BUMBU DESA: From the land of Kopi Luwak & Batik

Indonesia is my preferred destination for holidaying in the entire South East Asia. From the vibrant nightlife in Jakarta to the stunning natural beauty of Bali, the country has never ceased to spellbind me. So far Bali has been my favourite holiday spot. A land rich in culture, heritage, art & craft and of course food! My love for Indonesian food is pretty well known. The multitude of spices & herbs used in their food is what makes the cuisine a foodie’s delight. From their satays to bakso, gado-gado & rendang- every dish is scrumptious.

Few moments from my Bali trip 🙂

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Tanah lot, Bali

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Prawn Satay & Nasi Goreng Platter

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Grilled Tilapia

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A random flea market, Nusa Dua

I am always keen to try out new Indonesian eateries in town & when I learnt that Bumbu Desa, a popular restaurant chain in Indonesia has an outlet in KLCC, I decided to check it out. Honestly, this won’t be an exhaustive review as we sampled only a couple of dishes, but I can of course share my experience with you guys 🙂

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The restaurant is located on the 4th floor of Suria KLCC and with its warm lighting & elegant décor, it looked rather inviting. We were ushered in by a friendly wait staff and quickly asked for the menu as I was very hungry. There were many appetisers & main course to choose from but we decided to settle for their set menus (For a complete listing of their menu please visit Bumbu Desa Menu). I ordered Nasi Rabeg Kambing, which is a spicy mutton dish. The mutton came accompanied with Sayur Asem, Nasi, Peanut sauce (similar to gado-gado) & small disc shaped crackers.

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Nasi Rabeg Kambing

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A closer look

Sayur Asem is the perfect appetizer. Made with corn & squash, its sweet & sour taste made our tastebuds dance. Flavoured subtly, it is a very comforting soup. The peanut sauce was mildly spiced which balanced the hot & spicy mutton impeccably. About the mutton, I really have no words. Perfectly cooked, tender & juicy, & spicy without being too hot. I like my food very spicy, maybe my Indian palette is responsible for it, and so Indonesian food is an absolute winner for me & from whatever I had at Bumbu desa, I am coming back for sure, to try out more from their menu & give a better comprehensive review.

S had ordered Nasi Rendang Daging which he claimed was as good as the ones he had in Indonesia. The beef was succulent & tasted fabulous.

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Nasi Rendang Daging

The crackers in both the sets were unimpressive. They were neither crispy nor made any difference to the whole dish. I think one can do without it.

The wait staff was very friendly and obliged us every time we made any requests, from changing seats to clicking photographs, explaining the dish to us, etc. Do come and eat here if you want an authentic taste of Indonesia without burning a hole in your pocket.

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Of biryani, haleem & kheer- Happy Eid

Eid is synonymous with lip-smacking food, celebrations galore, laughter, decking up homes in colourful & vibrant hues, gifts & most importantly big warm hugs! Muslims in all parts of the world will usher in Eid-Ul-Fitr around 17th of July (depending on moon sighting) finally marking the end of Ramadan.

I am filled with nostalgia as I fondly recall Eid celebrations in my country. As I close my eyes, I can still feel the lovely aroma emanating from the kitchen of my next door neighbour. She used to cook some heavenly biryani. Eid’s biryani is always special- made with an extra dose of love 🙂 What sticks in the memory most is how I used to wait for my Eid holiday to get over so that the next day I could gorge on some yummy seviyan kheer (vermicelli & milk pudding with nuts & raisins) which my school friend got from her home.

Here in Malaysia, Eid is a very grand affair. The streets are decked up with lights, shops giving generous discounts on goodies, iftar treats post sundown and it all starts days in advance. Its such a beautiful festive feeling. You see people smiling, shopping, eating dinner with family- perhaps enough to forget your own personal battles & struggles for the time being.

With just few hours away from the big day, I wish all my readers love, luck & a lot of happiness. May the almighty bless you all in abundance, or as they say here in Malaysia – “Selamat Hari Raya AidilFitri”

I will sign off here with a visual tour of the amazing Eid treats that I got a chance to devour here in KL 🙂

Cute little garment shops

Cute little garment shops

Some family time
Some family time

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Baju Kurung- traditional malay costume
Baju Kurung- traditional malay costume
Appetizing goodies
Appetizing goodies
Eid treats
Eid treats
& some more treats
& some more treats
Man selling tawa kebabs
Man selling tawa kebabs

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some traditional sharbats (drinks)
some traditional sharbats (drinks)
The quintessential haleem!
The quintessential haleem!
Rich & creamy chicken korma
Rich & creamy chicken korma
Melt in the mouth kebabs
Melt in the mouth kebabs
Hot tandoori naans
Hot tandoori naans
Biriyani
Biryani