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Balinese Pork Combo : Warung Bu Komang

*WARNING : PORK DETECTED!!*

Balinese style dishes has been spreading across Yogyakarta for some years, which letting us, food hunters to choose from different cooking style and taste. There are 3 famous Balinese restaurant in Yogyakarta, which I think is pretty authentic in style, but today I’m gonna talk about one of them. It’s called Warung Bu Komang. This restaurant is originally located in Timoho, Yogyakarta, but now it has spread its wings to open new shop near Pasar Pathuk, also close to one of Yogyakarta’s point of interests, Malioboro.

I’ve tried the original restaurant one but at that time I haven’t even devoted to blogging yet, so there’s no record about it. Now that I’m making a move to taste a lot of food, I tried the new branch which is fortunately not far from where I live.

Looks like the new branch of Warung Bu Komang doesn’t look so traditional. The original one does, complete with Balinese attributes and style. Their main specialty is pork, but if you desire something else, you can choose chicken. Usually, the most favorite menu in local Balinese restaurant is the mixed-pork one, called Nasi Campur (literal translation : mixed rice). Commonly, you’ll get pork for this menu, unless you ask for chicken.

So, this is what I got that day, nasi campur, but separated between the side dish and the rice. I also got a small bowl of soup which is very common for nasi campur. First let’s talk about the soup. It had no meat at all inside, just the soup, crispy shallots, scallions, and various of spices hence the color of the soup wasn’t so clear. Surprisingly, the taste was pretty bland. I was hoping to get strong taste of spices as I usually got when having nasi campur, but not that time.

Next the side dishes, which was pork. Of course I ordered pork whenever I came to Balinese restaurant :D. You’ll get a plate of various pork dishes. First thing first, what can be quickly remarked was the pork satay. It’s grilled pork on a skewer. The pork size was quite big per pieces and diced as well. It’s not overly sweet and not overcooked. It had no charred marked so I think, it’s grilled for medium amount of time. Next  is the deep fried pig skin. This was awesomely cooked. Crispy, crunchy, and salty outside, slightly hard to bite, but heavenly chewy on the inside.

Next one was the pig liver slices. Well, that was new. I’ve never had any pig liver slices whenever I ordered nasi campur. The pig liver is slightly sweet, probably marinated beforehand and slightly hard to bite as well, but more to the soft side. It’s stir fried with some kind of spices, I don’t really know what (probably mixed of bunch of spices), but it tasted salty with subtle taste of sweetness. Next item is the soy-sauced pork. It’s sweet obviously, but still had savory taste to it. The spices only covers the outside. However, the soy sauce spices amazed me with that not-so-sweet result.

Beside the pork, you’ll get 2 types of minced veggies, and 1 scoop of sambal, a very hot one. Bunch of cassava leaves, boiled and slightly mixed with salty spices were ready alongside your pork. Another veggies was minced long beans. However, since I know the sambal would be very hot, I gave it to my friends :D. By experience, I’ve learned that every Balinese restaurant has superbly hot special sambal, usually called sambal matah.

The price was vary for every food on the menu, from IDR 12k to 30k. As I stated before, they also have chicken if you don’t or can’t eat pork. They also have various other dishes like crispy chicken skin, crispy pig skin, fried rice, and others. So far, no Balinese restaurant got me dissapointed :D. Anyway, I think that’s for now, leave me some words at the comment section if you have ideas or opinions, leave like if you enjoy reading my stories, follow my Instagram account @bitethefood for foodie reports, and stay tuned for my next stories.

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Even Another Hotplate Rice : Pothz Burger

*WARNING : PORK DETECTED!*

My God, lately, I’ve tried a lot hotplate rice in Yogyakarta, including this one. But, no regret, everything just taste amazing, IMO. Now, there’s this one called Pothz Burger. I wasn’t really aware of this place before my friend told me about it as a place for our next hangout. It’s located near Mrican, which at Jl. STM Pembangunan to be exact. I think that’s why, I don’t really go that way much, so I’m not really aware of anything around there. 😦

However, the place is quite small with only about 5 or 6 tables in it. It’s also located on the terrace of a boarding house. The restaurant banner was partially covered by leaves, so make sure to search thoroughly if you want to pay this place a visit. I think it’s still freshly open, probably in under a year (but I’m not really sure) since they’re still giving 20% price-off which was probably for promotion time.

Pothz Burger sells several type of food including hotplate rice, Italian-style pizza, and burger. Anyway, this is what I ordered that time

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Pork Hotplate Rice
(duh.. It has a unique name for this menu but I forget.. It’s the complete package of hotplate rice without extra topping BTW)

Despite the name ‘burger’, I didn’t really aim at their burger since I think it wouldn’t satisfy my hunger, but during the time there, I saw one of the waiter brought a set of burger buns, which are BIG, way bigger than the usual ones. However, I’m aiming for the cheese instead (I love cheese!).

This hotplate had a dang portion of cheese!  With mozzarella scattered all over the grilled pork, and a slice of cheddar at the top, this would never go wrong for any cheese lovers. I tried to mix the cheddar with the rice because it’s so tempting to did so, and I created a very tasty rice mixture with it. 😀 Taking the rice aside, I also mixed the mozz with the pork so it formed a gooey-sticky-thick-looking pork and cheese mixture which tasted heavenly, having 2 of my favorite food mixed together. As usual, I left the egg for the finisher.

Speaking of the taste, the sauce was salty, not overly salty and more to the bland side, more to the subtle taste. It was not as strong as the sauce of other hotplate rice I’ve ever tasted, so that’s kind of a room for improvement. Besides, they only provided basic additional ingredients like powdered chili, and shoyu to add some flavor. The top point was the cheese which has extraordinary amount. The pork was also perfectly cooked, not overcooked, but slightly chewy and flavorful. Pork and rice ratio was perfectly balance.

For a small-startup business, they have such high customers flow. With that taste, and reasonable price, I have no doubt that they’ll be a great restaurant in the future. Some improvements could be done but overall it was an amazing foodie experience. Anyway, before I finish this blog..

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this is the pork-mozz mixture I talked about earlier
(hahahahahahahaha)

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CHEERS!!



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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….

CHEERS!!



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Across-Island Dishes : Lokon

*WARNING : PORK DETECTED*

Several years ago, my friend took me to a home-made-food restaurant serves some dishes originally from outside of the island where I live. Manado, to be exact. It’s in North Sulawesi, which is the island north of Java. The restaurant is in Jogja but serves dishes from Manado. The owners came from Manado, I think, since this pair of husband-and-wife have a very fluent Sulawesi accent.

The name is Lokon, like the name of a volcano in North Sulawesi, probably named that way to bring the ethnic feel of North Sulawesi itself. The banner of this restaurant is quite worn out so I didn’t recognize it well at first. My friend also asked me to go to ‘oma ne’ (it’s Javanese, translated to Bahasa Indonesia as ‘oma-nya’, or to English to ‘the oma’ since, probably, it’s a calling for aunt / auntie in Manado). So, that’s it, up until now, I never say Lokon as its original restaurant name, but Oma-ne instead.

Here, the menu is not too many. They only serve about 5 or 6 kinds. Two of them is the babi kecap (soy-sauced pork), and kinawok. Those are two dishes that my (other) friend and I ordered last time we went there. The place is quite simple as well, not too fancy but not too shabby as well. The beverage is also standard, like mineral water, ice tea, and orange.

This is what I had last time, soy-sauced pork

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Soy-sauced Pork

(I know, the English name sounds awkward, but I’ll stick to it)

Some soy-sauced pork dishes I’ve ever eaten use watery soy-sauced soup, but here, it’s more like a sauce than soup. It’s quite oily (but delicious), thick, with dark brown in color, indicating there’s quite a portion of soy-sauced dipped in there. Even so, the taste is not overly sweet and not spicy at all. Somehow it’s very well-balanced with a dimmed garlic-y flavor. The pork itself is tender, not very soft but not that chewy. Just right.

Usually, or probably, mostly the dishes from Manado are spicy, or even blazing spicy for average hot-food eater. My friend from Manado said that he sometimes even can’t handle the hotness of the dish due to overdose chillies portion. Kinawok is one of them. This one is what my friend ordered and I’m allowed to try a piece of kinawok pork.

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Kinawok

Now, this food is a total contradiction to what I’ve had. Color is bright orangish yellow, soup isn’t really thick (more like oil and mashed spices, mixed). The taste is quite salty, not overly salty, though. The spices really take their part well in giving amazing taste. However, for me, it’s too hot (again, I have almost 0 tolerance to spiciness).  The pork’s tenderness level is the same like what I had. If I can handle spiciness well, I would love this dish more than I do now.

Actually, I’ve tried some more dishes here but I don’t have any pictures of them so I think, I will talk about it as the 2nd part of Lokon. I ordered soy-sauced pork because the dish I usually order is sold out so I had to choose an alternative choice.

Stay tuned for my next foodie trips, give comments if you have any ideas for me or my blog posts, give like if you like it and see you soon.

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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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Roof? Steak? Food.. : Atap Grill

*WARNING : PORK DETECTED*

Ah… Akhirnya setelah +- 8 bulan nggak nulis, blog ini saya angkat lagi ke permukaan. Nggak punya duit, susah mau kulineran yang aneh2, makan sehari-hari aja masih mikir-mikir. Hahahahaha.

Anyway, masih di Jogja, ada salah 1 tempat high-end buat para pecinta daging panggang. Namanya Atap Grill dan letaknya di dekat samsat Kota Yogyakarta, tepatnya di Jl. Tentara Rakyat Mataram No.5, Bumijo, Jogja. Tempatnya agak kecil kalo diliat dari luar tapi banner-nya cukup besar dan jelas untuk dilihat dari jauh. Kabarnya yang di lokasi itu cabangnya, dan yang utama ada di area Sosrowijayan, tapi saya sendiri kurang paham tepatnya. Meski namanya Atap Grill, kita tetap makan di dalam rumah kok, jadi bukan open-sky dining atau malah makan di atas atap (roof). Tempat makannya sederhana dengan desain yang simple dan agak minimalist tetapi tetap enak dipandang. Tampungan pengunjung juga tidak terlalu banyak, mungkin sekitar 30an orang.

Harganya memang high-end dan saya memang modal nekat makan di sini meski uang pas-pasan (nekat ngirit makan sehari2 sampe batas minimum selama beberapa waktu hahaha). Kisaran harga untuk makanan antara Rp 35ribu – Rp 110rb dan minumannya masih termasuk harga standar antara Rp 4ribu – Rp 10rb-an. Bahan proteinnya ada 3 macam : daging ayam, daging sapi, dan daging babi. Waktu itu (karena saya juga belum tentu makan di sana 2 tahun sekali) saya pilih menu yang cukup menantang (harganya) : Beef Steak + Pork Belly dengan harga Rp 97ribu. Bisa sih pesan satu macam, seperti Beef BBQ, Pork Belly, Crunchy Pork, atau Chicken Steak tapi kayanya kalo 2 macam kok mantap, jadinya ya…. sudah. Hahahaha.

Untuk sausnya, ada 5 macam kalau tak salah ingat, tapi saya hanya ingat beberapa seperti Chili CheeseCajun Cheese (yang saya pesan), BBQ Sauce (kalau nggak salah ada Blackpepper Sauce juga tapi samar-samar ingatnya). Cajun Cheese yang saya pesan ini berwarna coklat muda lebih dominan ke gurih, sedikit asin, dan ada rasa rempah-rempahan yang sangat tipis. Cocok di lidah saya tapi satu hal disayangkan..

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… porsi sausnya terlalu kecil. 😦

Dua tumpukan itu daging semua (pork belly sih sebagian ada lemaknya), dengan bobot @+- 100 gram. Beefnya (yang tumpukan bawah) nggak dimasak hingga matang sempurna tapi lebih ke medium, meski saya ga minta apa-apa dan manut saja sama defaultnya. Lumayan chewy tapi rasa bakarannya enak. Nah Pork Belly nya ini yang saya tunggu-tunggu dan memang nggak buat kecewa hahahaha. Dagingnya tebal dan empuk, lebih empuk dari beefnya, dan sudah berlumur bumbu manis seperti campuran bbq dan kecap. Nggak terlalu manis tapi pas untuk paduan rasa dengan dagingnya sendiri.

Hal kedua yang agak disayangkan adalah food plating-nya. Entah kenapa sayurannya (meski enak, nggak mentah tapi nggak overcooked juga) dibiarkan berserakan seperti itu, tapi mungkin itu gaya dan ciri khasnya sendiri, nggak tahu juga. Kesannya jadi setengah-setengah plating nya, di satu sisi rapi, satu sisi berantakan. Di luar dari teknik penataannya, rasanya memang mantab jaya kok.

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And that’s.. my last bite! (gotta save a memory)

Inilah sepenggal kisah saya saat mencicip makanan di sebuah steak house di Jogja. Meski cukup menguras dompet, saya bakal balik lagi entah suatu saat kapan saya ada rejeki lebih dan mencicip menu-menu lain di sini karena saya juga termasuk karnivora lumayan akut :D.

Stay tuned for next foodie experiences and as always..

CHEERS!