So long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for the time being. ~Franz Kafka
Last Saturday I met my bff.. We already befriended for decade.. Since adolescent when we still so sweaty and didn’t have our period yet, hehe ♥
For a long time we haven’t seen each others and last Saturday our time was suddenly suit to meet up.. I invited her to have a “culinary day” and be some yummy hunters for a day at china town in Bogor (West Java-Indonesia)..
With a sum of IDR 100.000 (about $10) , I wondered what could I buy..? the answered is LOTS (with caps lock, hehe)
China town in Bogor is well-known among the people, even to some Jakarta citizen- since Bogor is one hour far from Jakarta (traffic jam doesn’t count, hehe) .. This china town is called Surya Kencana.. It nears Bogor Traditional Market and Botanical Garden.. The place itself is easy to find, you won’t get lost anyway.. Hehe So, if you go to Bogor, you really really have to visit this place.. Because this place offers you lots of food, from the halal one to some foods containing pork.. Happily, in this post, I only choose and eat the halal food 🙂
After picked up my friends, I drove my car to Surya Kencana.. Way to get there is always jammed.. No days without a traffic jam there.. So, be patient and always drive safely because many people crossing the street 🙂
Surya Kencana has the most popular intersection, called Gang Aut .. I parked my car near Gang Aut, because YES!! that was the destination to some yummy hunters.. La la la, welcome to mamaaa.. 😀
Papais or Pepes Pisang is sago dough filled with piece of banana and palm sugar.. It’s wrapped by banana leaf and being grilled in fire until it’s done and ready to serve.. It tasted sweet, a lil’ bit crunchy but getting tender in the middle due to banana filling.. I always eat at least 5 pieces because one is never enough, hehe.. Don’t so much bothered with its look!! Because it’s really yummy..
Papais Pisang , each costs IDR 4.000
Tips : Prepare a plastic for the trashes .. Eating this would be quite messy, because the ashes from the grilled leaf easily scattered around.. So be patient to enjoy these dishes 🙂
Dongkal is popular food from Jakarta.. But, it wasn’t a matter if finally I found them in Bogor hehe.. Yes, in the front of Gang Aut there’s a small cart sell Dongkal which no less popular to Papais Pisang before.. Dongkal?! So weird to spell haha.. Anyway, theses Dongkal are made from rice powder, a little bit sago flour and palm sugar .. Steam until done!! If it has been cooked, the palm sugar is getting melted and then sprinkled with coconut for final garnish.. Gulped! Gleg! 😀
Dongkal, for large piece costs IDR 10.000
Tips : Delicious while it still hot .. Don’t put too long because the coconut easily rot 🙂
“Lumpia Basah khas Bogor“
One of my favorite dishes, LUMPIA !! In Semarang or Yogyakarta, Lumpia usually filling by “rebung” (In English it can be defined as Bamboo Sprout).. Rebung has distinctive smell, but very tasty.. In Bogor, there’s lumpia too but in different filling .. Lumpia Bogor is filled by bengkuang (So sorry, I have no idea what this fruit called in English, hehe)..Those bengkuang are fried together with egg and sprout, a lil’ bit seasoning then wrap them with Lumpia dough..
Lumpia Basah, each costs IDR 10.000
Tips : Eat while still hot.. Add more chilli or serve with spicy peanut sauce.. Delicious to Death. haha.. The appearance almost same as Kebab, but Lumpia Basah are quite delicate so use a spoon to enjoy them.. 🙂
“Asinan Jagung Bakar”
It’s already sounded that Bogor has particular dish, named Asinan.. What is Asinan by the way? Asinan, especially in Bogor is almost the same as Rujak but serve with vinegar sauce.. In abroad there’s salad, in Indonesia there are rujak and asinan 🙂 Asinan contains fruit such as mango, pineapple, bengkuang, papaya.. Some asinan contain vegetables too, such as sprout, cabbage and cucumber.. They are served with vinegar sauce and peanut sprinkles .. Well, fruit or vegetables asinan are so common.. You have to know that there’s another choices of asinan.. It’s asinan jagung bakar 🙂 (jagung bakar : grilled corn) ..
Asinan Jagung Bakar, each portion costs IDR 10.000
Tips : Served chill for more delicious asinan jagung bakar.. Don’t forget to fulfill your belly first before enjoy this, because vinegar sauce isn’t too friendly for your empty stomach 🙂
Last recommendation is bir kotjok .. Well, however its name is bir (beer) but this is 100% non-alcohol beverage!! Instead an alcohol beverage, it’s kind of herbal drink because made from ginger extract, cinnamon and palm sugar.. Those ingredient were shaken and blended, therefore it called bir kotjok (kotjok/ kocok = shake).. Last Saturday was the first day I tried this.. So unique, because it is served with ice cube.. So, chilling and warming your body in the same time.. Really refreshing in the blistering day and healthy too due to the natural ingredients were contained 🙂
Bir Kotjok, each glass costs IDR 3.000
Well, I hope my story about being yummy hunter last Saturday will quite tempting you to be the one of yummy hunters too, hehe.. No need to be a millionaire to try delicious dishes because a delicious dish isn’t have to be the expensive one (please rise your hand if you agree, hehe).. Anyway, I still have IDR 47.000 remaining.. Yeaahyy.. Here’s the calculation :
Credit to my beautiful besty, Cindy.. My best culinary partner in the universe who easily tempted and curious by many cuisines.. (Remember our Sushi first try which lead us to Sushi freak, hehe) Smooch..
excited tasting !! haha
Okay thanks for reading my post.. Don’t ever forget to come here whenever you go to Bogor..
Happy hunting !! Stay healthy and spend your money wisely 🙂
Never order food in excess of your body weight. ~Erma Bombeck
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