Go Indonesia All about traveling & living in Indonesia. http://www.lunch.com/goindonesia <![CDATA[Mango Quick Tip by woopak_the_thrill]]> Mango rules!]]> http://www.lunch.com/morsel/reviews/musician/UserReview-Mango-271-1397405-209685.html http://www.lunch.com/morsel/reviews/musician/UserReview-Mango-271-1397405-209685.html Fri, 1 Jul 2011 18:34:11 +0000 <![CDATA[Coconut Quick Tip by woopak_the_thrill]]> http://www.lunch.com/morsel/reviews/food/UserReview-Coconut-271-1430061-209683.html http://www.lunch.com/morsel/reviews/food/UserReview-Coconut-271-1430061-209683.html Fri, 1 Jul 2011 18:23:02 +0000 <![CDATA[Tofu Quick Tip by BaronSamedi3]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/food/UserReview-Tofu-1310402-208502.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/food/UserReview-Tofu-1310402-208502.html Thu, 9 Jun 2011 17:24:49 +0000 <![CDATA[Pecel Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> http://www.lunch.com/goindonesia/reviews/food/UserReview-Pecel-142-1429636-206656.html http://www.lunch.com/goindonesia/reviews/food/UserReview-Pecel-142-1429636-206656.html Sat, 30 Apr 2011 16:53:06 +0000 <![CDATA[Bali Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/d/UserReview-Bali-1437075-206654.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/d/UserReview-Bali-1437075-206654.html Sat, 30 Apr 2011 16:21:04 +0000 <![CDATA[Sate Padang Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> http://www.lunch.com/goindonesia/reviews/food/UserReview-Sate_Padang-142-1421049-206653.html http://www.lunch.com/goindonesia/reviews/food/UserReview-Sate_Padang-142-1421049-206653.html Sat, 30 Apr 2011 16:17:43 +0000 <![CDATA[Jackfruit Quick Tip by Sharrie]]>
In Thailand, Jackfruit has been dried and processed into Jackfruit chips which is a great snack if you like it sweet!]]>
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<![CDATA[Jambu Air (wax/water/love apple) Quick Tip by Sharrie]]>
Since it's Prince Andrew & Kate Middleton's wedding today, this is certainly the fruit of the day!!!]]>
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<![CDATA[Mango Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> http://www.lunch.com/goindonesia/reviews/musician/UserReview-Mango-142-1397405-206568.html http://www.lunch.com/goindonesia/reviews/musician/UserReview-Mango-142-1397405-206568.html Fri, 29 Apr 2011 02:50:29 +0000 <![CDATA[Garuda Indonesia Quick Tip by Sharrie]]>
Clearly, the airline does not have as good a reputation as its neighboring airline, Singapore Airline. However, the pilots of Garuda are well trained in familiar terrains and navigates better than any other foreign airlines when it comes to the domestic routes. A Silk Air flight to Sumatra once crashed while on the same route less than an hour later, the Garuda flight landed safely!

I've taken Garuda Indonesia a few times in my younger days and have always been impressed with the skill of its pilots who managed to touch down the aircraft nicely without a big bang like some in the US do! Having said that, many foreigners don't have confidence in this airline though.]]>
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<![CDATA[Nasi Goreng Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> http://www.lunch.com/lifeinchina/reviews/food/UserReview-Nasi_Goreng-140-1429669-205665.html http://www.lunch.com/lifeinchina/reviews/food/UserReview-Nasi_Goreng-140-1429669-205665.html Mon, 11 Apr 2011 09:05:44 +0000 <![CDATA[Amanjiwo Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> Borobudur, the largest Buddhist monument in the world. Provided that money is of not of great concern! Otherwise, a spa experience at this resort would be excellent too!]]> http://www.lunch.com/goindonesia/reviews/d/UserReview-Amanjiwo-142-1669696-193913.html http://www.lunch.com/goindonesia/reviews/d/UserReview-Amanjiwo-142-1669696-193913.html Thu, 18 Nov 2010 15:23:59 +0000 <![CDATA[Amanusa Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> http://www.lunch.com/goindonesia/reviews/d/UserReview-Amanusa-142-1669695-193912.html http://www.lunch.com/goindonesia/reviews/d/UserReview-Amanusa-142-1669695-193912.html Thu, 18 Nov 2010 15:08:22 +0000 <![CDATA[Amandari Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> http://www.lunch.com/goindonesia/reviews/d/UserReview-Amandari-142-1669694-193911.html http://www.lunch.com/goindonesia/reviews/d/UserReview-Amandari-142-1669694-193911.html Thu, 18 Nov 2010 14:59:27 +0000 <![CDATA[Amankila Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> Bali. I have the fortune to visit it when it was first launched, back then in early 90s. The resort is not in the touristy areas of Bali, hence, it's far away from the maddening crowd. The best part of it is that it overlooks the ocean and with private pools in each of the beach houses. That was way too cool back then. Imagine, even today, the concept of having your own pools in your backyard and the visionary illusion of it stretching as far as the oceanI was totally awed!

Official Site: http://www.amanresorts.com/amankila/home.aspx]]>
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<![CDATA[Mount Merapi Eruptions (2010) Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> A380 (flight from Sydney) exploded midair last week. Luckily the flight landed safely in Singapore since the other 3 Rolls Royce Turbo engines were still working. 

Volcanic ashes from the Eruptions of Eyjafjallajokull in Iceland grounded air traffic in many European countries earlier this year but luckily no human casualties. The Mount Merapi Eruptions have already killed more than 150 locals!]]>
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<![CDATA[Mount Merapi Eruptions (2010) Quick Tip by Sharrie]]>
Major airlines from Singapore have cancelled all flights to Jakarta on Saturday (Nov. 6) due to ashes from the eruptions.]]>
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<![CDATA[Limeade Quick Tip by albertgrande]]> http://www.lunch.com/thericetable/reviews/food/UserReview-Limeade-44-1414784-66575.html http://www.lunch.com/thericetable/reviews/food/UserReview-Limeade-44-1414784-66575.html Fri, 16 Jul 2010 02:28:35 +0000 <![CDATA[ Mango Goodness]]>
One thing that's interesting about sliced mango is that if you leave it in the fridge overnight it will turn into a texture similar to carrots.  If you like carrots, try it.  If you dislike carrots, try to eat your mango right away and do not let it sit in the fridge.

For more information about eating a health Raw Food diet, visit my blog; http://reallyrawraederle.blogspot.com/

Mangos are now often called 'super fruits.'  This is kinda misleading.  All raw vegetables and fruits are super.  The sooner you eat them from the time they are picked, the more super they are.  The enzymes inside fruits and vegetables begin to die as time goes on after they're picked. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Mango Quick Tip by Raederle]]> http://www.lunch.com/HealthyLifestyle/reviews/musician/UserReview-Mango-108-1397405-57507.html http://www.lunch.com/HealthyLifestyle/reviews/musician/UserReview-Mango-108-1397405-57507.html Tue, 1 Jun 2010 23:15:36 +0000 <![CDATA[Coconut Quick Tip by Raederle]]> http://www.lunch.com/HealthyLifestyle/reviews/food/UserReview-Coconut-108-1430061-57498.html http://www.lunch.com/HealthyLifestyle/reviews/food/UserReview-Coconut-108-1430061-57498.html Tue, 1 Jun 2010 23:10:10 +0000 <![CDATA[Croquette (Kroket) Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> http://www.lunch.com/thericetable/reviews/food/UserReview-Croquette_Kroket_-44-1432562-56541.html http://www.lunch.com/thericetable/reviews/food/UserReview-Croquette_Kroket_-44-1432562-56541.html Tue, 4 May 2010 09:55:04 +0000 <![CDATA[Acar Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> http://www.lunch.com/thericetable/reviews/food/UserReview-Acar-44-1436185-56540.html http://www.lunch.com/thericetable/reviews/food/UserReview-Acar-44-1436185-56540.html Tue, 4 May 2010 09:51:28 +0000 <![CDATA[Durian Quick Tip by Sharrie]]>
One man's poison, another man's meat (or profit? ;-)). It's the smell, baby, the smell!!! Best to take a glass of salt water after Durian as it is quite 'heaty'! Do not drink wine with Durians. It will kill. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Emping Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> http://www.lunch.com/thericetable/reviews/food/UserReview-Emping-44-1429635-55919.html http://www.lunch.com/thericetable/reviews/food/UserReview-Emping-44-1429635-55919.html Mon, 12 Apr 2010 02:47:25 +0000 <![CDATA[Pecel Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> http://www.lunch.com/thericetable/reviews/food/UserReview-Pecel-44-1429636-55918.html http://www.lunch.com/thericetable/reviews/food/UserReview-Pecel-44-1429636-55918.html Mon, 12 Apr 2010 02:44:49 +0000 <![CDATA[Indonesian Pop Songs Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> http://www.lunch.com/formusic/reviews/musician/UserReview-Indonesian_Pop_Songs-146-1414700-55912.html http://www.lunch.com/formusic/reviews/musician/UserReview-Indonesian_Pop_Songs-146-1414700-55912.html Sun, 11 Apr 2010 09:14:40 +0000 <![CDATA[Mango Quick Tip by ariajuliet]]> http://www.lunch.com/thericetable/reviews/musician/UserReview-Mango-44-1397405-54856.html http://www.lunch.com/thericetable/reviews/musician/UserReview-Mango-44-1397405-54856.html Fri, 12 Mar 2010 18:23:31 +0000 <![CDATA[Bulgari Resort & Spa Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/hotel/UserReview-Bulgari_Resort_Spa-1441113-54848.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/hotel/UserReview-Bulgari_Resort_Spa-1441113-54848.html Fri, 12 Mar 2010 17:32:21 +0000 <![CDATA[Tofu Quick Tip by Chilis_Driver]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/food/UserReview-Tofu-1310402-54810.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/food/UserReview-Tofu-1310402-54810.html Fri, 12 Mar 2010 03:43:37 +0000 <![CDATA[Pondok Laguna Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> http://www.lunch.com/thericetable/reviews/restaurant/UserReview-Pondok_Laguna-44-1441001-54734.html http://www.lunch.com/thericetable/reviews/restaurant/UserReview-Pondok_Laguna-44-1441001-54734.html Thu, 11 Mar 2010 15:22:34 +0000 <![CDATA[Mango Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> http://www.lunch.com/thericetable/reviews/musician/UserReview-Mango-44-1397405-54645.html http://www.lunch.com/thericetable/reviews/musician/UserReview-Mango-44-1397405-54645.html Wed, 10 Mar 2010 05:37:41 +0000 <![CDATA[Durian Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> http://www.lunch.com/thericetable/reviews/food/UserReview-Durian-44-1397572-54644.html http://www.lunch.com/thericetable/reviews/food/UserReview-Durian-44-1397572-54644.html Wed, 10 Mar 2010 05:35:40 +0000 <![CDATA[ A Good, Darker Medium Roast Coffee]]> I’ll be honest, before trying their Henry’s Blend I had never drank Seattle’s Best coffee before. Seattle’s Best bills its Henry’s Blend as a “medium roast” coffee. Upon first opening the bag however, the aroma and the color of the beans gives the impression of a dark roast. The aroma especially is almost like that of a French roast. I ground the beans, put some water on to boil and got out my Melitta Perfect brew to give it a try. Verdict?  I really like this coffee. It is much richer and bolder than one would expect from a medium roast blend. Seattle’s Best advertises this blend as having a nutty sweet taste. You can detect the nutty influence but not so much the sweetness which suits me just fine. In spite of the fact that it smells much like a French roast you can only detect a very slight smokiness to the flavor. This coffee has a taste that is much bolder and richer than most medium roast coffees. For this reason, people who tend to prefer light roast or normal medium roast may be put off by the flavor. I tend to prefer darker roast so Henry’s Blend makes a great everyday coffee for me.]]> http://www.lunch.com/goindonesia/reviews/food/UserReview-Seattle_s_Best_Coffee_Henry_s_Blend-142-1439265-19088-A_Good_Darker_Medium_Roast_Coffee.html http://www.lunch.com/goindonesia/reviews/food/UserReview-Seattle_s_Best_Coffee_Henry_s_Blend-142-1439265-19088-A_Good_Darker_Medium_Roast_Coffee.html Mon, 1 Mar 2010 18:36:46 +0000 <![CDATA[ Century Egg Congee]]> devora: "Congee is my favorite sick day food". Ahhh, the poor girl is down with food poisoning recently, so I thought, hmm, perhaps a congee review? 

It is true, for some reason, that's what brought to mind for me too! I do not particularly like congee but this is quite a typical food to be given when one is sick in Asia. I hate this as a child when I was sick, all I want was beef balls ;-) Now, when I am sick, I don't want congee either; but, abalone might just do the trick, hehe...

Commonly known as porridge in Asia (congee is probably an American "slang" for porridge?), it is actually a Chinese dish as far as my memory serves me. After having spent a few years in China, I'm even more convinced of this. I've never seen more congee/porridge restaurants anywhere else!
Zhou (粥) or Xifan (稀饭) is the Chinese term for congee. Bubur is Indonesian & Malaysian term. Chok is Thai which incidentally sounds very Cantonese. Lugaw is its Tagalog term. In Japan, it's known as Okayu.

Generally, it's the simplest thing to cook, if you know how to cook rice. Even for an idiot 'chef' like me, I can manage congee pretty well. As long as I remember I've congee on the stove, that is! But to make life easier, the wonder of technology has rendered some rice cookers congee cookers too! Especially those made in Japan & those sold in China. Cooking congee is an art though. You need patience to cook a good bowl of congee. This applies even to the restaurant chefs! If you have tried a few congee places in either Hong Kong or Shanghai, you'd know to differentiate the good ones from the bad. 

For those living in San Francisco & L.A. or Toronto & Vancouver, you're in luck. There are lots of congee places and you'd have plenty of opportunities to try them. I like Toronto's Congee Wong which serves real good congee. My favorite is their Kidney & Liver Congee! Yum!

Now, I'm not asking you to simply try a bowl of plain congee. That's only for sick people, as far as I'm concerned. Sick as down with some flu and not perverts, if you know what I mean ;-)
The Chinese are great with cooking, even something as simple as congee is really not that simple if they wish to sell them in restaurants. Hence, many restaurants have come up with a huge variety of flavors, including abalone & scallop congee.

Cantonese Congee

What I'd like to review is not those fancy congee but a very regular (though not so regular if you're not Chinese) congee which is served almost anywhere that serves congee & that's the Century Egg & (Lean) Pork Congee (Pidan shourou zhou,皮蛋瘦肉粥). Have you ever heard of Century Egg? Nah, it doesn't take that long to lay the egg! 

Century Egg (Pidan in Chinese, 皮蛋) is preserving duck egg by wrapping it within a mixture of ash, clay, salt, lime & rice hulls for weeks. During the preserving process, the egg yolk becomes dark green (almost black) with a tint of ammonia while the egg white turns jelly like as pictured. Century eggs can be eaten without any cooking. It is best with slices of pickled ginger. It is served as cold dish in Shanghai with some chilled tofu. As far as my knowledge goes, only Asians like this (& not all of them either). So, you truly have to be gutsy to try this! What Chinese households and restaurants do is to cut up this egg in small cubes and cook them with lean pork in a pot of congee.  Hence, the candidate of this review. This congee is very popular in Cantonese dimsum and also congee restaurants. There is no chance that you won't find this as long as they do serve congee in their menus. My advise is for you to try the congee first before trying the egg on its own. Otherwise, my guess is you'll puke! ;-) But trust me, this is a lot more palatable than balut!!! :-)

Recently, I found another way this egg is being prepared and that's cooking it with Snow Pea Shoots (Dou Miao, 豆苗), a Chinese vege, and Salted duck egg. This is one fine dish! If you're a Chinese reader, try to find this on the menu of the Chinese restaurant you frequent. It's delicious!

Anyhow, try it, who knows, you might fall in love with it ;p

By the way, for the less adventurous, you may want to try fish slices congee or beef congee. Otherwise, plain congee with deep fried fritters (you tiao, 油条) or salted duck egg is good too. 

Taiwanese Congee
Taiwanese love their congee with sweet potato. If you want some healthy living and is suffering from food poisoning, this may well be the congee for you! Great for vegetarians too! ;-)

Indonesian Congee (Bubur Ayam)

Bubur Ayam literally translates to congee chicken. As you can see clearly from the picture, this is basically Chicken porridge with peanuts and fried crackers. The chicken is fried, deboned and shred and serves as a garnish. Bubur Ayam, like Nasi Goreng, is a popular breakfast food. My guess is that the readers on Lunch.com may actually prefer Bubur Ayam than the traditional Chinese congee as it is more 'acceptable' and thereby rendering it more delicious too. What do you think? :-)

I googled for Bubur Ayam and found this recipe in case if you are interested in cooking it yourself. Have fun experimenting!

Japanese Okayu
The Japanese has a habit of eating congee for breakfast too. However, most of them eat plain congee with side dishes like pickles (umeboshi), nori & layered omelette (tamagoyaki).

One last note about congee, don't eat too much of it, especially in a cold weather environment. Else you'll be looking for washroom in no time! ;-) There is afterall a lot of liquid in it. It's no wonder it's considered a sick food by many. It does help the digestive system ;-)]]>
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<![CDATA[ Curry Fancy]]> soups and feasting on Chinese goodies, I'm actually craving for some hot & spicy curry!

Curry can be found in many parts of Asia and it comes in all colors and tastes. Yellow, Red, Green curries. Somewhat like traffic lights! Now, for those who are not used to taking hot and spicy food, stop right here else you'll be having "hot" flashes! Curry is best when it's hot and spicy! The hotter the better! And I don't mean just by the temperature itself!

What is Curry?
So, what is curry? I grew up on it and I can even tell from having my eyes blindfolded. The aroma, the taste ... well, it's hard to forget once you've had it. Curry is distinctive in that it has some spices like turmeric (which attributes to its color too), coriander, cumin and red pepper. Chili is also a main ingredient. Coconut milk may at times be used, depending on which type of curry.

Curry originated from the word "khari" in Tamil. So, I supposed it originated from India! In some southern Indian languages, the word means side-dish.

Curry Countries
Curry is best in South East Asian countries like Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and for some, India. Personally, I'm not fond of India's curry because it's a little too pungent for me. As for the rest of them, I love them all! Surprisingly, curry can also be found in China, Japan, Iran and Nepal. I've tried them all, except for those in Iran!

Cooking Curry
Curry is best cooked with meats. Chicken, beef and pork are the meats that most chefs are proficient with. However, there are some who are more creative than others and have experimented cooking curry with roast duck. Thai chefs are successful in this aspect. Roast Duck Red Curry is awesome!

It's reasonably easy to cook curry as there are lots of prepackaged curry mixture/paste available in the market. All you need to do is to buy some chicken drumsticks or wings (breasts if you prefer) and then you can have it served within 15-20 mins. This you may do it at home but make sure you've got good ventilation in your kitchen else your entire house will smell of curry before you even finished cooking! My cousin in Toronto recently cooked curry early in the morning at 7 am and I was fast asleep on the upper floor of the house. I was awaken by... the smell of curry!!! Yes, it's no joke!!! 

For those who have the luxury of Asian restaurants around your neighborhood, esp. Vietnamese and Thai restaurants, you're the lucky ones! These 2 restaurants serve some of the best curry around. If I may suggest, be more adventurous and try the seafood curry.

Curry Crab

A popular way of cooking curry in Singapore is to cook an entire fish or fish head in curry. Known as Fish Head Curry, it is mostly cooked in clay pot and served hot with some Lady's Fingers in them. Generally, it tastes more sourish than other forms of curry but awfully delish! It is generally accompanied by rice.

Recommended Restaurants
Saigon Star
in Richmond Hill, Toronto serve the best Curry Crab I've ever had in my life! The curry sauce is so amazing that when you dipped French bread in the sauce, you've got a spectacular combo! Yes, the restaurant will provide warm toasted French bread to accompany its signature dish!

Prawns & squids are the common seafood found in Thai curries. I especially love the Thai Seafood Green Curry from Thai Express in Singapore. (Thai Express has restaurants not only in Singapore but also Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, India, Saudi Arabia, Mongolia & Australia.)

Green curry

Yellow Curry

Recently, in Hong Kong, I found a great small authentic restaurant near to the hospital that my friend was admitted in Happy Valley. It served the best Seafood Red Curry in a coconut husk with strips of coconut flesh in the dish. Thai Noodle Cafe (Tel: 2803 4003) at 32 King Kwong Street, Happy Valley. We paid for HK$98 (about $12) and it was more than enough for 2! Yum!!!

Perhaps your favorite is lobster? Well, you can also find lobster curry in the market! Isn't that amazing?

 If you're as adventurous as I'm with food, then you might want to try Kari Otak. An Indonesian way of cooking cow's brain with curry! ;-) How about it, I dare you!!! ;p
Well, there is another type of curry in Indonesia which most vegetarians would love and that's Sayur Lodeh. It's a dish of different veges cooked in soupy curry. It's good and I highly recommend it to you.

Kari Otak

For the less adventurous, Japanese curry may be the way to go for you. Japanese like to cook their curries with beef or lamb and the curry paste may be found in Japanese supermarkets which made it a good homecook meal.

Last but not least, even though I don't fancy it, it's Indian Curry. Indian Curry is often accompanied by Martabak (pancakes) or Roti Prata (folded bread).
The Indians love their curry with mutton. If you love mutton, this is the curry for you!

By the way, the best way of eating curry with bread? By hand, of course! Finger licking good!!!

Are you ready for some curry?!]]>
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<![CDATA[ Enak!]]> Appetizer: Gado Gado / Pecel, Sayur Lodeh.
Soups: Sup Buntut, Soto Ayam.
Main Course: Ayam Panggang, Ayam Goreng, Kari Ayam, Goreme, Sotong Panggang, Udang, Rendang, Kangkong Belacan.
Desserts: Apokat, Chendol.
Fruits: Salak, Durian, Harumanis Mango, Sersak (Soursop).
Juices: Sersak.

Popular breakfast items: Nasi Campur, Nasi Goreng.

Here are some of the ideas and choices you may want to try when in Indonesia or Indonesian restaurant. What are they like? Pictures tell a thousand words, I do believe. So, enjoy the graphics on Lunch and the authentic flavors in a restaurant during lunch!

Gado Gado & Sayur Lodeh

Sup Buntut & Soto Ayam

Ayam Goreng & Gurame

Udang & Rendang

Chendol & Apokat

Salak & Sersak

Nasi Campur & Nasi Goreng

It may be middle of the night now, but boy, I sure am hungry!!!]]>
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<![CDATA[ Laksa Exotica]]>
Laksa, as exotic as the name sounds, is still not a common item outside South East Asia. I guess it has to do with its spicy and concentrated mix of spices which made it difficult to prepare. Anyhow, it is something very unique to 3 countries in South East Asia, namely Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

The are 2 types of Laksa, generally, the Asam Laksa (found mostly in Indonesia & Malaysia) and the Curry Laksa (typically from Singapore). The main difference lies in the soup and its soup base ingredients. They taste entirely different as well.

As I preferred the Asam Laksa more than the Curry Laksa due to the fact I grew up eating the Asam Laksa, I'm reviewing the Asam Laksa here.

Asam Laksa can be found mainly in 2 cities. Medan in Indonesia and Penang in Malaysia. The one in Medan is known as Medan Laksa and from Penang, Penang Laksa. Easy enough. Ok, there isn't much of a difference between these two other than they are just eaten in 2 different cities.

Asam Laksa

Asam Laksa is a kind of broad rice noodle cooked in hot & spicy soup accompanied by fish & garnished with peppermint leaves & some other local ingredients. It's usually eaten in the afternoon as either snack or main meal. It tastes best when hot. The soup is sour fish based. Asam is the Indonesian word for tamarind. This gives it the sour taste. Other ingredients added are lemongrass, lengkuas and chilli that give it a very distinctive taste. The fish used here is usually mackerel. Onion, cucumber & pineapple slices are also added as garnishes. In the case of Asam Laksa, NO coconut milk is ever used. No hard boiled eggs either. These 2 things are only found in curry laksa.

Well, there you have it, an entire bowl of exotica. Until you've tasted it, you'll never know what you've missed or if you'd like it. I love it and the thought of it simply makes me drool!

Curry Laksa

For those who are culinary experts and would like to try to make some Laksa at home, BBC has a Curry Laksa recipe online. Check it out and see if you've any success with it! I'm too lazy to cook anything that complicated when I could get them at the food court ;-)]]>
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<![CDATA[ Served in the Netherlands, Originally from? Indonesia!]]>

Most of the dishes (in small portions per plate) can be found all around Indonesia. For example, curry vegetable (sayur lodeh) chicken, mutton, beef are common dishes which can be ordered throughout the country. What is special about Nasi Padang is that a entire selection of dishes will be placed on the table for your selection. Somewhat like buffet style. You only pay for plates which you've touched or eaten. Nothing needs to be ordered unless you don't have enough of it. 

My favorite dishes are:
Ayam Goreng (with Kunjet) - Fried chicken (seasoned with yellow ginger).
Acar - Pickle.
Bakso - Meatball soup.
Gurame Goreng - Fried Gurame, a fish commonly found in Indonesia.
Ikan Bakar - Barbecued Fish.
Kari Otak - Cow's brain cooked in curry. Yes, you heard me right, it's cow's brain! Believe me, this one is a specialty. Awesome!
Opor Ayam - Chicken cooked in coconut milk.
Sambal Udang - Prawn cooked with chilli sauce, very hot! Delicious!


& the price for the entire meal? Not more than US$20!
For the first timers, best to get an Indonesian friend to take you to a good restaurant. There are a great many selections in Indonesia and quality of food may varies. For sure, you have to try this feast when in Indonesia or Netherlands!
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<![CDATA[ Censored! Sensory Indulgence...]]> Ahhh... I need to pamper myself a little after all the hard work on Lunch, don't I?.
Spa on Lunch? Oh, Yes?!
(Hint, hint: JR, you know what to do! Plus that Lunch iPhone silicon cover too!)

The name Mandara originates from Sanskrit legend about the gods' quest to find the elixir of eternal youth and immortality. The legend has it that there are 10 stages of destruction & the ways to overcome it is to search for the Mandara girl who's the sacred mountain which flows the water of life.

Now, the wonder about Mandara Spa (other than being the leader in the industry) is that one can find it all over the world. About 50 spas in Africa, America, Asia & the South Pacific. I've been to the ones at Bali (Nikko Bali Resort & Spa), Krabi (Sheraton), Guam (Westin) & a few others. There are slight difference in expertise as well as pricing between all the Mandara Spas. A spa experience depends on your luck as to which therapist you get each time and if her touch is to your liking. So far, I found one I love at the Oasis Spa in Thailand with whom I go to regularly & another at the i Saguá Spa at Hyatt Regency Saipan (which is out of the way for me!). Not at Mandara Spa though, not yet... Still, Mandara Spa is my favorite when it comes to Spa at a beach resort or hotel. You can depend on it for its professionalism and also a sense of well being whenever you visit its spas.


Generally, I love the Swedish technique for massage and Mandara does it well. I'll have to try out the Mandara Signature massage (2 therapists performing the massage at the same time)! Blissful! Mandara also provides massages for couples. So, check it out!

Mandara Spa offers Balinese, Thai, Swedish, Shiatsu, Aromatherapy & Deep Tissue Massage. Take your pick and it'll be interesting to find out which one your body responds well to. Other than the Swedish massage, I also love the Ayuverdic massage which is commonly known as the hot oil massage. Mandara Spa sells its own blend of oils and those from Elemis too if you should prefer to use it. Both are great!

So, let's not wait... time to go for a great spa experience! Rest & Relax....................

Make your appointment at Mandara Spas around the world right now! Or, if you are so lucky to be on Silversea cruises, here's your big chance! I love Silversea! What a great way to spend a vacation!

Speaking of vacation, ahem... I'm heading for one very soon! To the land of spas, Thailand here I come!
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<![CDATA[ Refreshing & Tasty Lime Juice]]>

Lime Juice drink can be easily made at home or readily available in many restaurants in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia & Thailand. It is great on its own (simply add water & sugar syrup to it after squeezing the juice) and frequently added to many cocktails (Sangria, Mojito, Margarita, etc...). I recently tried adding a tinge of it to my diet coke and voila, I've got a new version of my favorite drink!

For those who love sugar cane drink (juice), it mixes well with lime juice too. I've tried it at some outlets in Singapore and it's best when served cold! VERY refreshing! It also has a nice aroma to it and whenever I think about it, it makes me salivate! That's how powerful this drink could be. 

Lime Juice is also great with barbecue (or fried chicken wings) and makes it a special cocktail (virgin) when served in a cocktail or martini glass. Try it, you'd be surprised at how much your guests will appreciate at your barbeque especially now.

Another way you can use lime is to mix it with honey in concentrate. You may also use lemon. This is great for cough and to clear up phlegm. But make sure it's concentrated dosage and don't add sugar to it! (In this case, lemon is probably a better choice as there are more juice out of each lemon than lime; less squeezing!)]]>
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<![CDATA[ Indo Pop: Cinta, cinta sekali!]]> Mario Lanza, Caruso, Nat King Cole, Teresa Teng (Taiwan), Alan Tam (Hong Kong) and pop songs from all over the world. Yes, I lived in Indonesia for the first decade of my life (that translated to being in the same country as Obama was) and loved a great many things the Indonesian people has to offer. For one, it has an advanced music and movie industry even back then.

Indonesian people sings and acts well. For some reason, they are born-natural and at ease with their roles as singers, dancers and actors/actresses. A great deal probably has to do with its culture.

Here's a sample of some of its pop music for your listening pleasure... 
To me, the Indonesian pop songs are very similar to Latin's. Romantic, easy listening and simply beautiful!





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<![CDATA[Mango Quick Tip by devora]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/musician/UserReview-Mango-1397405-50197.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/musician/UserReview-Mango-1397405-50197.html Fri, 21 Aug 2009 02:24:33 +0000 <![CDATA[ Durian: It's not *that* stinky.]]>
Though my family loves durian, I tried it once when I was like, 5, didn't like it, then went through most of my life without consuming it again.  This was probably mostly because durian gets such a bad rap and is so stigmatized around here (yes, I used the word stigmatized to describe a fruit).  Durian is just about as stigmatized as a fruit is going to get.

My parents told me that back in the day in Asia, or at least China and Vietnam, besides getting beaten with sticks and rulers when students misbehaved, students also had the pleasure of kneeling on durian shells.  Uh, yeah, pretty painful.  I'm sure that this still happens in really, really rural parts of Asia.  That's one reason to hate durians -- its hard, spiky shell.

Can you imagine kneeling on these?

Another reason that durian is so stigmatized is because of its odor.  Believe it or not, not all people in Asia like durian.  The odor of durian is so offensive to some that signs are posted in subway stations in Singapore that prohibit the consumption or carrying of durian on their trains.  My mom use to always buy my siblings and I banh mi sandwiches to bring onto flights so that we don't starve, and she always made the point of telling the person making them to not include the pickled vegetables as the smell may offend other passengers, but uh, something tells me that durian takes the cake on most offensive smelling food.  By about a landslide.  Through Googling, I found all these amusing signs.  What's the fine for bringing a durian onboard anyways?  That's what I really want to know.

And I'm not sure how mangosteen ended up on this sign.  I mean, mangosteen never did anything to anyone besides be fragrant, delicious, and rich in antioxidants.  Hmmmmp.

Hard hat area.

Apparently, those signs are up in some parts of Asia like "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service" signs are in the States and the smell of durian is just as offensive as smoking and pets.

Well, geez, it's just a fruit.

It wasn't until the past year or so when I decided to be a more adventurous eater that I decided to give durian a whirl.  I was offered a piece when I was in Hong Kong and decided, "Why not?".  I took a bite, chewed, swallowed and thought, "Hey... this isn't half bad!"  I ended up spending the rest of that trip hunting down durian desserts.  I had durian cream puffs, durian cake, durian with sago, durian with grass jelly and durian tarts. 

In the States, durian is readily available in many Asian supermarkets, like Ranch 99, if not fresh, then prepared and frozen.  Though I like durian now, fresh durian is still not something that I'd go out of my way to eat in the States.  There aren't street markets here where the keeper of the fruit stand will cut a fresh durian and prepare it right away for me, and I'd only want to eat it fresh, not frozen, so getting from the freezer aisle of an Asian supermarket is out of the question for me.  But, ya know, if there's fresh durian readily available and prepared... it might as well be in my belly!

My Asian friends always poke fun at me and tell me that I'm really, really white washed for an Asian person.  Well, when we hit up the Asian snack and dessert cafes, I show them who's really Asian... By ordering durian dessert.  Half the time, the cafe's out of durian and my friends are thankful.  The other half of the time, though, they hate me and move over to the next table as soon as the dessert comes out if they can.  Take that.

Mmmmm... Durian :)]]>
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