First Exotic Gastronomy Experience at Nusa Gastronomy

Nusa Gastronomy was where my first exotic gastronomy experience was. Being invited personally by the head chef, the Nusa Gastronomy human being, himself took the experience to another level. His values were poured into the dishes served – respect and love to our nature: ingredients, cooking traditions, cultures, international cuisine, and the arts of feeding fellow beings. All ingredients were carefully curated and brought from the original regions, then crafted with respect to the stories behind each one.

My highlights were the chocolate dessert that immersed us into a sensorical tour of Indonesian chocolates from many different islands; native fishes that were matched with spices and cooking styles from respective regions; and dedicated drinks that enhances or balanced every dish.

Altogether, this was a touching experience that invigorated gratitude of the cultures we are in, the nature we live on, and the foods that we can enjoy in front of us on the dining table – before being metabolised and become a part of our selves.

Humans of Tempeh: Chef Bradley and His Fusion Homy Tempeh Dish

We met Executive Chef James Bradley and his stunning tempe dish at Po’shines Cafe in Portland, Oregon, United States. He shared, “Look at how Asians eat beef. They eat a little bit with a little bit this and that. They don’t eat a whole steak or burgers everyday. We need to change.”

 The dish served was tempeh marinated in a combination of South American spices and Asian umami, grilled and served with grilled mango, avocado salad, and rice crispies.

Breakfast with THE Jessica Gavin Over Bouchon, Las Vegas

One of the most inspiring people in my food world: Jessica Gavin – a mom, a full-time food professional (product development), a professional food blogger, and a wonderful friend. We were linked through IFT’s Food Communicators workshop with other great food communicators.

At Bouchon, it was actually my first time to try Croque Madame – I missed it when I went to Paris. And it was brilliant. The egg on top was very slowly cooked on pan, it was a jiggly gel with only solid at the bottom. The brioche bread was so rich and had the crunchy texture. The ham/jambon rose was kicking with its salty and super savory meaty flavor. The bernaise sauce were thick enough to stick to the sandwich but thin enough to pool in my mouth. The french fries on the side were also on point – French standard.

Altogether it was a wonderful experience – wonderful friend over wonderful food. Not to mention it was Jessica’s treat 😂.

Foods at Consulate General of Republic of Indonesia, San Fransisco

Nasi uduk, bittermelon, balado eggplant and shrimp, vermicelli, kerupuk, rempeyek, egg opor, pisang goreng, martabak. ❤❤❤

Special note for the bittermelon, there was a kick of fish paste “terasi” that went incredibly well. My best bittermelon dish ever!
By Ibu Sri, from Cilacap.

Making Pizza with Odel and Chiara

We met again after 8 years – Chiara was 3 and Odel was 1 when I babysat them in Indonesia. Seeing them to be grown ups is really magical. And I am surprised to find the chemistry between us doesn’t change – forever my sweethearts

My First Caviar and Surprising Best Way to Enjoy It

I don’t do my grocery this week to buy Russ & Daughter’s Paddlefish caviar. It is my first caviar and I did researches to find the best way to enjoy it. I tried it plain – salty, funky, gelly, tangy, savory, rich – I like it. I tried it David Chang’s way to, using a fried chicken – I don’t like it because both are rich though in different layers. Finally, I tried it with a bowl of white rice and fried shallots…. Don’t hate me. How could I come to this combination? I don’t know, it just came across my mind. BUT IT’S PERFECT. It’s like yin and yang. The salty and sharp caviar presents itself on top of the humble white rice. The combination of texture is also amazing: the gelly caviar slides around in your mouth while the white rice becomes a smooth base on your tongue – sometimes you get some little pops. The fried shallots (use it only a litle bit, like a piece per spoon) add a crispy texture with a light accent of its flavor, making layers of crispy-smooth-gelly texture with each’s flavors.


Inspiring Crab Cake from Sycamore, Newtown, Pennsylvania

This meal justified the turned-down tubing during the long weekend’s peak. The crab cake was literally crab meat formed into cake. Shredded moist crab cake was formed into balls with some breading before fried until golden. It was served with potato buns, french fries, and coleslaw. The taste was absolutely crab-meat-y, but concentrated thus very rich and tangy, bursted in my mouth. A dash of remoulade sauce underneath gave a complimentary freshness along with the coleslaw, while the buns dragged the flavor bursts back to the balance with its starchiness.  It was best with a pint of local craft draft beer, which was very smooth, light, and sweet. 

NYC Culinary Trip: Still – Katz’s Pastrami Sandwich

A type of food that I would always go back for: cultural, barely impossible to make by myself, and exceptionally delicious. Not much to say, go taste it yourself – the moist, crumbly, spiced-crust, bright red, striking cuts of beef. It would make you doubt all the beefs you have eaten before or wonder how possible that it’s the same part of the same animal you’ve been eating all this time. Currently still on top in my NYC food list.

Culture: historical jewish immigrant-brought food preservation technology (such as brining, corning, etc.), ingredients (spices and herbs for meat crust and breads), American classic food stall.

Almost impossible to make: weeks of brining, bulk portions of beef, industrial grade of equipment to make the brisket-like char, hard-to-guess recipe.

Exceptionally delicious: melts and kicks in your mouth like no other beef.

Food Research: Thai

Location: Thai Garden, Northampton, MA.

“It’s like eating in Thai” – Nok, a good Thai friend

Insight:

💡Combination of fish sauce, soy sauce, red chili, tamarind paste, garlic, green onion, fried basil

💡Exceptional fried-then-sauté duck with the seasoning + lime

💡Mango sticky rice is actually served warm (the rice)

💡Pad thai tastes subtle, lime-fresh, and accentuated by peanuts

Food Research Sunday – Italian Breads and Lasagna

#foodresearchsunday : Italian – Breads & LasagnaInsights: 

💡high quality ingredient is everything: fresh olive oil, garlic, sweet italian tomatoes, cheeses

💡the tomato sauce is something on its own, and should be plentiful

💡adding olive oil to the bread contributes to the crusty crust and chewy crumb