If you miss your hometown, then… go back! 😀
And I did that last week! I am home!!!! Indonesia….. I am comin’!
I only had 5 days (yes, just 5 DAYS) to spend my precious holiday in my hometown: Bogor. There was Golden Week during May, 3rd -5th. I went back home from 2nd-7th May. Goodbye works… I need my family and foods!
Living for years in Japan makes your tummy a bit picky about foods, couldn’t eat spicy foods… couldn’t eat the un-hygiene one… many things. So, I notice I need to be careful in choosing the foods for the first and the second day.
Because the airline only gave me a tiny sandwich, I end up hungry, and after a long wait of the luggage, I decided to eat one of my favorite version of Nasi Goreng (Fried Rice): Nasi Goreng Teri Medan (Fried Rice with Medan’s Anchovies).
That’s ladies and gentlemen, the real nasi goreng. I love its savory, its pickles, and oh that’s anchovies was the best. If you landed in Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Terminal 2, you could try the “Nasi Goreng Teri Medan” in Solaria restaurant.
It takes around 2 hours from the Airport to my home in Bogor. Although I already eat the Nasi Goreng, I counted that as my lunch. I need my dinner! And at home, my lovely mom already prepare my very favorite food: Chicken Soup. I remember every time I feel unwell or even sad, I always asked my mom to cook chicken soup for me. Some foods taste very good because it brings lots of memories back… perhaps that’s what I feel with my mom’s chicken soup.
After 2 days…
I think I am ready for street-foods!
Ohhhh….. bring all the foods to me!
For breakfast, my mom and my brother recommend me to try “Sosis Solo” (Solo’s sausage, it is ground beef/chicken wrapped with omelet). My mom said it was a “trend” around my neighborhood, like…. everyone going crazy with the sosis solo.
Don’t forget to eat “buras” as the replacement of your rice. It is basically the same rice but “compacted” and become buras 😀 another best thing from buras is, usually it is filled with meat or oncom (fermented soybeans pulp). You couldn’t find oncom anywhere else throughout the world except in Indonesia.
If those aren’t enough, then another choice for breakfast is: Lontong sayur, I don’t know how to translate it into English. I asked Wikipedia for this stuff:
Lontong Sayur: pieces of lontong served in coconut milk soup with shredded chayote, tempeh, tofu, hard-boiled egg, sambal and kerupuk
My brother said that a new lontong sayur stall next to our home made a very good lontong sayur and he said it is his new favorite breakfast when my mother lazy to cook breakfast for him.
Okay! Enough of breakfast, let’s go for lunch!
It is hot in the tropical country, and May is already dry season. I tried a new bottled tea called Caaya: Indonesian tea series. I chose “Vanilla Pandan” taste. The smell was awesome, but as a tea lover, the worst side of Indonesian tea today is IT IS WAY TOO SWEET! arghhhhh…
But still, it is delicious 🙂
A bit disappointed with the tea, we tried to eat some foods… nothing as best as rujak in the dry and hot season. Rujak is traditional Indonesian fruits dishes, we have varies of rujak but my favorite is Rujak Tumbuk (Mashed Rujak). It is easily found anywhere throughout Indonesia, even sometimes the seller will pass your home!
So, tadaaaaa….. here it is.
Rujak tumbuk is delicious because all the taste is mixing very well together. Sweet, sour, spicy, are mixed each other.
After finishing our appertizer, I asked my brother to go to a place with a more savory taste. I remember there is an amazing ayam geprek (smashed chicken) restaurant around, and he agreed to drive me there.
Ayam geprek is fried chicken that already marinade with Indonesian spices then served with delicious sambal (chili sauce). Because both of my brother and I are fried tempe and tofu lovers, so we never forget to also order those.
Don’t ask how delicious it was! I do believe Indonesian foods are all awesome. But, the problem is… the sambal is quite spicy, and all the beverages are NOT FREE! So, I think the price become pricey because you will order more drinks! errghhhh…. typical Indonesian restaurant.
Notice that we already ate too much that day, we agreed to not have a dinner. But in fact, we felt hungry in the middle of the night! Luckily, our favorite mie tek-tek peddler pass through our home. We ran out for that!
Mie tek-tek is just an
ordinary fried noodle, well… you can make fried noodle anytime, you can find fried noodle anywhere. But, let me tell you: MIE TEK-TEK IS JUST DIFFERENT! And even my best friends agreed that one of the biggest mystery in the world is why mie tek-tek taste so different with other fried noodle. Come on! We need an explanation!
There are lots of fried noodle stall around, but if you travel to Indonesia, and want to try genuine mie tek-tek, we recommend you to carefully find a mie tek-tek peddler who stops somewhere just around the corner of the street 🙂 good luck!
So, that’s it my little culinary adventure at home 🙂 hope it inspires you when you visit Indonesia.