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Coming to Indonesia in Dec 2010 - Any recommendations?
Posted November 24th, 2010 - 9:22 pm from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
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Posted November 25th, 2010 - 5:13 pm by from Jakarta, Indonesia (Permalink)
Hi Tim,



First of all... welcome to indonesia :).
If you have like 2 weeks in Indonesia but only interested to visit west Java... plenty of places to visit, some withing travelling range upto 6 hours by cars (from jakarta) are: Jakarta, Bandung, Bogor, Puncak, Cirebon, Carita/Anyer, Pangandaran... all up to your preferred activities.

Note:
Airport-Bogor: You can use "DAMRI" buses... re fee, forgot abt the price... Other destinations to Jakarta city are also available.
Jakarta-Bogor: You can use public train with air conditioner. Look for "PAKUAN BOGOR" train, the fee is IDR 11,000/trip.
Jakarta-Bandung: You can use travel minivans using "DAYTRANS" or "CIPAGANTI", the fee is IDR70,000/trip.
Well all fees might have changed :)

Re meals here are lists of places that you could have vegan/vegetarian meals:
1. Kou Fu @ Soekarno Hatta Airport - 2A (for International flights) - singaporean foodchain, so chinese food.
2. Kou Fu also available at Mall Artha Gading foodcourt.
3. Dutamas area (west Jakarta) - here there are around 5-6 vegetarian restaurants.
4. Loving Hut - Plaza Semanggi. They have plenty of vegan menus. The Supreme Master's foodchain, so mix chinese/local/western food.
5. "Gado-Gado" - this is mix of steamed vegetables with peanut sauce (spinach, cauly, sprouts, fried tofu, fried tempeh, fried potatoes etc - some areas will have different veggies too). It's very easy to find in local street vendors with prices ranging from IDR 5,000 to 10,000. Note If you visit "Gado-Gado BOPLO" they use ground cashew nuts instead of peanuts, the price is around IDR 20,000 ++ / portion.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gado-gado
6. Another dish variety with nut-sauces are: KETOPRAK, LOTEK, PECEL, KAREDOK... All are local delicacies. Need to mention the spiciness level that you could tolerate though :).
7. GUDEG - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gudeg
8. I LIEN's vegan pempek (vegetarian version of Palembangese fish-cake). It uses young shredded papaya, or tofu, or sprouts, or eggs fillings. Either boiled or deepfried, it tastes so yummy! She also has pangrilld version too.
Her pempek is MTO (Make To Order) mostly sold to TzuChi organization...
I suggest frozen bulk-order to take home with you. Can never had enough of these small delicacies...
9. phew... the list will go on and on and on... hahahaha

So i hope this reply is useful for you :)
Since there are too much to cover in just one email, do feel free to ask more questions :)

Regards,
Eva

Posted November 28th, 2010 - 8:29 am from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
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Posted June 3rd, 2011 - 6:02 am by from Duesseldorf, Germany (Permalink)
"6. Another dish variety with nut-sauces are: KETOPRAK, LOTEK, PECEL, KAREDOK... All are local delicacies. Need to mention the spiciness level that you could tolerate though :)."

I guess the safest way is to ask them to not make it spicy at all - is that possible? (guess it'll still be a little spicy, which is just the amount I can tolerate :D)
Is there a nice way to ask for "not spicy at all"? Is it just "Tidak pedas"?
Don't I have to add something polite? Like "Minta"? "Minta tidak pedas" Is that correct Indonesian? :D