Category Archives: Food & Drink

Ooh, there’s nothing like a decent cuppa tea!

A few years back my parents passed through Indonesia for a few days on their way home to the UK from Australia. I had very kindly been offered a room for them by a friend at a house in South … Continue reading

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Eating Your Way Through Tebet

Jakarta districts may be defined by the city map but it is sometimes hard to tell when you have left one and entered another. Of course, residents know because their local RT/RW arrangement tells them but passers by may not. … Continue reading

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Eating Your Way Through Menteng Kecil

Menteng Kecil, ‘Little Menteng’ is not often referred to as such. It is, in brief, the area from the main crossroads in Menteng with Kuningan to the south and Diponegoro to the east, Jalan Kebon Sirih and Merdeka Square to … Continue reading

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Jakarta Good Food Guide 2008-2009

by Laksmi Pamuntjak Over the years I have known Jakarta, 20 in all, I have heard quite a few expatriates intimate that the city is something of a culinary desert. I have always thought this nonsense.To me, there is more … Continue reading

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Strange Fruit

Lately  I have been asking myself the question of how much imported food arrives in Indonesia from countries of origin with poor public hygiene surveillance and other low standards of food quality. This has in part been prompted by the … Continue reading

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A Eulogy for Ya ‘Udah

In common with most people I had long thought it impossible to turn a silk purse into a sow’s ear. Now I know otherwise. When the peerless Jalan Jaksa emporium ‘Ya-Udah Bistro’ closed its doors last weekend that was bad … Continue reading

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