Howdy Hello Hola Hey Ho

(H5) Howdy Hello Hola Hey Ho - Grand Indonesia

9/30/2014 Soya Yanagawa 0 Comments



If you are cravings for Singaporean food, you don't have to go to Singapore. H5 (Howdy Hello Hola Hey Ho!) bring some Singaporean delicacies into their outlet at Grand Indonesia on their Singapore Food Festival (SFF). You can taste some of renowned culinary delicacies from Singapore such as Ming Fa Fishball, Yi Kou Wei and Hai’s.

This wonderful events was held between 11 September 2014 and 12 October 2014. So, What are you waiting for?







H5 is one of the brand that OPCO Indonesia made to enliven the culinary travel in Indonesia. For your information, OPCO Indonesia is one of the first and foremost lifestyle concept F&B and operators in Indonesia. Their undoubtedly famous F&B brands are Portico, Domain, Yellow Fin, Koffie Warung Tinggi, Stark, Urbanite Asia, House of Beer, Embassy, Tokio Bowl, Mr. Chuan and also H5 or Howdy Hello Hola Hey Ho!

Nowadays, restaurant is not just serving food, but also environment! H5 really concerned about the details. As you can see, you can see their beautiful trinkets and their beautiful hanging lamps. Do not forget their beautiful and colorful murals, really makes your dining experience will not be easily forgotten.



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Hokkien Prawn Mee IDR 80,000

On this Hokkien Prawn Mee you can find shrimps, squids and pork lards. The sauce is quite delicious, it was seasoned well and lift up the mee into a higher stage of deliciousness. The texture is rich and the fragrant is pampering. You can add some lime juice to add some freshness into the dish and makes more playful and delicious.





Char Kway Teow IDR 58,000

I really love kway teow. It was made from rice and the noodles looks almost transparent and the texture was so soft and moist. But one of the weakness from this kway teow is the noodle was not easily absorb the oil and the seasoning. That is why for some kway teow dish, you might find it a little bit oily than the others. But I really love the H5's char kway teow. It has a harmonious collaboration between sweet and savory from the seasoning and the protein.




Blackpepper Crab IDR 188,000

The Red, black and green contrast colors are decorating the plate. It really makes your mouth non stop drooling. You can enjoy the  spiciness and the black pepper with a hint of burnt fragrant. But for me, it taste a little bit too salty.




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Back in 1983, Mdm Elaine Koh wanted to live the life she wanted yet she could bring home income. She decided to set up her own business. With a recipe of her own she opened her first shop, a store in a coffee shop at Chinatown selling “Popiah” or Hand roll Spring Roll. After 5 years of earning and lost, she felt that she could do more, so she went to learn how to make Chinese New Year pastries from different housewife. After numerous unsuccessful tries she successfully created her New Year Cookies branding and started selling Chinese New Year Cookies during the festive seasons on her store in Chinatown. 
So how could a store in Chinatown lead her to such a establishment now? In 1992 due to her neighbor store’s disturbance. She decided to leave Chinatown even thou she knows that the outside world is a tough place. She took one year of planning and to strategize her planning and looking for opportunity. She came up with a decision that she would brand her company to bring in the quality of traditional Chinese delicacy. Finally in 1993 she got an opportunity to open a promotion counter at bugis junction, Seiyu during every Chinese New Year Seasons selling Cookies and other festive seasons selling other products. 
On 1996 Takashimaya Shopping Centre had given her and opportunity that she never imagined. A shop in a shopping centre at Orchard Road. As the business grows. She decide that her business need to expand that is where Yikowei was created along with the central kitchen she has. Bringing on the same mentality later on in 2006 her first restaurant opened at Centrepoint Basement 2. Her latest shop would be at ION Orchard at basement 4.




Pineapple Tarts IDR 135,000
Rich, buttery, tender and melt-in-the-mouth bite-size pastries filled with caramelized pineapple jam.

For some reason, this pineapple tart is similar with Nastar. You can see its similar shape, similar color, and also similar taste. It taste quite addicting; You will taste its buttery taste from its dough and sweet and a hint of freshness from the pineapple jam.

On every box the pineapple tart was lovely-cooked and good quality ingredients. To tell you the truth, if I went back here, I don't need to eat anything else that day...




Popiah IDR 25,000
A Hokkien snack wrapped with paper thin wheat flour skin and assortment of vegetables.

You can taste Yi Kou Wei's famous popiah at H5. Fresh vegetables and nuts were rolled inside the popiah skin. Accompanied with sweet sauce really lift up the freshness and deliciousness.

For your information, Popiah is a Fujian/Chaozhou-style fresh spring roll common in Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. The popiah skin that used to wrap all the vegetables and nuts is a soft, thin paper-like crepe made from wheat flour.

You can taste a diverse kind of texture on this popiah. The crunchiness from the fresh vegetables was beautifully blend with the nut crumbs. Sweet and savory taste combined harmoniously on your mouth, and the sweet special sauce really lift up all the flavors and make this popiah is worthy to be my recommended appetizer while you are at H5.




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Since 1946, We believe only in delivering quality food to our customers, suppliers and you. 
Its goes back to 1946, where our business started on a pushcart along the street of Chinatown. Then our founder Lim Chye Kang insisted that our fishballs were to be made from 100% fish meat and that they were to be made and sold on the spot. 
Building upon the popularity of his handmade fishballs and emphasising on fish quality, he rallied his three sons to expand the food menu and establish more food stalls. It was only in 1973 that our current Director, Lim Gek Meng, took over and semi-automated our business model.Before long more local delights such as minced pork noodles, chicken cutlet noodles, laksa and curry chicken etc were added to the menu. 
Today, our business lies mainly in our manufacturing arm and our retail arm, currently having 7 outlets islandwide. From the traditional food stall in Chinatown to the more upscale Upper Thomson Outlet, MINGFA has enticed his own pool of loyal customers and we would like to thanks them for all their SUPPORT. 




Fishball Noodle IDR 58,000
Handmade Fish Balls served with Mee Pok Noodles.

A bowl of Mee Pok Noodles, completed with fish balls and fish cakes, garnished with lettuce and sprinkled with chopped scallion was served with a bowl a broth and chili sauce. For me, the fishball is absurdly delicious. The chewy texture and the bold taste from the fish makes me want to eat it all.

The mee pok noodles was seasoned wise and not overwhelming. The lettuce add some crunchiness and the scallion add some wonderful fragrant on the dish. Every component on this dish was complement each other, but it still put the fishball into the spotlight. Really love it and craving for more.





Bak Chor Mee IDR 68,000
Minced Pork Noodles served with Beef Meatballs.

A bowl of noodle, completed with pork meat, liver, skin, braised mushroom and beef meatballs, garnished with lettuce, sprinkled with chopped scallion and served with a bowl of broth and chili. The broth was completed with seaweed.

H5 is so generous to give us the topping. For pork lover, you will be indulged with the large size of the meat and liver. But for me, the topping is overshined the meatballs and the noodles. Indeed, you can taste a very rich texture and taste on this dish. Sweet, bitter, savory was collaborate significantly wonderful on your palate.



Laksa IDR 68,000
A Singapore Style curry rice vermicelli dish served with Tau Pok and cockles.

This laksa has a very bold taste and beautiful fragrant. You can taste a very rich flavor combined beautifully on the broth. Sweet, savory, spicy was complementing each other. Accompanied with shrimps, fish cake and fried tofu, this dish had a very rich textures too. One of my recommended dish at SFF.




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Imagine reliving the fantastic taste of a world-class fare right at home. Now you don't need to be a chef to make a cuisine so scrumptiously unforgettable yet healthy. With Hai's, even you can easily cook up healthy dishes of gastronomic delight daily to melt palates and taste buds without going through any hassle 
Innovated by a woman and mother of culinary passion, her creation and skills are passed down to what has become famously known today as HAI’s. Now, the family owned a company established in 1984, the authentic flavours of various popular cuisines are sealed in packets of pastes for anyone to enjoy. 
So good, even world-class hotels, restaurants, food courts and cafetarias are getting hooked to our pastes. Also widely available in supermarkets, our products which are also 'Halal' certified, have become a Healthier Choice" for everyone. It's not difficult to savour the goodness of Hai's. Perhaps what you have been enjoying at your favorite restaurant is also made with our products.
Source: hais.com.sg



Singapore Hainanese Chicken Rice IDR 58,000
Singapore Style Poached Chicken served with Fragrant Rice and Chili.

This Hainanese chicken rice was made with the paste from Hai's. It taste really delicious and quite indulging. The chicken had a very strong aroma from ginger and very delicious sweet savory taste. The chicken was perfectly cooked, but for the rice, it was too wet and it become so mushy.




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Ong Lai Punch IDR 42,000
Tempt your tastebud with this seriously fresh Pineapple punch with hints of honey and ginger ale.

This is my favorite mocktail. It taste really delicious yet refreshing. Sweet and sour taste supporting each other and create a refreshing sensation on your body. Really a great mocktail from H5!





Lemongrass Elixir IDR 38,000
The greatness from lemongrass served with aloe vera chunks, perfect companion for spicy food.

The sourness of Lemon was enliven the boredom and the rough aftertaste from the Lemongrass really cleaned up your taste bud. It was indeed a perfect companion for spicy food.






Cucumber Gimlet IDR 110,000
A delicate and comforting drink on your warm days made from freshly muddled cucumber, ice cold gin and rosemary.

Cucumber and gin can fuse together. The dry taste from the gin, combined beautifully with the cucumber. H5 add a fresh rosemary on the cocktail glass to add some fresh fragrant. quite refreshing and delicious.







Howdy Hello Hola Hey Ho
Grand Indonesia 5th floor
Jl. M.H. Thamrin No. 1
Jakarta Pusat 10310

Phone: 021-23580045
FACEBOOK: H5OPCO
TWITTER: @h5opco





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Mobile Application,

Zomato - Mobile Application

9/11/2014 Soya Yanagawa 0 Comments



What is Zomato? Well, Zomato is an online restaurant discovery guide providing information on home delivery, dining-out, cafés and nightlife in cities of India, Brazil, Turkey, Indonesia, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Qatar, Chile, Portugal, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. 

With Zomato, you can:
- Search within thousands of restaurants in your city
- Get menus, directions, numbers, ratings, and reviews.
- Browse curated lists of places perfect for your various moods.
- Create and share your personal food blog on Zomato.

Here is one of their advertisement that I have found on youtube:






For your info, I always recommend my friend to install Zomato application on their smartphone. You won't regret it!





You can download Zomato application for free at App Store,  Google PlayBlackberry World and Windows Phone. Indeed, to use this application, you have to register your E-mail first. Just click the sign-up button and drop your name, email and create your password. Voila! youre ready to use Zomato!





My Favorite things on Zomato #1

On their main page, you can see restaurant's classification by Zomato. It really helps me a lot to see, what is on the trend right now, where is the best place to have a romantic dinner, or the best place to enjoy the live music etc. So I will not be bothered to find the right place to dine on the other search engine, and the most important thing, their list can be accounted for!

On their main page, I also learn how to take a wonderful and beautiful pictures. As you can see, Zomato use a wonderful pictures. You will not just have the information there, but also an eye indulging and mouth drooling pictures.




My Favorite things on Zomato #2

I really love the search engine filters at Zomato. Their wide range of classification filters really helps me a lot. I have once meet with these kind of situation:
- Me and my friends do not know where to go on this area
  You can find a hang out place nearby

- Me and my friends still want to hang out at late night
  We can find hang out place that still open until 02.00

- I want to have a cup of coffee while working on my food blog
  I can find a cafe or deli that had Wifi.

- Even when I don't want to go out from my room
  I can find restaurant that served home delivery.





My Favorite things on Zomato #3

I really LOVE their restaurant information page. Really thoroughgoing and informative! You can find their address, telephone, recommended dish, range of price, menu, environment and the dish pictures. You can also read the review from people who already went there. 

The most interesting part is, the map was integrated with google map. You can simply touch the "directions" on the map page, and google map will tell you how to get there. I often to use it to find a restaurant that i have never been there.




I know that I have told you all the good things about Zomato, but actually I have something that quite bother me. First of all, you have to register your email, so it makes Zomato similar with other social media. I don't think it was crucial, but for some people, they already tired to have some kinds of social media. That is why it is a burden for them to have another social media in their life.

Lastly, We often to look for a place where we can have a private party or event with certain amount of guests. But the search engine filter and the restaurant informations did not include that. That is why I have to think harder when my friend asked me where is the recommended restaurant to held an event such as an halal bihalal, birthday party, wedding etc... Hopefully on the next application update, Zomato will have that kind of features including the capacities for the guests on its list.

I think it is enough for me to review this wonderful smartphone application. Oh, don't forget to follow me at Zomato. Hopefully we can meet and be friends!

Have a great day and Godspeed!




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Online Shopping,

Torta Dolce Cake - Pluit, Online Shopping (II)

9/01/2014 Soya Yanagawa 3 Comments


Do you remember with this picture?
Yeah It was taken from my review for Torta Dolce Cake - Pluit, Online Shopping back in 2013.

Torta Dolce Cake is one of my recommended online shopping for patisserie. Their assorted delicacies were really undoubtedly delicious. You can just go to their website: www.tortadolcecake.com and get ready to have a mouthdrooling foodporn there.




Well, with this page, I just want to tell you that they have a lot of indulging new products. There are new flavors of macarons, New variants of breads and cakes. One of my most favorite cake is...


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Hazelnut chocolate brownies topped with banana mango brownies 
and milk chocolate mousse. 
Finished with dark chocolate glaze.


I don't know why, but I really love their simple yet elegant presentation. Torta Dolce Cake decorate their cake with Nutella Macarons and strawberry on the top of their chocolate glaze. Layered with Hazelnut chocolate brownies, chocolate mousse, banana and mango cream and chocolate glaze makes this cake look astonishing. 



Oh, I really admire how Torta Dolce Cake packaged this vulnerable cake. First, They double taped the impraboard to the box. And then, they apply a chocolate paste in the center and then put the cake on the top of all. So, the cake will always be in the center and will not easily shattered. You will have your cake just like in the picture!



This Stella Banana Cake has a very rich textures. The moist and fluffy textures from the brownies, crunchy and delight from the hazelnut, silky and smooth from the moose, sticky and addicting from the chocolate glaze and soft and chewy from the paste, collaborate beautifully on your mouth. 

I really love the flavor too. The hazelnut chocolate brownies and chocolate mousse has a very perfect taste for me. It was not heavy at all. You can also taste the bold taste of Mango with a hint of banana flavor on it. The Hazelnut, chocolate and the tropical fruit taste will make a beautiful symphony on you your mouth. 



Well, Torta Dolce Cake never dissapoint me. If you are looking for something to surprise your beloved one, or you want to celebrate something with sweets or patisserie, do not hesitate to contact Torta Dolce Cake. I bet that your celebration becomes merrier.

Have a great day and Godspeed!


TORTA DOLCE CAKE

T. +62 21 668 1919
F. +62 21 668 1818 

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