A visit to IKEA Logan’s restaurant

On 14 June 2010, I went to IKEA Logan to celebrate my own birthday alone. Why IKEA? I guess I missed Swedish meatball.

While watching Futurama (Less Than Hero episode) months ago, Professor Farnsworth ordered some furniture from ∏KEA. A robot from the store came to Prof. Farnsworth’s place and said “Enjoy your affordable Swedish crap”. Just minutes later, Prof. Farnsworth exclaimed “Bad news, nobody! The super-collider super-exploded. I need you to take it back and exchange it for a wobbly CD rack and some of those rancid meatballs“.

I guess that’s the reason for having Swedish meatball rather than having some fancy dinner at West End or New Farm. Anyway, it was a public holiday in honour for the birthday of the Queen of England (once Australia becomes a republic, say good bye to this holiday).

Anyway, I took train from South Bank station because I thought one of my friend was going with me. Instead, he overslept. So, I took the train up till Loganlea and changed train there. Took the train till Woodridge station and I waited for a bus (565 I think). Welcome to Logan City.

Crap aside, here’s a photo of the ‘rancid’ meatball.
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15 meatballs served in a plate with mashed potato and sauce plus strawberry jam. It costs me A$8.50 (quite cheap for Brisbane standard, but still I don’t have the time to travel to Logan every day). I also ordered ‘soup of the day’ which turned out to be mushroom soup with bread. Taste? Not ‘rancid’, of course.

Since Subway introduced a new menu a while ago, I don’t need to go to Logan anymore to eat meatball. Unless I want to buy their 500g frozen Swedish meatball.

Double Fillet-O-Fish

This morning, I had a breakfast at McDonald’s North Bridge Road store, a few metres away from the National Library building at Victoria Road. I had just finished my Sunday massal session at Cathedral of Good Shepherd and decided to eat there. Almost every Sunday I eat there.

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This is the store, accessible from City Hall MRT station, National Library and Cathedral of Good Shepherd.

I ordered fillet-o-fish, my usual menu whenever I eat at McDonald’s. Then, the employee who served me asked me whether I wanted fillet-o-fish or double fillet-o-fish. Since I was a bit curious about this double FOF, I gave it a try.

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McDonald’s Singapore served hash brown for breakfast. The double fillet-o-fish box looks quite big for a burger box. My drink was a medium-sized Milo.

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Opened up the box, there were double fillets only.

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Last photo before I gobbled it up.

All in all, I paid a sum of S$ 7.60 for the burger, hash brown and Milo. Not a bad meal for breakfast especially if you’re hungry. Today is Singapore’s National Day. I am wishing Singapore a happy national day. My National Day posts are coming up soon; Istana Open House, Singapore Philatelic Museum Open House and Singapore Art Museum Open House.

There will be no Geoweek for this week since Kompas E-Paper is down today. I will try my best to post other Geoweek materials if I have any.

Asinan Bogor

Another culinary post from me, this time is about ‘Asinan Bogor’. I don’t really know how ‘Asinan Bogor’ came about. But as the name suggests, it comes from Bogor, West Java. It was the television that influenced me. Well, I don’t want to blame TV but they are really doing a great job in influencing.
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I was watching a news bulletin on Indonesia’s TV7 (the name of Trans7 before 2006) a few years back. They were reporting the rise of order in ‘Asinan Bogor’ in the town of Bogor, south of Jakarta. After watching the report, I was curious then how does the ‘asinan’ taste.

The word ‘asin’ in Bahasa Indonesia actually means salty but don’t expect your ‘asinan’ to be only salty. ‘Asinan Bogor’ has variety of flavours blend together, sweet, salty, sour and a little bit spicy (in my opinion). It is better served cold.

What makes an ‘asinan Bogor’? I don’t know how they made the spicy dressing but fruits and vegetables are what making ‘asinan Bogor’ sweet. There are many variations to the ‘asinan’, I will tell you only the type of ‘asinan’ I’ve been eating before.

So far, cucumber is the only vegetable I know used to make ‘asinan Bogor’. Mango, papaya, pineapple, bengkuang and salak are the fruits used. I do believe that there are other fruits used in for another variations of the food.

For the toppings, you can use either peanuts (kacang tanah) or crackers (kerupuk). In Bali, Denpasar and its suburbs region particularly, you can find ‘asinan Bogor’ sold in most supermarkets. They are packed either in a plastic cup or plastic sheet. It will cost you around Rp 3000 to Rp 5000.

If I could suggest, it is better consumed as a dessert after lunch or after dinner.

Birthday Dinner

My birthday dinner was held at Bali Deli’s restaurant chain Le Spot (it was the name a few years back, now they don’t put up the name and since then people simply called it Bali Deli Restaurant). Well, I frequently visit Seminyak whenever I’m in Bali for holiday.

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This is my drink, as I told you before I like drinks made from watermelon.

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The restaurant is an outdoor type with big umbrella on top of each tables. There are the indoor seats as well, only five tables available indoor if I’m not mistaken.

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Free breads were given as an appetizer as well as butter. Their bread is soft, chewy and fluffy.

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Another appetizer, but not free, is spring rolls, wet one.

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There’s a bar offering range of alcoholic beverages, no bartender was around though.

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This is my sister’s main course, lamb with mashed potato.

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This is my main course, angus beef with black pepper sauce and salad. The satay though is not mine.

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Bali Deli from outside, Bali Deli is a supermarket that caters expatriates’ food needs. It offers both local and imported food products as well as magazines and newspaper such as IHT and Le Monde.

That’s the way it was on 14th June 2009. For now, have a nice day.

Introduction to ‘Jajanan Pasar’

This time round, my post is about ‘jajanan pasar’ or traditional cakes being sold at local market in Bali. This is very basic introduction so there will be not much details given.
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Kue Lapis (The word ‘kue’ is used in Indonesia whereas ‘kueh’ is used in Malaysia. Don’t confuse yourself.)

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Ongol-ongol, cakes made of tapioca flour with coconuts. It’s chewy.

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I forget this cake name, was it ‘pukis’ ?

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I forget this one too but I know this is definitely not egg.

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I don’t know the name but it’s like kue lapis with banana filings.

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Lemper, sticky rice with chicken fillings folded in banana leaf

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I don’t know the name as well but it has a coconut fillings.

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I’m not sure about the spelling, this is called ‘kweku’ or ‘kueku’ or ‘kue ku’. Which one is right? It has green bean fillings and a banana leaf is stuck at the bottom of the cake.

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Bika Ambon from Medan, Ambon is the capital of Maluku province in eastern part of Indonesia whereas Medan is the capital of North Sumatera province in western part of Indonesia. No explanations why the name is ‘bika ambon’.

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Onde-onde
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The price of each cakes varies your region and where did you buy. Luxury Indonesian restaurants will charge you up to 200% than you can buy in wet markets. Also, if you’re buying in wet markets, make sure to watch out the hygiene of the stall as well.

More is coming up on my trip to Surabaya