Menara Peninsula Hotel. Took a breather outside and allow the rain spray to refresh me. It was enjoyable as we have no rain in KL for a while. I was told again and again by my local partner to use Blue Bird Taxi for a safe ride! This is a Silver Bird.
I was feeling a bit under the weather as I arrived in Jakarta. Slept on the plane but woke up more tired. There was no luxury of checking in as we were whisked away for work. Check-in was after 8:30pm. But the Menara Peninsula Hotel is a nice place to stay. 20 mins from the airport on Sunday and about 40mins working days which is relatively fast compare to the infamous Jakarta traffic jam locally known as 'macet'.
The hope of having a nice Indonesian dinner kept me going. I have the famous Sup Buntut (Ox-tail) for dinner and Soto Betawi (Rice with spice soup) for breakfast. The Sup Buntut will always be a hit with Malaysians as we have to stomach those not so tasty efforts at Mamak stalls and tough and low-quality meat elsewhere. I remember an Malaysian Indian lady travelling in our group last year insisting on having Sup Buntut for each meal.
Rice with Emping Crackers. Taste slightly bitter (acquired taste?) and sweet. I like this to accompanied my meals in Indonesia.
Tender meat from ox-tail. Detached from the bone at the slightest nudge of my fork. Aromatic spices. Piping hot. But a bit oily. Kitchen should have cleared some of the oil before serving. Like having a warm home-cokked bowl of chicken soup!Soto Betawi (Betawians are from West Java). A bit watery for my liking. Should go heavier with the spices. Beef, innards, deep-fried tapioca pieces and tomatoes. But still a good breakfast before going out.