As it was New Year's Day and a Monday (so most museums and cultural attractions were closed), I decided it would be a shopping mall day. I forgot about all the security-car trunks are searched for bombs-you must enter through a security check, etc. I saw these things and armed guards on a stop over from Bali in 2003. Malls are ubiquitous aspect of all Asians countries today (from the Philippines to Singapore all major cities have many shopping malls) and it is convenient in some ways, but something of a shame how global corporate culture is homogenizing life all across the globe. I saw Indonesian children singing a song from The Sound of Music in front of a western Christmas display in the mall and it made me sort of sad.
Remboelan Indonesian Soul Food was recommended as a good Indonesian restaurant to eat at there was a branch at the Senayan City Mall. So I decided to try Es Kelpap Degan-coconut water infused with gula jawa (palm sugar), served with coconut meat.
Nasi Bakar Roa-grilled lemongrass fragrance rice wrapped in banana leaf, stuffed with spicy smoked "roa" fish (butterfly fish) served with "roa" sambal-recommended by the staff.
As far as I can tell Brewerkz is the only craft beer bar in Jakarta and happened to be located at the mall as well.
I sampled the Session IPA, Golden Ale, Pilsner, and Iguana Lager-nothing special but worth a try.
Jackfruit sold on the street.
Soto ayam aka chicken noodle soup.
The National Archives Museum Jakarta.
Glodok (aka Chinatown).
Good ol' fried chicken feet for sale.
Two kinds of fogs-skinned and unskinned.
VOC Gedong Galang restaurant CLOSED for the New Year holidays.
Vetco Restaurant CLOSED for New Year's holidays.
Kiukenhoe Bistro-also CLOSED for the New year's holiday.
So I finally ended up at the reliable old Cafe Battavia again-knowing it would be open. Mie Tek Tek is a fried noodles specialty in Java-a recommendation from my server, he asked if I liked spicy I said yes, and the chef hid chili peppers in the pickles and at he bottom of the noodles-it would have been better if they had been evenly spread out in the dish. I still enjoyed it.
Nice rooftop bar, Awan Lounge, at the Kosenda Hotel, walking distance from my hotel I realized after visiting.
I spent some time with Chris and Mark, from my left to right, on this trip. I've worked with Chris for several years at Meiji. Please note my new batik shirt.
On last plate of street ayam (chicken) satay with sweet potatoes.