..It's a journey after all.. : Food and Travel Blog based in Jakarta: Halo.. Halo, Bandung..

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Halo.. Halo, Bandung..

Okay sorry for the delay.. It's been a hectic week.. I spent half of my day with no internet, so it's kind of hard to get my hands to update you with a new blog post.. So anyway, last Sunday, my family and I had a quick family trip to visit my grandma in Bandung, but before that, we went to Puncak for little culinary stops..

Without further ado, let me just tell it to u (it rhymes well.. :p)

We woke up at 5 a.m, hoping to avoid the traffic. We left Jakarta at 7 a.m after picking up my aunt at her house. BAM! We were stuck on a one way traffic at Puncak, so we were just sitting inside the car till 10 a.m..

Without stopping, our first target : The famous Gemblong Ibu Juju.. a.k.a GEMBLONG BPK. HUSEIN.

Yes, her son officially has changed the name because of so many fake Gemblong Ibu Juju.. She was long gone, but her Gemblong stays so yummy! Here is the real thing, the best Gemblong I have ever had in my life. How to differentiate the fakers with the real one :
1. The real Gemblong Ibu Juju a.k.a Bpk. Husein (his son) has a yellow square box like in the pictures below. The fake ones has blue rounded shape box with the name of Gemblong Ibu Juju..
2. The real one is worth for Rp 3.000 a piece while the fake one isn't that expensive
3. The colour of the real Gemblong Ibu Juju is slightly lighter compared to the fake ones..
4. The taste, of course, you can smell the coconut fragrant on the real ones..
5. They usually stay put in famous restaurants and they will ran out of Gemblong like really fast. If you were looking for them at 3 p.m above, they'll be at home already counting all the money they made.. or maybe making more Gemblong for tomorrow..  Usually in front of Amen Restaurant, but we found none that day. We found this one in front of another famous restaurant which I will show you later..

Bought a Rp50.000 worth of Gemblong, this is just my portion.. Wuiiii
The next destination is a legacy.. My Dad has been going there when he was still very young.. Before he dated my Mom.. Before I even exist in this world.. The name of the restaurant is Kalimantan. The funny thing is it has no relation with Kalimantan at all. The owner isn't from Kalimantan, unlike my Dad who was born there.. This is the second time I ate there. They have the best noodles EVER! The owner still recognizes and greeted my Dad. He asked why my Dad didn't come as often as the olden days and were glad to see him..

It was a warm simple vintage restaurant. It's not very large.. I took pictures and the staffs were like "this kid is crazy!"

Chinese family ambiance..
I wonder how many years that old man has been working in here..
Can it be more vintage?
Nasi Tim Ajam and Air Djeruk.. lol.. vintageeee
I ordered the Nasi Tim Ayam.. It has a different twist and a slight different taste than usual Nasi Tim. The chicken wasn't cut into little pieces but into chunks and were buried in the middle of it.
The last time I got the thighs, this time I got the wings.. And the brownish top part is really salty in a good way. I think they also use fish sauce unlike the usual Nasi Tim. It gives the right fishy fragrant. It is so YUMMY!
The best Noodle I literally have ever had! They made their own noodles, it's paler compared to the noodles I usually see.. It's so fragrant and savory. I think they use lard.. I am willing to wake up at 5 a.m just to get this for my breakfast.. Even my aunt, who can't eat much, finish the whole thing.. 
Go to Cipanas! All the fancy cars parked in front just to eat in here.. Don't underestimate the  looks of the restaurant..
 We walked a bit and visited this little shop that sells traditional snack. It was only a few houses away before the Kalimantan restaurant. My Mom had been buying semprong from this shop when she was still dating my Dad.. She was craving for some so we went there. Unfortunately, they don't stock it anymore so we ended up buying other things..

Before I took this picture, he was busy combing his hair several times.. Lol.. I fancy the white spot of his hair.. Very dalmantion evil Cruella.. Oh the thing in front of him is traditional palm sugar. I never seen a palm sugar still wrapped like this..
I love mochi sukabumi! I bought two stacks of it! One is Pandan flavor and I finished it in two days.. 
Done with our speedy culinary adventure, we headed to Bandung to visit my Grandma.. I still have relatives there. My other aunt, who lives there, took us around Bandung to fulfill our culinary curiosity..

First stop at Bandung, disini Bakery. This bakery is owned by my very very farrrrrr relative. He doesn't even recognizes us.. We were told to go here by one of my cousins whose husband or somebody else turns out to be his family.. If this is the case, is it right if I consider him my very very farrrrrr relative?

Cute place indeed., It's not very spacious on the first floor, but you can enjoy the cakes and coffees on the second floor..

Drink Menu
Other breads and pastry products..
Next to me is my coolest and funniest Aunt, she is my Dad big sister and I can see they have the same taste of humor. She's really funny. Next to her is my Aunt who lives in Bandung. Then my Mom.. 
Mocha fudge cupcake
Red Velvet cupcake. It is Yummy! Unlike other cheap cupcakes, they use real cream cheese, like the original red velvet, instead of butter cream.. 
Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcake.. I think they use cream cheese as well for the icing..
Their cupcake is worth for Rp 12,5k each.. quite cheap if you think of its quality
Kue Sus with Rum fillings.. It is good! The outer part is a bit crunchy as you can see from the picture.. and the inside is soft and creamy.. Just like how I like it.. And it's only Rp7,5k unlike the expensive beard papa who robs me blind..

Cappuccino.. Their coffee is quite strong..!  
My Americano.. Stronger than bucks..
An unfinished rainbow cake and blueberry cake.. We wanted to order a slice of red velvet but they ran out of it. It was still 1 p.m and they ran out of it.. Seriously Red Velvet, it's yummy, but it's overrated.  My cool aunt bought us the rainbow cake before and sent it to our home, but for me, all rainbow cake is just like an ordinary sponge cake, but with food colourings.. I am not into that, as well as Red Velvet. 
Other cakes
I ordered this in the end, it's pudding caramel. I think I have to flip it upside down on a plate, but I barbarically scooped it out.. It's just okay.. The same like other caramel pudding I've had before.. It's only Rp5.5k
We bought some more of the cupcakes and gave it to my sister's friends.. She was like "Oh my God! Where did you buy this red velvet cupcake? it's so yummy! It almost tastes the same as the ones in the States.." Well, it is good.. If you tasted the Goods Dept red velvet cupcake, they are quite similar but this one is half the price of the Goods Dept cupcake..

I think for this kind of price and this kind of quality, I think disini bakery managed to satisfy their customers including moi.. A couple of things lacking from this place is the staff hospitality. The owner never smiles.. Really scary. The cashier lady is very slow and doesn't know the products so it's quite confusing if you have questions about the products.. Maybe it's because this place is still quite new.. Give them time, I think they will blow! Go to their facebook page HERE to get some more info. They also have a twitter account..

Okay.. it's 1.15 a.m and I gotta wake up early tomorrow morning.. I will update the second part of my Bandung trip very soon.. so stay tune~


  1. Elvina, you look like your mom.. Looking forward to see the second part, cheers!!

  2. ka elvina, aku selalu baca posting kaka! semoga soon bisa jadi food blogger yang terkenal ya. keep posting ka :)

    1. Thanks Priscilla! I am really glad u like to read my blog.. :)

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