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Taste a Small Italiano in Casa Fontana Ristorante Italiano

Taste a Small Italiano in Casa Fontana Ristorante Italiano

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Taste a Small Italiano in Casa Fontana Ristorante Italiano

Taste a Small Italiano in Casa Fontana Ristorante Italiano

Whether you are a local resident or a traveling backpacker who is looking for a sumptuous meal within budget restaurants in Surabaya, Indonesia, you definitely have to visit this unique restaurant that could provide you a heavenly meal with acceptable prices, the Casa Fontana Ristorante Italiano. Combining all the finest aspect of fine dining and low-budget meal, the Casa Fontana Ristorante Italiano is your answer.

Located in Jl. Imam Bonjol 119, the Casa Fontana Ristorante Italiano is probably one of the unique restaurants in Surabaya, as instead of selling traditional Indonesian food, it mainly offers Italian cuisines. Therefore, if you are looking for a delicious Italian cuisine, then do try visit the Casa Fontana Ristorante Italiano and delish its sumptuous meals.

When you first reached Casa Fontana Ristorante Italiano, you will be greeted by the sprout of water from a beautiful fountain in front of a restaurant that shaped in old time Dutch style house. Once you enter the inside of the restaurant, you will feel as if you are drawn to a very classic atmosphere of a quaint restaurant in Italy; dim lights from gorgeous Chandeliers and several Italian decorations gives a warm and cozy atmosphere. What is more unique, most costumers will be greeted by the Italian owner, who directly serve the customers coming to Casa Fontana Ristorante Italiano. Once you are seated, you will be given the menu. As it is an Italian restaurant, most of its menu are consists of Italian dishes such as Roberto Baggio, Grill Chicken and Steak, Linguine Ai Gamberi, Mazzancolle e Pomodorini, San Pietro, Pizza, Gergio Armani, Porcini Mushroom, Aglio Olio Peperoncino, Giuseppe Verdi and Tenderloin Galileo Galilei. You might notice that some menus consist of names from several famous people, which made it quite interesting. Some of its signature dishes are Perfetto Mushroom Soup, Sirloin Steak and Tuna Salad. Before eating the main course, Consumers will be given an appetizer snack. If you are having difficulties of understanding the menu or having other questions, then do not hesitate to ask the staffs of Casa Fontana Ristorante Italiano for a little enlightenment.

Besides the main course, consumers are also able to order other dishes, mainly dessert, in Casa Fontana Ristorante Italiano. The dessert menus are Bomba Maradona, Mattonella, Gelato Low Fat and Banana Split. Those desserts do come hand in hand with the main course and would further enhance your fine dining experience in Casa Fontana. Casa Fontana Ristorante Italiano also has a wine collection which mostly comes from Italy. The menu that is offered such as Tuna Salad and Sirloin Steak could cost each IDR 60.000,- and IDR 70.000,-, while the other menus are priced variedly ranging from IDR 40.000,- to IDR 340.000,-.

Besides the cozy and relaxed atmosphere, the services of Casa Fontana Ristorante Italiano are on top of the list, where its staffs are always available and friendly to every customer that needed their help. This unique Italian restaurant opens daily from 09:00 AM until late night at 24:00 PM. Casa Fontana Ristorante Italiano also serve bookings for parties, birthdays and other kinds of group activities.

Cheap and Tasty Fried Duck at Bebek Goreng Papin

Cheap and Tasty Fried Duck at Bebek Goreng Papin

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Cheap and Tasty Fried Duck at Bebek Goreng Papin

Cheap and Tasty Fried Duck at Bebek Goreng Papin

If you are traveling to Surabaya or plan to, do try and visit its many establishments that offer great foods and drinks. From expensive five-star restaurant to the cheap foods of warung, you can find many varieties of Indonesia’s finest cuisine in Surabaya. If you are looking for budget restaurants in Surabaya with the taste of restaurants cuisine, you will be glad as there are many available, such as the one in Bebek Goreng Papin.

Just as the name suggest, Bebek Goreng Papin offers dishes that mainly consist of only duck, with several complementary such as white fluffy rice, salad and sambal, Indonesian chilli sauce. This small establishment is located in Jl. Kalianyar, Surabaya; and open daily in the afternoon, from 16.30 PM to 21.00 PM. If you are a duck or junk food lover, then the duck dishes served at Bebek Goreng Papin is a delicacy you ought to try.

Uniquely, there is not a one fixed price for the ducks. Here, you may choose the part of the duck that you wanted to eat, its chest, legs, wings, head and intestines, with varying price. Mainly the price varied from IDR 9.000,- to IDR 12.000,-. The difference between the prices is mainly the size of the duck parts; more expensive means more meat. The duck dishes at Bebek Goreng Papin are cooked with a special bumbu kuning recipe concocted from Madura. The dish presentation is also unique, the white rice is served with the chosen fried duck, plus fresh vegetable mix of cucumber, basil, cabbage and sambal. Then, a small cup that contained a duck stew broth is included, where customers usually pour it over the rice so that it will become more delicious. As it is a warung, most people here eat the dish in warung style, where they usually use their bare hand rather than fork and knife. Foreigners who wanted to eat here should know that in advance, although the owner could provide such utensils if asked to. All in all, Bebek Goreng Papin offers unique street food stall experience you will not easily forget.

Even though it is quite famous, there is a fair warning for those who wanted to go to Warung Bebek Papin. As its location is near the corner of the road junction between Kalianyar and Pecindilan, this warung is very easy to find but very hard to visit. When you have found the location, it is guaranteed that you will not be able to park your car as there is no large enough parking area near it.

To add to its horror, the warung is only open at the afternoon at 16.30 PM, which you can imagine how jammed and packed the streets are, especially in the famous old town region of North Surabaya. Even though Bebek Goreng Papin opened until late 21.00 PM at night, if you truly want to take a bite of Papin’s fried duck, do come here before the sound of Maghrib prayer echoed. The ducks of Bebek Goreng Papin is quite popular among the local residents, so if you are off a little bit, it will be guaranteed that you will not be able to eat it as many has sold out.

Singapore Haw Par Villa

Singapore’s Haw Par Villa

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Singapore Haw Par Villa

Singapore Haw Par Villa

If you are traveling to Singapore, you do not have to be afraid that you will not be able to travel in budget. In fact, cheap traveling in Singapore is highly accommodated by its varying cheap hotels and attractions, one of such that you will encounter in Haw Par Villa.

Haw Par Villa is a Chinese mythological theme park in Singapore, located along 262 Pasir Panjang Road. You can get here with 10-minute bus ride from Harbour Front MRT Station then walk for 2 minutes from Exit A to Haw Par Villa. It opens daily from 9 am to 7 pm and it costs no admission fee at all, which is the reason why backpacking in Singapore is not impossible.

Originally known as Tiger Balm Gardens, the park was founded in 1937 by Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par, the Burmese brothers and businessmen behind the popular herbal ointment Tiger Balm. Wanting to give back to the community, they designed the park as a place where children could learn about traditional Chinese values as expressed through myth, legend and the tenets of Confucianism.  So was born the idea of extending the place to incorporate a garden in which Chinese legends would come to life. In 1979, this place was sold by the Aw family to the Singapore Tourist Board.

Haw Par Villa is like no other place in the world, with over 1.000 statues and 150 dioramas that dramatize Chinese legends and folklores. Founded on Chinese legends and values, this historical theme park has large, imposing statues from famous legends of old – featuring characters like Fu Lu Shou, Confucius, statues of the Laughing Buddha and the Goddess of Mercy, as well as dioramas of scenes from Journey to the West. Prepare to be fascinated by stories and images of ancient times, told vividly through storytelling here at Haw Par Villa.

The most well-known attraction is probably the Ten Courts of Hell exhibit, which depicts gruesome scenes of punishment and reincarnation popular to Buddhist belief in Chinese mythology, all set in a 60 meter-long trail of a Dragon. While it is questionable if a visit to Haw Par Villa will make your children better behaved, it will almost certainly give them nightmares. The dioramas in the Ten Courts of Hell illustrate the extremely specific punishments for different sins in extremely gruesome details. This is followed by Journey into the West, which retells the classic Chinese legend of monk Xuanzang in his search of Buddhist scriptures.

Of course, the Ten Courts of Hell is just one of the many things to see at Haw Par Villa. Most of the space is hilly gardens containing large sculptures and dioramas reflecting the art movements of the late thirties, with a strange mix of art deco and surrealism. It ranges from violent depictions such as a war between fish-men and a boy who’s been hit by a car, to out of place statues like the Statue of Liberty and a kangaroo, even to downright perplexing such as a wolf speaking on the telephone and a crab-lady. While these creatures’ statuettes must make sense to someone who already knows the original Chinese mythology, there are no signs explaining the story or significance behind them. Although it might seem weird, the Haw Par Villa is one quirky experience you must do while in Singapore.

Sail the Delicious Seafoods at Layar Seafood Restaurant

Sail the Delicious Seafoods at Layar Seafood Restaurant

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Sail the Delicious Seafoods at Layar Seafood Restaurant

Sail the Delicious Seafoods at Layar Seafood Restaurant

As the capital of East Java province, the city of Surabaya claims the title of Indonesia’s second-largest city with a population of over 2.7 million. This “city of heroes” has acted as the main seaport and commercial center in the Eastern region of Indonesia from ages past until the present day. However, once it comes to the food discussion, the city of Surabaya has vast amount of selection for mouthwatering dishes that could makes every visitors yearn for more. Of course, as a waterfront city, Surabaya has a lot of seafood restaurant to be proud of. Among the many budget restaurants in Surabaya, one particular seafood restaurant has gained quite fame since the last few years, the Layar Seafood Restaurant.

This restaurant that combined the concept of seafood market with restaurant dining is located at Jl. Raya Bukit Mas 109 and Jl. Manyar Kertoarjo No. 62. This unique concept can be seen directly after you get into the restaurant, where there is a tank displaying sea creatures such as lobsters, crabs, fishes, clams, frogs, grouper, eel and pretty much anything that you could name. Of course this aqua tank display is not only functioning as decorations, because it is there where visitors can directly choose your main ingredients, just like how it is done in the seafood market. From there, you can see the sea foods being prepared. If you are too lazy to pick your own sea foods, then just have a sit one of the many tables and order up your favorite menu.

The Layar Seafood Restaurant offers a variety of crabs, fish and other seafood dishes. Their special signature dish is a menu called Kepiting Telur Asin, which means Salted Egg Crab. Just as the name suggests, the sauce on the crab dish is made from Salted Duck Eggs, locally known as telur asin, where the duck eggs are preserved using the salting method by soaking them in either brine or salted charcoal. The fresh crab is boiled until cooked and then mixed with crushed salted egg with a few other spices. Although it might look a bit unappealing even with the lettuce garnish, the crab dish delivers a heavenly taste when you had them in your mouth with steaming hot rice. The crab’s crunchiness and the salted egg’s coarseness created a harmonic combination that made this dish as one of the most delicious crab dishes in Surabaya. The other signature menu is Steamed Grouper Mud. It is a dish where fresh mud grouper is combined with soy sauce and sesame oil as its seasoning. It is then wrapped in aluminum paper package with bok choy and hioko mushrooms, and steamed until perfection. Other menus included are Kepiting Saos Padang (crab with Padang sauce), Kepiting Asap (smoked crab), Kepiting Saus Singapura (crab with singaporean sauce), Sukang Bakar Parape, Gurami Goreng Rica (fried gourami with rica sauce), Lobster Saos Mentega (buttered lobster), Udang Kipas Garlic, Udang Ronggeng Garlic, Kerang Batik Bawang Putih, Kangkung Asap Layar, Cah Ginseng Garlic and Cah Pucuk Daun Pepaya.The Layar Seafood Restaurant opens daily from Monday to Sunday at 11:00 AM to 22:00 PM.

The Legendary Taste of Soto Ambengan Pak Sadi

The Legendary Taste of Soto Ambengan Pak Sadi

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The Legendary Taste of Soto Ambengan Pak Sadi

The Legendary Taste of Soto Ambengan Pak Sadi

With a population of around 3 million people, the city of Surabaya is one of Indonesia’s major cities. The city serves as a transportation hub either to change buses or trains on the way to Bali or Middle Java region. If you find yourself staying in Surabaya, you can take advantage of the many budget restaurants in Surabaya, which offer every kinds of dish starting from traditional Indonesian specialties to more international cuisine. One of the restaurants that offer unique soto dish is the legendary restaurant of Soto Ambengan Pak Sadi.

Located at Jl. Ambengan 3A City Centre, Surabaya, this warung or food stall that has the name of H. Sadi or Pak Sadi (Mr. Sad) is already considered as legendary eateries among Surabayan food lovers. The restaurant itself has the dish called soto as the main signature dish. Soto is a traditional Indonesian food that features traditional chicken stew dishes, with lemon grass and coriander flavored soups as well as other complementary such as small slices of meat, bean sprouts and other vegetables.

Although Soto Ambengan Pak Sadi only offers one menu, which is Soto Ambengan, it has gained quite a huge fame from both citizens of Surabaya and tourists. This is probably due to the unique savory taste of the Soto that is offered here, namely Soto Ambengan, that has a pretty distinct flavor that separates it from other soto dishes around the region. According to Mr. Sadi, the owner of the establishment, his soto is not different from other soto dishes which are widely circulating in Surabaya region. Just like any other soto dishes, his soto also uses the same thick yellow sauce as the soup base and contained vermicelli, slices of meat and chicken skin, egg slice, and koya or poya, powder made from grated coconut, prawn crackers and garlic. This koya powder, however, is different than other koya powder made by other soto establishments. Soto Ambengan Pak Sadi only uses koya powder that uses 5:5 ratio, five pounds of shrimp crackers mixed with five kilogram of garlic, where as others only make koya with ratio of 5:1. This koya powder is the main reason why Soto Ambengan Pak Sadi taste different with other soto, which provide the soto with more savory and delicious taste.

The famous Soto Ayam Ambengan consists mainly of chicken meat and skins, eggs, white rice, vermicelli, chopped cabbage and chicken broth. Usually the food lovers mixed the broth with the special koya powder, crackers or kerupuk, chili sauce and lime for a refreshing taste. Some people might add soy sauce or sweet soy sauce, according to their own taste. One bowl of Soto Ayam Ambengan is priced ranging from IDR 12.000,- to IDR 18.000,- and most people would order iced tea for IDR 3.500,- for their drinks. In addition to soto menu, there is also Madura Beef soto menu priced from IDR 14.000,- to IDR 18.000,- which determines the soto complementary such as babat or tripe, kidneys, heart, lungs, liver, jeroan or bowel and special, a mixture of all. Soto Ambengan Pak Sadi opens daily from 07.30 AM in the morning until 21.30 PM late at night.

The Delicious Fusion Food at the House of Sampoerna Cafe

The Delicious Fusion Food at the House of Sampoerna Cafe

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The Delicious Fusion Food at the House of Sampoerna Cafe

The Delicious Fusion Food at the House of Sampoerna Cafe

Everyone in Indonesia must have known the name of Sampoerna, one of the leading cigarette manufacturers in this archipelagic country. Pioneered in the city of Surabaya, this brand name not only served as one of the icons of the city, but also as one of the unique budget restaurants in Surabaya, where the café combined flawlessly with the cigarette museum in House of Sampoerna. If you had the time, it is recommended that you visit this Surabaya’s famous landmark to learn more about cigarettes and to taste its fine dining experience.

Located at Jl. Taman Sampoerna No. 6 Pabean – Cantikan, the House of Sampoerna is situated in the center of Surabaya city. The café is located right next to the House of Sampoerna Museum and Art Gallery, which is free of admission, so visitors who have viewed the inside of the museum may rest and relax in the café.

The café is quite beautiful, where a little touch of creative art deco café merged harmoniously with classic decorations, paintings, tables, chairs, windows and chandeliers. The exquisite design of old and modern nuance can be seen throughout the whole room of House of Sampoerna Café, where the original painted and leaded glass windows and century old carved teak panels blending in with clean and sophisticated modern design. The beautiful interior of the Café is one of the many reasons why you should visit it. A café with a touch of art deco‚ a splash of wild creativity and a dash of history is indeed an unforgettable experience that you should not miss.

The House of Sampoerna Cafe provides an exciting culinary tour, as in this place, the menu is consisted of East-West fusion cuisine, a unique blend from Indonesian, Asia and Europe cuisines. Their signature main dishes are Nasi Goreng Hitam (Black Fried Rice), Sop Buntut Goreng ala HoS Café (fried ox tail soup), Salmon Vinaigrette, Singaporean Laksa, Rice Paper Rolls ala Vietnam, Beef Black Pepper, Japanese Chicken Teriyaki, Rawon (traditional beef soup) and Tahu Campur (mixed tofu). As for the drinks, there are Passion Fruit Delight, Wedang Kayu Manis (hot drink made from cinnamon, ginger, lemongrass, lime leaves and palm sugar), Surabaya Sunrise (a mix of lemon, orange, mango concentrate and soda), Hawaiian Fruity (blended smoothies from banana, raspberry, honey and milk), and thers. Other dishes such as Nasi Goreng Soka (crab fried rice), Asam-asam Iga (ribs with tamarind soup) and Nasi Goreng XO (XO fried rice) are also available at the café of House of Sampoerna.

The House of Sampoerna Café opens from Monday to Sunday from 09:00 AM until 22:00 PM. In addition, if you come here on a Friday or Saturday, the soothing sounds of Jazz live music performances held at the café will accompany your dining atmosphere as the evening arrives, starting from 19:00 PM to 22:00 PM. Moreover, if you wanted to feel a different kind of atmosphere, come to the House of Sampoerna Café in the weekend where a barbeque party is held with only IDR 85.000,-.

Old Airport Road Food Center

Old Airport Road Food Center

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Old Airport Road Food Center

Old Airport Road Food Center

Hawker center is a unique eating place of Singapore which you must visit while you are there. It houses dozens of local Singapore drinks and food stalls under one roof where you will never run out of choice. Hawker Center is also called as cheap restaurants in Singapore, as it is a place to taste good local food with comparable price to coffee shops. One of the great things about eating in Singapore is that the most unappealing-looking places often house the most revered hawkers. Old Airport Road Food Centre is widely regarded as one of the best hawker centers in Singapore. Here you will not only find nearly all the different hawker dishes, but also some of Singapore’s best hawker stalls such as Matter Rd Seafood, Toa Payoh Rojak and much beloved fried Hokkien prawn noodle.

Old Airport Road Food Center is located in the eastern side of Singapore, 51 Old Airport Road Singapore 390051, near Dakota district. To reach this hawker center, you can take the public transportation such as bus or MRT (Mass Rapid Transit). From the Changi International Airport, you can take an East West Line MRT from and stop Paya Lebar. Then you have to take another MRT to get to Old Airport Road Food Center in Dakota. You can also take one of the bus lines, starting from line 10, 16, 30, 30E, 31, 32 and 33. There is a bus stop near the hawker, and you will only have to walk for around 2 minutes to from there.

At Old Airport Road Food Center, good food can be had even if you hate standing in queues. Here, the dishes are cheaper and the food are tastier compared to other hawker centers. Best of all, Old Airport Road is where you will find some of the best chili crab in Singapore for less than half the price of the big name seafood restaurants. You can also test the famous Old Airport Oyster Omelet, which is famous for a reason. This oyster omelet is mainly made from flour and eggs with oysters being added on top when it is served. The chili is important as it is the favorite flavor among Singaporeans. The other popular dish here is the soft, smooth handmade rice rolls from Freshly Made Chee Cheong Fun. The cook dips sheets made from rice flour into boiling water before transferring them to a well-oiled surface and deftly rolling them into one of the main ingredients of your choice, starting from prawns, char siew, chicken or mushrooms. If you like salad, you can try Toa Payoh Rojak which is basically an Asian salad with assorted ingredients such as pineapple, cucumbers, tapioca, crispy ‘You Tiao’ (floor deeped fry) and cuttlefish (optional) is added in some versions. For the dessert and beverage, you can order ice kacang or chendol.

Arguably the best hawker center in Singapore, it is worth trekking out to the Singaporean heartlands just for a meal at Old Airport Road Food Center. As one of cheap restaurants in Singapore, the tasty food served here is relatively cheaper compared to other restaurants. Grab a bite of the famous chili crab or oyster omelet here, and you will be back in no time.

Chomp Chomp Hawker Center

Chomp Chomp Hawker Center

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Chomp Chomp Hawker Center

Chomp Chomp Hawker Center

One of the experiences you absolutely will not want to miss when you are visiting Singapore is to eat out in a local hawker centre. Situated all over the island, these restaurant-like complexes contain former street food stalls and offer a huge variety of Asian meals at low prices. One of the best cheap restaurants in Singapore is Chomp Chomp Hawker Center in Serangoon Gardens. In just this one hawker center, you can taste good quality versions of several popular Singaporean dishes. Locals are frequently come here every day, and it has not been utterly spoiled by tourism like other popular hawker center like Maxwell or East Coast Lagoon. Chomp Chomp Hawker Center comes to life in the evenings, when food lovers from all over the island and flock to the hawker center to enjoy local signature dishes such as grilled stingray, barbecued chicken wings, carrot cake, ice kacang, popiah, Hokkien Mee and many more. This is the place where you will enjoy a quality dining experience where you can watch the spontaneous acts of kamikaze-type chefs as they prepare your food, and the vibrant, bustling atmosphere of the place.

 

Chomp Chomp Hawker Center

Chomp Chomp Hawker Center

Chomp Chomp Hawker Center is located at 20 Kensington Park Road Singapore 557269 near the Serangoon Garden, so that it is also known among the locals as the Serangoon Gardens Food Centre. There are several ways to reach this place, especially if you are coming from the Changi International Airport. You can either take a bus or MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) from the airport. If you want to take a bus, you can take either bus service 73, 136, 315 or 317 to reach Chomp Chomp Hawker Center. As for MRT, you can take East West Line from the airport, then stop at Paya Lebar to take another MRT, Circle Line, going north and stop at Serangoon Garden. You can already see the hawker center from the garden.

This hawker center is famous for its delicious barbequed food. If you happen to visit this place, you definitely have to order a barbeque stingray (usually eaten with lots of sambal chilli) and barbeque chicken wings. The barbeque stingray is cooked on banana leaves and served with sliced shallots, sambal chilli, garlice and most importantly, lime. Squeezing the lime over the squid makes for an exquisite mix and it is very delicious. The satay, skewered meat cooked over charcoal, served here which is served with cucumbers, onions, and peanut paste is really good as well. If you want, you can enjoy the satay along with ketupat (compressed rice wrapped in palm leaves). There is a stall here that has persistently long queues, which is the Hokkien Fried Prawn Mee. It is a fried dish consisting of yellow and white noodles cooked with prawns, egg, meat pieces and bean sprouts. For drinks, the sweet, light and refreshing sugarcane juice is the way to go here.

A food trip in Singapore is not complete without visiting one of the hawker centers in the island. One glance at the crowd and you’ll know the reputation of Chomp Chomp Hawker Center is not just for name only. This cheap restaurant in Singapore offers a cheap, authentic, and wonderful way to sample the local specialties.

East Cost Lagoon Hawker Center

East Cost Lagoon Hawker Center

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East Cost Lagoon Hawker Center

East Cost Lagoon Hawker Center

Singapore is a paradise for food lovers. Moreover, luckily for those on a tight budget, the city’s best place to eat are not at five-star restaurants but at the cheap restaurants in Singapore, called  hawker centers. The local law of Singapore forbid street food since decades ago, which result in sidewalk chefs gathering into food court-like settings called hawker centers. Unlike some food courts in other places, hawker centers are very clean and tidy, with cheap, diverse and delectable food. Hawker centers are spread everywhere around the city, but if you are looking for the best, then it is definitely the East Coast Lagoon Food Village.

The East Coast Lagoon Food Centre is the perfect place for you if you are looking for a hawker center where you can chill out with some satay and sugarcane juice under the swaying coconut palms. The East Coast Food Centre is well known as it houses  one of Singapore’s biggest satay clubs. This hawker center is located along the beach near Bedok, at East Coast Park / Exit 7 From ECP. To reach this hawker center, you can take the public transportation called MRT (Mass Rapid Transit). From the Changi International Airport, you can take a MRT from East West Line and stop at Bedok. From Bedok, you can take another MRT, Eastern Region Line, and stop right at the front of the hawker center. You can also go there by foot from Bedok as it is already very close to the East Coast Lagoon Food Center from there.

East Cost Lagoon Hawker Center

East Cost Lagoon Hawker Center

The East Coast Lagoon Food Center is where you can find a whole stretch of satay stalls all vying for your attention. You can ask the locals for a recommended stall, but it would be more fun if you just let yourself be confused for choice. The truth of the matter is that there really is not one stall that stands out amongst the crowd so you will have to choose with your instinct. You can also find stalls selling barbecue seafood in this hawker center. Amongst those stalls, there is a little good stall called Leng Heng BBQ Seafood which is run by an energetic ‘auntie’. This stall is famous for its black pepper crabs which will guaranteed to clear your sinuses. If you are a little more adventurous, you can also try their clay pot duck with salted vegetable soup which is one of the best taste in this hawker center. As you walk along the same row of shops away from the sea, you might see a long line of people. Here is where you can find a lesser known dish called satay bee hoon at the Ming Kee Satay Bee Hoon stall. The chef of this stall has a secret blend of peanut sauce that he uses to smother his plate of rice noodles and seafood. If you are not a big fan of spicy food, do not be afraid as the sauce is not too spicy. In a sunny day, you can cool off with a fresh glass of sugar cane juice or an icy chendol dessert.

The best way to enjoy Singapore’s East Coast beach isn’t a dip in the ocean but a great dinner beneath the swaying palm trees. Here, you can find more than 50 stalls serving a huge variety of food like chicken satay, fried noodles, seafoods, breads and hot pot soups. This is definitely the best place to find cheap restaurants in Singapore.

Bale Ayu Resto

Dine the Gouramis’ of Bale Ayu Resto

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Seafoods have long been a favorite dish in Indonesia. This is proven by the number of seafood restaurants established in this archipelagic country. The seafood fever has also hit the city of Yogyakarta, where the residents may enjoy a variety of fishfood in all kinds of eateries. While there were many cheap restaurants in Yogyakarta that served delicious seafood dishes, one particular restaurant named Bale Ayu Resto stands out in the crowd. Where else could you enjoy a delicious and savory Gurame dishes in a comfortable and homey place such as those in Bale Ayu Resto?

Bale Ayu Resto

Bale Ayu Resto

Located in Jl. Ipda Tut Harsono No. 58 Timoho, Yogyakarta, Bale Ayu restaurant enriches the refined culinary of Jogja city which specialized in Gurami or carp dishes. This year old restaurant is a branch of the main Bale Ayu resto located on Jalan Imogiri Timur, south of the Giwangan bus terminal. This restaurant can be easily reached by public transport. From Malioboro, you can use Trans Jogja bus number 1A and drop off at SGM bus shelter. From this shelter, you still have one more route using bus number 4B to get to the next shelter (APMD 1). After dropping off from the bus, you can walk or ride becak (pedicab) about 500 meters to the South. After crossing the parking lot, a gapura (or entrance) bearing the name of Bale Ayu welcomes visitors who are soon greeted by smiling staff in traditional batik uniforms.

It’s noteworthy, if not remarkable, that Bale Ayu Restaurants offer about 20 different gourami dishes, either served in bakar style (grilled), goreng (fried) or kukus (steamed) such as Gurami Saus Bale Ayu (Gourami with Bale Ayu Sauce),

Gurame Saos Bale Ayu Resto

Gurame Saos Bale Ayu Resto

Gurame Saus Citarasa (Gourami with Citarasa Sauce), Gurami Crispy Asam Manis (Crispy Gourami with Sweet and Sour Sauce), and Gurami Bakar Bale Ayu (Bale Ayu Grilled Gourami). It is worth trying the favorite menu in this restaurant, the Gurame Bakar Bale Ayu, as it is grilled and smothered with an orange colored glaze made from different spices. A mixture of grilled tender meat is combined with the rich ingredients to impart a slightly spicy and savory taste. Nila Merah Crispy Asam Manis (freshwater red tilapia) is another fish dish that is also highly recommended. The fish is mixed with wheat flour and deep-fried. A sweet and sour sauce is served separately in a bowl. This particular sauce is made from tomato, soybean sauce, onion, shallot, salt, pepper, sugar and cornstarch and is presented with slices of pineapple and paprika. Many more mouthwatering dishes are on offer in Bale Ayu Restaurants, including soup, bandeng or milkfish, crab, shrimp, squid, shell, duck, chicken, beef and noodles and various kinds of beverages.

In addition to its delicious dishes, Bale Ayu Restaurants also provides cool and comfortable place for the guests. With a capacity of more than 300 people, guests may dine in its various dining areas. Guests may choose to dine in Joglo area, where they could enjoy lunch with colleagues. For those looking for a more private atmosphere with their family, the Lesehan area at the back yard or the four gazebos with water effect and fish pond below are suitable for such occasions. Bale Ayu Resto also come equipped with a large parking area, a meeting room with a capacity of 20 people, a mosque, and internet access.

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