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After our heavy breakfast (click here), then we continue our Bandung exploration to another side of it which is a tourist place must visit. A inactive volcano with a location called Tangkuban Perahu which is like 45 minutes to 1 hour drive from the city area.

There is a fairy tale story behind the name of Tangkuban Perahu:

The name translates roughly to “upturning of (a) boat” or “upturned boat” in Sundanese, referring to the local legend of its creation. The story tells of “Dayang Sumbi”, a beauty who lived in West Java. She cast away her son “Sangkuriang” for disobedience, and in her sadness was granted the power of eternal youth by the gods. After many years in exile, Sangkuriang decided to return to his home, long after the two had forgotten and failed to recognize each other. Sangkuriang fell in love with Dayang Sumbi and planned to marry her, only for Dayang Sumbi to recognize his birthmark just as he was about to go hunting. In order to prevent the marriage from taking place, Dayang Sumbi asked Sangkuriang to build a dam on the river Citarum and to build a large boat to cross the river, both before the sunrise. Sangkuriang meditated and summoned mythical ogre-like creatures -buta hejo or green giant(s)- to do his bidding. Dayang Sumbi saw that the tasks were almost completed and called on her workers to spread red silk cloths east of the city, to give the impression of impending sunrise. Sangkuriang was fooled, and upon believing that he had failed, kicked the dam and the unfinished boat, resulting in severe flooding and the creation of Tangkuban Perahu from the hull of the boat. (source by Wikepedia)

I just love the journey there, so classic and kampung’ish . . .

1 hour later, here we are, reach to the summit of the hill with a bit of winding road up and lots of people at the peak.

The weather is just perfect, with a bit blue sky and white clouds. . .cool windy breeze and weather around 22 degree. . .

On our very next morning, woke up early and Agnes came by and bring us to breakfast hunting. .  So the very first shop mention by her is one of her favourite that served quite authentic style of Bandung Style Breakfast. . .

A few street shots on the way to our first stop. .  .

Early morning people stop by at newspaper street stand to read the latest news. . .

then saw this stall sell this quite unique cake and it smells nice. . . so I bought a piece to try out .. which is located right infront of the shop . . .

We had reach our first stop of the day Warung Kopi Purnama which is located at Jalan Alketeri 22. . .

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Even some people just sit outside of the shop to enjoy the morning chit chat and tea. . .

I just love this place, which is classic out of town coffee shop feel

Even their early morning kopitiam culture and ours is pretty much the same where our parents or grand parents would love to sit and hang out to chat with their friends in the morning before heading to work or after shopping from wet market .. .

This is their menu offer in the Warung. . .I felt that its more like our Hailanese Breakfast just that its in Indonesian style .. .

This is the pancake that sell outside the house, which is very nice in aroma, well mixture of ingredient then baked in between iron rod with outer layer very crips and soft inside with a bit of custard cream . . Nice. . .

Kick start our breakfast with Tea, and their tea is a bit mild that taste a bit like taiwan bubble milk tea. . .

Roti Dadar Ham is piece of bread wrap with a thin layer of egg then add on with chunks of ham. . .just dip it with chili sauce will be very simple and nice. .

Risoles is more like a breaded pastry that coated with breadcrumbs and filled with their own ingredient then deep fried. Something new to me ..  and we finish it within seconds. .. To me, it is like a popiah with a bit gravy ingredient inside. ..

I seldom miss out this which is ‘Roti Cheeze Bakar’ with butter spread at the bottom and lots of fine sherreded cheeze on top`

Otak-otak in Bandung is something new to me in the taste. Very sticky in texture,  with no hint of spices in it and it is not my preference. . .

After the first round, we head to next destination , Mie Rica Kejaksaan at Hyper Square. . . ..

A shop where served most of its food spicy and there are a few levels for you to choose from . .

that can select a few types Mie Rica the original, Mie pedas Udang Goreng and a few more. .

signature of the shop is their chili or sambal paste. . .

We order Mie Rica with spiciness of level 3 ..  and a bowl of additional gravy then you can add more of the sambal into your noodle if you feel that you can take more spiciness. ..  I had only 2 bites and I am KO’ed. . It was so spicy but the taste is so good, noodle was springy and I am sweating away while eating this.

If you do come to Bandung.. This is a shop you must not miss. . .Mie Rica @ Hyper Square .. .

After the meal, we then walked opposite the shop to buy one of their local desert Amanda Brownies Kukus. . .

many types of pastries to choose from  . .. . .

and the Brownie Kukus are available in so many flavour. ..  I bought the Choco Marble and I find it very sweet, nothing much to boast a bout. . .

It was super full or super heavy breakfast then we will go for a stroll at the non-active volcano . ..

After our quick dinner at Maha House as I mention we do have a few places to visit for the night, then next we head to Kampung Gajah, bandung to take a quick tour as this place already close for the day, as my friend recommend one of the places to visit during day time. Then I google up what this place have to offer as it is more like a friends and family gateway to enjoy their activities such as Flying Fox, Swing and Swing, and of course some restaurants. For more info can check out at their website : KampungGajah

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Just spend a few minutes to take a quick snapshot then we heading to Kampung Daun which is Highly Recommended by me if you do visit Bandung. A place that filled with very classic traditional filled with their culture ambiance that located right in the middle of the forest that had transform to a perfect dining area.

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a big New Year Eve party was organised here and heard my friend said that it was a blast.

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All the dining area are build in their very own unique way and it is really a huge place to walk around. You would like to dine in a very homey ‘Kampung Style’ dining, then can go for this kind of ambiance, that seated with a table of 6 and if you have more pax they have bigger place.

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As we walked further up at this chill and fresh environment with the sound of waterfall flowing, we feel so fresh and relax. . .

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Another type of dining area which is more casual that be seated on a ‘rattan’ style with pillow to support. . .

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With the natural water flowing from the top of the hill, they had make it as the heart of the restaurant as hut or dining area can hear the sound of it. . .

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Then we choose a hut that filled with mat paved on the wooden flank, then just lye on the cushion enjoy chatting and the ambiance of it, with the group of new friends. . . .

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Ginger Cinnamon Tea. . . .

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Then discover the top of the place, is this huge area that can host private functions too. . .

We are looking forward to return to Kampung Daun to try out their Indonesian Cuisine, as my friend said its not bad. .

Location:
Kampung Daun Culture Gallery & Café
Jl. Sersan Bajuri Km. 4,7 No. 88 RR1 – Bandung

Phone : 022-2787915, 2784572, 2784573
Fax : 022- 2787881

website: http://www.kampungdaun.net/about_us_eng.php

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After spending 1 hour at this cozy place, its time for us to get even more relax as we were brought to this Hot Natural Hot Spring at 11pm at night and the weather around the area is around 21degree which is just perfect to dip in this warm pool.

There are 2 pool which is 1 about room temperature and the other pool which is warmer.

Do bear in mind that to come to this place, will need to bring your own clothing, trunks or swimwear, and of course towel, if not to purchase there, its extremely expensive.

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Soaking ourselves for quite a while and on the way heading back, they introduce us a place which is nice for satay especially the meat is ‘Rabbit’

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I have always miss the satay in Indonesia as their peanut sauce is a bit different that do add in some of sweet soy sauce and their own spicy sauce. So sad that they do not served Rabbit meat that day as it was their signature if not mistaken, then ordered mutton and beef. It was good too, as it was just bbq as it is.

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Their ‘Jagung Bakar’ is always better then our local Malaysia version as they do season it a while in milk + their own sauce then spread with heavy butter and leave it a while there till the butter soak into the corn till its very aromatic .

It was quite a tiring journey as in a short span from 7.30pm – 1.30am we went to 4 places and the journey in between is not near. . .

When I look through what to do during at night in Bandung on the net, there are actually nothing much as I know that I have friends there that they will bring me to the best of the places that available in Bandung. Maja House at Bandung.  Of course different people like different kind of environment, one of the place that I came across that suggested by many people of its sunset view overlook a huge paddy field, then my friend told me that they will bring me to a new place which just operate last year which turns out to be one of their favourite hang out place.

Maja House which is located on the east side of West Java (if I am not mistaken) as the road travel to this area is nearby my homestay located at Dago area, it is only about 20-30 minutes ride from there. Actually the distance is near just that the road condition is not that good, that’s why it takes a while to reach a destination.

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A restaurant that located at the peak of the hill which there are not only 1 restaurant available, there are quite a number of restaurant around the area. Just that my friend told me this is more famous.

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When we reach, I was like… Woahhhh .. . so nice. .  it looks more like a huge mansion converted into a restaurant with hits multiple staircase to climb up that really force you a bit to exercise. 😀

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The first level that we come accross locate this very huge dining area that accomodate only a not many table at this huge space with lights brightly shine in the area.

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As we climb futher up, we reach the top level of the restaurant and I certainly agree 100% on this quote that ‘If a Man Keeps telling you He loves you over and Over again, Then Something is Wrong’. *Like

My jaw drop so big when I See the top level of the area. It is so hugeeeee and so comfy to be seated in this such great weather~ chill as on the night it was around 18 degree. . .. I was wearing short and t-shirt just perfect to my favourite weather.

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The have a huge long dining table area with sofa and on the back of this wall. . ..

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Located this huge seating area with sofa bed style along the strech at the end, which is perfect for people who do not like to be seated outdoor yet like a bit of wind, then here would just be perfect.

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Walked accross this mini bridge, we reach another huge area. . . .

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Reached this very nice wooden style bar, that makes me think of a game in Facebook how I decorated my bar to my likings. The bar tender was very nice and friendly.

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Behind this wall, locate a huge dining area which is perfect to host private party that I think can accomodate up to 100 pax. . .  Then I choose to sit outdoor and want to soak myself into this sofa, enjoy this chill weather and my view and my crazy new friends .. .

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The view might not be so perfect but this place certainly is a blast~

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Food here is not cheap as you know, located up at the peak of the hill, you sure would expect to dip a little deeper into your wallet for such environment. The price range from ID10,000 to ID150,000. Depends on your order.

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First order was someone trying to go diet so they order salad. It was very green when it served, suprise with how it taste when they mix it all in.

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Comes next saled which is not much green, with meat of course, find that the meat is a bit soggy.

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This drink turns out a bit too sweet for me.

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Then here comes my drink, peanut milk shake, which is very thick in flavour and I quite like it. As I remember for the first time my best friend’s sister did it for me to drink. .. then I start to love this combination but some find it very filling.

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Next is this Ribs, is highly recommended by me if you do dine here. Very soft till like the whole meat going to fall off from the bone just like that and it was well marinated and cook. I just wish the whole place there is more ribs instead of rice.

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‘Tenderloin Mozarella’ RP 56,500 Steak in medium well, was well prepared with more like a slice of cheese baked on top with its side gravy to dip along a bit of sour and bitter turns out to be quite unique.

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‘Sup Buntot Goreng’ @ RP 47,500 is mild in taste and nothing much to boast about.

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this is one of a great desert to end with,’Green Tea Ice cream with deep fried sliced apple’ that comes in a set. The fried slices apple is to dip along with the smooth green tea ice cream that makes it a perfect combination.

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Indo Auntie and Malay Auntie . ..

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Here ends our first stop of the night and there are 2 more stops to go that has a very unique style of dining. Sure you will be impress. Wait and look out for more.

Its a great place to drop by if you do have time . . . . This place not only is up for dining, for clubbers, they do host a serious of special invites internation DJ to blast you off. . . Do check out at their blogspot for series of special invites Internation DJ spinning in da house.

Location:
Maja House building Jl. Sersan Bajuri 72 Bandung

More Info & Reservation Please Call 022-2788 196 / 022-2788 466
www.majahouse.com – www.majahouse.blogspot.com

Manchester United Bar [Updated 20/1/2015] – Had Closed Down

After shopping the whole afternoon, we head to this Paris Van Java Mall for a stroll and was told by my friends its a must visit place. One thing I like about this mall is the F&B area located directly at the sidewalk which is so convinient and under their cool temperature, it is very ideal to sit outdoor.

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The sidewalk of all the F&B outlets ranging from, restaurant to bars. . .

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One of our interest that makes us stop by for a drink while waiting for my friend to pick us up is this Manchester United Cafe Bar. I am sure that all of the Manchester United Fans certainly would want to wish to have a bar of their favourite football club in their city, to watch your football match with all the die hard fans together . ..

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We choose to seat on outdoor area to enjoy its cool weather.

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On the wall of fame for all the Manchester Player

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And the poster for the ManU 1st eleven line yp in 2010 season. . .

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Their interior is pretty simple, cozy for dining and all the chairs wear jersey.

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You can sit at your favourite can choose and be seated at the player you like, Macheda, Berbatov, Evra and many more.

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Of course we would want to enjoy our beer session, San Miguel at this bar with their Happy Hour buy 1 free 1 at the price of ID30,000 if not mistaken.

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Besides beer and Happy Hour, they do have quite a huge selection of western food available. ..

I travel to Bandung last month and alot of my friends told me that town is not only famous for factory outlet is also a food paradise. I felt that there is like Penang where Bandung Street Food is also one of a must to do. Most of their hawker on the street are very nice. Simple just dip into one of the road side hawker then get the taste of it. Our first stop for the day while we were shopping at Dago area, we try out Durian Ice Cream which cost RM3.50 for a cup with durian meat in there.

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A few scoop of ice cream. . .

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and add on their local brand Indomilk Susu Kental Manis Cokelat and carnation on the topings.

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The ice-cream is soft and it taste like the one I had when I was a kid, not too sweet and the durian meat flavour was not strong enough as I like. . .Overall its quite a good catch for RM3.50. . . You can just find it any where along most of the streets . ..

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As we walk further up nearby Citibank there are a few Warong located next to the bank and we were already very hungry as walk n shop the whole morning. . . try out de Robi Batagor with Kuah Kering. . .

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Indo version of fried wanton and fried taufu mix along with peanut sauce and sweet sauce. Freshly fried dip with the sauce is not bad lah` ID 6500 . ..

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Usually in Indonesia, Baso is one of the food that I would not miss. I just love their chili that added into the soup.

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The ingredient steam first then added their very own style of soup.

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This is Baso Soup with Bee Hoon and Mee added. Added with lots of their chili to make the whole bowl spicy in taste. Just that this soup sold by this guy did not meet my expecatation.

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Then head to next area while we were shopping at House of Mode, Setiabudi area. . We try out ES Campur Special that added many ingredient inside like coconut, sago jelly, cincau, lychee and some others. To me, if it is less sweet abit then it would be perfect.

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Next to House of Mode, Batagor Riri is one of the stall that highly recommended by a few blogger from Indonesia. Batagor means (Fried Taufu) which is originate from Bandung and it had been so famous till spread to many places in Bandung.

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As the lady saw me doing some photoshoot, the offer let me take pic of the taufu before fried.

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This is after freshly fried and you must eat it while it is hot. Fried Taufu and Siew Mai squeeze with lime and a bit add on with the stall special chili, is just nice, crispy on the edge and the peanut sauce is thick and nice.

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Then when we saw a Warung filled with many people which is the Mie Ayam Pangsit Special.

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Its is filled with half bowl of soup and chili sauce with another type of local special sauce to add in the kick of it and after mix it till all the chili coated onto the mee as what others do. . .The noodle is a bit springy and for a local taste like that I would say it taste pretty good for just ID 5000.

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Next to it Den Han Klappertaart is another one of a famous brand in Bandung.

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A few flavour is available.

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Use bread to baked with huge slices of coconut yet have to eat it warm as if eating custard.

This street snacks I had it at Setiabudi (next to House of Mode) . . .

Part 2 of street food is coming soon .. .

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