Wow, it's the last day of 2012. We have successfully passed another doomsday prediction.
Food Overeating adventure kept going on... .
Stop no. 1: Begadang II. This place serves 'Padang' style food. I guess for most foreigners, you would find the style similar to Indian food, where they use a lot of herbs, spices, and serve curry style dishes.
Stop no. 2: Idola. Sells Fish Cake - ("Pempek") Indonesian Style - and the cheapest but still nice my parents could find in Lampung (they said). The stand besides this place sold Egg Pancake ("Martabak/Murtabak Telor"). The style here was deep fried, though I have also tried less oily ones at another place. Equally good. We opted for duck eggs for the meat mixture to make it more fragarant and tasty.
May I just say I won't be booking any appointment to my GP anytime soon. She will have a heart attack looking at my blood pressure/cholesterol chart right after this trip.
Happy New Year, everyone.
Wishing this year will be a good year for all of us with plenty of love, laughter, and happiness all round.
As for me last midnight, greeting 2013 in my parents' house for once in such a long long time brought me a sense of joy, although it was also a bit weird to watch the splendid fireworks display presented by Sydney only through Channel News Asia on television.
Compared to that, Indonesian New Year's Eve... ermmm... the fireworks were sporadic and all over the place (as they were alighted by general public). But I guess, as long as everyone enjoyed and welcomed year 2013 with joy, that's the most important thing.
Stop no. 1: Pantai Duta Wisata. Seafood. Nuff said .
This place would have been a gorgeous place if not loitered with random garbage and general unkempt. Pity.
Don't be fooled by the scenery photos below. I beautified these scenes by 200%
And their chilli was the bomb (below right picture). Definitely got my seal of approval. If you dare, ask for extra spicy (yes, I had it extra spicy. All other chilli sauce consumed prior to today were tomato sauce compared to this gem).
The other seafood we ordered: Grilled "chicken" fish (local calls it "ikan ayam", literally translated to english "chicken fish". As the meat is quite firm and chewy - a bit similar to chicken), Deep fried squid (very very yummy), Black Pepper Crab (more like sweet soy sauce crab. Hardly any black peppers. Disappointing);
Deep fried Tempeh & Tofu (very nice too), and Blood Clams (a bit of an acquired taste. Kinda smell fishy).
Stop no. 2: Rumah Baso - same management under Rumah Kayu.
Ah yes, we were back to this place we went to on the first day I touched down in Lampung a few days ago. But this time, we went to the building located just besides it for some meatballs soup.
It's hard to find good meatballs here without containing any preservatives - usually borax or Formaldehyde/Formalin (*gasp). Dishonest vendors would use preservatives to maintain longer shelf life of their meatballs, but at whose expense?
Apparently this place claims to not mix any preservatives into their meatballs (well, it did not taste like they have used any, or at least any that I could taste. Borax laden meatballs are quite chewy and hard).