Welcome to Pontianak! If you haven read my part 1 of Pontianak Travel Guide, please do so and you are good to be showered with all these delicious food pictures. 1 week in Pontianak is a very tummy friendly one, from early morning breakfast food to all day long snacks. I believed with my foodie buddy Eko bringing me around, I’ve basically covered almost all the must eat food in Pontianak! SO, Lets go!
The iconic bamboo weapon used in Pontianak in the olden days.
Nasi Campur / Nasi Ayam
Nasi Campur or Nasi Ayam is a mixed rice with assorted meats. It look very normal but the taste is surprisingly very different than what we have in Malaysia. Unlike the sauce we had in Malaysia which is very watery and salty. This one is very flavourful and thick, its like there are some spices infused it in, salty with a mild sweetness in the sauce. The rice is very fragrant, all the meats are seasoned with their special sauce and what i can say is, they are very addictive. The famous one will be Nasi Ayam Afu
Kwecap is basically rice rolls served with garlic bits accompanied with a bowl of hearty mixed pork offal soup. I love the rice rolls because its very tender and the crispy garlic bits just added more flavour to it. Soup is clear and ridiculously delicious. How to eat it? I love to eat my meat with sweet soy sauce and lime. Yums!
3. Traditional Coffee & Kue Bingka
The coffee in this particular cafe Aming is ultra famous and its packed with humans! You might need to share table for this cup of hand pulled house brewed coffee but for me, its overly sweet the milk had already covered the aroma of the coffee. But i heard its always this sweet to suit the local’s taste. How sweet it is? Its like a sweet glass of coffee, half coffee half condensed milk and I am serious I cant even finish 1/3 of the coffee. However, the kue bingka (the yellow custard tart) is very delicious. Pastry is flaky and the custard is smooth and sweet. Definitely one of my favourite dessert.
4. Es Krim Angi
Es Krim Angi is the famous one in Pontianak. Its basically scoops of different flavours ice creams served in a coconut shell topped with various of condiments like jack fruits, beans, jelly and anything that you can think of.
5. Che Hun Tiao & Bongko
Che hun tiao is the transparent jelly alike thing which is normally served in their local dessert. The green colour thing is called bongko and it is by far my favourite dessert because it is not overly sweet. Its like a very dense jelly with a mochi texture. Love it!!
And the service.. You can just order and eat in your car. #superb
6. Bubur Ikan
Fish Porridge, one of the thing i swear I will come back for more! The fish is so fresh you can see the clear line between the meat and the skin with a layer of gelatin in between. Its not really for someone who love plain and light porridge, this porridge is very very powerful in flavour. Thick and heavy just the way i like it.
7. Avocado Juice
I bet everyone love Avocado juice! The difference between this and the normal avocado juice is that my buddy ask the boss to add in fresh chunks of avocado. So after you slurp, you have to open the cover and eat the fruits. Yums!
8. Nasi Kari
Nasi kari means curry rice, the curry served here is more to the coconut base, curry is not too thick and heavy it is drinkable. Every each of the rice is soaked in the curry soup. I especially like how they served it with the coconut milk curry with the young coconut shoots. We had this awesome goodness at Nasi Kari Achai
9. Bakmi Kepiting
Bakmi Kepiting is a crab meat noodles. Similar to dry noodles, its served with a giant crab pincir!
10. Gulai Kambing
OH MY GOAT!! One of my favourite favourite thing on earth! — MUTTON — its a must try! I duno how to describe this because every bite is happiness! The lamb is literally fall off the bone type, stewed in the gravy until its heavily infused with the flavour. The gravy is not too spicy, more towards like spicy and sweet. Best thing on earth to eat with rice!
11. Char KweTiaw
The charcoal fried kwe tiaw is very impressive. You know when you fried your food using charcoal, they have this smoky aroma attached to it, yes that’s what I am talking about. You can see locals queueing up for this. Noms!
Bakso is generally a very common delicacies served in Indonesia. Here, we have the flat meatballs and the ordinary rounds one. It is said that the flat one is a better bakso because they use very fine meat to make it whereas for the round ones, they mixed all the different meats together. However, I love the round ones more because its more al dente for me and I like to rough texture from meatballs like there are still skin fat or tendons in it. MUAHAHHA
13. Teh Botol
Taste just like the normal teh with sugar syrup. Not too bad but nothing to shout about
14. Sup Kambing
OH MY OH MY! Another overwhelming dish for me. Its mixed lamb sup with all the lamb offal and different parts of meat stewed in a pot of hearty milky tangy soup.
You should eat with sweet soy sauce and a lime squeeze to it, eko said. And he is always right. Pack with flavours. If you are not a lamb person or are afraid of the heavy lamb taste, the milky and tangy soup actually help to cut through the overpowering lamb soup making you craving for more.
15. Sate Kambing
16. Martabak Manis Cripsy (Polos Keju)
Something similar to our crispy peanut pancakes, you can choose what fillings you want. We order the cheese one and we never regret about it. You can taste a lot of butter, peanuts and cheese. Soooo good sooo fattening.
17. Cita Rasa Kuih Muih
The kuih all look very similar but the taste varies a lot. I started to prefer Pontianak kuih more because their flavours is more distinguished. For example the shredded coconut rolls, the filling is packed with coconut flavour and palm sugar, you can also taste the coconut aroma on the outer layer. Egg tart, instead of just the custard with sugar, you can actually taste the richness of the eggs, the sweetness of the custard and the buttery flaky crust with it. SO GOOD SO FATTENING again!
18. Balinese Food & Green Sands
I somewhat missed balinese food and here, food is prepared by authentic Balinese couples. They also have this Green sands non alcohol beer. Yums!
19. Pondok Kakap Kepiting Asap
Kepiting means Crab. Asap means Smoke. SMOKED CRAB IT IS!! Crab stuffed with their specialty spices and bring too smoked. You need some skill to smoke the crab so that it could lock in all the juicy essence of the crab in this humongous crab. YES.. HUMONGOUS!!!
Its as big as a palm of a fully grown man!! SATISFIED!
20. Ikan Semah
Ikan semah is a very delicate fish. I like my fish steamed, it is the simplest way to eat fresh fish i would say!
21. Ayam Bakar
Nothing too shout about but its nice!
22. Sup Buntut
23. Bola Keladi Goreng
These are fried yam balls. Very dense that one piece will make you happy and full.
24. He Tiau
He Tiau is fried prawn batter. Not my favourite. Its a little bit bland.
25. Ko Kue
Ko Kue is like rice batter or yam batter served with salty prawns or meats and fried garlic served with their soy sauce.
26. Chai Kwe
Their cai kwe is similar to what we have in Malaysia, a thin layer of rice flour stuffed with different fillings like yam, chives, tofu, yam bean. Steamed and topped with fried minced garlic.
27. Rujak Mangga
Preserved young mango served with spicy sauce
28. Lontong Sayur
Now this is so unhealthy yet one very addictive food, lontong sayur. Lontong sayur is a dish where compressed rice cakes, all kinds of vegetables, tofu, egg, meat are mixed together served in a coconut milk tossed with sambal and some local spices. You know everything shimmered in coconut milk is magic.
29. Otak Otak
Now the otak otak is something different that what we have in Malaysia. Similar as a fish paste, the batter is different. In Malaysia, our Otak otak is more like mushy and soft, in Pontianak, their otak otak is firm and al dente. I love both otak otak, different taste different texture but equally unique and delicious. It is served with a peanut sauce. I can easily finish 5 myself.
30. Empek empek
Empek empek is a savoury fish cake delicacy which is deep fried and then served with a citrus tangy sauce.
31. Jus Alpukat + Alpokat Kerok
Fruits smoothies and fermented rice wine. Very interesting one but I would go back and have more.
32. Kwe Kia Theng
Kwe Kia Theng is the least preferable among all the dish i have sampled. Not that its not good, its exactly the same as our Kueh Chap in Malaysia. Pork offal and rice sheets served in dark broth. Not my favourite.
33. Lidah Buaya
Aloe vera!! Look at the generous cubes of aloe vera! My top 2 fav drinks after Jeruk Nipis. Jeruk nipis is their local wild lime.
34. Tau Suan
Tau suan is a sweet and sticky local mung bean dessert.
I just came back from a 1 week work trip in Pontianak and thanks to buddy Eko, I get to know more about Pontianak. From there I would like to share with all of you about the little tips i got from my local friends!
Things you should know about Pontianak :
1. Knowing a lil bit of Indonesia Language helps a lot
The Indonesia language is somehow similar to our Bahasa Malaysia but its different as well. But if you know how to speak bahasa malaysia, it will helps. Do try to learn and adapt to Bahasa Indonesian when you are in Pontianak because it really will make your life easier. Basic words to share:
Cerowok = Man
Cerewek = Lady
Cerowok Gantang = Handsome Man
Waysay = Toilet
Kama = Room
Moto = Motorcyle
Mobil = Car
Enak = Yummy
Lucu = Cute
Kalian = You
Marga = Surname
Okay.. suddenly cant think of any liao. Hahahahahahha!
2. It is best to visit if you have local friends around
Typically, there are a lot of shops selling similar items but if you have locals to bring you around, you will be able to try all the good stuff. And to avoid double standard in pricing too. It is hard to explore Pontianak without a car or transport. So.. yea.
3. Motorcycles are everywhere and they are the KING of the road
It is very easy to own a motorcycle in Pontianak that’s why they are everywhere. They can drive wherever they want to even in an apposite direction or an illegal U-turn. You have to anticipate they next move no mater you are in the right lane or whatsoever. If accident happens, whether you are right, you are still wrong. They are the King.. and don’t even think about calling a traffic officer for help.
4. Road are very narrow
Road are generally very narrow even in the highway or the overhead bridge. Its just enough for a car to go up and another car to go down. No room for others
5. There’s no law in driving
You can drive however you want just need to be careful of the bikes. No seat belt is needed but please do put on your seat belt for your own sake.
6. Air is very polluted
It is very hazy all the way.
7. It is not safe to go out at night
Whether you are a male of a female. Its not safe to go out at night unless you have a local friend to bring you around.
8. Pontianak is always very hot as it is located at the Equator
9. Beverages is ultra sweet
TOO SWEEET! Do not order less sugar. You can just make it.. without sugar.
10. There is only one shopping mall in Pontianak
Ayani Mall is the only megamall in Pontianak. Cinemas, exhibition and all the sales will be in Ayani Mall.
11. Girls generally do not smoke and drink in the public
If female smoke in the public, people will look at you like you are a monster
12. There’s some restricted are which is not advisable to go
13. Do not put your valuable items on the table while eating
Like I said, its not safe. Keep your phone in your bag or pocket to lower the risk of being snatch.
14. You need to pay an amount of 2000 to 5000 rupiah to an usher no matter where you park
Even if you park at the roadside, if someone help you to ascot the car, you have to pay.
15. Most of the Indonesian are generally friendly
Where to stay in Pontianak?
If you want to stay near the Ayani Mall, stay at Mercure Hotel like I did.
If you want to stay along the street food, stay at either Harris Hotel, Hotel Gajah Muda or Aston Hotel Pontianak
Where to visit in Pontianak?
1. Paradis-Q Water Park Pontianak
It is the largest water themed park in Pontianak. Not only it is the largest, they have the latest water-themed games and facilities. They are planning for future development of villas at the same area too. Please stay tune.
The waves pool!! I wanna try this so badly
The racing path! Something I am dying to try 🙂
2. The Equator Monument / Tugu Khatulistiwa
The monument makes the division between the northern and southern hemispheres. So you can basically step your foot one side on the northern hemisphere and one side on the southern hemisphere.
3. A boat ride at the waterfront
Take a cruise at the waterfront sailing along the Kapuas river, the longest river in Indonesia and the world longest island rivers
4. King’s Crab Restaurant
Not the best food but the environment is a plus point.
After all these basic info, you are ready for the MUST EAT FOOD IN PONTIANAK!
Its Shopping Day! There’s always one particular day with less photos taken, that’s when we had our shopping spree. Today, we are going to explore the CBD area; from Darling Harbour to George Street to QV Building and all the areas nearby. Oh! What’s first?
We start our day with homemade breakfast then exploring a little bit of our neighbourhood the Lavender Bay and Milsons Point. There’s a art gallery which Lao Mao is kinda interested so we drop by to have a look.
Feeling very artistic hor
After like a 5 mins tour at the art gallery.. we left for Darling Harbour!!!
Need not to subscribe how beautiful it is; let the picture do all the talking
We spend quite sometime running and playing along the Darling Harbour bridge before we reach the other side of the bridge where the infamous Hurricane’s Grill is located!
So overall excited!
We waited around 20 mins for our table and we are ready to feast!
We had Garlic Mushroom as our appetiser and it totally blown our mind. It is so flavourful you can taste the strong aroma of fried garlic infused in the mushroom. Yums!
The star dish of Hurricane’s Grill — The pork rib! We ordered half rack to share and it is more than enough. the portion is sooooo big i think it can cater for 5 person!
Look at my gigantic pork ribs!! I mean fall of the bone pork rib! The pork rib is very juicy and tender, it is charred nicely on the outer layer but when you take a bite on it, it literally just fall off the bone with zero effort. Oh my oh my.
We ordered another combination of steak & ribs just merely because we wanted to try all of the pork, beef and lamb! Steak is cooked medium rare and its served perfectly, marination is spot on but what caught my attention more is the lamb ribs! As a lamb person, I cant wait to dig in to the lamb rib. Personally I love the lamb rib more than the pork rib. A lot of people don’t take lamb but if you try the lamb ribs in Hurricane’s Grill, I’m sure you will fall in love with it. Soft and gelatinous lamb ribs devour with a sweet and tangy BBQ sauce, what is better than this? I LOVE YOU LAMB.
Our sharing portion and we brought back half of them as our dinner. HAHAHAHA!
We went explore George Street after our satisfying lunch!
People on the street are all very lovely. We being trying to snap a few wefie and some nice and random pedestrian just came for a hug and a picture.
Nice! I love the combination of the traditional architectural buildings with a slightly modern one in one area.
Hello from us!
We then visited the famous Queen Victoria Building. Everything is quite pricey in QV Building but its definitely worth a visit there.
We wanted to try Adrianno Zumbo dessert but guess we were too late! By the time we were ready for the dessert they are closing already. Its ok we will hunt the other branch the next day!
We opt for Koko Black since we haven filled up our dessert quota. They are famous for their handmade premium chocolate.
Hmmmm.. honestly if you asked me what have we ordered, I have no idea at all.
Basically we just point at whichever that caught our eyes. Turn out yums too!
We went back to Darling Harbour wanted to see the fireworks at 8.00pm but unfortunately there’s no firework on that month. However, the beautiful night scenery compensate our heart 🙂
End today’s blog with the beautiful scenery at the CBD area! *love*
OH YA! Our dinner.. Left over Hurricane’s Grill and sauteed veges!
and Supper >.<
Visit Day 1 : http://yienyien.com/travel/sydney-travel-guide-day-1-lavender-bay-paddys-market-pho-pasteur-el-loco-mr-crackles/
Visit Day 2 : http://yienyien.com/travel/sydneytravelguideday2/
Day 2 in Sydney and it will be the iconic Sydney Fish Market Day! We woke up kind of early that particular day, had simple breakfast as we always do every morning because the ingredients is just simply fresh not to cook for your own!
#OOTD We somehow bought the cute hair tie at Singapore planning to wear it together today but… errr…. Not really suit me and lao mao so we took it off right after we had our OOTD pic.
Sydney Fish Market is the world’s largest fish market that sits on the Blackwattle Bay foreshore in Pyrmont, 2km west of the Sydney CBD. There are divided into a few sections, the fishing port, wholesale fishes, seafood retail market and some eateries. Just go to the eateries is good enough.
How to go: Go to the Central Station and catch a Sydney Light rail straight to Sydney Fish market
Whether you like markets or not you will definitely love Sydney Fish Market, it is clean and magnificent; I bet you drool on the way till the end. These are a few sections of the seafood eateries;
Our first stop will be the Fish Market Café. You can never miss this café because it’s right at the entrance; they have varieties of seafood grilled and BBQ. Choose whatever you like or you can opt for the platter.
We had the sharing platter so we can sample a little bit of each. FYI, portion of the French fries is incredibly big!
After the heavily grilled and fried food, let’s go for something raw and fresh! THIS!
All kinds of seafood that can be served raw, we had sea urchin and scampi shrimp.
Oh-so-sweet you scampi shrimp!!
Do you like my scampi shrimp earrings? They are crystal jelly bright orangey!
Next up is everyone’s favourite, CHEESEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We finished off the Sydney Fish Market trip with a beautiful view of the eating section outside which is now too cold to enjoy and their meat section at the other side of the market.
Just want to show you these awesome freshly made sausages!!!
We proceed to Circular Quay station from Central Station to stop by The Rocks Market. It is a weekend market so be sure to visit only on Fridays Saturdays and Sundays.
We passed by the stroll at Circular Quay and this is the place where you came for the Harbour Bridge sighting and Sydney Opera House. For sure we will be coming again but as for today, we will give our priority to the weekend market.
This is The Rocks Weekend Market.
We bought some nuts from the Turkish vendor and he gave us his hometown speciality snacks! We thought it would be overly sweet but it was surprisingly yummy! Baklava, it will be one of our top favourite desserts from now on.
We then try out the famous German sausage.
A simple sausage bun with a squeeze of mustard and chili is enough to fulfill our taste bud. That will be our best sausages throughout the whole Sydney trip.
The market wasn’t as big as we expected. We finish touring and exploring the market in less than half an hour so we decided to grab a drink at the nearby café while waiting for dinner time to meet up with our high school friend, Ben.
We had cheese macaroni balls and it was very mediocre.
But the waiter is simply so sweet. Hahaha!
DINNER TIME!! We have been eating the whole day. Ben suggested a place called Bar Luca. It was along the Philip St nearby Museum of Sydney in walking distance from Circular Quay.
Walking on street of Sydney is never depressing. Just by looking at the beautiful architectural building, mesmerizing! — Sydney Town Hall
We had this scrumptious horse cut sweet potato wedges and it just blow our mind! Now when you asked three of us what we miss the most in Sydney: SWEET POTATO FRIES
The lamb riblets is a bomb too, served with tomato, chili, garlic and lemon. Not too zesty but a touch of lemon does help us to wash down oiliness of the lamb. Don’t get me wrong, lamb is just as impressive. The riblets are grilled to perfection with a slightly charred layer but juicy inside. I can even chao down the whole plate of lamb by myself.
Classic Beef Burger and Bar Luca Beef Burger, I think all the burgers are the star.
Ben wants more. He had the set of Chicken Karaage Burger with Fried Chicken! OK next time I know what to order! And, get the Stone and Wood Draught beer! MUST
We end up fabulous night with dessert! Guylian Belgian Chocolate Café.
Thanks Ben Ben for the time! Great catch up with lotsa laughters!