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Pop Sent Prayers to Indonesia Flood Victims – Jakarta Snapshoot

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What a week in the flooded Jakarta! Even Pope Benedict XVI is alerted and has offered his prayers to the victims of floods in Jakarta, Indonesia. The Pope said “no one should go without the necessary aid.”

As we heard, every 5 years, there is a huge flood in Jakarta. Last year, we were lucky. This year the flood has affected a total of 74 urban wards in 31 sub-districts in Jakarta’s five municipalities. More than 97,000 houses as well as some of Jakarta’s main roadways were flooded.

Let’s see the Indonesia ordinary people affected by the Jakarta Flood in our Jakarta Snapshoots.

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Midnight Visitor Interview with Stumble Abroad

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Good morning, Salamat Pagi.

How’s the weather like in your city today? Hope you have a nice day!

We have done an interview with Ana from Stumbleabroad recently. Stumbleabroad is a fabulous blog about expat life in Jakarta. Ana has a regular column on Friday about real people living and breathing in Jakarta, both Expats and Jakartarans.

You might want to head over to Stumbleabroad to meet some of our own Jakarta people? To read our original interview, click here.

Or you can simply read below. Hope you like it.

{Fabulous Jakartan Friday}

Sarah, the Stylish Aussie Mom

Tell me more, tell me more

1. First, tell us a little bit about you. What’s your background? Where did you grow up? How long have you been living in Jakarta for? What does your family look like?

We are Anna (aka Miss D), John and Sarah from Sydney, Australia. We are an expat family of three. We lived in Melbourne where Sarah got her MBA in Monash University and John worked in a multi-national company.

When Miss D was a baby, our family moved to Sydney and has been living there ever since. We actually fell in love with Sydney because of its beautiful beaches and warmer weather. Sydney is also closer to the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, which are our favorite holiday destinations during winter time.

One day, after we move back to Australia,  we might move back to Melbourne when we retire to join our extended families there.

2. Is Indonesia your first post abroad? What’s the hardest thing about being an expat in Indonesia? What did you struggle with the most?
Indonesia is our first post abroad, although we have traveled often in both of our working lives. We never thought we were ever going to visit Jakarta as a tourist spot back in Australia. Bali is much more well- known in Australia. Many of our friends have visited Bali before, not Jakarta.

The hardest thing for us as expats in Indonesia is being away from family and friends. Other than that the language barrier, the traffic jam, and the pollution all take their tolls.

We raised 4 beautiful chickens back in Sydney. Leaving them behind to come to Jakarta is one of the hardest things for us, especially Miss D. You can read our chicken story here.

Some days, on a gloomy rainy day like today, we wonder why we are here, in a strange city in Jakarta. But, most days, we try to live a normal, balanced life.

Do you want to see our emotional feeling about the city of Jakarta? Have a read of this poem we wrote: our city.

3.I love your blog Midnight Visitor! Why did you decide to start a blog? What’s the best thing that has come from blogging?

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Tumis Tempe – Stir Fry Tempe

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Every now and then, we buy a few items from the local Sayuan (vegetable man). This week our maid had bought this special Indonesia food from the vegetable man.

Do you know what it is?

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This is a Indonesia specialty and it is very popular here.

It is called Tempe and is a soybean product. Local Indonesians eat lots of soybean products to get their daily protein. Meat is pretty expensive for them.

We are going to share a recipe for how to cook tempe the easy way.

Tumis Tempe – Stir Fry Tempe


  1.      250 g tempe, cut into matchsticks 3 cm, fried
  2.      25 grams of red and green chillies, cut into slices
  3.      15 g garlic, thinly sliced
  4.      25 g onion, thinly sliced
  5.      2 slices of galangal (ginger)
  6.      2 bay leaves
  7.      1 sachet Royco all in one (an Indonesia brand all in one spice)
  8.      2 tablespoons soy sauce
  9.      4 tablespoons of oil
  10.      200 ml of water
  •   Heat oil and saute garlic and onion
  • Add  galangal, bay leaves, chilli, and stir fry
  • Add tempe, water, Royco all in one, and soy sauce
  • Cook until flavored, and tempe almost dry

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A Quick Lunch – What’s missing in this Jus Alpukat


Can you tell what’s wrong with this Jus Alpukat? Jus Alphkat or Avacado Juice is one of our favorite drinks in Indonesia. We even have our very own recipe for it. But can you tell what’s missing with this Jus Alpukat?

Mrs D went for a quick lunch last week after shopping for Miss D’s coming China trip. Yes, Miss D is now in China again! Two China trips in less than two months. Miss D is sure a very busy 12 years old.

So after shopping, Mrs D had a quick lunch at Citoes (a popular expat shopping plaza in South Jakarta, where many working expats have lunches). She loved her drinks and ordered her favorite Jus Alpukat and Nasi Goreng (Fried Rice).

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After ordering, the waiter came back with a large glass of Jus Alpukat, and said sorry that they had made the Juice but found out they had run out of Chocolate milk.

‘Do you still want it, mama?’ the waiter asked, holding the glass and offered a different drink if Mrs. D didn’t want it.

Of course, Mrs. D took it, she hates waste. The Jus Alpukat turned out yummy as usual.

Maybe next time, we will ignore the Chocolate milk part when we make the Jus Alpukat at home. A more healthy version, Yeh!

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Nasi Goreng – Indonesia Fried Rice

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31 Days In Jakarta Day 11

Nasi Goreng is an every day Indonesia dish, one that they serve in all Indonesia restaurants. It is simple yet fantastic and gives such a great flavor. Everyone will have some Nasi Goreng during their stay in Indonesia, we are sure of that.

This is our version of Nasi Goreng. We learned it from our Indonesia friend and it is very nice.

  1.  Red chilli 4pcs (or to taste if you do not like chilli)
  2. Red Onion 4pcs
  3. Garlic 4pcs
  4. Chicken powder 1 tsp
  5. Salt 1 tsp
  6. Sweet soy sauce (a special Indonesia soy sauce, you can buy normal Chinese soy sauce, then add sugar) 11/2 tbsp
  7. Eggs 2
  8. Chicken strips (or any other kind of white meat or sea food) 150g
  9. Rice 200g
  • Cut red chili into small pieces
  • Ground into red chili paste
  • Add garlic
  • Add red onion
  • Ground all ingredients into paste

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  • Add oil to heated pan, swirl the oil to coat the pan.
  • Add paste into pan and stir-fry  (make sure the oil is hot and stir-fry till the paste is aromatic, about 1 minute)
  • Add chicken powder and salt
  • Add Chicken meat (or other meat , seafood) and stir-fry for 2 minutes
  • Pour egg into Chicken, stir-fry until egg is set
  • Add rice,sweat soy sauce
  • stir-fry for 4 minutes, make sure the rice is mixed with the other ingredients

There, we are done. Garnish with shallot. Serve with sliced cucumber or tomato and lettuce.

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Restaurant Find Jakarta – May Star

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31 Days in Jakarta Day 10

Last week was Chinese Mid Autumn Festival, we went to May Star, an upper market Chinese restaurant to enjoy some authentic Chinese fest.

There are many Chinese restaurants in Jakarta and May Star is one of the best. May Star is especially famous for the Dim Sum menu it serves. Its Dim Sum is tasty and fresh, one of the best among the many Dim Sum restaurant in Jakarta.

According to Worldwide Cost of Living Survey 2012, Jakarta is ranked no. 61 , up 8 places from last year. It is actually not cheap to eat in a good restaurant in Jakarta, especially when sea food is involved.

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(Miss D enjoyed watching the fish tank in May Star.)

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(Team of Chefs in May Star)

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(We are having Chinese Tea, nice China they use in May Star)

May Star serves sea food, chicken, pork, vegetables among many other things. Fish is seasonal price and is quite expensive. Luckily, we took advantage of the 30% off by paying with credit card.

In Jakarta, there are always promotions on in various restaurants. If you own a credit card, you can certainly take advantage of the deals from the restaurants, the savings can be as high as 50%.

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(Steamed Fish, IDR 275,000, 1 USD = IDR 9,600)

(Chicken Grilled Chef Choice, IDR 62,000, 1 USD = IDR 9,600)

(Mapo Toufu, IDR 60,000, 1 USD = IDR 9,600)

(Baby Pak Choy Garlic, IDR 66,000, 1 USD = IDR 9,600)

We enjoyed all the dishes we have. Next time we want to try the Dim Sum menu in May Star.

The address of the May Star we went to:

May Star Restaurant ke-4 berdiri 5 Agustus 2010,
bertempat di Gandaria City Main street Lt.GF No.38-39
Jl.Sultan Iskandar Muda (Arteri Pondok Indah) Jakarta 12240.

Tlp: 021-29052922