In Indonesia, it is known as kue keranjang, as in the old days, it was sold in a basket. The real Chinese Name is Nian Gao. And as with other Chinese name, there are a lot of meaning behind the name of this delicacies.
The pronunciation of the word “Nian” is very close with the word “Nien”, which means Year. And the word “Gao”, depends on how it is said, can mean cake or high. “Nian Gao” therefore can be correlated with the meaning Year High, to wish someone to reach higher in the coming year.
The packaging of the cake itself is often decorated with good words, such as in the picture above. The common words used to decorate the cake is longevity, luck, prosperity, and many more.
During my childhood, my mom used to steam Nian Gao until it is soft, and then we will eat with shredded coconut. Another popular way to eat it is to deep fried Nian Gao with flour. Nian Gao taste quite sweet, and can be preserved for months by keeping it in refrigerator.
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Some people knows that I drink a lot of coffee. A lot of good coffee. And living in Indonesia, we are blessed with a wide region that is suitable to grow good coffee.
I was walking in a local market yesterday when I saw a long table in front of a coffee shop. On it lies varieties of Indonesian coffee for sale. The various shiny colors of the packaging catch my attention as I pass by. Upon closer inspection, not only the packaging that is different, but also the labels. There are those labels which are designed like a pro, and there are also another which is clearly designed by amateur.
I bought few bags to taste at home, and will be back just to grab a cup of coffee, and buy another bag.
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A Moray Eel peeking from its nest, curiously watching scuba divers passing by. Location: Bali, Indonesia
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In many places in Indonesia, the pedestrian that is taken over by people selling stuff. They often reason with the necessity of earning a living when officials try to move them out. Such attempt usually ended up in conflict between the sellers and police,
In some area, mutual agreement was made that, the food seller can occupy and sell on the pedestrian at night. The road then closed for vehicle, allowing people to stroll around and shop, or eat.
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When in Beijing, eat Peking Duck. Indeed, the name Peking Duck come from the city of Peking, or more known as Beijing, the capital of China.
While browsing for best restaurant that serve Peking Duck, the name Da Dong come into the picture. The Michelin star rating guarantee that the food at Da Don won’t disappoint hungry stomach.
To date, it is still the best Peking Duck I ate in and out of China. The skin of the duck is just crispy yet remain moist, melting in mouth when combined with the wrapping. Or even when ate alone.
Definitely the most satisfying food to close the night.
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