Katerholzig Restaurant – Katerschmaus

IMG_5694_FotorOn Tuesday I had a chance to try out Katerschmaus. It was a little out of the blue. A friend of mine made a reservation and when her partner cancelled she asked if I could go with her. As I heard some recommendations of the place and the rumors of a possible close down (and of course having a good time with my friend), I said yes.

Katerholzig itself is the sort of place that’s supposed to embody Berlin. A kind of run down place with a lot of graffitis, sort of smelly of years of cigarettes and whatever things they do there, punkish-rebel kind of feel that reminds you of the freedom of being yourself and expressing who you are while being a poor squatting sort of Berliner.

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9 things: My Absolute Favorite Indonesian Food

Today is the 67th anniversary of Indonesia’s independence! And since food happens to be the second biggest tie I have with my home country (after my family and friends, of course), I thought I would share it here.

A little disclaimer: The food I chose to list might not necessarily be the best food in Indonesia, it’s purely my based on personal preference. It might also be based on lovely childhood memories, as the moments you had share the food with someone is the most unforgettable and irreplaceable part :).

Nasi Kuning

1. Nasi Kuning

1. Nasi Kuning

Roughly translated: Yellow (=kuning) rice (=nasi). It’s traditionally the dish when you’re celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, graduations. So instead of a birthday cake, for example, you would have this. Traditionally it would be served in a very large platter for 20 people, along with the side dishes (fried chicken, beef, tempeh, omelette, chili sauce & vegetables). We don’t eat from the same plate, instead we take our own portion to our normal plate. The person who’s celebrating would cut the top of the rice and give it to someone they love the most :).

Nasi Uduk

2. Nasi Uduk

2. Nasi Uduk

I don’t know how to translate this. This is basically another type of rice dish. It’s similar to Nasi Lemak in Malay/Singaporean dish, but the version I like used only a dash of coconut milk. It’s also served with fried chicken and emping (a kind of crackers made from melinjo). It’s very easily found in Jakarta.

Es Kelapa Muda

3. Es Kelapa Muda

3. Es Kelapa Muda

It’s just a simple young coconut, sliced open, put some ice in it. The coconut flesh should still be very tender so you could easily scrape them using a spoon. It’s also already naturally sweet so it’s a perfect drink for a hot tropical day!

4. Rujak Uleg

4. Rujak Uleg

4. Rujak Uleg

Assorted sliced fresh fruit with sauce made from gula jawa (some form of palm sugar), peanuts, and chili. I love this one so much because I love the assortment of fruits there. I typically use mangoes, starfruits, jambu/champoocucumber, kedondong, bengkuang. I just realized now it’s really made purely on tropical fruits that doesn’t exist (even imported) in Germany. Except mango and cucumber, that is.

5. Mie Baso

5. Mie Baso

5. Mie Baso

There are plenty of mini variation on this dish. Either you put the broth together with the noodles, like Japanese ramen, or it’s separated like the one in the picture. You could have meatballs (= baso) in it, or chicken, in some places you could even get tofu or chicken feet (yeah, I know, chicken feet. It could taste yummy when properly cooked 😉 )

6. Siomay & Baso Tahu

6. Siomay & Baso Tahu

6. Siomay & Baso Tahu

This is more of a snack in between meals, I guess. It’s similar to the Chinese dumplings but the fillings are made from fish meat. You could also have one with tofu, cabbage, potato. I would eat this with peanut sauce and sweet soy sauce. Yumm!

7. Ketan Bakar

7. Ketan Bakar

7. Ketan Bakar

Ketan means this sticky rice type. Bakar means grilled. So it’s pretty much just that simple. Grilled rice. It’s only slightly crispy on the outside, but it’s soft and moist when you bite into it. Also the condiments made it special. We usually eat it with coconut raspels (it’s kind of a sweet savory) and spicy oncom sauce.

8. Pisang Raja Cere

8. Pisang Raja Cere

8. Pisang Raja Cere

It’s my favorite banana. There’s more than one type, you asked? Yes there’s plenty types of bananas in Indonesia. This one is smaller than a ‘normal’ banana, and it has a rather sweet sour taste, like pear. But the consistency is more dense and soft, like you’d feel there’s more carbs in it than a normal banana.

9. Gurilem & Simping

9. Gurilem & Simping

9. Gurilem & Simping

Both of these are snacks. Gurilem (the red one on the left) is the sinful one. It’s nowhere near healthy as it’s fried and it’s very extremely spicy. I would warn my German friends of choking from this… But it reminds me of my school years because it’s the snack you would have in the canteen. It’s a good one to sneak in classes ;). The other one, simping, is definitely healthier. It’s made from rice and it’s baked. It’s also made with love (because it’s not factory produced). I love this one because it reminds me of the time I spent with my grandparents :).

Well, there’s my nine favorite Indonesian food. The one I run to when I fly home and the one I miss here because I can’t make them properly. I hope you enjoy reading it as now I’m getting hungry from all the pictures!

 

Grom – The Most Fabulous Ice Cream

I realized that whenever I said I love a holiday destination, it usually has a lot to do with the food there. Figures it’s one reason why I love going to Italy so much.

No, I’m not there recently, the last time I went was last summer. But I was digging through my post drafts and I found this one. Something about ice cream and it made me ache with the promise of warm weather!

The first time we found the place was when we went to Milan, July 2009. It was a very warm summer night, we were walking around the area of Piazza Duomo and we came across an ice cream place with a long queue of people in suit. I thought the place must be fabulous, as the suited people must be some sort of locals. Needless to say, we were intrigued enough to start queuing as well. Tourists!

It was the best ice cream I’ve ever tasted. Ice cream-gasm!! Man, I’m drooling right now. The good thing was they are a chain, and you could find them in lots of places in Italy. I think they even have a branch in Paris, not sure. The bad thing is… there’s still none in Berlin. If you guys read this, maybe take it as a hint ;).

You can’t go wrong with the flavors. Pick any flavors you like and they tasted great. Or pick a random one (like me, because I hadn’t got a clue what the tag meant and instead of asking, I just took a random pick). Just one word of warning: it’s addicting!

Now I know where the drip on my bag came from. 😀

Here’s the link to their website: Grom. Last time my favorite flavors were Nocciola & Cafe. Share me yours 🙂

Perfect Balance…

of espresso and milk. It looked very pretty, I almost didn’t want to blend it together.

Had this last Saturday, at Oliv café, Münzstr. Berlin. Very nice place. And did I mention that they have very nommable cake?