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Migrate To FOODFUNFRAME.COM

Hello guys, this is the 2nd notice for my blog.

I’m going to tell you once again that my blog irulemylife.wordpress.com‘s posts/entries has been stopped because I’ve moved to a new domain. A more personal domain actually. I’m still using wordpress but am not using .wordpress.com subdomain anymore.

So, whenever you stumbled across this blog, you can visit my new website at

foodfunframe.com

OR CLICK THIS CUTE BITTEN COOKIE IMAGE TO DIRECTLY REACH MY NEW HOME 😀

Food Biter Cookie

Head there for newer blog posts of foodie and games reviews. Make sure to check in daily for routine updates.

Hereby, with this 2nd notice I ask each and everyone of you to check my new home.
Thank you!

 

CHEERS AND HAVE A GREAT DAY!!


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Goodbye, irulemylife..

It’s been a while.. I’ve already thinking about this for a little while now, and finally everything reach the final decision.

So, what really happened..?

Since few months ago, I was already planning to leave this blog, leave irulemylife. But, I was doing that to even leap further, because…

 

I’VE GOT A NEW DOMAIN!

Yeah, surely I’m leaving irulemylife.wordpress.com to a new ‘home’. I’ve got a new domain to do my stuffs here. I’ve already migrated everything there, every comments, likes, status, statistics, everything. Once again, I’ve talked about this before, but thanks to everyone out there which has been visiting my blog since the very first post, I can stand still here and keep writing.

So, talking about new domain, you can visit my new website, of course. I’ll be happy if  you can pay me a visit, having chit chat and all. For that, you can go to

foodfunframe.com

Then, why didn’t I choose something similar to irulemylife back again? First reason is, that same name has already been taken, so yeah, no chance. I could give a name with additional dashes or dots, but I think that would be harder to remember, harder to recognize and everything. So I choose a simpler name. That name has 3 words in it but I think it would be easier to remember.

So, why foodfunframe.com?

  • FOOD, yeah because I’ll talk about food on my website, like what I was doing on my blog. So, I think that would be easy to remember due to content matching.
  • FUN, 2nd thing I’ll talk about there will be games like what I was doing here on my blog as well. I didn’t choose ‘game’ to make it easier and faster to remember after you combine the whole name together.
  • FRAME, yet, this has slightly deeper meaning. The other thing I usually talk about is fragments of  life. I associate those fragments as pictures which are great if you put it inside frames. So it’s like you’re looking at bunch of pictures of your life. Frames of life.

Haha, they might not make any sense to you, but I think that is a suitable name for my home.

Well then, everybody, I welcome you on my new site, even though it’s still under maintenance and tons of adjustments, but I’ll make it way better.

Remember 3Fs, foodfunframe(.com).

 

CHEERS AND HAVE A GREAT DAY!!


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Chinese New Year Euphoria : Lantern Festival

Few weeks ago was Chinese New Year, so congratulations to everyone celebrating it. Gong xi, gong xi.. 😀

In Yogyakarta, the euphoria was also strong in Chinese New Year, especially for the Lantern Festival or usually called Cap Go Meh. This festival or day marks the end of Chinese New Year celebrations after 15 days straight since the day. I don’t know how the calendar system works, but I only know that far, so if I’m mistaken, please don’t hesitate to correct me. For Lantern Festival, Yogyakarta’s ‘local Chinatown’ which is located in Ketandan always celebrates it by making the area open for public and have a lot to offer.

That was, honestly, my first time in visiting local Lantern Festival since years before I was kinda lazy due to the stories that the place would be jammed and packed. (It was, indeed). But, this year’s different. I made my decision to visit this local Chinatown to enjoy the ambience.

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BTW, this is the main stage for the festival

Upon entering, which was indeed pretty packed, I found it so amazing to be there and felt the unique atmosphere I’ve never experienced before. Even though I’ve been there (in Ketandan) before, but I felt like in totally different area due to the food and snack stalls, tons of lanterns, and the main attractions themselves.

img_20170205_191919I’m aiming to get a clear shot of the liongs head, but yeah, that’s pretty hard since the performers are moving pretty fast

The festival actually took place on an alley in Ketandan. My parking area is right at the middle of that alley since I came from the backstreet route. Actually my friends were guiding me through the route :D. So we decided to take left that lead us to the Malioboro which is closed for vehicles during the festival (night only). At that time, the liong (I hope I didn’t mispronounce) were on stage.

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You can find bunch of choices of snacks or meal here including pork. Though I have many stuffs available, I can only pick some due to some (wallet) internal problem. So I picked a bakchang which is steamed sticky rice with meat filling. The vendor I came to, have 2 kinds of bakchang, with chicken and pork. Definitely I chose pork. My friend’s friend said that usually backhang was prepared with pork+telur asin (salty egg, usually duck egg) but I think that day wasn’t my lucky day since I found none.

The taste was savoury overall. I don’t think that the sticky rice was marinated with some kind of spices since it’s quite bland. The brownish color might be from the wrapper (leaves, I forget what leaves :|). The sticky rice was seriously sticky, though. I’ve eaten bakchang once couple years ago and the taste was totally different. The pork I had inside the snack I bought during that festival was block of pork. It wasn’t sliced but more like chopped like dices. It’s mostly savory with subtle taste of saltiness as well. Probably it wasn’t marinated but just purely stir fried.  The ratio is a bit imbalance as well since the protein was pretty minimalist in amount.

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After having some snack, of course I moved on to a meal. My friend’s friend which I stated earlier was opening a vendor right in front of his house. I also had my meal at his food stall and I got steamed rice. Actually it’s pretty good, I may admit. I’m not a fan in pouring soup over rice, so I kept it separated. Soup is beautiful and clear, taste slightly salty but mostly garlic-y. This steamed rice wasn’t covered in pork, but chicken instead. The rice is steamed for quite some time hence making it brown in color.

I’m not a food expert but my guess is, the rice was marinated with savory broth like mixture of garlic, green onion, shoyu, probably a little bit of soy sauce, along with the chicken and mushroom as the toppings. After it’s fully steamed, the steamed rice was topped again with sliced scallion and crispy shallots for extra crunch. The marinating broth didn’t totally reach the center of the rice but it was pretty deep, so I think the steaming process worked really well.

Aside from the food, I also enjoyed a few of the atractions like liong and this Chinese puppet show. I didn’t understand a single thing since the puppet master was telling story in Chinese, haha. Any food hunters would be really happy to walk around this alley and pleasing themselves with varieties of meals, snacks, and beverages.

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(sorry, blurry picture again.. :p, I wonder what’s wrong)

In the end, being here on the Chinese festival for the first time truly amazed me since I experienced something new. The euphoria and atmosphere were pretty mesmerizing especially with some Chinese songs being played all over the place :thumbsup:
Gotta end my story here, it’s been a long post, and I’m looking for more new experience like this. So, if you have any ideas or comments, fill me in at the comment section, leave like if you enjoy reading my stories, and stay tuned for my next trips.

 

CHEERS AND HAVE A GREAT DAY!!



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*

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Crunch and Munch! : Pie Pai

Having more snack references is always a good thing to do and lately my friend told me that there’s a small pie vendor near Condongcatur Bus Terminal, Yogyakarta. This place is actually pretty hidden if I may say, since it’s a small vendor and I think the business hasn’t been starting for a long time yet. Pie Pai, owner named it, as a slang to ‘pie pie’. It’s located inside Taman Kuliner Condongcatur approximately 100m to the left from the main gate.

This vendor, Pie Pai, is specializing in fried pie. I actually haven’t had the authentic ‘pie’ before and I thought it was more like apple pie, but fried. Such randomness, hahaha. After I watched the menu and saw some sample pictures for what they offered, I learnt that it was actually similar to pastel but with different thickness, shape, and filling style.

Pie Pai is offering 2 kind of fried pies, ones with sweet fillings, and ones with savory fillings. I’m sorry I didn’t get some snaps of the menu but I do remember some of the varieties. Some of the sweet ones are filled with cheese (probably mixed with condensed milk)/apple/Oreo/green tea/and some more others. Basically what youngsters love in sweets. The savory ones consist of beef bbq/beef blackpepper/tuna/hot tuna/mozzarella cheese/and some more.

That time I got a Mozzarella Pie (+ Extra Cheddar), so yeah, I went full cheesy cheese back there. As you all can see, the shape is rectangular and that’s the pastry, fried pastry. It looks similar to a Brazilian snack but theirs are smaller. I’m afraid I don’t know the name, though. Anyway, you’ll get a fork and a sachet of chili sauce as a package. The pastry was so light, airy, and crunchy at the same time. Moving onto the center part, there was my filling. Top right picture is my quarter way of finishing that fried pie. The mozz has started to be seen and another mixture of cheddar cheese (I believe it was grated), bunch of onion, and quite massive amount of ketchup accompanied me. Moving to my halfway munching that pie, the block of mozz was visible already (bottom right and its left photo). The mozz cheese was so chewy and stringy. Perfect, to be short.

By the way, my friend and I found down points for this snack. It would be better if the seller could really pay a little bit more attention on filling composition. What we found on filling, it’s not spreading equally. So, as you can see there on my pictures, the mozz cheese was on the right side, at whole shape, but the ketchup other mixture were on the right side. Another thing is, I think the seller put too much ketchup for one portion. Would’ve been very great if he reduced slight amount of ketchup because when we munch on the mixture, the ketchup was quite strong on our tongue. Overall, this snack bears great potential to grab customers’ heart and make them coming back to eat more portions.

Since Pie Pai is located in a hawker-center-like placeyou can eat your snack there but the seats are quite limited. Bringing it for takeaway would be another choice but the heat might not hold for a long time. My friend said that her pie filling is still blazing hot when she ate it, so I think the pastry wrapper did a great job in preserving the heat. 🙂

Anyway, I’m glad that we found something like this and I’m really hoping to meet some other cool snacks during my foodie trip. So, give comments if you have any recommendations, ideas, or opinions, leave like if you enjoy reading my post, and my ‘new thing’ will be published soon.. 😀

 

CHEERS AND HAVE A GREAT DAY!!



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*

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First Timer with Local Bandung Food! : Seblak

That day my friends and I walked around a shopping mall in Yogyakarta. I didn’t recognize that it had some kind of mini hawker center inside that sold like street food and beverages. Then I saw this unique name, Seblak. I wondered what kind of food that was. After a quite long time of thinking and waiting for people to clear the queue line, I ordered one portion of this ‘new’ dish.

After a quick research, I learned that Seblak is actually a traditional dish (or you can count this as snack and not heavy meal) from Bandung, West Java. I’ve never had foodie trips around West Java before so this snack right here was like a teaser for me. I’d be glad to be able to get some foodie experience there, but this time, this one was quite an eye-opener. You can get this in Lippo Plaza, Yogyakarta.

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Seblak

The visual appearance might be unappetizing but the taste was the other way around. Its main ingredient was kerupuk which was crackers for side dish, very common and vary in Indonesia. Kerupuk udang was used in this dish. I didn’t see the cooking process but I probably could take it like this : the kerupuk udang used for this dish were still raw, meaning they’re still inedible. They were then mixed with all the broth, spices (I tasted quite strong ginger flavor in it) and other ingredients (mine came with egg and slices of meatballs).

The kerupuk became soggy and soaked with broth, thus resulting in chewy and soft texture. To top this up, the amount of kerupuk used were outstandingly massive. The broth was has savory flavor with subtle taste of saltiness. There were more complete version of Seblak that contains more protein if you’re going to order there. Upon the final product, most of the kerupuk were still attached to each other, making it easier to eat. 😀

Anyway, I kinda like this ‘appetizer’ even it’s Bandung’s traditional dish but STILL was made in Yogyakarta. My best guess is it’s still cooked with some Yogyakarta flavor in it and not an authentic eastern Java flavor. Even so, the differences may not be that much, I assume. 🙂 So, I’m gonna end my story here (such a short one isn’t it? :D), stay tuned for the next foodie trips, give like if you enjoy reading my experiences, and leave some comments if you have any ideas or opinions.

 

CHEERS AND HAVE A GREAT DAY!!



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.

Patreon

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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*


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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!!



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.

Patreon

Artstation

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*