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Tea recipe: Longjing tea with dried red dates, melon seeds, and lily-bulb petals



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The simple, healthy, and delicious Bihun Bebek 75



This Medanese dish is my post-run meal of choice after I finished my 5k yesterday.

I practically grew up eating this bowl of delight for breakfast. It’s light, hearty, and said to be the most delicious duck rice noodles according to Jakartans.

So what’s the secret (and significant) ingredient that makes it much more savory from other leading bihun bebek hasheries?


No, it’s not MSG. It’s … well, Chinese herbs. It’s probably the last thing in your mind, eh? In case you’ve made a lucky guess, then yes, you’re right – TCM is organically dissolved within the hearty broth, and these herbs surprisingly worked to add an extra tang to the hardy duck.

I’d go so far as to say this is the epitome of healthy food indulgence. Why? Because every slurp of the soft, thin, and squiggly vermicelli has all three of the five tastes in the average main course meal in perfect balance: Very strong umami-ness from the duck, salty as most Chinese-borne chows are, as well as the sheer bitterness from these herbs. You’d keep slurping and you’ll never realize you’re starting to love bitter foods.


Goji berries
Goji berries

For just IDR 27,000 a bowl, you get almost everything you need in a wholesome meal according to the food pyramid. It may sound biased hearing this from me (’cause I do love veggies), but crunching fresh lettuce leaves with the Bihun Bebek 75 broth tastes like the onset of spring. Texture-wise, it feels like both ends of the rope came together and harmonize. The light broth and limber vermicelli are a perfect blend to offset the super sturdy, super pungent, and much-refined duck from the herbs.

Licorice root
Licorice root

Medicated leaven
Medicated leaven

While the average durian-munching Medanese prefers adding just a little bit more spice to the mix, the everyday chili-intolerant would love this bowl just the way it is. I mean I do.

The good news we can extract is that the owner trusted the general public to keep coming back for more (yes they do keep coming back indeed; they’re still very much packed during the last hours before closing time). Some years ago he provided the press his claim to fame, so that everyone can enjoy his signature dish no matter where we are, even in the comfort of our home.

Codonopsis root
Codonopsis root

Below I provided two 6×8″ printables of the original recipe, one in English, and the other in Bahasa. If somehow this post has reached you, the reader overseas, you can easily find the herbs at specialty stores in your city’s Chinatown.

Without further ado, here are the simple steps to get your organic dose of indulgence:

In Bahasa:
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Bihun Bebek 75
Jl. Pluit Sakti Raya No. 48
Jakarta Utara 14450
(021) 669 3980

Business Hours
M-Sa 10:00am – 10:00pm



via QTrade Teas & Herbs / (1) (2) / TCM Wiki 


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Sweet Blue-Green Salad

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A juicy, crunchy, yet a very sweet way to enjoy an afternoon salad

Even though I always eat healthy and opt for lighter selections in restaurants, somehow I’m never fond of salads. I’ve always thought – if I want to eat out, might as well indulge :)

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Strawberry-Orange Smoothie


Need an extra dose of Vitamin C? Drink me.

I’m officially a big fan of smoothies now.


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Stir-Fried Beef with Cherry Sauce

Sweet, salty, sour, and umami on a plate

Reds are in vogue this season. Inspired by Claire Robinson’s Duck Breasts with Citrus Port Cherry Sauce, I prepared this dish for my family to welcome another healthy, wealthy, and prosperous new year.

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Blueberry Banana Smoothie

My quick morning mojo-booster


I didn’t know what to do with the leftover milk after making my Spinach Fettucini Alfredo. I don’t drink unsweetened milk by the glass, and I don’t usually buy cereals.

Since I always have fruits in the house, namely bananas on the dinner table and fresh blueberries in the freezer, I used the milk and combined it with my blueberries and bananas … and ended up with this luscious smoothie :)


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Spinach Fettucini Alfredo

My definition of crispy-cream.


Yesterday I spent a simple, lighthearted night with Stanley as we had a mini-celebration for the eighteen months we’ve been together.

Slightly worse than any other night, Jakarta’s traffic held him back on the road for more than two hours after his dinner was served. His dinner is my very own fettucini alfredo with fresh greens, chicken and mushrooms.

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Avocado Pasta

Cool, creamy, and comforting.


Last night, I made this super easy pasta for our dinner, which only took me roughly 20 minutes to prepare.

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Black Bean Soup

Hearty and nutty flavors, combined with oriental scents


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