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Unusual Hotplate : McB

*WARNING : PORK DETECTED!!*

No, it isn’t typo when I typed McB, but it’s really called and named that way. I don’t really know why it’s named that way, but the owner gave tagline for this place ‘McB : The Unusual Pork’.This place is newly operated, probably even under one year since they started to serve customers. They still have their promotion programs for customers who’s willing to follow their Instagram account.

Located in a an alleyway behind a CK minimarket in Babarsari, this place serves several pork variants including steak, burger, and hotplate. I didn’t try everything, but I tried hotplate instead (my friend posted a photo when he’s having lunch/dinner there couple days before I came there, and that looked so tempting hahaha). Prices are vary for each food, burger in about IDR 17k, hotplates in IDR 25k – 40k (depends on your extra toppings), and steak in about IDR 50k.

I think, I wouldn’t be full just with steak or burger, so I ordered hotplate. Rice! 😀
And apparently extra mozzarella cheese for IDR 5k. It doesn’t take too long until my hotplate came before my eyes. Here, I got a snap picture of it

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Rice Hotplate (extra Cheese!) :9

I don’t know about you, but for me, just by looking at that picture, it’s a worthy yumm yummmm :9 Couple posts ago, I wrote about another hotplate stall, but with beef, and I told you that I don’t take the proper way to eat this hotplate dish, which is by mixing them all together. So I tasted one by one to fully understand each individual side dishes for the my first bites. The cheese is awesome, still stringy, have mild and perfect flavor but I noticed one thing at that time. Looks like the chef put 2 kinds of cheese, mozz and cheddar. I might be wrong but that was what I tasted back in McB. Unfortunately, I didn’t confirm that with the chef, so.. yeah, still no clue.

That brown sauce is amazing. It tasted similar to steak sauce but it’s saltier. Maybe their special recipe, but my tongue kinda met garlic and fermented beans right there. Secret recipe, let’s keep it secret, let’s just face it that it’s delicious hahaha. Everything is in great ratio : rice, pork, egg, cheese. They also provided additional seasoning like salty sauce (taste pretty salty which has strong fermented beans taste), sweet sauce (more like sweet and a-little-bit-sour sauce, perhaps it’s added with vinegar), pepper, and chili powder. They make sure you can create your own style. For every meal with eggs, I always save them  for the last, and that time with the rice hotplate, I addedthe yolk with couple drips of salty sauce and it’s wonderful.

The pork is mesmerizing. They grilled it perfectly but it doesn’t have burnt marks. Pork was tender and a little bit chewy. Not that juicy, though, but it has unique salty taste from the coated seasoning during grilling process. Last time I ate a hotplate dish, the bottom part of the rice was overburnt, but not this time and I didn’t have a single idea why. I did the same method, not mixing everything together, put the rice a little longer for taking picture( 😀 ), and yet the rice was still perfect. Love it! :3

I dare to say that I’m definitely planning to go back there and taste another dish, probably steak (if I have enough budget haha). I wonder if the steak will be juicy, tender, and melting, but for now, rice hotplate is perfect.

Next time, I might not be talking about food, but about life instead. Something that I want to share to you all. Examining how people live their lives, and I have something in mind, so stay tuned for my next experience in life, give comments if you have any ideas or opinions, leave like if you enjoy reading my post, and….

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Local Snack Series : Kipo

Kipo is a very traditional snack, originally from Yogyakarta, my city. Back when I was a kid, my parents brought home kipo quite often so, yeah, I’m very familiar with this simple tasty snack.

This snack looks like a ‘cocoon’ in a glance, with its flat shape and light green color. You can find kipo in almost every traditional market in Yogyakarta, or probably all around Java as well. I think 1 pack (usually consists 4 to 5 pieces) is around IDR 1.5k – 2.5k, so yeah, it’s pretty cheap snack. To help you with the visual, I have this picture with me :

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Kipo
(I should’ve used flash when I took this picture)

Looks like cocoon, yeah? Or flat shell-less snail? Hahahahaha. But trust me, it tastes nowhere near them. You can see there’s a little bit of brown or dark brown color, and it’s due the grilling process before. Kipo is made of dough (from mixture of flour and water, which has chewy-but-not-rubbery texture) that has unique filling. This filling is made of sweet shredded coconut. The sweetness comes from melted brown sugar. This half-finished kipo is then quickly grilled to give that burn marks as well as slightly hardened skin on the outside. So in one bit, you get that dry texture, slightly hard skin, chewy inside, and splatting filling in your mouth. 😀

This snack is really small in portion, so I’m pretty sure that you won’t go full tummy with 3 or 4 of kipo. Unlike resoles like what I’ve been posting before, kipo has the same filling anywhere you could find, the sweet coconut, so if you like sweet snacks, make sure to try one. This snack has been around even since my grandparents were kids (or probably way before that time, this snack has been popular), sadly, not many people, at least around the same age as me know what kipo is. Maybe they’ve tried before, but have no idea of the name.

So, yeah, this post is a great idea to bring back traditional local snacks back to the surface, I think, so we can make ’em popular again in this day and age. I’d like to give as many as I can find a try and then bring them up here, so if you have any ideas or opinions, don’t hesitate to leave comments below in the comment section. If you enjoy reading my story, leave a like, and see you on my next foodie trip.

CHEERS!!



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My First Hotplate Rice : Plate-O

Haha, finally after some moments of saving money, I managed to treat myself with one pretty intermediate (in price) dish. So, my friends told me about this hotplate dish in Jl. Prof. Yohanes Jogja, I don’t know the exact address number since it’s quite hidden. Near the Galeria 4-junction (exactly eastern side across that shopping mall) there is a giant parking lot, and there is where this place is located. A little bit hidden and if you don’t have any information beforehand, you’re gonna take some time to find it.

Plate-O. It’s the name. I still wonder why it’s named that way. Maybe because the hotplate is in circular shape (I’m gonna give the picture later), but maybe not. This shop new in town, still in its 1st year in operation (during the time I ate there, I asked their waiter). Actually there’s another branch or stall in the northern part of Yogyakarta, but I don’t know the exact address.

This shop doesn’t serve a bunch of menu for the food and averagely priced in IDR 25k-40k based on your topping choices. They have 2 main choices of protein, noodle and rice, and 2 main choices of protein (meat), beef and fish. Back then, my friend ordered the fish one and it’s based on spicy red sauce, meanwhile I got this one

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Beef Rice Hotplate (+ Extra Cheese!)

Look at that cheese! So far, I still love eating cheese so I ordered extra cheese. This is beef rice hotplate, consists of grilled beef strips, mozzarella cheese, egg, rice with scallion and sweet corn topping, and also sprinkled pepper. Oh boy, I love the entire dish. People say, the way to eat it ‘properly’ is by mixing each food altogether, but I did it in traditional way, piece by piece. The beef is quite tender and a little bit chewy but in nice dark brown color due to grilling. It’s not overly seasoned, just slightly salty and had additional saltiness of the special sauce Plate-O has. The cheese was perfect, tasted amazing and still stringy but the bottom part was slightly overburnt due to the hotplate’s heat.Like I said before, the sauce was pretty salty and garlic-y, but I like the style. Maybe adding more sauce would be even more amazing, chef! (because it dried out pretty fast 😩 ):thumbsup:

Unfortunately, by the time the dish arrived, the rice (bottom part) was overly burnt due to the heat, making it hard and crispy, which is the texture I don’t like for rice. Probably the cooks put the rice first before the protein or the heat was massive so it burnt my rice rapidly to rice crisps or I should’ve mixed everything together quickly so the heat should spread to the entire meal. Aside from the taste, the price is quite intermediate for me but it’s worth the meal. The ratio is good, the meat isn’t lacking in amount, the rice is also at great portion.

It was a great night with amazing dish (a little bit of downside but no problem, though, I still enjoy the entire food). I would like to taste something similar even more, probably with different base, style, and origin. That would be awesome! 🙂 Leave comments in the comment section if you have any ideas or opinions or recommendation on what I should try next, give like if you enjoy reading this experience, and stay tuned for my next foodie trips.

CHEERS!!



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Simple but Fascinating : Soto Kudus Gadjah Mada

Well, before I start to write about the food, I’d like to say sorry for quite a long time between each posts since I don’t really go out much lately and I’m kinda busy with some stuffs, but as long as I have something to pour to my blog and time between my activities, I’ll do blog. (This also goes the same for me at making artworks.)

This time, the dish I want to talk about is a true Indonesian dish called Soto, specifically ‘Soto Kudus’ with Kudus is a city in Central Java where the dish originally comes from. This soto kudus isn’t located in Kudus, but in Jogja, and I’m also thinking if the taste is similar since I’ve never tried the original soto kudus.

The restaurant is called Soto Gadjah Mada located in Jl. Kabupaten, Yogyakarta, not exactly remember the number, though. It’s a simple and clean restaurant surrounded by fresh scent of rice paddy fields. From inside, you can gaze through the window for a fascinating greenies scenery.

The only entrĂ©e in this restaurant is soto kudus which comes in 2 bowl sizes, regular (IDR 7k) or jumbo (IDR 10k). Here’s what it looks like :

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Soto Kudus (jumbo)

Mostly, as far as I know and find, soto has quite clear broth/soup. In this case, the broth wasn’t clear at all. This might be caused of various spices which were mixed together. Indeed, the broth was very spice-y. It gave slight taste of sweet, a little bit of savory and salty with a very gentle touch of sourness. I predicted that the spices are like turmeric, coriander, and a little sparkle of pepper. The combination was perfect for my personal preference. One jumbo bowl is enough for an average eater without making our stomach overly full.

Along with the main course, the waiters/waitress will give you various side dish like skewered-clam (sweet and chewy but this is my favorite), skewered-quail eggs (quite sweet for the outer part since they’re marinated with mixture of soy-sauce-based-broth before), tahu bacem (a real Indonesian side dish, which is grilled tofu marinated in soy sauce spices), skewered intestines and some more. Unfortunately I didn’t take a picture of them. 😩

Since this place is about soto kudus only, I can recommend this place to any of you who wants to get a try out. It isn’t expensive, delicious, and has clean and fresh environment.

I know I didn’t put a lot of words this time, but give comments if you have any ideas or opinions, give like if you enjoy reading this post, and stay tuned for my next foodie reviews.

CHEERS!!



I also do some artworks (in self-practice as well, actually), if you’d like to visit, you are very welcomed to my Artstation and Patreon profile.

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and also selling some original merchandise at Redbubble
*Sorry, get to promote everything, but, yeah, my effort on living my dream may be starting from the very bottom*

Thank you. :D*