Nasi Goreng, Delicious Food From Indonesia

Nasi Goreng
Nasi Goreng

Nasi Goreng is popular food in Indonesia. Even CNNGo survey pick nasi goreng as one of World’s 50 Most Delicious Food. Nasi goreng served in 5-star luxury hotel, restaurant, also as hawker food. For health and hygiene issue, tourist should try nasi goreng in convenience place. Sometimes, nasi goreng served too spicy. Not everyone can suit with that taste.

Main ingredients of nasi goreng is rice (nasi is Indonesia language for rice). The common seasoning for nasi goreng is blended of garlic, red onion and salt. For spicy taste, chili is commonly used by request. Then rice fried together with a few vegetable oil, seasoning and egg. Nowadays, nasi goreng has so many variation. Sausage, shredded chicken, meat ball, prawn are some side dish which fried together with rice.

Nasi goreng also served with vegetables, such as fresh tomato and cucumber. Kerupuk udang, or light crackers from prawn will complete nasi goreng. Sometimes, nasi goreng served with fresh cabbage. Nasi goreng also common menu in most Indonesian home. This is the smart way to avoid wasting rice. It’s easy to cook and cheap. Sometimes, nasi goreng fried with green mustard.

Nasi goreng commonly served as breakfast menu in Indonesia’s hotels. Perhaps tourist who fly with Indonesia airlines will try this menu in flight to Jakarta. Even the convenience store in Jakarta, such as 7-Eleven, sell frozen nasi goreng. Well, you don’t need to buy this frozen food since nasi goreng is easily bought in Indonesia, especially in town in Java.

In the night, you can try popular hawker to enjoy local taste of nasi goreng. Ask local to get best recommendation. In Jakarta, popular ‘nasi goreng kambing’ (mutton fried rice) can be found at Kebon Sirih, Central Jakarta. Its served as food hawker and you can eat in your car. The taste of nasi goreng kambing will suite tourist from Turki or another Arabia country. The mutton is very soft with curry taste all over the rice. Start operate since 1958, now nasi goreng kambing kebon sirih has some branch. You can try it in Pasaraya Grande (Blok M) and 9 walk Bintaro. While eating in pavement is so annoy you, just comes to their branches which more representative.

Another option to try nasi goreng in Jakarta is Nasi Goreng Kemang, located in Kemang area, south of Jakarta. If you come on Friday night, you can enjoy local live music in this place. The restaurant is more representative and served a delicious nasi goreng too. Nasi Goreng Ijo is the favorite menu in this place. Some guest also like Nasi Goreng Buntut too.

Nasi goreng also has local taste and name in every town in Indonesia. Nasi goreng gila commonly popular in Jakarta and Bogor. The food is full of carbohydrate because rice is fried together with noodle. In Cirebon, little town in West Java, nasi goreng gila is well known as otokowok. Nasi goreng Medan has special features with teri medan, a small dried fish which popular in Medan. Nasi goreng from Aceh commonly taste too spicy and full of flavour. In Padang, nasi goreng served with red colour, the original colour of chili. Its mean the soya ketchup didn’t over used and the taste won’t be too sweet. Also nasi goreng Padang looks dry because they only use a few vegetable oil to fry the rice.

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Explore a Whole New World at Medan

Mesjid Raya Medan
Mesjid Raya Medan

Do you want to celebrate a whole new world at a unique tourist destination? Do you want to explore the craft of leisure at an exciting vacation? Offering a variety of sights and sounds, Medan is located in Indonesia and showcases the Moroccan, Dutch and colonial influences with great Art Deco buildings like the Post office, the Great Mosque, the Old City Hall, the Maimoon Palace, Chinese Temple of Vihara Gunung Timur, the Buddhist Temple of Vihara Borobudur and the Mesjid Raya Mosque. Lovers of architecture can admire the Immanuel Protestant Church that was built in 1921 and is one of Medan’s biggest churches.

Visitors to Medan can refresh themselves with the delicious dishes or explore the Pasar Petisah that offers a wonderful array of fruits and vegetables. Tourists can wander through the Kesawan Square, stroll down Merdeka Walk and discover an artful range at the Tondi Gallery. Visitors can enjoy the luxury of their accommodation rooms in Medan and spend serene moments at the Annai Velangkanni shrine and the Shri Mariamman temple. As one of the main things to do on a holiday, visitors can go shopping to their heart’s content at the many shopping malls, complexes and buy souvenirs from craft shops. Continue reading “Explore a Whole New World at Medan”

Holiday in Bandung, Indonesia

One of the top holiday destination in Indonesia today is Bandung. The city is located in the west part of Java. The Dutch colonial named this city as Paris Van Java (Paris in Java). The city has everything to offer. By the time you arrived at the city, you will be welcomed by the cool weather and friendly environment.

Top Attractions in Bandung

Trans Studio Bandung
Trans Studio Bandung

Trans Studio Bandung

Trans Studio Bandung is the second indoor theme park in Indonesia after Makassar. Trans Studio Bandung is much more spectacular and exciting than Trans Studio Makassar, but both have their own uniqueness that makes Trans Studio Bandung not only the biggest in Indonesia but also one of the biggest in the world.

Bandung Zoo

Opened for public in 1930, Bandung Zoo now has large collection of animals and become favorite attraction in Bandung.

Tangkuban Parahu
Tangkuban Parahu

Gunung Tangkuban Parahu

The volcano mountain gain its popularity via a legend story of Sangkuring. Located in north of Bandung, the place has awesomely beautiful scenery.

Cihampelas

Shopping is one of the top reason to visit Bandung and Cihampelas is the best place to shop in the city. Hundreds of factory outlet are available here.

Hotels in Bandung

Amaris Hotel in Bandung
Amaris Hotel in Bandung

Travelers can choose from hostel to five star hotel in Bandung. Things to remember is to book early for your hotel stay. On weekend, hotels are mostly fully booked.

Travelling within

Taxi and public transportation are available for traveling within. But if you like to walk, the weather in Bandung will be your best friend.

Scuba Dive with Seahorses

Scuba Dive with Seahorses
Scuba Dive with Seahorses

Scuba divers have long been fascinated by these often extremely tiny critters. Seahorses are illusive photo subjects as they camouflage themselves by changing colour quickly to blend in with their surroundings. They also allow encrusting organisms to settle on them and they can grow long skin appendages to match their surroundings even better. During mating their skin will lighten and darken. Generally the easiest part of the seahorse to spot is the tail.

The seahorse is 1 of 4 families in the syngnathiform family order which also includes pipefish, flag tail pipefish and seadragons. They swim in an upright position with their tails down and their heads up. Their dorsal fin moves them forward and the pectoral fin controls steering and turning.

The pygmy seahorse is a recently discovered relative of the common sea horse and one of the divers most sought after finds. A lot of deco time and a magnifying glass will help in the search for these cryptic critters. They are roughly 15mm in length although some are smaller, and as their tail is always curled around a seafan, they appear even smaller.

Very little is known about their life cycle. They are thought to eat the same zooplankton as the seafans that they inhabit and they seem to prefer seafans to other family members, as there are normally few other inhabitants on a pygmy’s seafan.

Sea horse Fact Sheet

Family name: Hippocampinae
Order name: Syngnathidae
Common name: Seahorse
Scientific name: Hippocampus

Distinguishing Features

They are characterised by an elongated body encased in bony rings. Instead of scales that are found on most fish, seahorses have a thin layer of skin stretched over a series of bony plates. These plates show themselves as the bony rings along their body’s trunk. They have no pelvic fins but most have small pectoral fins and a single dorsal fin. They have a prehensile tail (able to grasp) and a tube-like mouth with no teeth, and small gill openings. Unlike (most) humans but similar to chameleons, seahorses can move their eyes independently of each other. They range in size from 10mm to 35cm, the largest species being the Pacific seahorse. Seahorses also have a coronet on the top of their head which is distinctive in all seahorses, in the same way that a thumb print is in humans.

Feeding habits

Seahorses eat small crustaceans which they catch by staying still and lying in wait. When prey comes near they snap them up. Their tube like mouth creates a vacuum that sucks prey in and they swallow their food whole. They can eat up to 3,000 brine shrimp per day.

Reproduction

Sea horses are unusual in a couple of ways. One is that they are monogamous and have long courtship periods when mating. Monogamy is unusual in all animals but especially in fish. There is some evidence to suggest that the longer a couple of seahorses stick together, the better they are at producing babies. Indeed, a male seahorse that is involved in an intimate relationship can be pregnant for as many as 7 months of the year. Once the male has given birth, he often becomes pregnant again right away.

Another unusual aspect of the sea horse is that it’s the male of the species that becomes pregnant and carries the eggs in a pouch on his belly, after the eggs have been deposited there by the female. The eggs are fertilised in the pouch and incubated until they hatch. Incubation lasts between 10 days and 4 weeks, depending on the species and water temperature.

At hatching, the male gives birth to fully developed but tiny versions of its species. The natural lifespan of seahorses is not known, but believed to be from 1 year for small species to 5 years for a larger species.

It is common in the fish world for the males to take care of the eggs by guarding them or fanning them to keep them clean and provide enough oxygen. But seahorses take parental care to an extreme unknown elsewhere in the animal kingdom. A capillary system provides nutrients to the young.

Want to Know Where to Scuba Dive with Seahorses?

The Barbigants pygmy seahorse (hippocampus barbiganti) can be found all over Indonesia in various colours and at all depths. They can be found in the muricella sea fans in Papua New Guinea, Philippines and Malaysia. These sea fans have bulbous red polyps as do the pygmy seahorses. This, along with their small size, is what makes them so difficult to spot.

Denise Hackett recently discovered a new pygmy seahorse species in Indonesia. It’s named after her, hippocampus Denise, but it’s often called the ‘plucked chicken pygmy seahorse’ due to its unusual appearance with a lack of the typical bumps (tubercles). Hippocampus Denise is normally found in light yellow gorgonians which, like the pygmy, are less bulbous with smaller polyps.

The weedy pygmy seahorse is an even newer discovery. First recorded in the Banda Sea in 2000, they are now regularly seen at Wakatobi and the Lembeh Strait. The Raja Ampat area is another good place to find them. This species is the smallest and most cryptic. They seem to move around more than other species making them even harder to pin point.

HolidayIQ Indonesia, A Place Where I Can Learn Indonesia Better

For traveler, like me, collecting as many information as possible about the destination I’m about to visit is important. It can really help me enjoy my visit and sometimes even save from bad things. The internet has given enough spaces for travelers to help other by sharing their travel experiences and guides.

Right now I’m planning my 3rd visit to Indonesia, this time I will be visiting Yogyakarta. A cultural city, a place where the second Royal Wedding was held few months ago. A historical territory with active volcano and hundreds years old temple. And I have found the right places to learn about Yogyakarta, and other destinations in Indonesia.

HolidayIQ Indonesia
HolidayIQ Indonesia

HolidayIQ, was originally started in India. Now this traveler community has also launched their Indonesian site. Fun! Here I can found lots of information on Indonesian destinations, hotels, things to do and even weather. The awesome part of this site is actually their reviews, my Yogyakarta Hotel booking was based on the reviews I found on this site. So if you’re planning to travel to Indonesia, you might want to check HolidayIQ Indonesia for your references.

ps. the site is in Indonesian, you might need Google Translate 😀

Cheap Flights to Jakarta

 

Jakarta, Indonesia
Jakarta, Indonesia

Jakarta is said to be amongst the best sights in the South East Asia. It is the capital and the largest city of Indonesia (and is officially known as Special Capital Territory of Jakarta) with a population of about 9580000 (according to the 2010 census). The cheap flights to Jakarta give you such a fantastic place to spend your vacations at, and make the trip all the more memorable. Jakarta is also described as a fabulous mixture of the Bangkok, and New Delhi. Being abundant in its architecture and cultural legacy, Jakarta is truly an ambassador of the Indonesian history and culture and currently is the most populous city of Indonesia.

Several travelers around the world seek flights to Jakarta each year and explore this fantastic city flights to Jakarta give you marvelous exhibition of the number of tourist’s activities ranging from natural sight seeing, religious places, historical monuments, sun kissed beaches, dense green jungles, and many other pertinent rich sights and activities.

It is a known notion that every person is worried about the air fares, and the living costs at the place where he / she intend to spend holidays at. The good news is that because of the influx of tourists here and the increasing demand of flights to Jakarta, several air lines across the globe reduce their air fares during the off seasons, and the other time of the week (except week ends). If you try to conduct a short comparative research on the internet, you will surely come across some cheap flights to Jakarta, and the accommodation costs there which are not expensive at all and suit your financial budget.

By just this, you can save about seventy percent of your entire cost which is required for your trip to Jakarta, and in some cases even more than the seventy percent. This pre-research no doubt can be a little time consuming but result rewarding at the end of the day. In addition to the cheap flights to Jakarta, look out for a travel package if offered by any air line or a reputed travel agent because it can save your entire cost including the flights to Jakarta and your travel to some known places in the city.