Unplanned Breakfast at Kopi Klotok

On our way to Merapi Golf Course, we made unplanned detour to Kopi Klotok, one of the most popular culinary destinations in Jogja. Normally this place is very crowded, we need to queue for sometime to get our food served. Especially its thin-crust fried egg!

So in our pleasant surprise, the place is already open at 6 am, and we were the first customers there! So we had to wait a bit for the dishes to be ready, as they were still cooking! But it was nothing compared to usual queue. In the end, we had very nice breakfast. Breakfast of a champion! (Sarapannya juaraaakkk!! ☺️☺️)

Warung Makan Purnama: Heavenly Delicious Mangut!

Coming back from Borobudur Golf Course, Magelang, we stop for lunch at Warung Makan Purnama. The restaurant has special dishes: “Mangut”, which is one of special dishes in Central Java. It’s difficult for me to describe Mangut, but let me say it’s a spicy-yellow-coconut soup poured into variety of smoked-meat, mainly fish or duck.

I picked their specialty, which is catfish. It comes with pecel (Indonesian salad with peanut sauce), and I also ordered side-dish of dried prawns and roasted egg. Gosh, what a combination I picked. It tastes like heaven! The combination of spicy, sweet and salty. Also the soft meat of the catfish is combined with the crunchy form of dried prawns and crackers. I can say it’s one of the best dish I had this year! No kidding.

I’m sure when I visit Jogja again, I’ll visit this place again with my family. Especially Elok, my wife, she’ll love it!!

Gemblung Golfers Go to Jogja!

Finally what has been planned for years come to reality! Gemblung Golfers golf outing, destination: Jogja.

Arrived in Jogja in the evening, we went straight to Gudeg Permata, a traditional Jogja culinary which is very popular nowadays. And such a pleasant surprise to meet our old friend Andre and Meika there, albeit they come to Jogja for different reason: participating in Jogja Marathon weekend. Should be a hell of fun weekend with these guys!

Breakfast at Nasi Kandar Pelita

Our last day of weekend in KL starts with breakfast in Nasi Kandar Pelita at Bangsar. This Indian mixed Malay restaurant is very popular in Malaysia, and you can find it in almost every corner of the city.

I ordered Nasi Briyani plus fried chicken, while Elok and the kids tried Maggie noodle and roti prata. All is good, and we had a nice, satisfying breakfast.

KGB Burger: As Advertised

It is displayed in this restaurant: “because life is too short to eat bad burger”.

We can’t agree more, but not sure what is definition of “bad burger”. Does McDonalds cheese burger qualifies as bad burger? It’s probably the same question we should ask whether Starbucks coffee is a bad coffee?

I personally don’t think so. As regular customers of McDonalds and Starbucks, I find the convenience of having familiar taste wherever you go is a big plus.

But I also think that KGB Burger, a local burger franchise in KL, does as it’s advertised. It is really good burger. I ordered cheese burger with crispy beef bacon, which tastes really nice. The burger looks big, but actually when you ear them, the meat and the bread don’t full your stomach. So it’s a good portion for me. They also serves truffle fries and wedges with dips, which also tastes great.

When you’re around in KL, and is looking for something a bit different than local specialty dishes or those global players menu, come to this local burger gourmet, you won’t be disappointed!

Ultra Happy in Ultraman Restaurant

My little sister, Chita, who is a permanent resident in KL, has been telling us about this Ultraman Restaurant on the ground floor of her apartment at Damansara, KL. She used to live in our house, so she was kind of witnessing and helping raising Rafif (and Aya). She exactly know how Rafif loved the Ultraman when he was still toddler. So when she heard about the opening of this restaurant last year, the first thing came to her mind was to take Rafif here.

Today that plan came to realization. We took the MRT ride from Bukit Bintang to Damansara, and headed directly to the restaurant. Chita fetched us in TTDI MRT station, and took us to there meeting with her husband, Bona.

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Pantjoran Tea House: A Nice Piece of Heritage

When we had our first ride to Kota Tua, I spotted this place. Located across Glodok electronic centre, it sits in triangle intersection of Jalan Pancoran and Jalan Pintu Besar Selatan. It looks unique, with architecture and layout lent from Batavia old town chinese house.

We stopped by this place for breakfast during our CFD ride. The tea house doesn’t have parking spot for cars, but for bicycle riders they reserves three lanes of bicycle parking slots, which is very convenient for CFD riders like us.

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Late Afternoon Coffee at Cafe Batavia

It’s long weekend, so we have extra energy (and time) to visit places we normally don’t see. Like this Cafe Batavia, a popular cafe in old town of Jakarta, which Elok always love to go.

The old town hall was full of people. I guess many people had the same idea with us. But luckily Cafe Batavia still had seats for us.

We ordered light snacks and coffee. I and Elok both ordered Aceh Gayo single origin, which was nice. The Pempek (fried fish cake) was also surprisingly crunchy and tasty. I guess the cafe is popular not only because of its location in old town, and its unique decoration, but also because of its food and beverages.

Finally we left the cafe having paid quite expensive bill: IDR500k for light snacks and three coffees. Touristy price, we shall say ☺️

Love Binds Us for Quarter of Century

25 years ago we started dating together. Little we know back then, the tie will last for 25 years and branching onto a small family with two kids. If it’s not love that bind us together for quarter of century, I don’t know what else ❤️

We celebrate this special day in Blue Jasmine restaurant at The Maja, near Mayestik. The restaurant has very cozy ambience serving Indo-Oriental food. We ordered grilled chicken and salmon, both are actually quite good. The serving size is quite big, partially explain the rather expensive price. But it’s all worth it for special occassion.

Love you darling, still and always. Here for another quarter of century or more! (Read: till death do us part). Aamiin.