01 Februari 2013

Cattan Harian Ipad - All About Indonesia (Part 2)

After i introduced 5 provinces in Sumatera Island in Catatan Harian Ipad - All About Indonesia (Part 1), now i will continue..
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6. Bengkulu Province (Capital City is Bengkulu City)

Panjang Beach

Raflesia Arnoldi

7. West Sumatera Province (Capital City is Padang City)

Rumah Gadang (West Sumatera traditional House)

Harau Valley

Anai Valley

8. Riau Island Provinces (Capital City is Tanjung Pinang City)

Penyengat Island

Barelang Bridge

9. Nangroe Aceh Darussalam Province (Capital City is Aceh City)


Kerkhoff Tomb

Baiturrahman Mosque

10. Bangka Belitung Island Province (Capital City is Pangkal Pinang)

Matras Beach

Matras Beach

Matras Beach

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29 Januari 2013

Catatan Harian Ipad - All About Indonesia (Part 1)

After we discuss about Indonesia, i forget to give information about regions in Indonesia. Indonesia is a country located in Asia continent with the capital city, Jakarta. This country has many island with 5 main islands (Sumatera, Borneo / Kalimantan, Java, Sulawesi, Papua), and consist of 33 provinces. 
Here i will discuss it in general terms about it.

First, Sumatera Island. This island is the 6th largest island in the world. There are 10 provinces in the island 

1. Jambi Province (Capital City is Jambi City)
Panggung House (Traditional House of Jambi)

Muaro Jambi Temple

Mount Kerinci

2.  Lampung Province (Capital city is Lampung City)

Ranau Lake

Way Kambas National Park

Nature Reserve of The Krakatoa Islands

3. Riau Province (Capital City is Pekanbaru)

Muara Takus Temple

Selaso Jatuh Kembar House (Riau Traditional House)

Siak Palace

4. North Sumatera Province (Capital City is Medan City)

Lompat Batu (Traditional Event in Nias Island)

Ulos (Typical cloth of North Sumatera

Toba Lake (The Largest Lake in Sumatera Island)

Poncon Island

5. South Sumatera Province (Capital City is Palembang City)

Manna River
Ampera Bridge

Bidadari Waterfall

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26 Januari 2013

Sate, Which One Your Choice ?

Hello, now we will talk about popular food in Indonesia. Sate is name of the food, do you know ?

Sate (In Bahasa Indonesia) or Satay (but i will call it sate) is a food made from the meat is cut into small piece uses skewers from the midrib of the coconut palm frond, although bamboo skewers are often used. These are grilled or barbecued over a wood or chacoal fire, then served with various spicy seasoning. and stabbed the sate pierced with is usually made from bone of thatch or bamboo. The meat that used is usually beef, chicken, goat and others.

This food also popular in others southeast-asian countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Philippines and Thailand. In Indonesia, sate can be obtained in a street-side tend restaurant, in an upper-class restaurant or during traditional celebration feasts.

Usually this food is given from the peanut flavor sauce, soy sauce and others seasoning. Like a Bakso, sate also have variations depending on the region of origin. First, Sate Madura. I think this food is a famous variant among Indonesians. Sate Madura originally from Madura Island, near Java Island. Second, Sate Padang. These food come from my region, West Sumatera province. The main characteristic from this food is a yellow sauce made from rice flour mixed with spicy offal broth, turmeric, ginger and others. There are many types of other sate such as Sate Ponorogo, Sate Tegal, Sate Ambal, Sate Blora, Sate Banjar, Sate Makassar and others.

In some places sate eaten with rice but in other regions, sate eaten with ketupat or lontong (rice cake). Now, there are some foods that are similiar to Sate are Yakitori from Japan, Shish Kebab from Turkey, Chuanr from China, Sosatie from South Africa, and Shashlik from Caucasus. If rendang and Nasi Goreng being the most delicious food in the world (number 1 and 2), sate is listed at number 14 on World's 50 most delicious foods readers poll complied by CNN Go in 2011

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24 Januari 2013

Want to Diet ? Nasi Kucing is your solution ^^

If you want to diet, usually while eating, you set aside half the servings you eat. So, nasi kucing is your solution.

Nasi Kucing often translated cat rice or cat's rice is an indonesia rice dish that originated from Surakarta, Semarang and Yogyakarta. The term of nasi kucing meaning cat's rice is derived from the portion size. This food consists of a small portion of rice with toppings, usually tempe, sambal and dried fish and wrapped in banana leaves. Now, this food has been spread in Java Island. 

Nasi kucing is often sold at a low price around Rp.3000 for nasi kucing. You can find nasi kucing in road-side food stalls called angkringan which are frequented by lower class people. 

So, when you travel to Yogyakarta i suggest you to try Nasi Kucing.

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23 Januari 2013

Bakso, Popular Food In Rainy Season

Bakso is popular food in Indonesia. Bakso or Baso is a type of food that spherical and made from meat. Usually Baso made from a mixture of tapioca flour with meat. The meat that used is ground beef, chicken, fish or shrimp. In Indonesia, the presentation of Baso different depending on the type of food but usually servet with beef broth, noodles, or vermicelli, bean sprouts or eggs. Usually also added with fried onion and celery.

Bakso Malang
But bakso can be used in other food such as Nasi Goreng, Mi Goreng and others. If you come to Indonesia, you can find the Bakso sellers in all regions here. Usually the sellers using a wheelbarrow, but dont worry, you can also find it in Warung Baso (Baso small shop), or in the restaurant. 

Bakso Kuah (without noodles)

Now, you can choose a lot of bakso with different variations, such as Bakso Ayam (chicken bakso), Bakso Telur (tennis ball sized bakso with boiled chicken egg wrapped inside), bakso gepeng (flat bakso), bakso ikan (fish bakso), Bakso Malang (a bowl of bakso dish from Malang City), Bakso Keju (new recipe bakso filled with cheese). The price is very cheap, around 5.000 - 15.000 rupiah (1 dollar = 10.000 rupiah). This food is popular during the rainy season and eaten while hot.

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22 Januari 2013

Merapi Volcano, Amazing..

Have you ever heard of Merapi in Indonesia ?

Merapi is the name of an active volcano in Java Island. This mountain located between Yogyakarta Province and Central Java Province. This mountain has an altitude of about 2968 meters. This mountain is also known to be very harmful because it was recorded erupts every two years or every five years.

Since 1548, This mountain has erupted 68 times. The area around this mountain is an area that densely population. Nearby cities of the mountain is Magelang and Yogyakarta city. In light of the hazards that Merapi poses to populated areas, it has been designated as one of the Decade Volcanoes.

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Batik, Indonesian Cultural Heritage

 Do you know Batik ? 
Obama With His Batik Cloth
Batik is an activity to write an images on certain media that formed a pattern of its own. The 'Batik' word usually refers to a cloth with a pattern of material produced by wax-resist dyeing. 

Historically, in ancient time, membatik (making the batik)  is a skill that commonly owned by women. But eventually it becomes a livelihood for them. 

Originally, Batik is still manually or using hand (using a tool called canthing). However, at this time batik also developed with stamped or machine. Currently in Indonesia, Batik is a thing that very advanced. Many children and school in Indonesia also has taught their students to learn about batik and the indonesian goverment also has set 2nd October as National Batik Day. 

Sulawesi Batik
Bali Batik Motif
Pesisir Batik Motif
Keraton Batik
East Java Batik Motif
In Sumatera, Borneo, Java and Bali you can find different Batik patterns in each region.

Membatik Process

Currently, Indonesian Batik (ranging from the techniques, technology, motifs development and culture) set as Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity since 2 October 2009 by UNESCO. 

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21 Januari 2013

Luwak Coffee, Expensive Coffee from Indonesia

In my previous post, i had discussed about Pisang Goreng as tasty snack with hot coffee in the morning. Talking about coffee, i want to tell you about the coffee from  my country, Indonesia. It's called Kopi Luwak (Luwak Coffee in English). This coffee is one of famous coffee in the world. 

Luwak Coffee is the drink of coffee that using coffee beans from remaining dirt of civet. In English, Luwak Coffe also mean Civet Coffee. The process of this coffee-making are the bean of coffee berries once they have been eaten and excreted by asian civet. 

Luwak Coffee in Oprah Winfrey Show

In Indonesia, Luwak coffee began in 18th century that the Dutch colonial era. Now, you can find this coffee in Sumatera, Java and Bali regions. But you dont be shocked if you find out the prices of this coffee. This Coffee is sold at a price of 500-600 dollars per kilogram and a cup of coffee is sold for 30 dollars. But don't worry, the taste of this coffee will not make you dissapointed. 

Tim Carman, food writer for the Washington Post reviewed kopi luwak available in the US and concluded "It tasted just like...Folgers. Stale. Lifeless. Petrified dinosaur droppings steeped in bathtub water. I couldn’t finish it." ( in April 2012)

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