Indonesian FOOD

One of my favorite things was being able to eat traditional Indonesian dishes every night. Some things that have been so familiar to me as a kid growing up.

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Sauté with (left to right) kecap, peanut sauce, acar, rice, and coup

The food is very unique to Indonesia itself, but can be compared to a mix of Indian, Philippine, and Thai food.  Lots of sauté, coconut milk, tons of spices & herbs.  There are not a lot of milky or buttery desserts as in many Western and European cultures.  Most of their desserts are fruit, or coconut milk based.

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Kolak-banana and sweet yam in coconut milk and brown sugar

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I tried “creme brûlée” with a twist. It was in a cacao bean and topped with cashews and my favorite,  jackfruit

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Klepon, coconut covered mocha-type outside with a brown sugar filling


Cendol_in_a_GlassCendol is another favorite, coconut milk and brown sugar on the bottom with then little green rice jelly.kue-bolu-kukus Bolukukus is like a cupcake, but made from coconut milk.
5183876445_9220f572beForm of jello made from coconut milkEs-CampurEs Campur is another favorite-it is basically shave ice with a LOT of condense milk and fresh fruit!

The fruit is quite unique, tastes and textures that wouldn’t be seen anywhere else.

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mangostene

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The coffee is world renowned

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Nusa Dua // Bali, Indonesia

To an extent, the town of Nusa Dua is comparable to the Beverly Hills of California.  This area is more geared towards tourism.IMG_9211 IMG_9212 IMG_9213 IMG_9216On the peninsula sits a park built to represent different countries. Each tree in the park was planted by a different country.IMG_9218 IMG_9219On the opposite side is a trail to the waterhole.IMG_9220 IMG_9222 IMG_9225Even though we were close to the water, the humidity and heat was overwhelming.  It was nice to be able to swim everyday in such tropical beauty!

Coffee made from Poop // Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

The Luwak Civet Coffee Farm, home of the most expensive coffee in the world.  The plantation is full of rich trees of different plants and herbs; it is said that Indonesia is so rich and dense of nutrients that whatever seed you drop on the ground will grow into a tree.  But the main treat was the Luwak Coffee-made of literal mongoose poop.  In the past, people would go into the  rainforest and collect the poop to make the coffee, but now that there is a plantation, they can house some of them themselves.

The mongoose only eat the best coffee beans-very picky and smart animals.  The seed them ferments in their stomach until it is excreted. Then, once collected, they sift through all the seeds and let it dry in the sun.  The outer layer of the bean is shed one by one by hand, and then put back into the sun for a day or so.  Once that is done, they put the beans little by little under fire and sift it until it is able to be ground.IMG_8943IMG_8939IMG_8948IMG_8949IMG_8947It amazes me that they still make the coffee by hand, and are able to export such mass amounts of it!  We walked along turmeric, cacao, and ginger, and then were able to enjoy coffee and tea while overlooking the green rice paddies of Ubud. IMG_8957

ginger tea and coffee, lemon tea, chocolate coffee, and others with a cup of Luwak (the white one:)

ginger tea and coffee, lemon tea, chocolate coffee, and others with a cup of Luwak (the white one:)

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SO GREEN so beautiful! It was a nice rest before the Monkey forest… 😉

Much Love,

Maddi

 

Beijing, China

The last 3 days in China was set largely site seeing, many of the places I have visited before! I’ll just post some pictures to recap 🙂 Some of the sights I wasn’t able to see last time.

Temple of Heaven
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The Forbidden City

IMG_8654 IMG_8664 IMG_8577The Temple of Heaven and Forbidden City I have been to before, but it was fun to experience them again with my family.

The Summer PalaceIMG_8563 IMG_8640 IMG_8633 IMG_8624 IMG_8587 IMG_8580The Summer Palace was beautiful, but after the Great Wall climbing the stairs up and around to the lake were PAINFUL. The palace is an excursion that definitely takes maybe a whole day rather than a couple hours just because it is so big and requires so much climbing!

One tourist thing that everyone must do is shop at the Black Pearl Market-full of good quality, goods. Counterfits that look so real people couldn’t notice.

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On to Bali!

Much Love,

Maddi

The Great Wall of China~ Mutianyu

The first day in Beijing was a hard hitter!

We stayed at the Red Wall Garden Hotel; this villa like living space is deep in the local community of Beijing.  It was built in resemblance to a hutong, a street or alley way in which the local Chinese people would reside as well as sell goods; a community that all works together.

fabulous courtyard

fabulous courtyard

IMG_8427 IMG_0797We enjoyed a nice breakfast in the courtyard and then headed straight for The Great Wall of China !

congee, bao, shomai, egg fried rice, yam

congee, bao, shomai, egg fried rice, yam

The drive to central Beijing to Mutianyu took about 1 1/2 hours. We got to see the green countryside along the way.  Since the Wall was so high up on the mountain, they had a ski lift that would carry you to the wall, which I highly recommend rather than walking up there yourself.  You would expend all your energy walking to the wall, that there would be little left to actually walk on it.  Whats better was the toboggan ride down: a huge slide you can take on a sled all the way down the mountain.  For a round trip ticket, it cost about 100RMB, which is about $16.

IMG_8267The lift was absolutely terrifying, but equally terrific. The green mountains are so surreal.  Yet, the best was yet to come

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No words to explain how amazing the wall is. We climbed for about an hour or so before we decided to head back.  I definitely underestimated the rigor, and I think a developed a new fear of heights. A solid workout to say the least.

IMG_0752 IMG_0749The Toboggan was definitely my little sisters favorite part.  SO fun!

IMG_0762 IMG_0765My dad got ripped of for some local dried fruits, and then we headed back to the city! We stopped by the great Olympic Park.  I think its corny to say that you can just feel the sense of awe in the nest; You just stare and think about the all world class athletes making history in this place.  Architecturally it is a phenomenon.  The bubbly aquatic center was transformed into a water park, swim club, and theater.

IMG_8397 IMG_8398 IMG_8409Rough and tough day, but so satisfyingly good 🙂 I think the exhaustion definitely helped me catch up with the time change.

More to come!

Much Love,
Maddi