Monday, February 2, 2009

Bubur Ayam (Chicken Rice Porridge)

Although people are saying breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but I usually don't have breakfast except in the weekend.

But then last week, a colleague told that there's a very delicious Bubur Ayam (Chicken Rice Porridge. Trans: Bubur = Porridge, Ayam = Chicken) near to the office, thus out of curiousity, I gave it a try..... and....


*rolling the drums*


Yup, it's true... it's yummy... :)

This is a common cart of Bubur Ayam on the street that you can find easily here in Jakarta in the morning.


The vendor is preparing the "take - away" Bubur Ayam.


Toppings for Bubur Ayam

From left to right (in the plastic jars): mustard green pickle (tong cai), fried soybeans, fried shallots, chopped celery leaves.


Sauces for Bubur Ayam
From left to right: Salty soya sauce, Chicken oil & broth, Sweet soya sauce, Chilli peanut sauce

The step by step preparation:
1. Pour the porridge into the styrofoam box.

2. then pour the chicken oil & broth and salty soya sauce.

3. Pour the sweet soya sauce.

4. Put the Kerupuk (sago chips) and Emping (malinjo chips)


5. Add slices of Cakwee (yaotiao/ yau char kway) and chopped celery leaves


6. Then fried soybeans and tong cai (mustard green pickle)


7. The final touch, chicken on the top :)


1 box of Bubur Ayam costs Rp. 6.000
(currency rate:
1 U$ = Rp. 12.000
1 RM = Rp. 3.300
)

104 comments:

  1. What a unique version of chicken porridge I've never seen b4, it looks good!

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  2. noobcook: must be because the chicken isn't mix together with the porridge but as the topping instead, right? :)

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  3. Well, under all those toppings, where did the porridge go??? I'm kidding. It looks delicious, but I would have it for lunch or a very very late breakfast, as I like sweet porridge in the morning :)

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  4. livie: Hahaha... yeah.. kinda look that the porridge is disappearing somewhere else coz' of all those toppings on it.

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  5. heather: And tasted also yummy ;)

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  6. Hey Selba, thanks for dropping by my page the other day. Yeah, I was in Jakarta and Palembang once and I love the stalls dotted around the cities...
    Appreciate your posting of the good food in Indo, I wish to be there again soon to savour them!!

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  7. adel: hi Adel, nice to see you in here and welcome to my blog :)
    Let me know if you come to visit Jakarta again!

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  8. Wow, this is interesting! I've never seen a porridge that had so many toppings on top on it. There must have been many contrasting flavors and textures I am suspecting. Looks good though!

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  9. i like the cart!!! so cute ;)!!!
    but look oily worrr...??- frm the first pic.. it is tat oily?

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  10. rice porridge is always so comforting :)

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  11. eattraveleat: absolutely right! A lot of flavors and textures! From smooth and tender until the crunchiness :D

    thenomadgourmand: Oh.. no.. not very oily coz' the chicken oil/fat is cooked together with the chicken broth.

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  12. Nice nostalgic stuff. The cart is so elaborate. Lots of different types of sauces and condiments!

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  13. worldwindows: Hehehe... frankly speaking, I wasn't aware that Bubur Ayam need so many sauces and condiments until I took the preparition steps for making it :D

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  14. Kinda of fusion porridge to me! It is 1st time I see this type of cart at the road side.

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  15. very delicious looking.
    selby, maybe next time can do a conversion to US$ also so international readers can relate.
    this is an excellent blog.
    simple conversion. don't worry about the day's rates.

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  16. Quite intersting, bet it tasted wonderful. The photo leads me to believe that it is.

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  17. The ingredients are more than the porridge itself, haha LOL.

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  18. Now I don't see the bubur with so many toppings... haha. But this did look rather yummy. :)

    http://crizfood.com/

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  19. What a huge meal. The flavors and textures look and sound amazing.

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  20. C'mon Selba,
    Let's hit that cute food stand and get some Bubur Ayam!I love unusual culinary pairings!

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  21. Thank you so much for comment and I LOVE your blog. Rice pudding is my absolute favourite thing ever! YUM! :)

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  22. food for tots: Hehehe… definitely like fusion porridge if it’s compared to those congees in the restaurants. When you come to Indonesia, you will see a lot of this type of chart.

    mistipurple: Thank you for the suggestion, Misti! Sometimes, I put the U$ and Ringgit Msia conversion rates. I will add the conversion in this post.

    donna-ffw: Hi Donna, welcome to my blog! I’m so glad that my photos can lead you to imagine how yummy this chicken rice porridge taste

    little inbox: Yes, indeed! It's more like eating toppings with porridge, rather than eating porridge with toppings! Hahaha….

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  23. criz lai: Hahaha… too much toppings but seriously that what make the bubur so yummy ;)

    pam: Actually, the toppings make it looks like huge meal ;) People here in Indonesia will consider eating this chicken porridge as a snack because they haven’t eaten rice, they think that they haven’t had a proper meal and still feel hungry :)

    nazarina a : Sure! Let’s get some bubur! Hehehe…

    Vanessa: Thanks, Vanessa! :)

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  24. how do u even manage to dig in to the porridge?? theres so many layers of topping!

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  25. joe: Hahaha... You want to know how I eat my chicken porridge? I just mixed it altogether which didn't look appetizing at all but still yummy ;)

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  26. I love porridge/congee..and luckily, there are lots of restaurants serve a good congeein HK !!

    Thanks for your comment on my blog anyway..

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  27. pepsakoy: Hi pepsakoy, welcome to my blog :)
    You are lucky! Hehehe... I think living in Hongkong is like living in the food's paradise, so many delicious food!

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  28. Thanks for stopping by my blog. The wings were good, but they probably PALE in comparison to that delicious chicken porridge. Mmmm, my mouth is watering, and I don't even know what all the ingredients are!

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  29. mica: Hello Mica, nice to see you in here!
    You know what? I think your chicken wings would be a great combination with this porridge ;)

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  30. That looks like a good wholesome meal. Indonesia has so much variety when it comes to street food.

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  31. laveena: You are right! A lot of variety of street food because of so a lot variety of food and regions :D There are more than 13.000 islands in Indonesia.

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  32. Thanks for stopping by my blog- I really enjoyed your post- I would love to taste that chicken porridge. It is such fun to see how breakfast is done in other lands. I am really not a breakfast eater but this would work great for lets say brunch!

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  33. Very interesting! Sort of similar to the Japanese breakfasts, but yet unique.

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  34. I've never seen chicken porridge made like that before! I'm so excited to find your blog because I lived (and am currently staying temporarily) in SE Asia too and many of your foods ring fond memories for me!

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  35. very interesting. never had bubur with keropok before. and chicken oil & broth? sounds aromatic and smooth! ;D

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  36. Hi Selba - Thanks for your comment on my blog! Let me know if you try the recipe. Seems like you've got a lot of cooking action going on over here too. :-)

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  37. I am continually astonished by the richness and variety of Indonesian foods. Amazing!

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  38. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm always amazed that people like this can make such yummy food in so small a space. (and I complain about the size of MY kitchen!)

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  39. very unusual way to take away by using lunch styro-box.

    we at here using bowl type with cover you know afraid of spilling.
    and some still use a old way plastic bag.

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  40. Can't beat the flavors of street food.We make chicken porridge with wheat.The rice and chicken combo looks simply delicious:)

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  41. OOh, wish I had one of those food carts near me.

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  42. That looks so good and I don't even know what half of it is!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, I hope you'll come back :-)

    Autumn sayd hi!

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  43. susan: Hi Susan, welcome to my blog! So glad that you enjoyed my post, please come again :)

    shantanu: Yeah.. a bit similar to the Japanese congee but they are using the salty soybean sauce and put pickles on it. The chicken rice porridge here has sweeter flavor :)

    burp and slurp: Hello burp and slurp, thanks for dropping by my blog! Where are you living right now? Have you been to Jakarta or Indonesia before?

    nic: Must give it a try when you are visiting Jakarta :)

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  44. sweetandnatural: Hi sweetandnatural, welcome to my blog! Yes, I definitely will let you know how it goes when I try to make your peanut butter apple muffins recipe :)

    history of greek food: Hehehe… there are so many variety of Indonesian food, even me as an Indonesian, still need to explore more.

    joie de vivre: Thumbs up for the vendor who can work in a very tiny space and prepare a lot of chicken porridge :)

    pisang goreng: Is it a take must to return the bowl back again to the vendor? Too bad, a lot of vendors here in Jakarta are still using styrofoam-box which of course isn’t friendly to the environment.

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  45. yasmeen: Hahaha.. you are absolutely right! Not so sure why street food’s flavors tasted much better than the ones in restaurants.

    jessica@foodmayhem: Hello Jessica, welcome to my blog! Aren't there a lot of hotdog charts in your area? Yumm... I like hotdog :D

    monica h: Hi Monica, welcome to my blog! Definitely, I will visit your blog again :)
    oh... and please, send my hugs to Autumn!

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  46. Mmm if I ever visit Indonesia, I'm gonna look for this! :)

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  47. This looks great, love all those chips!

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  48. how to eat a cupcake: that's a great choice for breakfast! ;)

    sara: you will love the crunchiness of chips in the soft smooth texture porridge :)

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  49. Gosh, that doesn't look like porridge at all! More like a rice congee paste? Interesting.. I had lived and travelled in Jakarta and Bandung for a year and never tried this before!

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  50. I love bubur and can have this either for breakfast, lunch or dinner. :)

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  51. no selba......

    it is stryo type bowl and some use plastic container

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  52. WOW I've never seen bubur ayam served that way. THIS IS SO AMAZING. Makes me want to go back to Indo... *sniff*

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  53. wow it bubur ayam paking like tat one ah !!! cool ah !!! y tat time g2 medan dint c it ?!

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  54. life for beginners: Rice congee paste? Hahaha… Next time, when you come to Jakarta again, don’t forget to give it a try, it’s yummy! ;)

    jo: Me too… me too… :) Bubur is a nice meal, you don’t feel too little nor too much of eating it.

    pisang goreng: Oh I see… so it’s styro bowl and plastic container. I hardly see styro bowls here in Jakarta.

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  55. jesse: No kidding!!! Hahaha… There’re so many carts of bubur ayam on the streets in Jakarta. Yeah... Time to come back to Indonesia! ;)

    faye fly: You gotta come to Jakarta and I'll buy you a bowl of bubur ayam, hehehe…

    jessy and her dog Winnie: Sometimes, one bowl wont be enough ;)

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  56. erin: Hi Erin, welcome to my blog :)

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  57. this food is so new to me - I would love to visit and learn the good from the bad

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  58. doggybloggy: It would be a great experience if you can visit Indonesia and try all kind of food in here :)

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  59. I love chicken porridge...I've never seen it with the chips though. Celery Leaves are a nice touch...the flavor must go so well.

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  60. gastroanthropologist: yes, the celery leaves gives the nice aroma to the chicken porridge :)

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  61. There's so much toppings you can't even see the porridge! Looks really delicious though.

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  62. Thanks for stopping by my blog Selba and leaving such a kind comment. It's nice to "meet" you! What a unique and interesting blog you have! Really enjoyed spending some time here this morning. I will be back to visit often. :)

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  63. What an interesting and healthy breakfast. I would love to try this.

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  64. Looks wonderful! And I love that wooden cart, I want one for my deck!

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  65. Wow, I have never had anything like this before!! Very neat--looks quite tasty as well :)

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  66. haha, you've never heard of eggplasta pudding because it's my own creation! you'll find it in my blog archives...I love it, it's my favorite dinner meal~
    I live in America, but am currently in Singapore, where I'm gonna stay until May. Yup, I've been to Jarkarta before...but when I was really really young so don't remember much about it!

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  67. I've never seen porridge like that before. Looks delicious and the topping variety is impressive!

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  68. Great post, love the toppings! Would love a link to it from our site Foodista.com.(This will direct Foodista readers to your blog - great way to build traffic) Here's how you can create inbound links from our site Check it out here. Thanks!

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  69. pigpiscorner: Hahaha… yeah, you are right! The toppings are too much but that the best part of the porridge ;)

    andrea: Hi Andrea, welcome to my blog. It’s nice to see you in here. Thank you for your compliments and please do come back again :)

    katherine aucoin: It’s quite easy to make this chicken porridge by your own actually :)

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  70. natashya: The wooden chart is certainly beautiful; I even believe this chart is the nicest one that I’ve seen on the streets so far because usually the vendors like to paint their charts with bright colors which doesn't look nice.

    tavolini: hi TavoLini, welcome to my blog! Yes, it tasted very yummy :)

    burp and slurp: Oh… so it’s your own creation! No wonder! Hahaha… Looks yummy though! You should visit Jakarta again, especially that it’s been a long time since your last visit and it’s near from Singapore ;)

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  71. maria: It tasted yummy too ;)

    apples and butter: Hello apples and butter, welcome to my blog! Yup, the toppings definitely made the chicken porridge impressive and also yummy :)

    desmone007: Hi Desmone, thank you for stopping by my blog and introducing your foodista. I will check it out later.

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  72. Hi Selba..Thnaks for the visit n Comment..Pls be around..:)..Ghee is nothing but clarified butter dear..
    You have a wonderful blog..I liked many of the recipes here,n some i am not very familiar with..:)..But then thats the culinary tradition that varies with places...n fun..:)

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  73. varsha vipins: Hi Varsha, nice to see you in my blog and thanks for the compliments, please come again :)
    Ah.. now I remember what ghee is, it's made from water buffalo's milk, right? Not so sure whether I can find it here in Indonesia.

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  74. Wow that looks tasty, and all for 50 US cents! I love little street gems like this and wish we had more of them here in the US.

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  75. norecipes: Hello there, welcome to my blog! Yes, it's quite cheap and also yummy :)

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  76. Wow that is amazing! I bet it's really yummy.
    Thanks for stopping by at my blog - yours is excellent!

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  77. jan: Yes, it's really yummy, sometimes you can't get enough with one bowl :)

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  78. Hi Selba! Thank you for stopping by my blog! Just looking around yours and I can't believe all the unique foods featured on here. So interesting and delicious!

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  79. I have truly enjoyed visiting your blog. I love Asian food - having lived in Asia for 6 years! - and your pictures and descriptions brought me back there. Thank you!

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  80. wao... the dishes and the topping is actually more that the porridge. For our place here, usually bubur ayam are sold in the hongkie restaurant instead the cart by the road side, again there are some which are very nice at the coffee shop.

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  81. thininspired: Hi Thininspired, welcome to my blog! Hope to see you around in here again :)

    a world in a pan: I'm really glad that my blog brought your memory of the food in Asia. Which country in Asia, did you live before?

    steven goh: Hahaha.. yup, true.. the toppings are more than the porridge. Hongkie restaurants are well known for their dim sum and porridge, right?

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  82. Your blog is so interesting! The breakfast looks really good with so many layers.

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  83. Thanks for the comment on my blog! It's good to know that food blogging has worked out for you despite what your friends think about it. Have a wonderful day!

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  84. 1st time see the take away bubur in those foam container, tot that was for rice food take away only :P

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  85. I've never seen chicken congee served like that before! there's so much stuff on it! Here in Vancouver, it's a simple dish: plain congee with tender slices of chicken and sometimes mushrooms. There's usually slivered ginger and scallions there too and perhaps a few peanuts, but never all of that stuff! We order our yau jaa gwai separately and it's sliced into huge chunks to dip into the jook. It's sometimes eaten on its own like a doughnut. All the toppings you have outweigh the congee and that can't be bad in my opinion!

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  86. lynda: Hi Lynday, welcome to my blog and thank you for you compliment :)

    kiki: Hello Kiki, nice to see you in here :)
    Well, sometimes (closed) people around us might not understand or supportive with what we are passion about, but then it doesn't make us to stop from it especially if it gives us positive effects, you understand what I meant, right? *wink*
    Have a wonderful weekend!

    mimid3vils: Hahaha... sytrofoam boxes are multi functional ;) Here in Jakarta, not only for rice and porridge, but also for take-away noodles.

    cakebrain: Ah.. that's interesting how the congee is being served in Vancouver (i.e: the mushroom and slivered ginger).
    Here in Indonesia, yau jaa gwai is usually eaten with sweet sour red chili sauce :)

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  87. That looks delicious! I love congee - and I would be delighted if I could get that on my way to work. I do prefer a savoury breakfast.

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  88. burp and slurp: *high five* :D

    foodycat: Hi foodycat, welcome to my blog! A savoury breakfast is definitely good to start a day :)

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  89. I still don't dare to eat from these carts lah. Abit takut leh. H kept on saying that he wants to buy one of those BAKPAUs from the stalls...but I said better not lor...Donno where they get the water to make the BAKPAU leh....

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  90. Eh..btw, one day we should meet up.
    :-)

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  91. Never had chicken porridge, but this looks interesting and very good.

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  92. nomadicmom: Frankly speaking, my mom also has the same issue like you about street food. She concerns very much about the hygiene. Well, so far, I'm still ok from eating those food from the streets ;)

    Oh.. yes... sure! I like the idea to meet up :D

    mediterranean turkish food: Chicken porridge is really good especially eaten for breakfast :) Is there any chinese restaurant near you where you can find and try the chicken porridge?

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  93. Mang, a bowl of buryam with lots kerupuk, emping and cakwe, please :D

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  94. indonesia-eats: Cominggggg!!! Plus extra sambal on the spoon :D

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  95. Street food is amazing in any country! Looks very appetizing :)

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  96. olga: Hi Olga, welcome to my blog! Yes, it's always interesting to see street food in any countries :)

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  97. ah, i miss bubur ayam yang pake kuah kuning gitu.. udah lama sekali engga makan bubur ayam yang kayak gini

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  98. vina: Hi Vina, one of the best part adalah kuah kuningnya yang bikin enak! ;)

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