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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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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 called Serabi (some people from different origins may call it surabi but since I was a kid, my parents introduced me with the name of serabi so I’ll stick with it, I guess). There are 2 types of serabi that I know, the one with sweet sauce (I’ve reviewd one snack bar that served me this kind of serabi, read here 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. Serabi 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 circular 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, pandan, strawberry, and so on. Serabi 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 dry serabi 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.

 

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Ageless Milk Bar : Gerobak Susu

This time I want to talk about a milk bar (a really traditional and simple one, really) in Yogyakarta. I won’t talk much about the food, but a little bit of story about the shop instead. It’s called Gerobak Susu (literal English translation : milk cart). This milk bar is located not far from my home and only open start from around dusk until a little bit late night. Whenever I go pass around this shop, it’s always packed with people, mostly youngsters, making it a great place for hangout.

However, milk bars are scattered around Yogyakarta nowadays, each has different and vary designs and menu. Some have exquisite and fancy design with bright light and air conditioner, and some are just really traditional, like we take a sip under a tent on the sidewalk (usually open at night). And there’s these milk bars like Gerobak Susu which draw the line in between those style. It’s like a small 1-room building for every customers, plus extra seats outdoor on the side walk with no coverage. Walls are decorated mostly with orange to raise everyone’s appetite.

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Their menu are not as many as those fancy milk bars. Gerobak Susu stays with the style of traditional Indonesian milk stall that serves the likes of STMJ (milk + raw egg + honey + ginger mixture), and several other beverages like coffee and tea, also instant noodle and toast for the food. At the front, they have a traditional cart containing deep fried snacks (which are very common in Indonesia) like tofu, tempe, and others. They also have skewered items like intestines, liver, and so on.

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Milk with Honey
(this is what I had that day)

Regardless of that outer appearance had not difference than plain milk, actually was in great ratio between the milk and the honey. It tasted perfect.

My father told me a little story behind that milk bar. So, since my dad was a teenager, the owner has been selling milk there (not exactly in Gerobak Susu), but still at the same street, maybe just 100 meters apart. He started as a small milk tent that only had a few spot to sit down and hangout. He did that for years and has been improving ever since. He developed larger place and started to buy that place for Gerobak Susu. My dad stated that in the beginning, the owner sold and served everything by himself and now, he has several crews to work with. I gotta give respect for the effort, though. Being consistent and knowing no give up is a key to success. The price isn’t sky high and the place is pretty great for hanging out, that’s why this place is always packed. Even when I got there that day, I had to wait several minutes to get unoccupied seat.

So that’s it, it’s just a few for the foodie, but I want to talk more into the story even it’s just a few lines. Getting new life lessons to approach our future further and smarter. Thank you for reading my story, give comments if you have ideas or opinions, leave like if you enjoy reading my experience, and see you on the next 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.

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and also selling some original merchandise at Redbubble
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Thank you. :D*