Saturday, December 3, 2016

Bangkok Culinary Trip, Day 1

We were supposed to meet up at the meeting point at Soekarno Hatta the latest at 7.30. I am late *sigh*. Its all because I forgot to bring my camera memory card. I was so panic back at the car that day, I can't believe I forgot one very important thing. So I have to stop over at some mobile phone store to buy any memory card available. They have some types but all was without wifi, So I cannot transfer my pictures to my handphone at all. Really really bad news. 

When I finally arrive at the airport, I rushed myself to the meeting point, and found out that most of the participants were already there, including the legendary Pak Bondan Winarno. To meet him in person is such an honour. And to travel and doing the culinary trip with him is a blessing for me. He is a very humble and full of knowledge person. I admire him right away! 

left to right : Reza, Didit, Kadek, Bu Dame, Pak Bondan, Dina, Eliza, Sherlya, Jeje, Mba Sella, dan 2 perwakilan dari TX Travel

After all the participants complete, we took group picture and heading for check in. While waiting, the 2 cameramen, Kadek and Dahny interviewed us. Oh so nervous. I used to hide behind the lens, just like them! I took food photos almost everyday, its me behind the lens, not the other way around.  

We took Garuda direct flight to Bangkok, it's an approximately 3.5 hours flight. 

After a quite brekkie time,  some of us sleeping, watching, reading or whatever to keep us busy. And I don't exactly remember on what time that was, we bumped into a turbulence. It is quite scary to feel the plane jostle and jolt seeking the right altitude. It feels like the plane has dropped for I don't know how many feets. 20? 50? 100? I can't tell. All I remember is the butterfly on my stomach when that happens. And after a few super tense minutes, thank you, God, we arrive at Suvarnabhumi airport in one complete piece 😁.

We were picked up by a tour guide named Ari. He is very warm and friendly, and surprisingly he speaks Indonesian well even though hes never been to Indonesia. As we walk and take a look around the airport, we saw a booth that was crowd with tourists, Ari told us that the booth selling Thailand sim card with internet access. We directly take a que and pay for 299 baht for Thai sim card with 1.5 gigabyte internet access. They activate the sim card in no time, I texted my family right away, to let them know that I arrived in Bangkok safely.

The bus provided by the travel agent was clean, big and comfy. I think its a bit too big for our small group btw, but the bright side is, you don't have to feel awkward with your seatmate or anything. You have two chairs all to yourself.  The bus' window were huge , it gives me clear view of Bangkok traffic  jam (yes, traffic jam!) and also the scenery. Tall buildings, fly over over fly over, Crowded housings, beautiful building with colorful roofs, just like Jakarta! But I found Bangkok a bit cleaner and more organize. Maybe because I only see a very small part of Bangkok? I don't know. The weather  was quite friendly that time, it was not too sunny. 

Our first stop is : 

Kalapapruek Resto

We ate red curry roast duck, which is very delicious. Eventhough the appearance looks a bit intimidating (red and thick), it was not that spicy for us Indonesian. But the combination of chili flakes (eventhough the level of spiciness is low) and coconut milk really can cause you a lot of trouble with your digestive system. But, my friends, #noworrywithdiatabs.

Som Tum or Thailand papaya salad, it is refreshing with the dominant sour taste. 
To be honest I ate the better version of it.

The third menu is fried tiger prawn in tamarind sauce. 

The place looks small on the outside. But actually quite spacious on the inside. And it has this beautiful and delicious corner that makes me drool...rows of cakessss! Pies! Sweets and more baked goodies! Oh help me God. I suddenly miss my kitchen and my oven *a real baker problem*. 

A little behind the scene while we were shooting at Kalapruek, pic taken by Dina. Thanks for the pic, roomate 🙏

Btw, check out this youtube link for the Video of Day 1 Bangkok Culinary Trip. Awesome!

And here we are in front of Kalapapruek with the legendary Mr. Maknyus 😁

5 winners and Mr. Maknyus :)


Grand Palace, Wat Arun, and Wat Po

Sawasdee ! Left to right : Dhani, Boris, Kadek, Reza, Pak Bondan, Bu Dame, Mba Salli, Rifky, Sherlya, Didit, Jeje, Liza, Dina, picture courtesy : Didit

We don't go inside the Grand Palace, only took few group photos and move to our next destination, Wat Arun by boat. The rain was drizzling that time, so we took a little run all the way to the boat yard. 

can't help not to take picture of this cute building

on our way to the boat yard

Wat Arun or Temple of the Dawn has a very different architecture from any other temple in Bangkok. When we arrived, the temple was still under renovation. You can see alot of woods/pipes covering it from afar. But, it cannot cover the beauty of the details when you take a closer look. Porcelaine, beautiful and colorfull drawings really amazes me.

And then we hurriedly walk to Wat Pho, still walking distance, but the rain is dripping harder at that very moment. I got a headache instantly. I guess age does matter,
eh? After buying the tickets, we took off our shoes and get the blue plastic prepared by the caretaker and put our shoes inside. I didn't bring any lense other than my fix 50mm lens, so it is hard to take a pic of the sleeping Budha. 

Our next schedule is heading to Old City area, there is a Pad Thai vendor famously known for their authentic and delicious padthai. Too bad the place was closed. So we tried the next door padthai vendor instead, the taste is quite decent. Btw, In front of Thip Samai Padthai, you can find an orange juice vendor, you all gotta try it. It is quite expensive, 180 baht/bottle. But it is really worth the price. Super fresh with generous orange pulp. Very recommended! 

After fulfilling our tummy needs, we went to Khaosan Road. This destination gives me chill. Wanna know why? Because we are going to eat bugs! *going pale* *and then faint*. Please wake me up when the show is over. 

This part of trip I want to erase from my head. Especially the part when i cried and shaking in front of the camera. No acting required! I am really freakin scared to death with all those bugs. I mean......Sorry i am speechless here. Thanks God they erase the scene. Based on Pak Bondan explanation, the Thai eat bugs in order to satisfy their hungry tummy and the need to eat healthy and high protein food with a little money to spend. Still, that is not enough to build a sudden interest with bugs (for me). Okay, since this topic is nothing i wanna discuss with, lets just fast forward to hotel scene.

So it was late, everyone is tired, its time to throw ourselves to our comfy pillows and bed at The Davis, Sukhumvit. See you on day 2 *waving excitedly*

Travel tips: 
1. If you want to visit the temples, make sure you are dressed properly. Nothing too open or too short is allowed. So forget your spaghetti strap or ultra short jeans, put on your cardigan instead. 
2. If you use DSLR or mirrorless camera, make sure to bring the right lens. You'll get much trouble with fix 50mm lens like mine. 
3. Use comfy sandals or sneakers. Don't try to wear your favorite sexy-hi heels. You might get your leg sprained, especially if you  have to face the unpredictable weather like us. 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Tuna Sambal Matah and Bangkok Culinary Trip to Thailand with Mr. Bondan Winarno and Diatabs

Good Morning!

Some of you might already know that I won an instagram contest from Diatabs, and the prize is a fortune! Culinary trip to Bangkok!!! Can I scream my uber-high pitch-out of this world-kinda scream? Prepare to close your ears, peeps. Hahaaaha. Anyway, the truth is, the moment I found out that I won, I was confused, can't believe it. I it really true??

It was my dear friend, Ayu, who informed me about this contest. That was the last day of submission and I am running out of time. I have tried to look for some old pics that suitable for the contest, but came up with nothing. So I open my fridge, and do the best effort I can give with whatever ingredients available. After screening through every corner, every drawer of my refrigerator, I decided to make sambal matah. It is well known as a special sambal from Bali. That was not my first time making sambal matah, in fact it is one of my favorite sambal and I make it quite often .
Here is the pic that I submitt to the contest. Not bad rite?


12 thai red chili
10 shallots
2 garlic
3 kaffir lime leaf, remove the cord
2 lemongrass, peel and use only the tender white part.
1/2tsp shrimp paste, toasted
1/2 sdt salt
Pinch of sugar
1 tbsp lime juice
4 tbsp oil
1 can (128gr) tuna in oil
  1. Thinly slice the chili, shallots, lemongrass, garlic, and kaffir lime leaves
  2. Add lime juice, salt and sugar. 
  3. Heat oil in a frying pan, put the shrimp paste and with the back of a spoon, mashed the shrimp paste until all combined with the oil. Turn off heat
  4. Pour the mixture of oil and shrimp paste to the chilies. Add the tuna chunk. Mix well. Ready to serve.

A little behind the scene story,  I was in a hurry during the photoshoot, it was a bit late in the afternoon, not much sunlight left. Like a bad dream for every foodphotographer who use natural light and very depending on the availability of sunlight like me.  So i got to make it quick, and somehow my camera remote was nowhere to be found. So i use both my hands to do the action. My right hand to pick up the spoon, while my left hand click the camera shutter. It was a very acrobatic experience. At the end, the result is worth every single effort. Touchdown Thailand, for free! Thanks to Diatabs!

Do you guys want to know what we're doing when in Bangkok? Please read my story of our 3 days 2 night Bangkok Culinary Trip on the next posts 😁

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Jamuan Samudra, Restoran Seafood Enak di Jakarta Selatan

Yang suka seafood coba angkat tangannyaaaa......!

Saya yakiiiin banget pasti banyak nih yg angkat tangan. Kita semua tau, Indonesia merupakan negara maritim penghasil seafood. Dan selain seafood, tau juga kan kalo dulu kita dijajah karena kekayaan rempah-rempah? Sampai ada sebutan "spice trail", karena negri kita menjadi jalur perdagangan rempah kelas dunia.

Naaaah sebelum saya cerita lebih lanjut tentang hubungan antara seafood dan rempah2, saya mau tanya dulu. Apa sih pertimbangan kamu dalam memilih tempat makan seafood? Apakah karena bahan yg fresh, pilihan menu yang beragam, bumbu yg mantap, tempat yang nyaman, atau adakah alasan lainnya? Kalo saya nih emang rada rewel urusan tempat makan. Syaratnya banyak, pertama, makanan harus tasty dan berasa bumbunya. Kalo yg bland gitu saya biasanya langsung ilfeel. Kedua, harganya berbanding lurus dengan rasa dan kualitas, hmmmm kalo rasa gitu-gitu aja terus ternyata pricey, males kaaan? Trus syarat berikutnya adalah tempatnya yang nyaman, lebih ok lagi kalo yang instagenic, hehe. 

Jadi minggu lalu ketika saya diundang ke Jamuan Samudra, saya bertanya2, kira2 seperti apa tempatnya? Semoga sesuai harapan. Susah dicari ngga ya? 
Ternyata posisi Jamuan Samudra ini strategis dan mudah banget dicari. Kalau biasanya tempat makan seafood itu di Jakarta Utara. Naaah Jamuan Samudra tempatnya di daerah Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan, persis di depan SMK 6. Gampang kan? Alternatif buat para seafood lovers untuk makan di restoran seafood enak di Jakarta Selatan. Saya kesitu mengandalkan waze dan gak menemukan kesulitan sama sekali. 

First impressionnya, homey banget. Kamu bisa liat di foto-foto yang saya ambil. Deretan kursi-kursi dan meja kayu yang bentuknya mirip2 kursi makan di rumah kita, hiasan dinding yang berbau tradisional, dan sentuhan motif batik. Nyaman dan adem diliatnya. Sepertinya interiornya sengaja dibuat seperti rumah seseorang, supaya semua tamu yang datang merasa betah dan welcome. Ruangan juga cukup spacious, bisa memuat hingga 150 orang. Disertai 2 ruang private yang bisa berfungsi sebagai ruang meeting. Buat kamu2 (dan saya) yang gak bisa jauh dari socmed, jangan khawatir, wifi tersedia kok  👌🏽

Chef Sururi dan Selamet
Selain perkenalan dengan perwakilan dari Jamuan Samudra, kami juga diperkenalkan ke Chef Sururi, pengalaman beliau yang sudah lebih dari 14 tahun memasak hidangan laut ini menghasilkan menu-menu yang unik dan mouthwatering. Kepiawaian beliau dalam memadukan rempah-rempah membuat masakannya disukai oleh banyak selebritas, termasuk Pak Jokowi. Jadi kalau kita bicara mengenai rasa, seafood Jamuan Samudra ini, megaaang banget enaknya. Acara kemarin juga dilengkapi dengan sharing dari mas Bayu Epicurina dengan tema "Perkembangan rempah-rempah dan hidangan laut Indonesia".

Sekarang waktunya kita icip2 makanannya. Kami mencoba beberapa jenis nih. Ada kepiting asap, kepiting lada hitam, udang bakar, cumi telur asin dan ada tumis daun dewa.

Enjoy the pictures!

Ini dia kepiting asap yg kabarnya disukai sama Pak Jokowi. Kepitingnya merupakan jenis Kepiting Bakau (scyla serrata) yang dibudi dayakan di Papua. Dagingnya benar-benar lembut dan gurih. Menu ini juga mengikuti standar Peraturan Menteri Kelautan dan Perikanan, terkait dengan ukuran berat yang boleh diperjualbelikan. So sustainable 😉. Bumbu kepiting asap ini amat meresap dan benar2 full of spices.

Yang ini namanya Bawal Bintang Bakar Bumbu Kuning, ikannya berasal dari budidaya laut kepulauan Batam dan Riau dan dimasak dengan 32 jenis rempah! Selama dibakar, ikan dioles dengan campuran 32 rempah tersebut sebanyak minimal 8 kali, supaya rasa benar2 meresap.

Kepiting lada hitam

sayur daun dewa

Hidangan lainnya juga tidak kalah nikmatnya. Susah dijelaskan dengan kata2, kamu harus coba sendiri deh. Naaah karena udah makan berbagai jenis hidangan laut, jangan lupa makan sayuuuur. Kemarin kami nyoba Sayur Daun Dewa, yang dipercaya bisa mengobati rematik, stroke dll. Rasanya juga enak dan tidak overcooked 👌🏽

Jadi buat yang bingung nyari tempat makan enak di Jakarta Selatan, udah tau dooong mau kemana? Yuuuk kita ke Jamuan Samudra 😋

Acara ini terselenggara atas kerjasama Jamuan Samudra dan Indoblognet - MB Communication.

Jl. Prof Joko Sutono, No 21
Petogogan, Jakarta Selatan