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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.. šŸ˜€

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 KetandanĀ 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 theĀ 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, theĀ 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 aĀ bakchangĀ 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 eatenĀ 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. Ā 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. ThisĀ 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,Ā theĀ 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 likeĀ 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!!



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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 nearĀ Condongcatur Bus Terminal, Yogyakarta.Ā 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.Ā 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,Ā 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 toĀ pastelĀ but with different thickness, shape, and filling style.

Pie PaiĀ 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 aĀ 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.

SinceĀ Pie PaiĀ is located in a hawker-center-like place,Ā you 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. šŸ™‚

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.. šŸ˜€

 

CHEERS AND HAVE A GREAT DAY!!



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

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and also selling some original merchandise atĀ Redbubble
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Soft and Silky : Serabi

Lately, I’m just moving back and forth between food and gaming, but it’s OK, my blog is about those 2 things, mainly.
Today’s stuff is for food, or snack to be exact which can be found scattered all across Java. This one is a traditional snack calledĀ Serabi (some people from different origins may call itĀ surabi but since I was a kid, my parents introduced me with the name ofĀ serabi so I’ll stick with it, I guess). There are 2 types ofĀ serabi that I know, the one with sweet sauce (I’ve reviewd one snack bar that served me this kind ofĀ serabi, readĀ hereĀ for more info), and the ‘dry’ one, meaning, no sauce added but topped with various thing. The late one is the type that I wanna talk about this time.

Let’s jump into the picture directly,

The ‘how to make’ is really simple.Ā SerabiĀ dough is poured to a pre-heated concave frying pan and wait for several minutes to cook. The dough itself consists of baking soda, flour, salt, coconut milk, sugar, yeast. I don’t know how exactly the dough measurement, though. The final product is a circularĀ serabi with soft and silky texture at the center and thin brownish soft-chewy texture complete with its burn mark. For takeaway, usually the maker will roll it and wrap it up with banana leaves.

The topping could be really vary but this one is chocolate. Another variation could be plain, cheese, banana,Ā pandan, strawberry, and so on.Ā SerabiĀ could taste really sweet, depends on personal preference, but commonly, it’s more savory with subtle taste of sweetness. The center part is really enjoyable, soft and silky with smooth touch in it.

This snack (could be said) is originally from Solo (the dryĀ serabiĀ one) thus if you visit Solo, Central Java, it’s like a common street food you can find in ton of places. The taste of less-sugary makes it one of my favorite snacks in Indonesia. Anyway, give comments if you have ideas or opinions, leave some likes if you enjoy reading my post, I know reviewing snacks could be resulting in a short story :D. See you on my next experiences.

 

CHEERS AND HAVE A GREAT DAY!!



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

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

Thank you. :D*