I take back everything I just said about the food in Yogyakarta not being that great. Lesehan Gudeg Kayu was more than delicious enough to make up for any number of mediocre meals. It was ridiculously good.
I’m not having great food luck in Yogyakarta — though I’ve had some delicious stuff here, for the most part the food has been just okay.
This is going to be a shorter post, because the meal I had at Ayam Goreng Spesial Lombok Idjo was fine — it was perfectly tasty — but nothing about it particularly stood out.
Ayam Geprek is one of those dishes where the gulf between how it looks and how it tastes could not possibly be wider.
It looks absolutely bizarre and completely unappetizing — just a brown melange of chicken scraps and rice. But it tastes outstanding.
I had a couple of hours to kill in the Jakarta airport during a layover, and I figured I’d get a bite to eat. There were a few interesting looking places, but the soups at A Fung Baso Sapi Alsi caught my eye.
I kinda felt like having chicken rice for my last meal in Malaysia, but I wasn’t particularly keen on walking in the sweltering heat to a restaurant that probably would have been closed thanks to Chinese New Year.
Chinese New Year threw a huge monkey wrench into my Penang plans; something like 75 percent of the restaurants I tried to go to turned out to be closed.
But in the case of Tong Lek 8 Cafe, I’m not even mad. I randomly found it after the place I wanted to go to turned out to be closed; I’m so glad I got to try out their amazing food.
I wasn’t planning on going to Kafe Ping Hooi, but the restaurant I wanted to go to turned out to be closed (thanks again, Chinese New Year!), and it was right there. I figured I’d give it a shot.
There are “cafes” all over the city in George Town that are essentially like little food courts. Each one has three or four vendors, usually specializing in one thing. And like a food court, you order, then walk your food over to one of the nearby tables.
Being in Penang during Chinese New Year’s is a bit of a bummer, because basically everything is closed. There is, however, a pretty huge Indian population here; if you want to eat out, your two choices are Indian or a chain restaurant.