Friday, May 8, 2020

How to Make Ikan Bakar

Come back home, means come back to fish. As a meat lover, I rarely cook fish, but at home, fish is my parent's favorite so I must follow their preference. I can't cook a good meal with fish, so I asked my sister in law to dictate me how to make Ikan Bakar, one of the dishes my parents like. Okay, just check it out.

2. Shallots
3. Garlic
4. Red chilies
5. Coriander
6. Sugar
7. Salt
8. Fishes
9. Butter
10. Lemon
11. Soybean ketchup

1. Wash the fishes, give the lemon juice and enough salt, put in the fridge, and wait around 30 minutes or 1 hour.

2. Fry the candlenut and coriander on hot oil.

3. Mix no. 2 with shallots, garlic, and red chilies. Mash them well and mix with enough salt and sugar. 

4. Take out the fishes from the storage, wash again. 

5. Spread the mashed seasoning no. 3 onto the fishes. 

6. Prepare the baker, don't forget to spread the butter in order to make them less sticky. 

7. Put the on the baker. Wait until cooked. 

8. Meanwhile, let's prepare the sauce, we can make it with soybean ketchup, shallots, and tomatoes. You can fry the shallots and tomatoes first, or you can just mix it directly with soybean ketchup without frying. It's up to your preference. Then, give a little amount of lemon juice. Do not add too much if you don't want to make your sauce too sour.

9. After the fishes baked well, then you can move them to the container, and pour the sauce. Yeay, finish! 

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Interview by Myself: Traveling

Hi, let’s continue the interview. To where did you travel since living in Japan?
I traveled to wherever my friends suggested to go. Because I treasured the people with whom I traveled most rather than the destination. So, wherever it was, I would always be okay. But if you wanted to know where exactly I traveled, then I would say, we went to Hakodate, Aomori, Hirosaki, Ecorin Village, Furano, Biei, Asahiyama Park, Moerenuma Koen, Maruyama Koen, Odori Park, Noboribetsu, Yoichi, Hidaka, Tokyo, Yomiuriland, Odaiba, Kawagoe, Shinjuku, Saitama, Tsukiji and some other places I forgot right now.

Which place was your favorite?
Hirosaki, it was so beautiful during Spring. The difference with spring in Hakodate was you were not only able to see the cherry blossoms but in Hirosaki, you could also see the wonderful old castles, then both things combined beautifully. Oh my! I missed Japan again. By the way, Hirosaki is not on Hokkaido island, so you should take shinkansen or ship to reach Hirosaki. You also should prepare the itinerary, as I am pretty sure you will spend quite a lot of money.

What else is recommended to be visited around Sapporo?
As I have mentioned before, Hokkaido University is beautiful every autumn season. It was like a whole new different world, colorful and beautiful. The Ginko street near Pharmacy Department was recommended to be visited. Most of the tourists might have already known about this, so it’s always crowded during autumn. Anyway, I had another beautiful hidden place, it was around the Keteki dormitory. The building was covered with the red leaves, beautiful, you should see.

How big is your university?
Hmm, I am not that kind of person who can memorize the detail of the size and so on, you can just google it. But I would say, it covers around 14 blocks with many trees, so if you see from above, most of the green part of Sapporo is for sure the Hokkaido University. As it is spacious, so we needed to use bus or bicycle. For a slow walker like me, if I walk from the southest to the northest, I could spend 1 hour.

You mentioned before that we must plan the itinerary before traveling, if it’s okay, I would like to know how much did you usually spend?
It depends to where did we go, the most expensive were traveling around Tokyo I spent around 70 thousands yen, 3 days and 2 nights trip to Aomori I spent around 30 thousands yen, for some one day trip might be around 10 thousands yen, even I also experienced traveling without any expenses. For this case, I joined some volunteering activities, so while participating with the program I also could enjoy the city.

Who was organizing the volunteering activity, what kind of activity was it? And how many people joined the program?
Various, it’s hard for me to remember the detail of the name since mostly the name in Japanese Kanji, but as I remember something like Hokkaido International Exchange Program Division, and something like non-government organization. The activities were like teaching English to Japanese kids, doing exchange program so mostly the participants were international students from different countries, so we were like the representative of our countries, then we learned together about Japanese culture, visited historical places, and so on. So, not only volunteering, exchanging culture, I also did get so many friends.

So, what do you think about Japanese people? How did they behave?
If you asked me to answer in 3 words, then I would reply, clean, well-organized, and warm. How couldn’t you say they are clean when you couldn’t see any litter even though not so many trush bin were available. Might be, they put every litter in their own bag and throw it away when they find the trash bin. What a good habit! Everything was well-organized, all the building and home was exactly positioned in a block to another block, so no building stands out of the line. Every block forms a square with the same size so for sure the road was also well-managed, no traffic found. I also thought they were warm as every staff/officer would give their best service to you, with a warm face even though I didn’t know whether they expressed it sincerely or not. I didn’t care, the important one, they didn’t harm or hurt you. One more thing, as they behaved well and showed a very good integrity, not so many criminals caught. No pickpocket as I experienced.

So, do you like Japan?
Absolutely, I like Japan.

Do you have plan to come back? When will you visit Japan again?
Yes, I plan to. After I get the job and having stable financial, I will plan to visit Japan as a tourist. I wish to see my professors, Japanese friends, and Indonesian friends who were still in Japan.

Okay, thanks for all your answers. I am so happy to hear all of them. Hope God grants your wish!
Thanks a lot! By the way, I like to record every time I have the trip, you can check all the videos in my Youtube channel. Find it here, please subscribe and give like! Below is the example:

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Who was organizing
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Saturday, April 18, 2020

Interview by Myself: Cooking and Jogging

What did you do in your spare time?
When I was not in the lab, mostly cooking, sometimes jogging, and a few times traveling. Those postings about food recipes were the evidence how I spent most of my spare time in Japan for cooking (check here). I am not a licensed chef, moreover before coming to Japan, rarely did I work in the kitchen. Most of the kitchen works were done by my mother, my sisters, or the maid. I am serious. Then, realizing I will live alone, I started learning cooking from my mother and sisters before flying to Japan. Then, I found out the enjoyment of formulating dishes. Since I arrived, I continued the cooking study by following recipes from Youtube or Cookpad. For several times, I invited my friends to join me having the meals.

Who did you usually invite to your house?
My close friends. They are Om Egy, Irun, Agung, Aya, Philip, and Yeni. I also frequently invited my international friends and other Indonesian friends. Usually my cooking was a success, but for several times I also underwent failure. For all the cooking I made failed, I felt sorry.

What kind of dishes did you usually cook?
Mostly Indonesian, sometimes Japanese, rarely Indian dishes.

How did you get the materials?
Almost all the things, I can get from the convenient store, but for some uncommon materials, I went to Gyomu Supermarket or bought them online.

For common materials, which convenient store did you usually go?
Z convenient store, it was close to my apartment, only 1 block away. The price was also inexpensive. I usually bought vegetables, dairy products, and snacks there. Sometimes, I went to Lawson, this one was also near my place, but the price was like a hell, for umbrella, I spent 1000 yen, huft! Meanwhile, in Daiso, I could spend only for 100 yen.

You mentioned about jogging, how often did you jog?
I jogged every night when I was in the mood, might be three times a week in summer, two times a week during Spring and Autumn. Never did I jog during winter. Did you know? The temperature could reach under -10 degree Celcius at its coldest. Although I didn’t jog during, when the temperature was warmer around 5 to 8, I could see some runners outside. Wow, they got the nerves.

With whom did you jog usually?
I enjoyed jogging with my close friends, but sometimes I did jog alone. Miserable
Check it here

What other sports did you usually do?
Cycling. Actually, I didn’t count this as sport because I cycled almost every day, but eventually, I did sport, didn’t I? A good habit that Indonesian people are still hard to imitate. I know the reason why, that is because of the weather. Japanese people can enjoy cycling as the temperature never as hot as Indonesia and the sunlight was not too fierce. So, while cycling we were seldom sweating. Compared to Indonesia, when cycling, the t-shirt would automatically get wet even your skin got tanned.

Understood. What a nice interview about your cooking and sports. Next, how about another interview? Let’s talk about traveling, another part of your activities that you spent during your spare time.
Ok, I’d love to.

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