Category Archives: Indonesia

Teh Tarik (Malaysia and Singapore)

In fact, I had this drink at an Indian restaurant in Batam, Indonesia, but that island, as close as thirty-five minutes to Singapore by boat,  is so filled with unscrupulous Singaporeans – like the city-state itself – that it remains … Continue reading

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What’s the Opposite of Yummy? Yummy.

Daybreak, Jakarta.  The scene: A supermarket at the Plaza Indonesia mall.  What’s on offer there?  Food.  Powdered milk is the norm in Indonesia, and I have a hunch part of the reason is that electricity is not always reliable.  Being … Continue reading

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But Really, I Don’t Need It: Jakarta’s Cobra Soup

I was walking down one of the most illustrious boulevard’s I’ve encountered in my travels, Jakarta‘s Jalan Mangga Besar, when I sat down at a street vendor for some gratuitous late-night food.  But this wasn’t your everyday, run-of-the-mill street stall…unless … Continue reading

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Otak-Otak (Indonesia)

The smoky, heavily-spiced scent is popular at the ramps leading to Transjakarta bus stations in the Indonesian capital, and with good reason; the alternative odor is exhaust from the rest of the traffic.  However, there are many reasons not to … Continue reading

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If I Had My Way, I’d Stay at the Buffet

Nearly every Saturday during my sophomore year of college, my roommate and I would subject ourselves to a take-no-prisoners Indian buffet.  Was it good?  It had its moments, not the least of which was the grueling walk back to the … Continue reading

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Knowledge is Power, Particularly When You’re Hungry

It’s a cinch finding something to eat in Jakarta.  Whether or not you want to eat it is a different story, as is whether or not you should, but those two moments of reluctance when approaching a street food vendor are … Continue reading

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Language Problems, Volume 2: Once Offal, Twice Awful

If you’re wondering where Language Problems, Volume 1 can be found, here’s a bit of assistance.  But that entry wasn’t titled as such, because upon ordering what I thought was a foccacia sandwich, I saw exactly what was going to deceive … Continue reading

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