Aria T. Kharisma

Not as bitter as coffee. Not as sweet as sugar.


December 2013

Pepper Lunch

Finally, I eat at one restaurant that being talked by some of young people in Indonesia, Pepper Lunch. I knew it when I was in Jakarta, but now I tried for the first time in Yogyakarta. Based on its history (i read from wikipedia, hahaha), the restaurant was created in 1994 by Kunio Ichinose, he use hot metal plates, about 260 Celsius (you can touch if you want) to serve the food. On your table you will find honey brown sauce (Amakuchi) and garlic soy sauce (Karakuchi), those are two sauces can be mixed to your food.

In Yogyakarta, the restaurant was located at Plaza Ambarrukmo. First you have to order the menu first and pay it to the cashier and then the waiter will give you a table number, so seems like it’s a hard for us to pick the table position that we want. Maybe only smoking or non-smoking area.

Generally, the menu is divided into 6 category, pepper rice, premium steaks, pasta teppan, sizzling rice cury, deluxe combo, and classic japanese.

When me and my friend tried the food, we ordered Curry Rice with Double Hamburg Steak with Chicken Aglio Olio and. Yes, both are foods arrived on hot metal plates. At that time, i also asked how to use the sauce and she said, “just mix it to the rice”. Let me repeat … rice!

Actually, my Curry Rice with Double Hamburg Steak so yummy. The rice is perfectly cooked and the meats are 100% real. Not mixed with flours. I also added an egg as extra topping. My problem is I just need some time to reduce the temperature, it’s too hot to get into my mouth. I also tasted the Chicken Aglio Olio, hmmm … it just okay. The noodle, dry too i think. Maybe the caused by the plates. In average, the price is about 40K – 100K. Some menus are higher.

Will be back here and try another foods. Anyone?

Curry Rice with Double Hamburg Steak & Chicken Aglio Olio
Curry Rice with Double Hamburg Steak & Chicken Aglio Olio


Pempek Ulu Bundar

If I had to compile a list of Indonesian food that i love (so much), then Pempek will be placed in my top ten. I fall in love to that food since the first time i tried when I was kids. In fact, at that time I bought from street food corner in Jakarta, not the real one from Palembang.

Here, in Yogyakarta there’s one small resto that provides Pempek Palembang named Ulu Bundar. So far of what I know, Ulu Bundar has two branches. First, was in the front of Plaza Ambarrukmo and the second was near the intersection of Jalan C. Simanjuntak and Jalan Cik Ditiro, next to KFC. I usually comes to the second place because it was near to my english course building.

Types of pempek that can be found, “kapal selam” (the bigest size with egg inside), “lenjer” (small and long), “bundar” (round), and “kulit” (flat & crunchy). The texture, I can say is not too chewy and soft. Overall, the taste of pempek in Ulu Bundar is quite good and also the sour sauce is available in two, sweet and spicy. Another foods that you can order in here beside pempek are siomay and tekwan.

With affordable price, below Rp.10.000,- for each item, I’m not be surprised if this place is always crowded. For me, it’s a nice choice to have a “break” from Jogja’s original foods and suitable snack before get into class of english course.

Kapal Selam & Lenjer
Kapal Selam & Lenjer

#Jogja101 : Treat My Self :)

Just as the rainbow that appears after the rain, or the flowers are blooming after the snow melts. That’s what I felt after took the IELTS exam on last Saturday. Exam that made me and maybe some of my friends like being haunted by terror during the last few weeks. Thank God, none of us who have to get sick and hospitalized, hahaha! Actually, I’m so nervous but I was determined to do the best I can and get through the exam as well as a prince have to fight a giant dragon to save a princess from the old witch.

Now, the rainbow of that Saturday was a ticket of musical event held in Jogja, Jazztraffic. A few days ago, I had been planning to go there after the exam, but rain down fairly heavy on that day with a long enough duration. I’m so worried about that.

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#Jogja101 : Hardest Week Ever!


As I write this, maybe I could say I ‘m on a race against time, while listening to some songs that can make me at least fells a lil excited. Actually, the time is running  according to the its rhythm. Second to minute, minute to hour, hour to day, day to week, week to month, and month to year. But hell yeah, it’s just that sometimes I too often been slow and only realized when the word “deadline” appears to my eyes. Ah,  my time management seriously bad!

Starting from last week, my class schedules suddenly become dense and filled with uncertainty. Sometimes the time schedule is changed in the “last minutes”, took place at the weekend like Saturday and I wish never on Sunday. Some assignments “resurfaced”, hoping to be resolved. I seriously regret why I’m not “repay” the assignments one by one?!

This week, I’m concentrating to the IELTS test. Honestly , I was not as confident as when working on the TOEFL test. Bismillah, for this I’ve been training and hope that I will be fine in working on the actual test this Saturday and after that it’s all coming back to God.


“Say what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave” (Sara BareillesBrave)

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