Sunday, July 17, 2011

Tukang Sari Tebu (Sugar Cane Juice man)

Sugar Cane Juice is called as Air Tebu or Sari Tebu in Indonesia. It's quite easy to find the vendors selling it on the streets or also in the big malls. I like to drink it. Cold and sweet... Ah, it's so refreshing on a hot day. Definitely, it will quince the thirst :)

This is how the vendor get the fresh sugar cane juice.

Using a press machine
The extract of sugar cane juice need to be strained

It's ready in the drink container.

Refreshing!!! *slurp*

1 small plastic bag of sugar cane juice cost Rp. 2.000
Currency: 1 USD = Rp. 8.500

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Tukang Kue Cubit (Pinch cake man)

Kue cubit is one of the famous traditional snacks that easily to find on the street! Cubit means pinch in Indonesia. I think the reason why it's called as Kue Cubit (pinch cake) because of the small size and people have to pinch it while taking and eating it :)

Kue cubit with granulated chocolate (sprinkles) on the top.

To make kue cubit, you need the kue cubit's steel pan. It's available at the traditional markets in Indonesia.
The ingredients:
3 eggs
150 gram sugar
50 gram margarin
1/8 tsp vanilla powder
200 ml water

in a bowl:
1/2 tsp baking soda
300 gram flour
1/2 tsp salt

Beat the eggs and sugar until it becomes volume and thick, then pour the mixed flour gradually. Slowly add and stir the margarine, vanilla and water. Leave the batter for 60 minutes until it becomes frothy. Coat the steel pan with margarine. Pour the batter to the heated steel pan until 3/4 height of each mould. About 5 minutes, the kue cubit is ready :)

Another version of kue cubit is kue laba-laba which resemble to spiderweb (translation: laba-laba means spider).

Kue Cubit Laba-laba

Making the spiderweb pinch cake:

Kue Cubit
1 piece cost Rp.800
(currency 1 USD = Rp. 8.500)

Friday, July 1, 2011

Pioh Tim (Sea Turtle Soup)

My friend told me, "Make sure that you will not be late tomorrow! We have to be at 7 am sharp at this place or if not, the Pioh might already be sold out. Believe me, it's the best place in town that served Pioh." (note: Pioh means sea turtle)

Thus, this morning before 7 am, I was in the Chinatown Jakarta - also known as Glodok, to meet my friend.

My friend brought me to this small alley, then I saw a street vendor of Pioh. First, I thought we were going to buy the Pioh from this vendor but instead of ordering, my friend walked directly inside a small restaurant behind the Pioh's street vendor.

The place looks like an old school restaurant.

I heard that their ice coffee (Kopi Es) is delicious but I didn't give it a try.

There are 3 types of Pioh soup: Pioh Tim (Sea Turtle soup), Pioh Tauco (Sea turtle cooked with fermented soybean) and Pioh Obat (Sea turtle cooked with Chinese herbal medicine)

Preparing the sea turtle meat in the bowls.

Topped with generous of coriander leaves.

The soup is clear, light, briny with the nice aromatic of garlic oil. The sea turtle's meat tasted similar to tender pork and there are parts of the sea turtle that tasted like chewy jelly.

A bowl of Pioh Tim (Sea turtle soup) with a bowl of white rice and Chinese fried bread stick (cakwe/you tiao) plus chili sauce cost Rp. 42.000.
Currency: 1 USD = Rp. 8.500

The review and opinion expressed here are purely according to my personal taste. There's a possibility that the taste of the food might change later on, which could affect the review and opinion here. I also affirm that no monetary or non-monetary compensation has been received from this restaurant for writing this review.
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