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I'm not a big fan of rojak, but ikan bakar is another story. Could you return to review that dish, or is there another place more worthy?


Nate - We like Pak Din's grilled fish, over in the Lake Gardens. Check November archives, I think, or google 'EatingAsia family affair' for details. Lunch only, unfortunately.


You made the occassion of biting through a perfectly normal meatball into something like gourmet food tasting. Was it something that came through the mind at the exact moment or something that is thought of long after the action? Don't mind me asking though, because I don't think I could come up with words like that. It surely did put color and excitement into the action and made me want to see things through your perception the next time I eat the same thing.

Thank you!


Jem- actually, we do discuss what we're eating (good, bad, textures, sensations) as we're eating (and did so long before ever starting the blog) and I recall Dave observing that these bakso were rather different to most Malaysian 'balls' (fish pork or otherwise) in their bit of give to the teeth. Very pleasing.
All this means, of course, that you would not want to eat with us, unless you enjoy discussion to the Nth degree of what you're putting in your mouth!


Trying to fit in a lunch at TAR Restaurant within these coming weeks. I'm salivating just through reading!


I've seen bakso before but not bakso tenis (with an egg). So any bets on whether the scotch egg came first?


Ah, Phil - intriguing question! One for the serious culinary historian, I think.


First time I saw 'rojak' spelt like that, interesting, got to be the malay influence. No rujak buah (with fruit)? That's another delight.Yum....
Oh, scotch egg may be way ahead of bakso tenis. If I remember it correctly, bakso tenis started became very popular in 1980s...


"rujak sayur" is indonesian food called 'gado-gado'. hhmmm, I'll come for this.
If the vendor really from Solo, You came to the right place for bakso.


I bet for a total foreigner who have never taste "exotic" Asian food before, bakso looks really dull. But to an Indonesian like me, bakso reminds me of friends and family. Oh, and Dyah, you just confirmed my suspicion. So, "rujak sayur" is the way the Malaysians call our "gado-gado"?


Ari, gado-gado is also called gado-gado in Malaysia. There are some differences in the seasoning between Malaysian and Indonesian, but basically both are similar.

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