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Balinese Pork Combo : Warung Bu Komang


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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The Real Deal : Tahu Tek

Now, this time is about one food that I’m putting my crosshair on during my trip to Surabaya, or generally East Java. Back in Yogyakarta, there are some places (or food cart) selling tahu tek, but I believe the taste isn’t as good as where it comes from. In Yogyakarta, the taste is sweeter since they used less petis (read my previous post to know what petis is).

So, tahu tek is originally from East Java since it uses petis as the main ingredients which is very common in East Java. Let’s see how it looks firsttahu-tek

Tahu Tek
(it was takeaway so it was using paper wrapping)

*Note : I don’t really know why it’s named with ‘tek’ but my logical side think that it’s an onomatopoeia of a frying pan lid being hit by hawkers (which is usually walking around the area) to sell this food, so everyone inside the house are aware that the hawkers are around*

Uh.. Yeah, the visual presentation doesn’t look so appealing but this one hell of a shot of tahu tek (original from the area and what my families who live in Surabaya recommended me. Sorry, I don’t know where they bought this). When I opened the package, it was already like that hahahaha.

Tahu tek consists of some food ingredients like rice cake for the carbs, sliced cucumber, and tofu-egg mixture. For this dish, the main proteins were cooked in a special way. They’re basically just egg and tofu fried as one entire mixture. The egg was beaten together with the tofu and also fried to be one giant omelette which will be cut into pieces with scissors. The texture is kinda messy, though with a little bit crunch from the soaked beansprouts, and mainly porridge-like softness due to the sauce, rice cakes, and tofu.

The thing I love most is the sauce, that deep-dark-brown-horrifying-looking sauce.. Which was so da*n awesome. It’s not mainly soy-sauce sweet like what I often tasted in Yogyakarta. In Surabaya, you’ll get sauce with probably 80% with aroma and flavor of petis and less soy sauce. Sadly nothing like this aren’t sold in Yogyakarta, but I know that getting real petis would be quite hard for people in Yogyakarta since they should buy it online or send it by package/mail.

I went almost half an island just to hunt this cuisine down, to taste the real deal of a tahu tek and it’s satisfying. Back when I visited Malang (in East Java as well), I also tried this food and tasted similar only with IDR 8k per portion, the same with what they sell in Yogyakarta but the one in Malang has twice the volume.

OK this has been a short post, not gonna add anymore since I think I have spit out everything I experienced about this dish, so give like if you enjoy reading my stories, leave comments if you have any ideas or opinions, and have a great day|



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Real Traditional Meal : Ingkung Joglo

Honestly, I know about this food for the first time (same food, different places) recently, about 1 year ago, even though I live in Yogyakarta for almost 20 years. That was the first time I ate Ingkung.

Last weekend, along with my parents, I went to a remote area to look for an Ingkung restaurant in Bantul, southern part of Yogyakarta province. I didn’t know that the area is so remote, that it took almost 45 minutes to reach from where I live (which is in the city outskirt). I didn’t even know the area address there, my father just took the wheel there.

So, long story short, we arrived in a very traditional-looking restaurant. The ambiance felt so traditional with village-y nuance. I thought that the restaurant would be packed and jammed. But, no. When we arrived, there’re no customers. Probably because it’s way before lunch time. By the way, the place is called Ingkung Joglo (P.S. : You’re most likely gonna miss this place when you’re trying to find the place, so make proper planning and get clear directions, I’m sorry I can’t provide much on this since I’m clueless as well about how to get there).

Here is the picture of the lovely restaurant, so simple and traditional yet so calming, reminds me of my time living in the village during college assignment :

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Not so long after we ordered our food, another family came for lunch. Then another family. And then another. Suddenly the restaurant is getting packed with customers having lunch.

The owners didn’t have plenty of menu, just main dish, the ingkung, and several side dish like omelette, sunny side up eggs, tempeh and tofu, and a few more. For the main dish, you can choose what portion the ingkung you want, for 2-3 people, or for about 10 people, all prices may vary due to size. By the way, ingkung is the way it’s cooked, the style, not the main ingredients. It’s basically made of chicken (most likely ‘ayam kampung’ which is a local special breed of chicken that has chewy meat and smaller in size. Ingkung itself has base of coconut milk, resulting in a unique final taste. It has a combination of (a little bit of) saltiness and mostly savory.

Here is the snap picture, I only took 1 though 😦


Ingkung (2-3 people portion)

Basically, the chicken is marinated with the coconut milk and spices then steamed. The chicken itself isn’t raw, just boiled for a while before being marinated, thus resulting in that yellowish-white color. The bowl on the right is some kind of soup, mixed with crispy shallot. It’s not thick, quite oily, and has strong coconut milk flavor. It’s the complementary soup for the chicken, you can either pour it to the chicken or take little by little to your rice. The chili paste isn’t that spicy (even for me), and tasted sweet than spicy. The chili paste is based on tomato, actually.

And for the drink :


Es Tape

Being pronounced ‘tape’ not ‘tāp’, the green thing is fermented sticky rice so it contains very small amount of alcohol. It’s very popular in Indonesia, especially in Java (or some places I’ve visited before). The fermented rice is mixed with water and sugar to make it sweet.

Talking about rice, the owners here give you 2 choices of rice, plain white rice and  coconut-milk-based rice (shortened : coconut rice, to make it easy). The coconut rice is actually white rice but steamed / cooked with mixture of coconut milk, making it to have distinct flavor. This kind of rice is also popular in many areas in Indonesia.

I also snapped a picture during my way to reach the place : Such a lovely and amazing scenery.


If any of you planning to visit Indonesia, specially Yogyakarta, you might not want to miss this place. Away from city’s noisy environment, you can enjoy your meal with heartwarming restaurant nuance.
Stay tuned for my next trip, give comments if you have opinions or ideas, give like if you like it and..


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It’s Rude, It’s Offensive, yet Delicious : Soto DJANCUK

Saya nggak akan tau ada tempat macam ini kalau nggak diajak bapak saya.. hahaha

Jadi, di suatu sudut Kota Jogja, ada sebuah tempat makan unik nan eksentrik yang menyuguhkan satu menu makanan asli Indonesia sebagai spesialisasinya. Tempatnya mudah sekali untuk ditemukan (karena nggak hilang hahahahaha [bad joke is bad]) karena nggak sampai masuk-masuk gang yang mblusuk. Anda bisa datang dari arah PGRI atau PUKJ. Bila Anda datang dari Arah PUKJ (Jl. Martadinata belok ke arah selatan di lampu merah pertigaan), lurus saja terus ke selatan dan Anda akan ketemu pertigaan dengan lampu merah. Kalau ke kiri Anda akan ke arah PGRI, tapi untuk ke rumah makan ini Anda belok ke kanan. Maju sekitar 500an meter dan Anda akan langsung menemukan tempat ini di sisi kiri jalan. Biasanya akan ada mini bus seperti ini (gambar di bawah) yang diparkir di depan rumah makannya.



Jadi, kata bapak saya, itu adalah food truck (sesuai tulisannya) yang dipakai untuk berkeliling memasarkan dagangannya. Pembeli bisa makan di dalam karena dalamnya sudah didesain sedemikian rupa sehingga mirip mini bar lengkap dengan meja, kursi, peralatan dapur, penerangan dan lain-lain. Dengan kata lain bus ini adalah rumah makan yang mobile.

Saking eksentriknya, rumah makan ini diberi nama Soto Djancuk oleh pemiliknya. Kenapa? Saya juga nggak tau menau karena belum pernah bertemu pemiliknya langsung dan kabarnya hampir nggak pernah ada di sana. Barangkali ia dari Jawa Timur :D. Nah, kata ‘djancuk’ ini sebenarnya umpatan yang biasa dipakai oleh orang Jawa TImur-an dan setau saya ini sangat kasar.

OK lah, nggak perlu lagi jauh-jauh membahas kata ‘djancuk’ tadi, langsung saja ke rumah makannya..

Tampak dari luar pun Anda pasti akan langsung tau kalau tempat ini ‘tidak biasa’. Jangan bayangkan rumah makan soto yang mewah, dengan tata letak yang rapi. Alih-alih, persepsi mereka tentang rumah makan cukup unik. Langsung lihat saja di bawah ini







*maafkan kualitas HP saya


Itu sebagian pemandangan yang akan Anda lihat di rumah makan Soto Djancuk. Rumah makan ini memiliki nuansa yang sederhana nan unik bin eksentrik. Sekilas akan tampak seperti rumah lapuk di pedesaan dengan pintu kayu yang sudah entah berapa lama usianya, dinding bata yang nggak ditutup dengan semen, hiasan-hiasan dinding yang unik dan artistik, serta macam-macam lagi. Bahkan roda pun aka jadi meja makan Anda di sana hahaha. Kursi-kursi kayu dan bambu (kadang disebut lincak) yang akan menjadi tempat duduk Anda di sana. Entah model apa yang digunakan pemilik rumah makan itu, tapi gaya itu memberi kesan yang extraordinary. Tempatnya memang terkesan kotor dan kumuh tapi percayalah, itu cuma tampak luar saja, sebenarnya tempatnya bersih kok. BTW, yang botol kuning itu botol kecap dan bukan kendi arak/tuak/miras/alkohol hahahaha

Kemudian.. bintang utama di sini (maksudnya makanannya) adalah soto, ya seusuai namanya, Soto Djancuk. Sebelum saya ngoceh lebih lanjut, langsung lihat penampakannya saja..



Itu dia. Soto Djancuk hahahahahaha, entah kenapa saya suka menyebut menu makanan ini, tapi percayalah saya orang baik yang tak suka mengumpat hahahaha

Harganya nggak mahal, 10ribu rupiah saja untuk satu porsinya dan dijamin untuk yang porsi makannya rata-rata (kaya saya) pasti kenyang. Anda akan disuguhi 1 mangkuk soto di atas piring. Kelihatannya memang mangkuknya kecil, tapi kalau dituang ke piring, pasti sepiring penuh.(benar-benar penuh hampir di ambang batas piring hahaha) Sesuai penyelidikan saya, ada 2 tujuannya kenapa Anda dikasih piring juga. Satu, biar kalau tumpah-tumpah, nggak mengotori meja, dan dua, Anda bisa menuang semangkuk soto itu ke piring agar panasnya cepat hilang (seperti pelajaran jaman SD, semakin luas permukaan….. ah sudahalah, lupakan). Berlanjut ke komposisi sotonya, soto ini soto sapi dan saya bisa bilang seporsi sotonya disuguhkan dengan potongan daging sapi yang tidak sedikit. SIsanya hampir sama seperti komposisi soto pada umumnya, nasi, thokolan atau kecambah, irisan tomat dan irisan telur rebus. Nah yang spesial dan saya suka dari soto ini adalah rasa kuahnya. Kuahnya gelap sekali warnanya, tapi nggak kental. Pekat karena rempah saja, Karena sebagian besar soto yang pernah saya makan kuahnya relatif bening dan kadang kurang kaya akan rasa, tapi soto ini benar-benar menyuguhkan rasa lain. Campuran antara gurih dan sedikit asin serta asam (mungkin cuka) akan memberi sensasi tersendiri di dalam mulut.

Dan lagi, jangan khawatir kalau Anda makan di Soto Djancuk ini karena ada beberapa pilihan lauk sampingan yang bisa disantap bersama menu utamanya. Beberapa lauk sampingan antara lain ada gorengan (tempe, bakwan, tahu), sate (telur puyuh, hati, keong). Nah kesukaan saya yang keong tuh, rasanya manis dan tekturnya kenyal tapi agak pedas dan saya nggak suka pedas sama sekali, tapi untuk sate keong ini, santap langsung! Hahahaha.

Meski tempatnya tampak sangat sederhana tapi kualitas kulinernya juga nggak kalah kok, kalau penasaran bisa dicoba langsung saja ke TKP. 😀

Stay tuned for the next adventure(S).. Cheers!

Random Fun Tips (RFT) : Nyalakan lampu motor/mobil saat malam hari.