Pempek Palembang 88

Pempek, siapa sih yang tidak mengenal pempek. Makanan khas dari Palembang yang sudah terkenal seantero jagad raya.

Berdasarkan Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia Edisi ke-4, pempek berarti makanan khas daerah Palembang dari adonan tepung terigu dan ikan, dimakan dengan kuah yang bercuka.

Saking terkenalnya, pempek ini sudah menjadi makanan favorit hampir semua orang di bumi Indonesia. Rasanya kalau sudah mendengar kata pempek, perut mulai meronta, air liur seakan mau menetes, dan lidah mulai merasakan nikmatnya.

Khusus untuk pempek, Saya pernah mencoba pempek musi raya, pempek pak raden, pempek pak jenggot, pempek di food court, pempek di kondangan, pempek dari tetangga, sampai pempek abang-abang gerobak dorong juga pernah saya cicipi.

Jujur, tidak ada yang sangat berkesan dari semua pempek itu Sampai akhirnya, saya menemukan pempek tambatan hati. Pempek yang mengalahkan semuanya. Dan pempek itu, tidak lain dan tidak bukan adalah Pempek Palembang 88 yang berlokasi di Seberang Kramat Jati Indah Plaza.

Alamat tepatnya: Gang Batu Pirus, Kramat Jati, Jakarta Timur (telp: 0218001621)

Tempat jualannya memang tidak seindah restoran pada umumnya. Terlebih lagi dulu ketika tempatnya masih di pinggir jalan. Sangat tidak eye catching, bahkan bisa dibilang terlihat sedikit kumuh. Suwer deh, itu kesan pertama saya ketika pertama masuk ke tempat ini. Tapi, meskipun begitu, tempatnya bersih dan rapi.

Bahkan banner tulisan Pempek 88-nya pun kecil. Yang menarik perhatian justru dari tempat parkirannya yang selalu penuh dan terlihat orang mengantri hingga ke pinggir jalan.

Saya pikir, itulah sebabnya, mengapa mereka tidak terlalu memerhatikan “keindahan” tempat jualannya. Bagi mereka, kualitas pempek yang mereka jual adalah yang paling utama. Sekali orang datang membeli,  kebanyakan dari mereka pasti akan kembali lagi.

Sekarang, meskipun lokasi tempat jualannya sudah pindah, namun dari segi penampilan hampir tidak berbeda dengan tempat yang sebelumnya. Tempat ini lebih menyerupai rumah yang difungsikan juga sebagai tempat berjualan.

Untuk masalah harga, bisa dibilang cukup bersaing. Standar untuk harga pempek pada umumnya. Jadi, kalo kalian belum pernah coba pempek ini, ga ada salahnya menyempatkan diri mampir dan menyantap nikmatnya Pempek Palembang 88.

 

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Sneak Peek at Motto Festival 2012

At Saturday, October 13, 2012. I went to Pluit Village to see Motto festival. It was a loooong journey to get there, since I live in another part of Jakarta.

Thank God there is busway, so I just need to take 2 vehicle to get there. And finally, after almost 2 hours trip, I was in the BIGGEST J-INDO Band Festival.

img_0994img_1012After some window shopping in Pluit Village. I felt absolutely hungry. Look around and decided to eat takoyaki. Since I love cheese, I pick Cheese takoyaki. Rp. 15.000 for 6 pieces takoyaki. While it was very hot, I impatiently ate one of them. Waaa… it’s definitely a bad idea. But then, I enjoyed eating, especially the octopus slice inside it. LOVE IT!

For you who still don’t know, yet. Takoyaki or octopus balls is a ball-shaped Japanese snack made of a wheat flour-based batter and cooked in a special takoyaki pan. It is typically filled with minced or diced octopus, tempura scraps, pickled ginger, and green onion. It brushed with takoyaki sauce, then sprinkled with green laver (aonori) and shavings of dried bonito or cheese (just like the one I ate). 

After that, I try this tea called Prendjak Tea. Apparently, this tea is produced in Tanjung Pinang. It has quite different taste with some tea that I already tasted before. Kind of Unique. Especially when I drink it cos I am very thirsty. 2 big cups of these tea still not enough for this hot sunny day.

While we were enjoying our food and drink, some band performed on stage. Then, it was time for COSPLAY COMPETITION.  Cosplay,  short for “costume play,” is a type of performance art in which participants wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea.

Then suddenly, the venue was crowded. I hardly sneaked into the crowd to get in front of the stage. Prepared to capture great moments of cosplay performances.

img_0955 img_0960 img_0965 img_0975 img_0981 There was also a battle between the cosplayer.

img_0966 Now, these looks like some meccha costume. I wonder how they made those costume. It’s not broken eventhough they made such a movement. Not to think that it was a very hot day. It must be pretty hard and hot wore those costume.

img_0950 img_0988 img_0998 img_1004And last but not least, it was the end of the cosplay performances. And I decided to go home. Remember, my house is far away from Pluit. Even so, I am pretty delight with this festival. So excited being there. Hoping there will be more of these kind of festival. And hopefully I could be there, again.

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The Exhibition of Alutsista TNI AD (Indonesian Army)

I finally decided to see the famous exhibition from TNI AD called Alutsista Arhanud TNI AD. For me, I think this is once in a lifetime experience. When will I see many weapons and army vehicle and even explore it in and out.

First, some of you might be wondering what is Alutsista Arhanud TNI AD? Well, after did some browsing and asked a friend of mine, finally know the answer. Alutsista Arhanud TNI AD is Alat Utama Sistem Persenjataan Artileri Pertahanan Udara Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Darat. Wow, that is a long one.

Anyway, this is the first exhibition that was held by TNI AD. Kasubdis Penum TNI AD Letkol Zaenal M explained that this is a part of their responsibility to the citizen. It was a part of their wish to be more close with citizen.

This exhibition was held on October 6-8, 2012 in Monas. It came from Kecabangan Perhubungan, Kecabangan Kavaleri, Kecabangan Penerbad, Kecabangan Zeni, Direktorat Kesehatan, Kopassus, Direktorat Perbekalan dan Angkutan, Industri Pertahanan Nasional, Kecabangan Peralatan, Kecabangan Infanteri, Kostrad, dan peralatan yang baru, Kecabangan Armed, and Kecabangan Arhanud.

OK, so I was very excited when I got there even though that day was so damn hot. And Thanks GOD, I had an off day from work, and since Monday is workday, so I hope there won’t be too much visitors. And I’m right. Well, not as many as Sunday, I guess.

At first, I was like… OMG. This is not what I am expected. Not this many vehicle and weapons. Not to mention there are soldiers everywhere.

Then I started to walk around, and I was like… Oowwww… woooow… Helicopter, panzer, tank, hover…. and I can explored them inside and outside? Woooooww….

Then I, got crazy with my camera. Take picture here, there, and everywhere. While asking the soldier about all these things.

Cobra Modular air defense system (Battery Command Vehicle, 3D Multi-beam Search Radar, Missile Launcher) and Giraffe Radar. He explained how to operate this defense system.

Merriam 155 MM Caesar.

Multiple Launcher Rocket System (MLRS) ASTROS II MK 6 (Made in AVIBRAS AEROSPACIAL Brazil]. These guys are the representative from the manufacturer from Brazil. After I asked them to have a picture with me, lots of people join in after me. I guess they are shy to asked them before.

This one is the “celebrity” in this exhibition. This is the newest weapons that we just bought from Brazil. And these guys were Brazil representative. It cost 405 million rupiah for each. Wow…
Rappiers, Bofors

Rapiers, Bofors

It’s quite scary to see all these ammo. Couldn’t imagine these things blow up right in front of us. Then I started to think about our brothers and sisters who still live with war around them. May God granted their live with PEACE.

The helicopter was visitors favorite. Just look at the crowd around it. Most of them are Kindergarten children. I even had no chance to go inside. The soldier who helped to go inside, looked very tired. They said, “it’s been three days now….” Well, take a rest then, change shift with other soldier. Then the problem is solved :p

These all real ammo. That is why the pilot was quite strict and scary when children approach and touch it or even try to play with it. They said, “please stay away, just look at it, it is dangerous.” Then I was like, “hush, hush, go, go, children… play in somewhere else...”

* Pfiuuuhh… * After all day long, I discover and explore almost all alutsista, It’s time to say goodbye. I am very satisfied, I even forgot how tired I am to walk around Monas. Quite proud with our TNI AD. We do have weapons, but I really hope that we won’t use it for real.

Since I prayer for PEACE, always. NO good things came from war. No matter how sophisticated and deadly our weapons are, It will be much better if We saw them for exhibition only. PEACE all the way.Thank you TNI AD, for protected our country and off course all of us all this time. I believe it is not an easy task.

Hopefully see you all in Next Year….