Jakarta to Yogyakarta by Train : & The Story of Rice

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In todays post I take you on a journey of discovering how rice is grown and harvested in Central Java; with my best attempts to take photos from the window of my train to Yogyakarta, and the help of eight knowledgable Indonesians who captioned all of the photos 'About Rice' and the important features of 'Gambir Station' where my train departed from. As Continue Reading

Top 5 things we have learned while living in Jakarta

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On November 29 this year, we will publish our very last post here at A Journey Bespoke. We promise this won’t be a sad ending, but a joy-filled celebration!  In the ensuing months we will close our treasured blog, A Journey Bespoke with a collection of fortnightly posts that sum up the ‘spirit of AJB’. We will celebrate what has been the most amazing Continue Reading

Pasar Kue Subuh – Jakarta’s famous Jajanan Pasar Market

Welcome to Pasar Kue Subuh! Do you love markets? We certainly do - in fact we LOVE our markets (‘pasars’) so much that we’ve written in excess of 10 posts about various markets in Jakarta. In today’s AJB post we indulge our obsession with traditional market snacks known as, ’Jajanan Pasar’. With the expert guidance of our friend and Indonesian food Continue Reading

Nasi Uduk Betawi – Jakarta Fragrant Coconut Rice


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I have a soft spot for Nasi Uduk because it originated right here in Jakarta. The name literally means "mixed rice" in the Betawi dialect and is related to the Bahasa Indonesia term aduk ("mix"). The name also describes the dish preparation itself, which involves infusing fresh herbs and spices into coconut milk giving the rice an incredible aroma and Continue Reading