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Indonesian 1968, Central, Hong Kong

I am really liking this Indonesian Restaurant. I came here for lunch for the first time since they moved location and came back again for dinner about a few weeks later. This time though, we got to try more dishes on their menu.

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We started with the pork satay – tender and full of spices. I had to ask them specifically not to put the peanut sauce on the satay as I am still allergic to nuts. Satay with no peanut sauce is just not the same I tell you – not the same, but it is still quite tasty.

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The beef satay was nice but I still prefer the pork.

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However, my favourite would have to be the tendons satay – deliciously tender and incredibly tasty.

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The corn fritters were sweet, and I grew up with this snack and absolutely loved it!

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The perkedel was ok, I still think Mum makes the best perkedel!

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The roast chicken was excellent, incredibly tender with crispy skin.

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The chicken curry was slightly on the spicy side but who could resist chicken and potatoes? Definitely not ‘The Mother’ – his favourite dish!

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Beef rendang is one of my favourite dish, and although I am bias with Mum’s rendang, this was actually not bad. Not as good but I would happily eat this if Mum’s not around.

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Service was efficient, and I would happily return and get my Indonesian fix. I have to say the food at this location is infinitely better than the one at Causeway Bay.

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Indonesian Restaurant 1968

5/F, The L Place

139 Queen’s Road

Central, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2577 9981

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Dragon’s 1st Birthday

I can’t believe that Dragon is one years old! Where did the past 12 months go? On the weekend, we celebrated Dragon’s birthday. It was really more for the adults than her really, an excuse for the adults to have a get together and eat good food, and indeed we did have good food!

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I’d like to thank Angie, who made Dragon’s brilliant birthday cake! I think when I first asked her about it, she was a little shocked or sceptical. I am pretty sure she thought I was MAD! She wanted me to make balls of cakes? But she was brilliant, and I was SO happy with the end result so THANK YOU again! It was absolutely delicious also!

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Here’s what we had to eat…

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Started with chicken spring rolls and spinach and ricotta triangles

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Yummy quiche Lorraine

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Ayam telor bali, chicken and egg Balinese style

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Perkedel – mashed potatoes with spices such as shallots, garlic, and white pepper

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Empal daging, spicy beef

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Ati ampela – now this is not for everyone but definitely my favourite!

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You can’t have a birthday celebration without noodles for longevity

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Ikan ibis, which I couldn’t have but definitely a favourite of mine!

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The tupeng – yellow turmeric rice with vegies and meat. You take the top one for the birthday person.

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And I didn’t take a photo of mum’s rendang as well as the bakso goreng which were a hit!

My favourite dessert, kelepon which a dear friend of mum’s made! I love these!!! Can’t remember how many of these I ate, but definitely enough to go to the gym every single day (twice a day) this week!

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Apple strudel which was served with ice cream!

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There were plenty other desserts which I forgot to take photos off, including pudding and other Indonesian desserts! And of course, the birthday girl’s cake – chocolate mud cake! It was absolutely superb! The reaction on Dragon’s face was unforgettable and absolutely epic! It was the reaction that we all wanted, so many thanks again Angie for the awesome cake!

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Happy 1st birthday Dragon – hope you had a great time and thank you to all my family and friends for celebrating this special occasion. And a BIG thank you to my uncle for the photos!

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Hope you all had an awesome weekend!

Indonesian Restaurant 1968, Central, Hong Kong

I have previously gone to 1968 when it was opened in Causeway Bay about two – three years ago. It was the first time I met my dear friend Jasonbonvivant and mochachocolatarita – how time flies! The Causeway Bay branch has now closed and they have recently opened at the L Place in Central. I was craving Indonesian food one day and suggested this place to my colleague who has never ever had Indonesian food before!

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Like all restaurants in Hong Kong, there are always lunch time specials during lunch time. The menu at 1968 is vast, it looks more appealing and more variety than their old branch – mind you this was a while ago so I don’t exactly remember. I recommended that my colleague get the teh botol, which he absolutely loved. It is slightly on the sweet side for me but I really do enjoy it.

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We started with an appetizer, salad – which isn’t very Indonesian at all!

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J couldn’t go past the nasi goreng special which is served with sunny side up egg, prawn crackers and two chicken satays. The nasi goreng was delicious – there is that wok smell which I love. He didn’t want it spicy which is a shame as I think the chili would give it a nice kick.

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I couldn’t go past the tumpeng which consists of rice cakes in coconut, braised chicken, fried chicken, perkedel (mashed potatoes with spices and meat), egg and beef rendang. This was SUPERB and if you wanted to try a bit of everything then this is perfect!

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The fried chicken had a very crispy skin and the meat extremely tender. It was seriously delicious!

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I also wanted to try some beef brisket satay which was absolutely delightful! The brisket was so tender it just melted in my mouth! Definitely could have eaten a dozen of this on my own!

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Overall I thought the meal was a lot better than the one in Causeway Bay. I can’t for the life remember if the menu has changed or if it’s actually better! Regardless, I really enjoyed my lunch here and can’t wait to try their other dishes next time.

Service efficient, I do recommend that you make a reservation as the place was PACKED when we went!

GA’s ratings: 7 / 10

Indonesian Restaurant 1968

5/F, The L Place,

139 Queen’s Road

Central, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2577 9981

One Month Celebration

I can’t believe that a month has gone since I gave birth to Dragon (Ms E). Which meant that both our confinements are over (earlier for me, as I couldn’t stand being at home for 30 days, 21 days was more than enough for me!)

It is customary in our culture to celebrate a baby’s first month. Plenty of food involved of course and also with cakes and sweets. There were so much food that I really didn’t know where to start so without further adieu below are the pictures of food that was involved – if you are hungry I would stop reading now.

The nasi kuning (turmeric rice) shaped in a cone is called ‘tumpeng’ which is usually served with a side of vegetable and meat is a very traditional dish in Indonesia for celebration. One of my favourites actually – one of Mum’s friends kindly made this for us.

There were also noodles which is important for birthdays – long life etc. Gado-gado which was excellent – it’s SO hard to find good gado-gado in Sydney – although I am not sure why there are tomatoes in it! The sauce though was fantastic.

Not to mention these fantastic bakso goreng (fried pork balls), which was brought from Pinangsia. Mum was going to make her own bakso goreng but she ran out of time!

The MiL made glutinous nasi kuning (turmeric rice) with chicken curry as well as suckling pig – YUM!

Dyed red eggs are important part of the full month celebration as it symbolizes happiness and the renewal of life, as well as announce the arrival of a newborn baby.

Also, my favourite, Ang Ku Kueh (‘red turtle cakes’) – the dough of the cake is dyed red for good luck and the kueh also signifies longevity as turtles have long lives. These were ordered from Istana and they were delicious!

Another favourite of mine – onde-onde as they are called in Malaysia, but in Indonesia they are called ‘kelepon’ and they are infused pandan juice and filled with palm sugar and then rolled with some fresh grated coconut. The palm sugar usually burst in your mouth and it is SO hard to stop at just one! Trust me, I think I ate half a dozen or a dozen on my own!

Then these fish-shaped pudding in a puddle of condensed milk which has rockmelon inside made by one of my aunts were incredible!

There were also quiche, salad and potato salad to mix it up a bit.

People also got to take some goodies home, a box full of different types of things from top left, red egg, sepiku (one of my favourite Indonesian cakes – it’s the 30 egg cake, each layer is made with 10 eggs! Mum didn’t make this but hers would include 30 eggs!) and rissoles. Bottom left, croquet, ang ku kueh and lemper (chicken rice).

The highlight (not that the above food weren’t highlights), however, Dragon’s birthday cake which was made especially by Oni from I eat Sweet. RED VELVET CAKE! I was impatiently waiting to eat it but not after we had photos with the birthday girl! Pity she couldn’t eat any of it, as it was EPIC! Thanks Oni for making the cake in such short notice! LOVE!

To my dearest Dragon – Happy One Month! I am sure there will be many more celebrations to come!

To all my friends and family, many thanks for celebrating this special moment with us. We truly do appreciate it and look forward to many more celebrations and gatherings! x

Ayam Betutu Gilimanuk, Kuta, Bali

Whilst in Bali, we drove past this place many times, the sign of a man with funny looking hair and face that has made me wondered but it wasn’t until this place was recommended that we actually went. ‘Authentic Balinese food’ she claims, and how could we resist?


Don’t be put off by the venue, it is very simple and minimal, no air con, very ‘warung’ style but the food…. is superb! Ayam Betutu Gilimanuk is said to be the best eating spots in Bali due to its special braised chicken and duck.

We started with the bebek betutu gilimanuk (1/2 duck), Balinese braised duck, extremely spicy and mouth watering but incredible! The duck is marinated with garlic, turmeric, shallots, ginger, lemongrass, chilies, bay leaves and kaffir lime leaves. The duck was incredibly tender, that it just fell apart and full of flavour. Our eyes were watering but we couldn’t help but eat more, the sauce was just outstanding.


The bebek goreng (1/2 duck), deep fried duck was also quite tasty. We couldn’t help but dip the duck in the sauce. The duck was so tender, even the bones were tender, but I think we all preferred the bebek betutu gilimanuk.

Similar to the bebek betutu gilimanuk, the ayam betutu gilimanuk was just as good! The sauce, we just couldn’t get enough of it!

Dad opted for the soto ayam – chicken soup with vermicelli and egg. This is one of my favourite dish, the soup was tasty and refreshing. I have grown up with soto ayam and loved it, it didn’t have enough chicken though.


F couldn’t help but order a side of the soto ayam campur – mix of everything (including tendons) plus chicken soup with vermicelli and egg.


The plecing dengan sambal terasi (boiled veggie with shrimp paste chili sauce), this was quite bitter for my liking and didn’t enjoy it. The chilli was good but not as spicy as the ayam betutu gilimanuk.


Presentation not exactly their strength, but it is not that kind of place. We came here for the food and we weren’t disappointed. From memory, the above costs less than AUD30! We were keen to go back the next day but we ran out of time. Definitely one of the best meal we had in Bali and no doubt we will be back when we are in Bali!

GA’s rating: 8 / 10

Ayam Betutu Gilimanuk

Jl. Raya Tuban No 2 X

Kuta, Bali

Ph: +62 361 757 535

Made’s Warung, Seminyak

After a couple of days with friends, the Family finally arrived and we decided to have lunch together at Made’s Warung. It’s been a while since my last visit, and this is my sis-in-law, O’s favourite place! Quite a famous restaurant in Bali offering a wide range of local and international cuisine.

There are two branch of Made’s Warung, one in Kuta and one in Seminyak. I was fortunate enough to go to both, I went to Seminyak with the family and my last meal in Bali was also at Made’s Warung which is in Kuta with the cousins. The restaurant in Seminyak is a lot bigger, it even has outdoor seating, we arrived just before rush hour and had no problems waiting for a table. The place was buzzing with diners.

We started with Nasi Campur (Rp 60,000 / AUD 6.84) each restaurant serves Nasi Campur differently. It was quite substantial, consisted of crispy fish, fish crackers, beans, carrots, eggplant, chicken curry, beef rendang, tempeh and lodeh. We ordered two servings of this, as one was not enough. I love Nasi Campur as you get a taste of everything. The rendang was a little disappointing though, it wasn’t as tender as Mum’s but everything on the plate was fantastic! This is pretty much your typical Indonesian meal!

The Nasi Goreng a La Made (Rp 50,000 / AUD 5.70) was a favourite amongst the diners. Served with shredded beef and topped with scrambled egg. It was a little spicy but not spicy enough for all of us.

Fried noodles (Rp 30,000 / AUD 3.42) – egg noodles served with chicken, vegetables and scrambled egg topped with fried onions was probably one of my favourites. I love Indonesian noodles, it was cooked in xiao shing wine, my parent’s weren’t massive fans as Mum doesn’t use a lot of xiao shing wine to cook but I definitely do! More for me I guess.

The Balinese pork sate, which is char grilled with mild Balinese spices was good but not as good as the Javanese sate or those on the streets. I was told that the sate was grilled over charcoal made from dried coconut shells giving it that smoky and slightly charred flavour. It had a nice subtle spice which gave it that extra kick.

The vegetables lumpia (spring roll) (Rp 25,000 / AUD 2.85) was a little disappointing and expensive for what it is! It also took forever to come out – last to be exact, and we were all quite full! It had the crunchy, and crispy but lacked substance!

It was an enjoyable meal with the family, we haven’t seen each other for about 10 days, as both my parents, and my brother and sis-in-law left for their trip before I did! I am realising that as I get older, I do appreciate family holidays more. I definitely look forward to the next one!

Definitely another yummy lunch, authentic Balinese food! I also went to the Kuta branch, we pretty much had ordered the same thing,  didn’t take photos though. We had gado-gado also which was fantastic! Can’t get gado-gado as good as that in Sydney at all! And we also had the chicken sate, which I didn’t quite enjoy, prefer the pork sate.

Definitely worth the visit if you are in Bali.

GA’s rating: Made’s Warung: 7.5 / 10

Made’s Warung Seminyak

Jalan Raya Seminyak

Kuta Indonesia 80361

Ph: +62 361 75 3039

Made’s Warung Kuta

Jalan Pantai Kuta

Bali, Indonesia

Ph: +62 361 755 297

Ibu Oka, babi guling, Ubud

Babi Guling (suckling pig) is Bali’s famous dish and a must eat. Every street corner and in every village in Bali, there is a babi guling stall. Those who has been to Bali would have heard of Ibu Oka which can be found in Ubud – not the closest place to get too, especially if you are staying in Kuta, as it is a 90 mins drive but well worth it in my opinion!

Ibu Oka can be found in the middle of Ubud town, just near the markets. The place ‘warung’ is small, quite dingy, with outdoor seating as well as indoor. Try and get there early, the place opens at 11 am and by midday it is usually packed with diners.


The menu is quite simple – babi guling and more served in different ways. I couldn’t go past the babi guling special, which is pretty much everything on the one plate or you can have it ‘pisah’, rice and meat separated.

I came here with a couple of friends, and we all ordered the babi guling special. Everything on a plate which includes, pork meat, crispy skin, deep-fried intestines, black pudding and chili vegetable relish served with rice. The pork meat was incredibly succulent and tender, the chili vegetables a wonderful complement. The crispy skin was crunchy, gooey and mouth watering. Unfortunately they were a little stingy on the crispy skin so we all ordered a plate of just crispy skin as one small piece was just NOT enough! I have to say to say though, it was really ‘mantep’ which means it TOTALLY hit the spot!

We came back the next day and one of the waitress recognised us! We had the exact same thing, we really couldn’t get enough of it and at 33,000 Rp, which is $3.75, who could resist?

One can’t go to Indonesia and not have teh botol – bottled tea, which really is sweetened jasmine tea which is served cold.


I caught up with the family a couple of days later and they too wanted to eat babi guling. Since we were staying in Kuta, we really didn’t have time to go all the way to Ubud, so ate locally. I didn’t go to the warung, as I had to get my make up done for my cousins wedding, but my wonderful uncle got me a takeaway which he bought from Warung Pak Ketut Dobiel in Nusa Dua. It was good but I still do prefer Ibu Oka. My uncle also bought us a couple of babi guling from Kuta and Legian for midnight snacks (yes after dinner) but the meat was a tad dry and lacked flavour, the crackle hard and chewy. Still, my favourites are Ibu Oka and Warung Pak Ketut Dobiel.


We even had a whole suckling pig at my cousins wedding – talk about over doze of suckling pig! And not to mention, pork belly, bbq pork and many more.

Can you tell that we are a family who loves pork? To say I OD’ed on pork is an understatement. It was good though and no doubt I will be back when I go back to Bali.

I have to say though, still the BEST suckling pig I have had is at Four in Hand – I am SOOOO looking forward to going back there again soon! The crackling sound of the crispy skin…. it was like music to my ears and the meat, deliciously tender, my mouth is watering just thinking about it!

GA’s Rating: Ibu Oka Babi Guling: 8 / 10

Ibu Oka Babi Guling

Jalan Suweta, Ubud

Bali, Indonesia

Open from 11.00 am – 2.00pm Daily

GA’s rating: Warung Pak Ketut Dobiel: 7 / 10

Warung Pak Ketut Dobiel

Jalan Srikandi, Nusa Dua

Badung, Indonesia