Thursday, June 29, 2017

Sora Croquant Chou: Tokyo Authentic Croquant Chou Landed In Jakarta

 Sora Croquant Chou

Have you ever been to Japan? If the answer is yes, means that you should know this remarkable chou pastry. With thick yet crispy puff pastry and gooey fillings, Sora Croquant Chou was just landed in Jakarta the last couple of days ago.

Specialized in cream pastry, this signature menu took its recipe from Tokyo. In Tokyo, they used a sprinkle of almond on top of chou pastry then stuffed with any fillings, and yes, it is entirely similar here. The whole baking process has also met the Japanese standard with the huge and gigantic oven at the corner. First time I saw this, I immediately fall in love with this small little pastry shop. How about you? :)

 Sora Croquant Chou

 Sora Croquant Chou

Sora Croquant Chou

 Croquant Chou

Croquant Chou

 Sora Croquant Chou


Nestled in Lippo Mal Puri exactly at the top level in front of XXI and Timezone, Sora Croquant Chou comes in petite size dining area. With thematic light bulb and floral decor, each guest might feel the warmness of this venue. Nevertheless, the warm hospitality from each staff would lead you to another level of dining satisfaction. I visit them on Sunday (PH), and it is very packed with people. There is an unstoppable crowd right there, and people keep on joining the line. Just make sure you come at the right time like mid afternoon or mid-evening to avoid the long line of individuals.

 Croquant Chou

Croquant Chou

 Croquant Chou with Nutella

 Croquant Chou with Nutella

 Croquant Chou with Nutella

 Croquant Chou with Nutella

Start with the best-selling item called Croquant Chou with Nutella (IDR 20,000 / S$ 2,60 / piece). Featuring the nicely baked pastry shell with an almond crust; stuffed with Nutella cream. In fact, it tastes better than it looks! That pastry shell is unbelievably crispy and thick which I never found anywhere else in Jakarta so far. Also, that Nutella cream is naturally sweet and gooier. Just have it while it warm for the best experience. Therefore, one piece is never enough.

 Croquant Chou with Vanilla Ice Cream

 Croquant Chou with Vanilla Ice Cream

 Croquant Chou with Vanilla Ice Cream

Another iconic menu they got is Croquant Chou with Vanilla Ice Cream (IDR 20,000 / S$ 2,60 / piece). Featuring an ice cream sandwich using that crispy and buttery pastry shell. What I love the most from this item is that vanilla ice cream which is sweet and not quickly melts. At first, I did not expect for a perfect marriage between ice cream and cream pastry. But, in the end, I need to admit that I just love this. No wonder many customers always come to Sora Croquant Chou to order this menu. Perhaps, I will get my second piece soon! :)

Camembert Cheese Ice Cream

 Camembert Cheese Ice Cream

If you are an ice cream folks, this new item might entertain you much called Camembert Cheese Ice Cream with Cone (IDR 20,000 / S$ 2,60 / piece). For some people, camembert cheese might sound new, because it is rare to used in Jakarta. Camembert cheese is soft, creamy, surface-ripened cow's milk cheese which is originally from Normandy, in northern France. Then, when it comes in the form of ice cream? I need to admit; this item is must try! It's fluffy, soft, and a bit of sweet. Just take a quick snap for it since it comes in a gorgeous presentation.

 Sora Croquant Chou

Sora Croquant Chou is a perfect destination for best Japanese pastry in town. I never expect a small pastry shop can sell that addictive dessert for my liking. Just try whatever you like since it tastes so good.

Sora Croquant Chou
Lippo Mall Puri @ The St. Moritz, Lantai 1
Jl. Puri Indah Boulevard Blok U No. 1
Nearest area: Puri Indah, Kedoya
Operational Hours:
10.00am - 10.00pm (Everyday)
Instagram : @soracroquantchou




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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Gocha Gocha: Japanese Style Hotplate with Affordable Price

 Gocha Gocha

After Pantai Indah Kapuk, Kelapa Gading also becomes the trendiest neighborhood for a culinary adventure. Around the area, gastronomes might find an authentic local or maybe international delicacies in the very reasonable price tag. Without cutting its quality and quantity, Gocha Gocha serves Japanese style hotplate in very generous portion but still affordable.

Established in mid quarter of 2016, Gocha Gocha is founded by young blood called Vincent and his colleagues who just finished his undergraduate study in Singapore. Attempting to establish their own business, this triplet works hard behind the kitchen and finally comes out with this label. Even though they did not get any culinary background, it does not means they cannot serve good food all the time. In fact, Gocha Gocha served more than 100 customers each day. Even it could be more than that during PH and weekend.

 Gocha Gocha

 Gocha Gocha

 Gocha Gocha

Gocha Gocha

 Gocha Gocha

Nestled in Perumahan Danau Sunter, this brand is quite hidden from city sights. All you need to do is track them using Google Maps or Waze and let them navigate it properly. Entering the venue, you might see a very minimalist dining area with hawker style table settings. There is a small food cart in the front and only cashier at the sides. Just call the waiter and place your order immediately for faster respond. It could take more than 10 minutes per menu to be served right in front of you.

 Salmon and Chicken Pepper Rice with Egg and Cheese

 Salmon and Chicken Pepper Rice with Egg and Cheese

 Salmon and Chicken Pepper Rice with Egg and Cheese

Start with the crowd pleaser menu called Salmon and Chicken Pepper Rice with Egg and Cheese (IDR 49,000 / S$ 5,50). Featuring the Nicely grilled salmon and chicken cube with sunny side up and cheddar cheese. To boost up the flavor, just add three tablespoons of garlic sauce and two tablespoons of brown honey sauce. It will balance all the sweetness and saltiness from each element. Also, that cheese is the absolute winner since it wrapped all items in one spoon. Do expect for juicy, tender and creamy sensation since all is there. Also, be careful with the plate because it is piping hot!

 Beef Pepper Rice with Egg and Cheese

 Beef Pepper Rice with Egg

Beef Pepper Rice with Egg and Cheese (IDR 43,000 / S$ 4,90) is also delicious and straightforward. Using the finest slice of beef results in juicy sensation as common. If you ask me to compare with the previous menu, for sure, I will choose that one since it comes with more meat. However, for those who love beef, this menu could be your mood booster for the night.

 Steak Pepper Rice

 Steak Pepper Rice

 Steak Pepper Rice

I do impress with the Steak Pepper Rice (IDR 49,000 / S$ 5,50) which comes in excellent presentation and pure flavor. That meat is fork tender, and when you bite it, it will just melt in your mouth. Usually, they served this with delicious and thick curry sauce. However, it has been sold out during my visit that time. In the end, I just used the garlic sauce and honey butter sauce for the replacement, and it still tastes good as it looks.

For the beverage, they sell some Iced Black Currant Tea, Iced Tea, or even Coca-Cola. Just ask the waiter for the availability during your visit.

 Gocha Gocha

Gocha Gocha is the best decision to enjoy Japanese hotplate at very affordable price. All menu comes in a generous portion and minimalist settings. Give it a try for Salmon and Chicken Pepper Rice or Steak Pepper Rice together with extra cheese and egg for the best experience.

Gocha Gocha
Jl. Danau Agung 2 No.73
Nearest area: Sunter, Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta
Operational Hours:
6.00pm - 11.00pm (Everyday)
Instagram: @gochagocha.id




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Monday, June 26, 2017

Kayu Manis Baked Goods: Cinnamon Roll Specialists

 Kayu Manis Baked Goods

Last couple of years, it is pretty difficult to find a good cinnamon roll in Jakarta. This mandatory British dessert is just available in a specific cafe or even fancy Western restaurants. I do admit that I am a big fan of cinnamon roll nowadays. Since I was living in Singapore last year, I always tend to get my box of cinnamon roll for breakfast or even afternoon tea snack. Luckily, for those of you who are living in Jakarta, the most delicious and affordable box of the cinnamon roll can be found nowadays in Kayu Manis Baked Goods.

 Kayu Manis Baked Goods

 Kayu Manis Baked Goods

I got a small talk recently with the owner and heard that Kayu Manis Baked Goods were founded in 2015. The idea behind this bakery is baking with passion. There is a certification of perfection on every single piece of cake here, and yes, all are made fresh upon order, and no preservatives added. As I am expecting a better quality of cake nowadays, this brand new label meets my standard. Let's take deep insights! :)

There are four different flavors they got for the sweet version including Original, Raisins, Creamcheese, and Nutella. Therefore, original still my favorite one.

Original Cinnamon Roll

 Original Cinnamon Roll

Original Cinnamon Roll is the iconic menu of Kayu Manis Baked Goods. It is sweet, fluffy, and moist. I can taste the strong cinnamon flavor of it and more sugar as well. Apart from what it tastes, the presentation also well maintained and nice. It is quite small but fulfilling. That is why you need one dozen of it.

 Original Cinnamon with Cream Cheese

 Original Cinnamon with Nutella

 Original Cinnamon with Nutella

Also, they give me two dipping sauce to get paired with that Original Cinnamon Roll including Cream Cheese and Nutella. Both dipping sauce is great depending on your preference. Personally, I love the Nutella one since I am a Nutella guy! :)

 Beef Cheese Rolls

 Beef Cheese Rolls

Beef Cheese Rolls

For the good version, you might like to try the Beef Cheese Rolls. Featuring the nicely rolled cake with smoked beef and mozzarella cheese; stuffed with cream cheese. Never expecting this menu could be that good at first! The meat texture is just tender and bit of crispy that goes well with the cream cheese for extra moistness. Meanwhile, that cake still soft and pillowy. You might enjoy this with a cup of coffee or tea in the morning.

 Kayu Manis Baked Goods

Kayu Manis Baked Goods is one of the greatest cinnamon roll vendors in Jakarta. All menu they served is pretty consistent and taste delicious. Plus point it still affordable and good looking. Just place your order via GOFOOD or Tokopedia. Also, online purchase via WA or Line is just available down below.

Kayu Manis Baked Goods
Online Home Made Baked Goods 
Delivery area: Jakarta, Bogor, Tangerang, Depok, and Bekasi (Based from Bintaro)
Email: kayumanis.bg@gmail.com / Line: @kayumanis.bg
Delivery day: 
Monday - Saturday (OFF on SUNDAY)




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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Suwar Suwir: Indonesian Shredded Chicken

 Suwar Suwir

Indonesian food always is my favorite food. It is not because I am Indonesian (It is true!), but more likely about flavor and texture that you cannot find anywhere else. Indonesian food is always known for its strong flavor and unique texture. Spicy, sweet, and salty all in one bite. In case you are looking for the authentic one, Suwar Suwir could be your next destination.

Established in 2016, Suwar Suwir is a new F&B venture that specializes in Indonesian shredded chicken. Ranging from ayam sambal matah to ayam bumbu keluak, everything is set in tasteful settings. The humble owner and store manager always take care your order correctly and greet every customer with a smile. Plus point every menu is just affordable. I completely recommend you to try this! :)

 Suwar Suwir

 Suwar Suwir

 Suwar Suwir

Nestled in Grand Indonesia Shopping Town exactly at Food Hall area, this brand owning a tiny kiosk at the front. Luckily, they are associated with the food court area, so each guest can just dine in and find any seats available there. Getting much closer to the stall, you might see a menu display and simple rules to place your order. Just choose any package that you like (either dine-in or take away), then choose your preferred meat, and end up with a choice of rice (either yellow or white rice). Straightforward and clear.

 Suwar Suwir

 Sapi Cabe

Ayam Combrang

 Ayam Srondeng

 Ayam Matah

Choice of meat including Ayam Sambal Matah, Ayam Betutu, Ayam Combrang, Ayam Srondeng, and more. Top two menu for me is the Ayam Sambal Matah and Ayam Srondeng. Both is pretty salty and quite spicy.

 Nasi Cikur with Ayam Sambal Matah and Sapi Pedas

 Nasi Cikur with Ayam Sambal Matah and Sapi Pedas

 Nasi Cikur with Ayam Sambal Matah and Sapi Pedas

Some of you might see on my Instagram Story earlier about this menu, and yes it is called Nasi Cikur with Ayam Sambal Matah and Sapi Cabe. Featuring the tamarind and coconut rice with moist shredded chicken, tender beef, and corn fritters; served with rich sambal matah. The real star on that plate is that meat. It's perfectly marinated and fork tender. Paired with that fragrant rice and chili, this menu is worth every penny.

 Nasi Ayam Sambal Matah

 Takeaway Box

 Lunch Box

 Lunch Box

They also served all menu intake away from the box. Specially designed with broad wings and low heights, you will gain a beautiful, fulfilling meal every time you visit them. Nevertheless, you still can modify your box of goodness by adding/removing any element that you like/dislike. Definitely satisfying.

 Ayam Matah in a Box

They also sell all of those meat is plastic container. Either 50gr/100gr/more is all available in different prices. Kindly ask the staff for more info.

For the beverage, they only sell canned drinks and mineral water. Because the concept is a fast meal for the professional, so no wonder, every menu looks as minimalist as it supposed to be.

 Suwar Suwir

Suwar Suwir is a perfect destination for a local delicacy, especially shredded chicken. All menu taste good and a bit spicy, but, it is pretty satisfying. Even the price is just reasonable for me.

Suwar Suwir
Foodhall at Grand Indonesia
Jl. M.H. Thamrin No.1
Nearest area: Sudirman, Thamrin
RSVP: (+62) 817 871 899




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