen

 Tom Tom Kitchen

Nestled in Grand Indonesia Shopping Town, Tom Tom Kitchen has been moving to a new spot at level 5 of this building. Previously, they are located at level 4 with smaller space, and now getting a better and unique venue at the corner. Stepped inside the venue, you might see a charming and eye catching Thai decor with huge statue and chandelier. There is a VIP room as well that can accommodate 10 - 15 people at the same time. With this new face, the whole dining experience would be elevated. Even the atmosphere is comforting and warm enough to stay a bit longer.

 Tom Tom Kitchen

 Tom Tom Kitchen

I visit them on Friday, and many customers join the crowd. There is a huge energy there while I am waiting for my food to come. However, it is all worth at the end.

 Yam Som O

 Yam Som O

It is better to start with something refreshing like this Yam Som O. Featuring a freshly peeled pomelo with fresh cut cucumber and mango; bathed in sweet and sour sauce. It is simple, delicious, and light. For sure, the real star on that bowl of appetizer is the pomelo itself with a touch of that sauce. You might share this with two people since the portion is quite generous.

 Tom Zaap Neah

 Tom Zaap Neah

If you are looking for something hot and spicy, Tom Zaap Neah could be your right decision to make. Featuring the fork tender beef meat; bathed in sweet and sour soup. I quite skeptical when looking at this menu but once I taste it, it surprisingly satisfying. The balanced flavor of that soup is not overpowering the plate while that meat remains tender even after 30 minutes of feasting. Definitely, must try.

 Kung Op Wun Sen

Nevertheless, Kung Op Wun Sen comes in exceptional flavor and fantastic presentation. Featuring the perfectly cooked clay pot prawn with juicy meat and fresh herbs. Not as tasty as I expected, but fragrant. Also, the freshness of that tiger prawn is just incredible. You just won't believe until you taste it! :)

 Pla Sam Sien

Pla Sam Sien

 Pla Sam Sien

Honestly, I never saw this kind of menu in Jakarta. Pla Sam Sien is a stir fried wide noodle; bathed in gooey sauce. Our locals called this as Kwetiauw siram, and yes, it tastes unbelievably delicious. The presence of Bok Choy, Mushroom, and Fish has elevated the whole flavor of it. You might expect for the strong wok hei aroma since it is all there. But still, the real star of this dishes belongs to that wide noodle (kwetiau) which is chewy and fragrant.

 Tom Yam Haeng

Ever heard about stir fried tom yum seafood? If you are not, make sure to try this Tom Yam Haeng. It's simple, aromatic, and addictive. Personally, I never see this kind of menu in Jakarta, and now I am so glad to find it one. However, the portion is too small, and the chili is not that spicy. I do expect for more heat for my liking.

 Mee Krob

The best menu from the list is here. Mee Krob is a stir fried glass noodle with chili and various spices. Once you taste it, you can feel the stickiness of that sauce together with the crispiness of that noodle. Overall, it feels as good as it looks. But, if I come for another round, I would like to ask for an additional omelet on top. It will be perfect to be paired with this menu. 

 Khao Pad Poo

Khao Pad Poo is also stunning. Featuring a simple stir fried rice with succulent pieces of crab meat that will remind you the real taste of Thailand street food. Not as tasty as I imagine, but still delicious.

 Chicken Wing

 Chicken Wing

Still not enough? This golden Chicken Wing might be your last order. The lightly battered on that wing add another dimension of crispiness and crunchiness for your palate. Also, the presence of basil leaf has affected the whole flavor of it. Quite delicious but not my favorite.

Hot Thai Tea

For the beverage, I might recommend you to try the Hot Thai Tea instead of the iced one. It will desaturate the oily and meaty texture after feasting that meal. Another beverage might be found on the menu.

 Tom Tom Kitchen

Tom Tom Kitchen is one of the most anticipated Thai restaurants in Jakarta. Overall, the whole menu is just delicious and pretty satisfying. Nevertheless, it comes in a gorgeous presentation. Just bring your family here and treat them well. Enjoy! :)

Tom Tom Kitchen
Grand Indonesia Shopping Town Level 4
Nearest area: Sudirman, Thamrin, Central Jakarta CityIndonesia
Operational Hours:
10.00am - 10.00pm (Everyday)
Instagram: @tomtom.kitchen




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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Tsurukamedou Jakarta: Unspoken Ramen House in Jakarta

 Tsurukamedou Jakarta

Not only in Singapore, but also in Jakarta, I would travel for noodle. I need to admit, I already consume more than 300 bowls of ramen in my life and keep on increasing until now. In fact, ramen house in Jakarta is not that much like in Singapore. Only a few authentic ramen house available and not all of them taste as good as I expected. Luckily, Tsukuramedou exists.

Established in 2013, Tsurukamedou is originally from Niigata, Japan. They have eight outlets in Japan and keep on expanding. My fellow food critiques already visit this venue and classified them as the best ramen house in town. After I check them out, I do verify that statement. Perhaps, they are not only the best but also the most authentic ramen in Jakarta so far.

Tsurukamedou Jakarta

 Tsurukamedou Jakarta

Nestled in Taman Ratu Kemuning exactly opposite Papa Mama Coffee & Bakery, Tsurukamedou owning a small dining area with welcoming ambiance. Inside the venue, you might see a wooden furniture with an open kitchen at the back. It is simply minimalist from my perspective but quite strong in Japanese touch. What impressed me a lot is the humbleness from each staff that greets every customer with a smile. However, they never too packed with people. I visit them on weekdays and only several tables being occupied.

 Tonkotsu Ramen

 Tonkotsu Ramen

Start with the crowd pleaser menu called Tonkotsu Ramen (IDR 54,500 / S$ 6,05 / Regular). Featuring the silky smooth noodle with juicy slabs of charsiew and half boiled eggs; bathed in creamy pork broth. Just look at that beautiful noodle strand which is tasty and tad soggy. Once you slurp it, you can feel the perfect thickness of that noodle which just melts in your mouth. Even that meat is fork tender as well. Delicious.

 Dry Ramen

Dry Ramen

 Dry Ramen

They just launched a new menu called Dry Ramen (NEW), a similar item like the previous list but they just separated that soup with the noodle. There is two way to enjoying your noodle: dip, bath, or either way. I strongly suggest you dip it like Tsukemen which add a bit of fun part for your meal. In fact, I just realized the original portion of noodle bowl in Tsurukamedou is quite big and generous. Therefore, it will fulfill your tummy properly.

 Buta Chahan

 Buta Chahan

If you didn't like ramen, then get this beautiful Buta Chahan (IDR 38,000 / S$ 4,40). Featuring the Japanese style stir fried rice with egg, charsiew cube, and spring onion. The winning element for this menu is the rice itself which is fragrant and salty. There is a strong wok aroma there and a little bit of spiciness from that extra chili oil. Worth every penny.

 Buta Gyoza

 Buta Gyoza

 Chicken Karaage

Still not enough? Chicken Karaage (IDR 39,000 / S$ 4,50), a perfectly battered chicken tender with mayo sauce or Buta Gyoza (IDR 38,000 / S$ 4,40), a handmade Japanese dumpling with minced pork filling could be your last choice. Both items are simple but packed with flavor. Nevertheless, it still affordable as well.

For the beverage, I never expect for something unless Cold/Hot Ocha which is only refreshing and naturally fresh. They sell other canned drink but depends on the availability. Do ask the waiter for more details.

 Tsurukamedou Jakarta

Tsurukamedou Jakarta is one of my favorite ramen house in town. All the noodle dishes are delicious, good looking, and satisfying. Even the side dishes itself taste better than it looks. You must try this! :)

Tsurukamedou Jakarta
Jl. Ratu Kemuning Raya Blok A2 No. 8A
Nearest area: Green Ville, Kedoya, West Jakarta
RSVP: 021 56940712
Operational Hours:
11.00am - 10.00pm (Everyday)
Instagram: @tsurukamedoujkt




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