Month: February 2018

Indonesian Cuisine: What We Need to Know

One thing that each and every country has to be proud of is their own cuisine. Indonesia is a country in Southeast Asia and they give us one of the most unique and ethnic cuisines ever. They have restaurants around the world which cater different Indonesian foods and if you ever spot one in your area, you should definitely try eating Indonesian food. If you are in doubt, then don’t worry because we are going to tell you more about Indonesian food below.

Bay Hotel is one of the few hotels in Singapore that exclusively cater Indonesian food. Located near the Harbourfront area, diners can be rewarded with Indonesian food cooked in a modern twist, along with a panoramic view of the south side of Singapore. Bay Hotel Halal Restaurant is one you should definitely look out if you want to taste Indonesian food in a comfortable setting.



Indonesia Travel Guide will give us the top ten Indonesian food that you must try. Let us read below.

Top 10 Indonesian Food You Must Eat

There is actually more to Indonesian food than Nasi Goreng. Yes, you heard me right. There is so much to Indonesian cuisine that giving you a Top 10 Must Eat is almost impossible, but we shall try.

Here is a list of best Indonesian food that you must eat when you are here, though by no means complete, we will try our best to keep it open and up for debate.

May the best food reign supreme!

Nasi Goreng – Literally means fried rice, it is actually the usual famous Southeast Asian style of stir-frying cooked rice, but with it’s very own Indonesian spices and mix

Rendang – Literally means dry curry, rendang is a really popular dish in Indonesia that is actually a dry beef stew. It is originated from Minangkabau (or also known as Padang) in West Sumatra. That is why it is either called Rendang Padang or Rendang Minangkabau. Rendang is basically meat, normally beef but sometimes liver, chicken, goat or other meats, would be cooked in coconut milk and spices until dry resulting in an intense concoction of taste and texture. It is one of the best food in the world, try it to believe it! Read more here.

There are ten Indonesian foods mentioned above. In the pictures, some look like normal food that we regularly eat, but actually there is a unique Indonesian touch to it, just like the chicken barbeque served with peanut sauce.  Kevin Ho will now tell us about the best nasi padang in Singapore.

Best nasi padang in Singapore: Our favourite Indonesian restaurants that serve this traditional Sumatra rice dish

Ayam goreng, sayur lodeh, asam pedas, sambal sotong, beef rendang, tahu goreng – you gotta be hungry after looking at all that, right?

Lunches and dinners are always more fun when you’re sharing them around the table – you’ve got zi char for Chinese, tapas for Spanish, and even banchan for Korean. But if you’re looking for an authentic Indonesian feast by way of Western Sumatra, nasi padang is what you need. Often with white rice as your base, plates are stacked with a medley of dishes – from the curry-drenched to the deep-fried – like beef rendang, ayam bakar (barbecued chicken), asam pedas (fish with asam sauce) and sayur lodeh (a vegetable curry with coconut milk). No one person’s preference for nasi padang is ever the same, which is why you can find a bunch of restaurants and stalls serving their own diverse renditions of the best nasi padang in Singapore. Here are our favourites. Read more here.

So if you are in for the traditional Sumatra rice dish, there are seven restaurants above that can serve you with it. The restaurants’ official website, address, and operating hours are already given above.

It is true that Indonesian food is really delicious, but not all countries have Indonesian restaurants for some reasons. George Embiricos will tell us what Indonesian cuisine is and why it hasn’t caught on in the U.S.

What Is Indonesian Cuisine And Why Hasn’t It Caught On In The U.S.?

Walk around just about any U.S. city and chances are you’ll stumble upon a decent number of Asian restaurants slinging variations of dishes from the continent’s many countries and vast array of influences. And it’s no longer just the inauthentic, Americanized takes on these cuisines — large chunks of sticky General Tso’s chicken and imitation crab-stuffed California rolls — that people have come to embrace. We clamor for reservations to sit at the counter of the latest omakase-only hot spots and wait in long lines during lunch breaks at our local bánh mì vendors. We re-create northern Thai specialties at home and take pride in knowing how they differ from their more recognizable southern counterparts. Sure, we’ll order in sweet and sour pork every now and then, but we’ve come a long way toward understanding the efforts that have been put into replicating some of these countries’ traditional dishes in our homeland. Read more here.

Each of us has a different style and preference when it comes to food. The reason why we can’t find Indonesian restaurants in the U.S. is because they a different food preference. They might not like it, but many other people from different places appreciate it. They have a variety of flavours which are all unique. We have provided you with some of the most appreciated Indonesian food and the best restaurants that serve traditional Indonesian food, so now you can already try them.

What We Need To Know About Luxury Hotels

One of the things that we should consider when going on a vacation is the place where you would be staying or sleeping for the night. It is an important thing to decide on because it is also where you would be taking a bath, resting, dining, and a lot more. Hotels are one of the travellers’ choices and there are different kinds of hotels. There are luxury hotels and some people prefer them for some reasons.

Bay Hotel Singapore is a boutique hotel that overlooks Mount Faber, and is within vicinity to Harbourfront, Vivocity. It has a cosmopolitan feel with an idyllic charm and is suitable for any traveller looking for a comfortable stay in Singapore. You should check their site out if you are looking for a good hotel to stay in Singapore.

Next, KATIE AMEY will tell us in her article what really makes a five-star hotel. Let us read below.

Afternoon tea, valet parking and 24-hour room service: What REALLY makes a five-star hotel?

Hotel star rating systems are widely recognised as the definitive way to ascertain a hotel’s overall quality, but the rankings can differ wildly from one country to another.

As it turns out, each country usually has its own way to rank hotels from one to five stars, established by a range of authorities, from tourism bodies to government agencies.

But while there’s no international standard that hotels across the world adhere to, stars do pIn the UK, for example, star ratings place a heavy emphasis on customer service, whereas in France, the ratings focus more on rooms, lobbies and amenities and are enforced by the French Government. 

Four groups combined in 2007 to create a unified ranking system for Great Britain: the Automobile Association, VisitBritain, VisitScotland and VisitWales. Read more here.

Different countries have different meanings and standards when it comes to hotel star ratings. But discussed above are the general things to expect from the different star ratings. There is nothing wrong with staying in a luxury hotel especially if you afford it. Next up, Hilary Stockton will share to us top 10 reasons to stay in a luxury hotel.

Top 10 reasons to stay in a luxury hotel over Airbnb

A luxury hotel is a better choice for a true luxury traveler than Airbnb or the myriad of apartment rental services. While budget travelers are often well served by rentals, which are usually cheaper than mid-range hotels, there are a number of advantages that luxury hotels offer compared to rentals.

  1. Better value

If you’re a luxury traveler, attention to detail counts — the kind of detail that is often missing with even higher end properties on Airbnb and apartment rentals. For example, a personalized welcome amenity for you, and perhaps a cute plush animal or special pastry treat for your child; Champagne if you’re celebrating a honeymoon or anniversary or a cake for your birthday; plush bathrobes and slippers; reservations at hard to get restaurants via the Concierge; twice daily housekeeping; an in-room Nespresso machine for your first coffee of the day; the list goes on. Read more here.

There are really a lot of good reasons on why we should choose to stay in a luxury hotel when travelling. It is true that you will have a better and extraordinary experience because you don’t get to stay in luxury hotels on a normal day. Now, let us read about an experience and opinion of a person on why he only chooses to stay at a five-star hotel. Neil Patel will tell us.

Why I Only Stay at 5-Star Hotels

As some of you may know, I chose to become a homeless entrepreneur. But, obviously, I have to stay somewhere.

So where do I stay? I stay at 4- and 5-star hotels almost exclusively.

I’m generally a pretty frugal person. I save money in certain areas. I watch every penny I spend. I believe that it’s easier to save money than to make it. But I’ve learned that it’s helpful for me to spend a lot of money in these three areas:

  • I travel a lot, and spend more than $180,000 a year on airfare. I usually fly business class.
  • I spend nearly $10,000 on food each month, because I choose to pay for meals for other people.
  • I will explain why. Read more here.

So basically, his reason involves business. But it is true that staying in five—star hotels can give you a bigger chance of meeting big business personnel who could be your potential partners. Staying at luxury hotels could really give the best accommodation experience that you could ever wish for. It would definitely complete your vacation and travel experience. Luxury hotels could be expensive, but as long as you can, don’t deprive yourself from it.