Monday, November 21, 2011

Kana's Delight

About a month ago, I was offered to join a bazaar at Regatta, Pantai Mutiara but due to the dates that were not really suited my schedule, I chose to not participate, but I did stop by to look around. On that bazaar, there was a stand that caught my eyes. And yes, it was something about food... Dessert to be exact. They have a banner with a very tempting puddings labelled Kana's Delight. Eagerly to buy, sadly they were out of stock.

Couple days after that, I did some searching on Facebook and found out their pages and website. Very excited to make an order, but the ordering part on the website seemed to be error as my order kept on unconfirmed. They didn't put any contact details except for the BB pin, but days gone by and my friend request was not accepted. I was ran out idea on how to order and then I remember the organizer's of the bazaar at Regatta, she should have Kana's contact. Yes, I was craving that much. Once I got the contact details, I quickly texted Kana's and the owner called me, very friendly and helpful. 

The minimum quantity to order for the pudding is 10 cups. They have 5 flavors: Coconut, Durian, Kiwi, Mango with soursop and Cempedak. So I ordered 2 cups of each flavors. By right, the puddings will be delivered 2 days after we made the orders as they make it based on order to keep the freshness, but I was lucky that day as they have stocks and can be delivered later at the same day. 

The price of the small cups is 15k for the coconut toppings, while for the other 4 toppings cost 20k. The pudding have 3 layers: bottom layer was jelly, second layer was the topping and the top layer, they put chocolate shavings, which was unique and really bring sweet flavor on the pudding itself. The owner told me their favorites are coconut and durian toppings. For my personal taste buds, I loved the durian one. It was to die for. They really put the real durian fruit as the topping, not some ice cream or durian cream flavor like some durian's pancake filling. As for the rest of the topping, I didn't really fancy them, but everyone has their personal favorites. Even though the price is quite expensive for a small cup of puddings, but the durian one was worth it. =) 

Besides pudding, they also sell risoles. I was going to order at that time but immediately changed my mind when the minimum order for the risoles is 15pcs. I do hope they could make some arrangement to lower on the minimum order, so that for someone with small family like me can enjoy it without worrying how to finish the left over one. ;)

Kana's Delight 
Ph. +628159503655

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Q's and Life

I was never that girl who wanted to get married in a young age. It's nothing against those who got married young, it's just not something that I want. On my second year of my relationship with my hubby (boyfriend, at that time), I remember my mom kept on pushing me to get married and I kept on telling her that it's not the time yet. It's not because I was having doubt, but more to the fact that I just don't wanna get married yet, I was not sure whether it had something to do with mom and dad pampered me too much that I was having a very good time on being single, or I was just one of those people who had these weird thoughts that wedding will just change everything.

On the third year of our relationship, he proposed. Of course, I said yes. Even though hesitation of having him to spend the rest of my life with never crossed my mind, still as I prepared my wedding, there was a slightly fear of how my life will be once I'm married. At that time, I was thinking how can I be someone's wife when at some point I am still childish, how marriage will change my life, will I still be having my own me time, and the biggest questions... will my marriage life be better than my single life? All those Q's... all those worries.    

And today, 20 - 11 - 2011, is our 1 year wedding anniversary. As I looked back who I was as a single woman, all those questions and worries I have back then, I realize all were just process. As much as I love him, as much as I have faith on having him as my husband, but still marriage life is a new life, something that was natural for a woman to have fear of before we experience it our self, when those WIFE title attached on us. At that time, by God's blessing, we know that we made a right decision. I know I am. I'm not here to say that I have a perfect marriage. I always think that the definition of perfect is different for everyone and if we want to compete with the actual definition of perfect, there will be no end to that, as someone will always have more than us, more money, bigger house, more family traveling time, and goes on. To me, I am satisfied by having a perfect marriage in my own definition. My husband makes me laugh and constantly do his best to make me happy, to me it's enough to be called perfect.

I am not someone who likes to make a big fuss on how stupidly in love I am, or how great is my partner is, believe me I'm just not. All those tweeting and status updates on FB and BBM to show the world how my feeling at the moment is simply just not me. I am quite secretive, but you know what... screw it... Today is my wedding anniversary and I've been having a blast, so I am going to say this: 

I love you dear, always have... always will. Happy 1 year anniversary!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Lemon's closet 6 - LOOK BOOK

It had been a super lazy month for me. Many things to do, super busy but all were done in very extremely lazy mood. There were times where I even feel so lazy to even reply incoming BBMs. Luckily I could put behind those lazy moments and bring my self back in focus for Lemon's CLOSET 6 which will be launched on Monday, November 21st at 6pm only at:

Stay tune dear! =)

Chef's Table by Din Tai Fung

Last Saturday, I was on my way to one of my friend's house when I passed Emporium Pluit and saw the signage of a new restaurant just opened, Chef's Table by Din Tai Fung. The later night, I went there with my parents and hubby. It was located on the 4th floor across Stickhouse & food court. As expected, new restaurant must be lined up with people, luckily the wait list was not too many so we decided to wait. 

There's nothing really to say about the interior of the place. It was white, sleek and clean. They didn't really put effort to make a special design, and just like other Din Tai Fung, they have an open kitchen only for the chefs making Xiao Long Bao.

Around 15 minutes, we got our table. Originally we were thinking to have Chinese main dishes, but looking through the menu, they didn't have too many selections on it, so we thought we just order their Lamien and Xiao Long Bao, both they were famous of, along with several dishes. We asked for Steamed pork dumpling -6pcs (49k), Braised lion head with salted egg yolk ala Shanghai (38k), Tofu with salted egg yolk (55k), Tom Yum seafood noodle soup (55k), Cha Jiang noodle (43k), Roast duck noodle (58k) and Chilli prawn udon (60k). For the noodle, we can opted regular one or spinach one. My mom and hubby chose spinach one for their Cha Jiang & Roast duck noodle, while dad sticks with the regular one for his Tomyum seafood noodle soup.

The orders didn't took look to be served, and surprisingly the service for a soft opening restaurant turns out to be very good and polite. The Cha jiang & roast duck noodle came first and they put it in a plate instead of bowl, I'm not good with food plating and decoration, but I think it will be nicer if they served it in a bowl. Serving those small portion noodle in a wide plate just making it look even smaller portion. Tom yum seafood noodle came in a bowl because it was a wet noodle. All the noodles tasted quite ok, it was not superb but not bad either, well seasoned not tasteless like the typical Lamian I had at Din Tai Fung. There was no difference though between the spinach and regular one, only the color.

Cha Jiang Noodle
Roast duck noodle

Tom yum seafood noodle

The lion braised and tofu came. I'm not sure why they called it lion braised with salted egg yolk as I didn't see any egg yolk for sure. Mom said that braised lion was a popular dish in Taiwan and she liked it when she ate it there, not feeling the same thing as eating the one they had here. I don't know whether they just can't cooked or my mom just simply had a weird taste with the braised lion she had in Taiwan, as this one was not good at all. As she's my mom, I will just put it simple by saying they were the one who can't cook. =) Basically it was rounded minced meat cooked with oyster sauce. Fortunately, the tofu with egg salted yolk was the hero for our night. I loved the soft Japanese tofu covered in salted egg yolk. Although, I thought that 55k was quite high for a tofu but I didn't complain when I ate 3 of them, it was yummy.

Braised Lion Head with salted egg yolk
Tofu with salted egg yolk

The steamed pork dumpling was nice, after all it was what they were famous for in the first place. The dumpling skin came in the right thickness, not too thick, also not too thin that easily ripped off.

Steamed pork dumpling
Finally, my udon came and it was as expected. On the picture from the menu book, it looked dark brown as how a fried udon supposed to be, however turn out they cooked the Udon with sweet sour sauce, so it tasted and looked like pasta. Me not likey but mom thought it was not bad.

Chilli prawn udon

Overall, with a 20% discount due to soft opening, it was not a bad dinner, it's just didn't came through on my expectation. I might be back for some light breakfast, Xiao Long Bao with Chinese tea. But not for dinner. Well, a plate of Tofu with salted egg yolk wouldn't hurt. 

Chef's Table by Din Tai Fung
Emporium Mall Level 4 unit 39
Jl. Pluit Selatan Raya
North Jakarta
Ph. +6221 29071918

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sate Babi Johan

My parents and I went for a casual dine at Pantai Indah Kapuk's fresh market. On my way there, My mom and I were thinking to have our usual Bubur Ayam Cirebon, but when we passed Sate Babi Johan and saw the crowds, we changed our plan and my dad tagged along.

As I remember, previous they only served Bakut Sayur Asin and Sate Babi, but now they have more varieties in their satay selections, they have sweet pork satay, liver satay, skin stay, etc. We ordered 20 pcs satay mixed of each satay and a portion of Bakut Sayur Asin (21k). The price range for the satay was from 1,5k - 3,5k each. 

I like the satay, the meat was tender but some of them was too dry, I think it depends on how they grilled. Anyway, we all agreed the liver one was the best. As for the Bakut sayur asin, to me the broth was supposed to be more sour. But overall, it was acceptable and I don't mind to come back. 

Sate Babi Johan 
Food Plaza Pantai Indah Kapuk
North Jakarta
Ph. +6221 97061515

Friday, November 11, 2011

Taiwan Dian Xin

After reading the review on Anak Jajan, I was very eager to try as I love Taiwan snack and can never get enough of bubble tea. As Pluit Village was not far from my home, I went there with my best friend on a weekday afternoon. The joy of not having to work 9-6. ;) 

My friend was not that excited as she said she had passed that place several times and the menu on display wasn't even looked interesting, but stubborn drooling me insisted! I ordered the Taipei 101 combo (45k) for sharing where we can picked 1 main dish + 1 side dish + 1 drink. We chose Mushroom combo as the main dish, crispy corn for the side and bubble milk tea for the drink. For me, I added a Taiwan winter melon tea (12k). 

Just like Shilin, I think the seasoning powder was way too many MSG, the kind of snacks that are not good to be eaten too many times. The mushroom was covered with too many flour, while I found the corn was quite ok. I was not crazy about them, but overall it was not bad. Couple days later, I went to Pluit Village for another purpose and stop by for their Osmantheus Tea (12k) and Crispy chicken popcorn (22k). Comparing between Taiwan winter melon tea and Osmantheus tea, I like the second one better as it was more refreshing, winter melon was too sweet for my taste. From my 2 visits, I think their beverages were better than the snacks.

Taiwan Dian Xin 
Pluit Village Level 4
North Jakarta 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Revisited: Pesto

Saturday night, we went to Pesto for dinner. It surprised me when we reached there and they were not as full as they always do, although I did saw many reserved signs on the tables. Pesto had 2 dining sessions, 7 - 9pm and 9 - 11pm. I was glad that it was not too full, in the hoping that the service will be faster.

Here's what we ordered.

Pizza Rustica (59k) - Tomato sauce, mozarella, cooked ham and mushroom. To me, it was standard and a bit too dry.

Spaghetti Farmeti (65k). Generous condiments, the pasta was cooked well, but I don't like the wine sauce. But it's only because of my taste, I prefer dry spaghetti aglio type.

Spiedini di carne (85k) - Grilled sirloin skewered with onion and fresh salad. The beef was tender and juicy, the only minus point was too small portions. ;)

I actually ordered a Panacotta for my dessert, but it didn't show up. We had asked 3 times for it until I lost my patience and decided to ask for the bill. After paying, I asked for a comment card as I was very disappointed on the service that Pesto served that night, when the waiter saw me writing on comment card, he asked me whether my panacotta had been served, I said not yet, and right after I finished writings, my panacotta was served, but I was to pissed to eat it, so I didn't even bother to touch it and just leave without putting any tips, something that I rarely did. So you can judge how pissed I am that night, especially before the waiter also mistakenly forgot to write down our Risotto.

I do hope it was only a bad night as I had great time in Pesto before, and I am still curious to try the killer Tiramisu. I'll be back, don't disappoint me again dear. =)

Thamrin Nine, UG floor
Jl. MH Thamrin No. 10
Ph. +6221 29937230

Monday, November 7, 2011

Nasi Pedes Little Ubud

Heard so many friends of mine talking about this spicy rice which according to them, more or less like the famous Nasi Pedas Ibu Andika in Bali. I didn't really like Ibu Andika's spicy rice, to me it was very standard and cannot understand why it can be such a big hit. Anyway, one day I went there and try the spicy rice. It was located along the famous Ruko Cordoba right beside Papa Ron's. They have a stall outside the restaurant where trays of dishes were displayed, so we can choose directly and after than we were given a piece of paper written the value of food we chose. Very similar with Nasi Pedas Ibu Andika. 

I chose bitter melon, shredded chicken and crunchy chicken skin to paired with my rice (14k). My friends were right, it was good. It actually same like those ordinary mixed rice can be found anywhere, but I like this one. The chili was good and HOT, and they cooked all the dishes well. I like the crunchy chicken skin. 

To my taste buds, I prefer this one way more than Andika's, plus I don't need to fly to Bali.

Will be back shortly. =)

Nasi Pedes Little Ubud
Ruko Cordoba Blok G No. 2
Pantai Indah Kapuk
North Jakarta

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Lemon on DRESSCODE Magz: November

Busy busy busy! Endure Ivy... Busy is good... busy is good. 

I am finally home today. This week I had been very tied up. Even I have tons of things I wanted to write, I don't have the time yet put it simple I am so tired that I can't even type anything out from my mind. All I know I am sleepy and missing my bed. My mission today... Sleep all day until the time for MasterChef 7pm tonight. So adios... I will be writing soon. Just not today. 

Lemon's ad for this month. I haven't saw the one on the magz, but I hope you all like it. New listing will be out soon. Love! =)