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Indonesia — Food and Restaurants
Bars and Pubbing in Indonesia Bali, Jakarta and Yogyakarta are among the best cities in Indonesia to head for a night out. Of course, Jakarta, being the capital city and largest metropolis of the archipelago, is home to many wondrous nighttime establishments. Blok M in the southern districts of downtown Jakarta is the best spot for clubbing. Expats are common to the area, as there are dozens of dance spots and lounges worth a visit.
Dining and Cuisine in Indonesia It isn’t difficult finding a good restaurant in most areas of Indonesia. The capital is a fantastic metropolis that contains many wondrous cuisines. For a good mix of options, Sailendra in the JW Marriott Hotel (Jalan Lingkar Mega Kuningan Kav E12, South Jakarta) offers Indonesian, Indian, Chinese and Japanese fare. For the best seafood in town, try Fischer Wharf (Jalan Dharmawangsa IX, Jakarta Selatan). Local delicacies can be found at Saung Galah (Jalan Wolter Monginsidi No. 77, South Jakarta), which is not only delectable, but cheap.
Indonesia doesn’t have a single food specialty like other nations around the world. The diversity of the archipelago’s culture means each region has its own culinary delights. From street food to five-star restaurants, there is a hugely diverse range of eateries to choose from. Budget travelers can find plenty of safe and hygienic eating options that won’t break the bank.
Most close at around 2:00 a.m., but there are some venues that shutdown earlier and later so check online before you head out. D’s Place (Jalan Falatehan 1 No. 1C Blok M, Jarkata) is a fascinating location that boasts a downstairs bar and upstairs dance floor with nightly competitions. Visitors should also check out the first vodka bar in Jakarta, Red Square (Plaza Senayan Arcadia, Unit X-105, Jalan New Delhi, Jakarta). Tourists looking for a drink and a game of pool will feel right at home at the Sportmans Bar (Jalan Falatehan 1 No. 8 Jakarta).
Bali is also a renowned night spot, filled with several coastal communities like Kuta Beach, bustling until the early hours of the morning.
Many people opt for the Indonesian fried rice (nasi goring) which, despite being delicious, is rather predictable. Despite being predominantly Islamic, Indonesia still allows the consumption of alcohol. However, there are some places, like Aceh, that have banned alcoholic beverages.
Jalan Legian is a popular place in the area to spend a night dancing and drinking. Poppies Lane II is another famous section of Kuta. 61 Legian (Jalan Legian, Kuta Beach, Bali) is open every night until 3:00 a.m.
It includes fascinating dance performances, fire shows and live, electric DJs. The Bounty (Jalan Legian, Kuta Beach, Bali) is another late night drinking establishment and Piggys Pub (Poppies Lane 2, Kuta Beach, Bali) is one of the only venues in Bali that stays open 24 hours a day if you don’t want the party to stop.
Surabaya is another fantastic culinary city. International foods are available, but why travel all the way to Indonesia without sampling some of the local flavors? Kartika Pujasera (Jalan Diponegoro, Surabaya) is a wonderful spot to try many regional dishes like bakso (Indonesian meatball), pecel (sauce made out of chili, tamarind, peanuts and coconut sugar), and gado gado (salad of boiled vegetables with peanut dressing). Hary Hary Restaurant (Jalan Musi 47, Surabaya) is not just a great dining experience for its delicious dishes, but is also housed in a delightful colonial dwelling. If Western food is what tourists are craving, then they should try Kafe Bromo (Sheraton Surabaya, Jalan Embong Malang, Surabaya).
Medan is one of the largest cities found in Indonesia, so it too boasts a huge array of restaurants to choose from. Many dining options provide local fare, but there is a long list of Western restaurants too. Koki Sunda (Jalan Hasanuddin, Medan) is a great place to enjoy Sundanese delicacies. Pagaruyung Alley (Jalan Pagaruyung, Medan) is home to a variety of Indonesian and Indian cuisines, including dishes like martbak telur (deep fried beef rolls). Garuda (Jalan Nibung Raya No. 163-165, Maden) is another popular restaurant serving the famous Padang curry dish.
Restaurants Of Indonesia The Cafe at Hotel Mulia
Located in the heart of Jakarta, the five-star, 40-storey Hotel Mulia Senayan boasts 996 tastefully decorated and well-appointed rooms and suites to satisfy the needs of both the business and leisure traveler alike. The hotel commands unobstructed views of 18-hole Senayan Golf Course and Jakarta's skyline with easy access from the toll road to Soekarno-Hatta airport which can be reached from the hotel in 25 minutes.
Pondok Laguna This restaurant is famous for its Tahu Kipas. Thus don't forget to order the Tahu Kipas when you have meals here.
Papeda, staple food of eastern Indonesia, served with yellow soup and grilled mackerel.
“Great food and nice atmosphere”
“Great deserts that will blow your mind”
“Best of European & Asian home cooking” “Must-go seafood restaurant in Jakarta”
Indonesian food includes many vegetables as ingredients like this Sayur oyong made with Luffa acutangula
Grilling ikan bakar baronang in Mamuju, West Sulawesi. Pg. 9
Awesome Deserts Roti Buaya
Interestingly different Cocktails
Roti Buaya Crocodileshaped bread commonly served during Betawi wedding and celebrations.
Crocodileshaped bread commonly served during Betawi wedding and celebrations.
Looking for a special drink/cocktail that is unique and different. What better place in the world than Indonesia to find what you want. Look at the more known cocktails below
Gethuk Cassava paste, sweetened with sugar and moulded in a special tools that it resembles noodles. Often served with fresh grated coconut.
A spiced layered cake, made mainly of egg yolk, flour and margarine/butter.
Similar to Klepon, except that it's cylindrical in shape whilst Klepon is spherical.
A mix of sweet potato, cassava, banana, pumpkin, diced in bite size pieces and stewed in coconut milk and palm sugar. Sometimes vanilla or ginger are added for extra flavor.
Grass Jelly es Cincau Hijau
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Hotels To Die For! Santika Indonesia Hotels & Resorts
Santika Indonesia Hotels & Resorts is one of the largest hotel chains in Indonesia and managed under PT. Grahawita Santika, a member of Kompas Gramedia Group. PT. Grahawita Santika was established on August 22, 1981 and has over 40 hotels across Indonesia. Since 2006, PT. Grahawita Santika has changed its strategy based on market segmentation and divided its brands into The Royal Collection, Hotel Santika Premiere, Hotel Santika, and Amaris Hotel.
Santika Indonesia Hotels & Resorts’ plan is to become the largest chain hotels in Indonesia and its business expands to Southeast Asia. By the end of 2012, Santika Indonesia Hotels & Resorts will be managing at least 64 properties, which equates to 7,200+ rooms. Up until now, Santika Indonesia Hotels & Resorts is becoming an international hotel investment and management group with luxury villas, hotels and resorts, as well as spas and restaurants located at their hotels and resorts.
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Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta, commonly abbreviated as HI, is one of the oldest and best known hotels in Indonesia. Located in Central Jakarta, it is one of the first 5-star hotels in the country. For many years, it has been the city's major landmark. Its fame is often linked to the country's political pride. The hotel is located in Bundaran HI. The famed Hotel Indonesia Roundabout gets its name from the hotel. Occupying 25,082 m2 (269,980 sq ft) of land, Hotel Indonesia was designed by an American architect, Abel Sorensen, and his wife, Wendy. The hotel was inaugurated on August 5, 1962 by the first President Sukarno in preparation for the 1962 Asian Games. The building was declared as national heritage by the local government, Pemda DKI, in 29 March 1993. Hotel Indonesia went through the big interior renovation between years 2004 and 2009. On May 20, 2009, Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta opened its door again to provide the most luxurious European service and guest rooms in town. The Jakarta’s landmark building is now managed by Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group, Kempinski Hotels, who owns long tradition of managing historic buildings, landmark hotels, and maintaining a unique collection of individual properties. In April 2010, the legendary hotel has managed to be listed as one of the best newest hotel in the world 2010 by Condé Nast Traveler US.
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Fun Facts Ritz-Carlton Jakarta Hotel
Indonesia has a tropical climate. Average temperatures vary very little through the year, October/November 2013 ranging from about 26 to 30 degrees Celsius. Indonesia is home to Komodo dragon (varanus komodoensis), the largest lizard in the world.
Hotel Majapahit Surabaya
Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the world
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Badminton and soccer (football) are the two most popular sports in Indonesia. Spices (especially chili), coconut milk, fish and chicken are common ingredients in Indonesian cooking. Indonesia has a tropical climate. Average temperatures vary very little through the year, ranging from about 26 to 30 degrees Celsius. Indonesia is home to Komodo dragon (varanus komodoensis), the largest lizard in the world.
Top Airways in Indonesia
Indonesian Business World Indonesia urges end to protectionism
China Set $33b Business Pact Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday witnessed the signing of 23 new business agreements valued at almost $33 billion between the two nations, in a luncheon that included several ministers and business leaders from both countries. “The signing of 23 cooperation agreements opens a deeper relationship between Indonesia and China,” Yudhoyono said in Jakarta, adding that he hoped the partnership would be a boost on economic growth for both countries. Industry Minister M.S. Hidayat said the total worth of investment from the new agreements could amount to $32.8 billion, in fields of such cooperation as mineral, pulp, property, infrastructure, transportation and many others. “Both countries have agreed to improve business cooperation in the fields of mineral, pulp and paper and the monorail,” Hidayat said. Both Indonesia and China have experienced fast growth in their economies in recent years.
To critics, the campaign might seem like a drop in the ocean. But PlastikDetox is determined all those drops will add up.
Indonesian exports to China in the January-June period totaled $10 billion, or 13.5 percent of total exports, while imports from China amounted to $14 billion. In 2012, total trade between the two countries in 2012 had reached more than $50 billion.
Adopting a warm and personal approach, Anna Sutanto along with the other co-founders of PlastikDetox, visit cafes and small businesses to propose that owners and managers take into consideration the amount of plastic they use and encourage them to adopt an environmentally conscious practice.
“I hope business players from China can see Indonesia as a main resource to fulfill their needs for business development and production,” he said. According to him, business and cooperation opportunities in Indonesia have further expanded due to the government’s implementation of the Master Plan for the Acceleration and Expansion of Indonesia’s Economic Development (MP3EI) in different sectors across Kalimantan, Sumatra, Papua and Nusa Tenggara. Infrastructure developments such as road construction, bridges, ports and airports have become a priority in the MP3EI, and China could play a part in such efforts, he said. The president also further emphasized that demand for energy will continue to increase until the year 2030, and that could become a business opportunity for both countries — with cooperation in the energy sector including geothermal and renewable sources. “In 2030, our energy market is predicted to reach up to $270 billion,” Yudhoyono said. Additionally, Yudhoyono expressed admiration towards China’s manufacturing sector, which had a labor-intensive start and shifted toward science and technology. “Indonesia aspires to build a manufacturing sector that is supported by technological and science development by creating job opportunities,” he said. As such, the two countries could complement each other in achieving a stronger, more sustainable economy, Yudhoyono said. Thursday’s luncheon, he added, was an important step in building a strategic and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries and that it is through such partnership that the two nations will be able to build cooperations that are based on values of equality, reciprocity, respect, ones that could be of profit to both countries. About 300 delegates from China and 500 delegates from Indonesia participated in the Indonesia-China Business Luncheon. Xi’s visit to Jakarta came just shortly before he is scheduled to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Nusa Dua, Bali, to be held Sunday through Tuesday.
The products include surgical/medical equipment, compressed natural gas converters, machinery, and garments. Indonesia and Pakistan signed a preferred trade agreement, which came into effect on Sept. 1. The agreement cuts or eliminates import duties for both countries’ products and paves the way for a free trade agreement between the two countries. Rossalis R. Adenan, Indonesian consulate general in Karachi, estimated the agreement could double bilateral trade to more than $3 billion in the next three or four years, from $1.6 billion in 2012.
The resort island of Bali produces 890 metric tons of garbage every day. Imagine five blue whales or 222 elephants of pure trash washing up on the shores of Bali every 24 hours.
China today stands as the second-biggest economy, at $8.2 trillion in 2012, with a population of 1.35 billion people, while Indonesia is home to a population of more than 240 million people with an economy of $946 billion.
Based on this data, Yudhoyono at the luncheon called on Chinese businessmen to make Indonesia their main source in supporting China’s production activities, Yudhoyono said, adding that Indonesia has potential and provides plenty of opportunities.
Karachi. An Indonesian business delegation to Pakistan’s commercial capital, Karachi, has ended on a high note with officials predicting trade between the two countries potentially doubling in the near term.
Local Businesses Get Help Kicking Their Plastic Habit But rather than throw up their hands in defeat, a group of four die-hard environmentalists based in Sanur, 30 minutes from Ngurai Rai International Airport, banded together in 2012 and launched PlastikDetox, an educational effort to turn the tide on the island’s excessive use of plastic, which accounts for 10 percent to 12 percent of Bali’s trash.
“Our biggest victory is when we see a ‘new normal’ taking hold,” says Anna. “[That means] more responsible, environment-friendly habits such as not automatically placing orders in single-use plastic bags, only giving customers straws when they [ask for them], and so on.” There are plenty of encouraging statistics, she says, “Like Peek-a-Boo Play cafe saved 158 straws in a month, or the Fair Trade Shop, which saved 41 plastic bags in a month.” “Now, multiply that by the number of businesses in Sanur, and multiply it again by the number of months, and we get quite a big figure. You need to attack the problem in parts and start with the easy changes,” Anna says. The PlastikDetox campaign, which includes cafes, restaurants, a fair-trade shop and a laundry service in the area of Sanur, is very simple. Organizations willing to reduce plastic are praised on PlastikDetox’s website and Facebook page and also featured on a map of Bali highlighting eco-friendly establishments.
“I am very confident we can reach that target if business is able to build on the opportunities and contacts from this trip,” Rossalis said on Sunday. Nusa Dua, Indonesia - Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Sunday urged countries in Asia and the Pacific to remove barriers to trade and investment to spur growth. “We all need to do our part to prevent protectionist policies and continue the path to trade liberalization,” Yudhoyono told a business forum on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. Yudhoyono said while advanced economies were experiencing economic recovery, emerging countries like Indonesia were suffering from trade deficits, capital flight and depreciating currencies. Countries in the region need to intensify efforts to stimulate investment while continuing to pursue structural reforms, he said. “We need to develop more and better infrastructure. We need to make it cheaper and faster to conduct trade.” - Sapa-dpa
Balagamwala said now the PTA has come into effect it is now up to Indonesia to take steps to improve trade with Pakistan. ‘‘If we move one step, you have to move two steps. You have to make yourself a market,” Balagamwala said.
Top Indonesian judge may face drugs charges
“Our campaign is not only about putting stickers with our logo on a shop window,” Anna says. “Every year we evaluate our partners to see their progress. Sometimes there are hiccups, and in a couple of cases we have had to terminate the partnership when a partner was not following up on the agreed commitments. At the end of the day, we need to see results.”
Ilhamy added that Pakistani medical equipment was very reliable and are sold at competitive prices. Sharmila, chairwoman of the Indonesian Women Entrepreneurs Holding Cooperative, said Indonesian consumers may find Pakistani garments attractive. “They are cheap and can be an alternative to Chinese products,” she said. Jakarta, Oct 5:
“PlastikDetox is very relevant in Bali,” she says. “The island is full of small shops, cafes and restaurants.”
A top Indonesian judge, arrested this week for allegedly accepting bribe worth more than $300,000, could face drugs charges after investigators found illicit substances in his office, an official said.
PlastikDetox doesn’t advocate for a 100 percent plastic-free way of life and Anna says it’s just raising awareness about cutting needless plastic use. The idea now is to scale up the Sanur campaign in bigger cities like Jakarta.
The detention of constitutional court chief judge Akil Mochtar had on Wednesday followed the arrest of the country’s top energy regulator in August and a string of corruption cases linked to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s ruling Democratic Party.
Tiza Mafira, who initiated a petition on Change.org this year to pressure Indonesia’s leading supermarkets to charge a small fee for plastic bags, says Jakarta is a tougher market to tackle but is confident that the time is right for change.
“During the search of Akil’s office, investigators found items suspected to be illegal drugs,” Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) spokesman Johan Budi had said at a press conference on Friday.
“Jakarta is bigger than Bali in size and complexity,” Tiza says.
An unnamed source at the KPK said investigators found marijuana, but the amount was unclear. The Jakarta Globe newspaper had said yesterday that the judge slapped a local journalist in the face after he was asked whether he would be ready to have his fingers cut off over his bribery case.
Campaigners for a similar cause in the capital, Clean Up Jakarta, who will be doing their part on Nov. 10 to tackle the waste problem, say “there’s always hope” that ground movement like PlastikDetox can gain wider traction.
Pakistan is Indonesia’s 23rd largest non-oil and gas export destination — with total exports rising 48 percent to $1.4 billion last year — after countries like South Africa, the UAE and Brazil, according to Trade Ministry data. Indonesia was the 21st largest export destination for Pakistani goods and products with exports including kinnow orange, seafood, textiles, cotton yarn, medical equipment, rice, wheat and carpets. Still, for few Indonesian businessmen, there are plenty of opportunities in Pakistan. “We have to raise our hat to Pakistan, in some sectors they are fairly well advanced,” said Ilhamy Elias, chairman of committee for Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Nepal at the Indonesia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin). “They have been making their own machines, which enable them to cut costs, while their labor costs are low,’’ he said. Ilhamy led the delegation to the Pakistan Expo 2013 in Karachi on Sep. 25-29 with the trip paid by the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP).
PlastikDetox’s comprehensive training program provides educational material for both staff and customers.
“On the plus side, there will be more targets to convert… The network of volunteers for approaching retail outlets and implementing plastic detox training will need to be wider.”
But challenges still remain including the lack of knowledge on Pakistan’s market and Indonesian investors’ views on the political situation such as the recent spate of bombings across the South Asian nation. Rossalis noted Indonesian exports to Pakistan dropped 13 percent to $652 million in the January-June period from the same period last year. One challenge for Pakistani businessmen, Rossalis said, is the difficulty for them in getting an Indonesian visa, compared to countries like Malaysia. Pakistan is in the “Calling Visa” group, along with countries like Afghanistan, Israel and North Korea, meaning they face a longer, more intensive visa application process. Majyd Aziz Balagamwala, founder of Pakistan Indonesia Business Forum, said this should be a minor obstacle for the government as, with some political will, it could easily come up with a compromise for investors.
“We provide free training and technical support to businesses whose owners or managers are committed to reducing their use of plastic,” Anna says. “When these businesses succeed, we try to reward them through placement opportunities in local media so they get exposure for their efforts.”
Nadine Zamira, Miss Indonesia Earth 2009, agrees with PlastikDetox’s step-by-step approach, saying the personal touch of the campaign gives it a charming communitybased approach.
Indonesian Business Keen on Pakistan Opportunities
Sharmila said Pakistan could also be a source for rice, fruits and beef with low prices offering the prospect of high returns. For example, a kilogram of beef sells for around Rp 30,000 ($2.60) in Karachi, compared to Rp 88,000 a kilogram in Jakarta. Ridwan Hamid, a director at Maser Indonesia, said Pakistan makes good converters for compressed natural gas, which can be used for Indonesian cars that switch fuel to gas from gasoline. Ridwan also noted that there were opportunities in power generation, as Pakistan switches to coal to satisfy its growing energy demand. “There are issues about security, but once they can get over them, the possibilities are endless,” Ridwan said. “All we know about is what we see on TV, but Pakistan is a huge country, after all. We should know better,” he said, referring to times in the past when Indonesia received bad publicity in foreign media. Muhammad Zubair Motiwala, chairman of the Sindh Board of Investment said the country is trying to attract more investment to Pakistan, particularly in power generation sector. “We want you to come here and make money,” he said.
Due to 300 different cultures, there are many kinds of TRADITIONAL SPORTS, games and leisure throughout the country. Cockfighting on Bali Island, the westernmost of the Lesser Sunda Islands Cockfighting has been decreed illegal by the Indonesian government but the sport merely moved underground - away from public eyes to out-of-the-way places off dirt roads. The event is not advertised but word gets around. Betting on the outcome of the fight is a definite. Sharp steel spurs called "taji" are attached to the cock's left leg before the fight. The handlers (not the owners) encourage the cocks to peck at each other. The cocks are then released and the fight begins.
Bull-racing on Madura island, off the northeastern coast of Java, near the port of Surabaya The bull races begin at district levels in a series of elimination rounds. The qualifiers then compete in the grand final for the President Cup. The jockey is usually a young boy who rides on a wooden plough pulled by a pair of bulls. In these races, the bulls can run a course of about 100 meters in 10-15 seconds!
Stone-jumping on Nias island, off the western coast of Sumatra This was once a manhood ritual that saw young men leaping over 2m high stone walls. The top of the stone walls were covered with spikes and sharp pointed bamboo. Stone jumping was also used to train warriors to jump over enemy walls. Today, it still is a dangerous sport. The men display incredible courage, dexterity and skill as they leap over the stone walls.
Pencak Silat or simply silat is a traditional dance and martial art, rolled into one. Accompanied by drums and gongs, this ancient art is performed with mesmerising fluid movements at Malay weddings and cultural festivals. It is believed that practising silat will increase one's spiritual strength in accordance with Islamic tenets. This martial art form is also practised in Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore and the Philippines.
Sepak Takraw (pronounced seh-PAHK TAHK-raw) is another popular sport. It uses a hollow ball made of rattan (woven palm stems). Players may use their heads, legs and feet but not their hands to hit the ball. Some players can perform amazing acrobatics with the ball. This game is also popular in Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Laos and other southeast asian countries.
Popular MODERN SPORTS in Indonesia include soccer and badminton. In the 1990s, Indonesia dominated the game of badminton -- Rudy Hartono, an Indonesian badminton player, won the world championship in 1980, and the All-England Champions trophy eight times in the 1960s and 1970s. Pg. 26
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