Kopi Es Tak Kie at Gang Gloria Glodok Pinangsia Jakarta

April 12th, 2017. It’s the legendary coffee shop. It’s been there since 1920s. Actually, it’s one coffee shop where my parents brought me when I was a kid, to eat Nasi Campur or meet up with their friends. Kopi Es Tak Kie.

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Established in 1927, Tak Kie’s name is derived from the word “Tak” which means wise and simple man. While the word “Kie” means easy to remember. This name has not changed since it was first established. The founder of this coffee shop wanted to teach his successors to always be low-profile and hard-working. I didn’t know then, that it will be famous hahaha. It’s my childhood memory, of course, with Mom, Dad and my siblings. Ok, back to the place now. When I was there, the lady behind the Nasi Campur there didn’t recognize me. When I told her my Dad’s name, she finally remembered me. She said, “Aaaah yes, I remember you.” 🙂

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Kopi Susu 17k

First timer. Yup, even though I always went there, I’ve never tried their coffee. So yeah, first timer, for sure. And I love the iced one. Tasted like a legendary coffee, not those modern coffee. LOL. I heard that they used varieties beans, but always the best one. Pssst, we ordered the hot one just because we wanted to take photos of the cup with their name written. Hahahaha..

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Bakmi Pangsit 30k

Not my order. It’s Cindy’s and Ivan’s order. Anyway, noodle is not my thing there. Well, it’s quite delicious but not my favourite. Maybe next time I will order a bowl for myself. Maybe. Or maybe I will ask my hubby to order it, and I just try from his bowl.

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Nasi Campur 40k

My childhood’s Nasi Campur. Yaaaaaay. Always favourite. Trust me, the flavor never changed. My favourite was the pork satay. I remember, whenever I ate this Nasi Campur, I saved the pork satay for last. Yup, just like the quote said: save the best for last. LOL. Oh I miss those days..

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I held my tears when they said to me before I went, “Send regards to your mom ya.” When I said, “Mom’s gone in July last year.” I couldn’t forget the look on their face. The lady said to me, “Sorry. We didn’t know. Sorry.” I had to hold my tears so hard. Mom, you see, they love you. Well, I will be back there again, to reminisce my childhood’s memory. Soon.

Kopi Es Tak Kie
Jl. Pintu Besar Selatan III
Gang Gloria No. 4 – 6
Glodok, Pinangsia
Tamansari, Jakarta
Phone: +62 21 6928296 / +62 859-2133-6686
IG: @kopiestakkieglodok

Pantjoran Tea House at Glodok Pinangsia Jakarta

April 12th, 2017. I saw about this place from IG account. The area is very familiar. My parents always came to Pancoran to buy medicines, had breakfast with us, bought everything for Chinese tradition etc. So when I found out about this place, I was very happy to be back to my childhood’s area. Pantjoran Tea House.

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Located on the sharp corner, in a hustle road of Pancoran Raya, standing majestically with pride, after took over Apotheek Chung Hwa as a part of the revitalization of Jakarta Old City by Jakarta Old Town Revitalization Corp (JOTRC). In front of the place, they serve Patekoan. 8 pots of tea with mugs, served free of charge for those who passing by. It was a traditional habit from Kapitein Gan Djie and his wife in 1663. When I walked into the place, I felt like I was in China. The decorations, the furnitures, even the smell of it. Reminded me of my aunt’s hause in China. 🙂 Miss them so much. Well, without further ado, let me show you around through my simpe review.

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JAPANESE TEA

Sencha 30k

With 11 types of affordable premium teas from Chinese, Japanese, English, and Indonesian Tea, we chose Sencha. Actually, Cindy chose it for us. I wanted to drink Chinese Tea, but it’s not available at the time. But Sencha Tea is really good. Greenish golden color, with a refreshing aroma and a good balance between astringency and sweetness. It’s a very good tea.

Sencha is a type of Japanese ryokucha which is prepared by infusing the processed whole tea leaves in hot water. It is the most popular tea in Japan.

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SNACK / LIGHT MEAL

Vegetable & Minced Chicken Spring Roll 28k

We’ve already had our big breakfast. So, we chose to order snack or light meal here. A spring roll is a must-order one. Spring roll is always good for snacking. Not too heavy and not too light. And the most important thing, not too oily. Just perfect for us. 4 not-too-hungry people in a tea house. LOL.

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Fried Beancurd with Spices 25k

This was Aline’s order. But, who could reject a fried beancurd? Well, not me. Fried beancurd is always an option if you want to eat fritter for snack. Fried beancurd, fried banana, fried tempeh, yeah that kind of fritter, if you know what I mean. But, this fried beancurd was totally different from that fritter. It’s more delicious, more texture, and more spices. Next time I wanna try their other food. I heard that their Prawn with Salted Egg is one the best. *wink wink*

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Recommended place for you who love to drink tea in a place with traditional ambiance. Welcome, Pantjoran Tea House. Keep writing heartwarming story.

Pantjoran Tea House
Jl. Pancoran Raya No.4-6
Glodok, Pinangsia
Jakarta
Phone: +62 21 6905904
IG: @pantjoran_tea

Padang Merdeka at Pinangsia Kota Tua Jakarta

April 12th, 2017. I saw this place everywhere in IG. It made me very curious. Is it that good? And the time has arrived for me to try this one. Actually, my friends and I had another event to go to Bogor, but one circumstance lead to another, and we had to cancel it. But, Aline already took leave, so why don’t we spend it wisely. Padang Merdeka.

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Located at the road side of Kota Tua, it’s very easy to find it. I saw in a review from a blogger *I don’t remember the blog* said that the Padang Merdeka was a little bit hidden. Well, it’s not hidden at all. The logo is very huge in their facade. Literally huge. So, it’s not hidden at all hahaha. If you know BNI Kota, it’s on the opposite road. You can park your car in BNI, and walking across the road to reach Padang Merdeka. Or you can park at the back of Padang Merdeka. It’s quite big for a parking lot. Ok, let’s talk about the place inside. You will find beautiful murals about Indonesia. There’re Indonesian heroes, Toraja batik patterns, and map of Indonesia on their ceiling. *Pssst.. I forgot to take photo of the map. But you can see it when you are there.* It really takes a padang restaurant to another level.

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They served the food just like typical Padang restaurant. Several menus displayed on the table. And we just took what we want. They have Ayam Pop, Perkedel, Dendeng Batokok, Kikil Gulai, Ayam Goreng, Gulai Otak, Paru, Beef Rendang, etc. And my favourite were Ayam Pop, Perkedel and Tunjang. Their Ayam Pop 19.5k was very tasty with rich flavour and amazing texture. Tender and well-seasoned. Their Perkedel 12k was one of the best perkedel I guess. Bold texture with delicious taste. Kikil Gulai 21k was definitely a must menu that you have to try at Padang Merdeka. It’s tender and superb. With that price, you will get a big one. And.. I totally forgot to try their Beef Rendang. OMG! Actually, my hubby is a rendang’s lover. So, well I guess I should be back to Padang Merdeka, asked him to join me. Soon, definitely.

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Congratulations Padang Merdeka for your opening. Absolutely a place that will make me back again and again and again.

Padang Merdeka
Jl. Lada No.1
Pinangsia, Taman Sari
Kota Tua, Jakarta
Phone: +62 21 6919 811
IG: @padangmerdeka