Bornga: Original Korean Taste

Merry Christmaaas~
Wishing you all the best for this year's Christmas! May we be renewed and filled with joy for the upcoming year! However, this Christmas my family and I decided to stay in Jakarta for the break; We're not leavin as we just wanna use this holiday to rest. So, a day after the Christmas festivities, my mom and I decided to have lunch at this new-lookin' korean establishment 'Bornga' in Kelapa Gading.

Btw.. Thanks for the support my fellow readers! Check out my thank you note HERE

Restaurant Interior

Said to be an International Korean restaurant chain, they have restaurants in Korea, China, America, and Indonesia. I'm not gonna blabber all day to describe what kind of Restaurant they are. I'm gonna let the food do the talk.

Upon entering and greeted with a loud anyyeong haseo,  we are then directed to our tables to order. Since there's only just the two of us, we only ordered three kinds of food.

Barley Tea

Well well... after we got our complimentary Barley Tea, look what comes to our table below. Yes, a long plate of veggies and large bowls of different Banchan, as well as a bowl of Cold Kimchi soup.

Vegetables served on a long metal plate
 Different kinds of Banchan

Mul Kimchi

It was a lot of Banchan indeed. Especially, lookin at the veggies because I haven't had any Korean meal in Jakarta with that much of a veggie. Next up.. We also ordered a bowl of Dolsot Bibimbab. While it looks HUGE, it was not that huge: me and my mom finished it easily. The Bibimbab itself was delicious: it has this crust within every spoon - making it crispy and delicious.

Next up, are the beef! We actually ordered two portion of beef: The Woo Samgyup or the Brisket, and the Saeng Galbi (Unmarinated rib cut). The star here is actually the Woo Samgyup since it is marinated with their special sauce. Smile!

Uncooked Woo Samgyup

Okay. This is sooo mouthwatering. So lets burn the meat BABY! Btw sorry for not having the pic for the Saeng Galbi. I was rushin' the waitress for the food haha.

Cooking the Saeng Galbi

Cooking the Woo Samgyup 

Watching her cook the dish made my salivary gland to produce more and more saliva. SERIOUSLY. But then in the end.. It all become cooked just right. Look at the brisket after it is done cooking! It looks SOO GOOD.

Cooked Woo Samgyup

Presentation-wise, it already looks nice. The taste? AWESOMEEEE~! This is just like the perfect marriage of beef, its fat, and its seasoning! And of course.. To make the meal nutritious and delicious, Lets wrap it on a veggie. (Btw, they recommended to do so as well)

 In the end... We finished most of the veggies. It turns out to make the meat more interesting to eat.

Well yeah. I totally had a nice meal. It was delicious. One of the best korean meal I ever had. In the end, We were also given a selection of complimentary sides: a bowl of sliced fruit, or coffee. And we picked the sliced fruit of course ;)

Conclusion-wise, I just had experienced a nice korean meal in Bornga. Their specialty cut was just awesome. Before I left and close this post though.. I shall give my attention to thank for their excellent service. It was so excellent that they even provided this on the basin: One thing hmm... I never expected to see on a restaurant.

Yes to Listerine!

Jalan Boulevard Barat Raya
North Jakarta

Which ever comes first.

So. if this one post is posted. I have made an accomplishment; It either me having a 10.000 visitor mark, or Foodgazette's first anniversary. Well the fact is, the 10.000 visitor mark comes first.

So.. this blog was registered at March 2012. At that time I only got my iPhone 4S to do the job - and my decision to create a blog was merely based on the fact that I need something that would entertain me at times when I get bored.

However... As time goes by.. Blogging became a necessity as well. If you have checked out my other blog.. the Raymond's CAS Blog... Foodgazette has became my diary to post my progress in regards to my C.A.S (Creativity, Action, Service) activities which are required by my school and the International Baccalaureate Organization - (the organization that will issue my high school diploma, if you don't know). Without foodgazette, I.. may not be able to graduate. So this blogging thing is a huge deal as it is one of my creative activity.. alongside with my photography courses in which I took em during my Summer break in 2012.

Thanks to YOU! My fellow readers.. This achievement means a lot me because I believed that I learn by experience. And as time goes by... I learn more and more. I have improved the way I write especially, dealing with the way I express food, as well as the way I took pictures. Believe or not, thanks to Foodgazette, I aced my English: Language and Literature Further Oral Activity at a score of 28/30. Why? Well because at that time.. the further orals was circled around FOOD! 

Foodgazette meant a lot to me. and I will continue to post more and more as time goes by. For now, I may not be able to form further relationship with other fellow Indonesian foodies due to the fact that well... exams are coming up - what I have been learning for these past two years.. would be tested.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Ginger Li

Ah.. the festive season.. a time where everything gets merry and jolly.

Well its not gonna be a relaxing holiday.... (DUH) because I would only have six months left to enjoy my last year in high school. Therefore, I would have to prepare my college applications. So far... I have submitted my application to a list of universities in different cities: From Boston.. Hong Kong.. Kuala Lumpur.. and Jakarta of course. Please pray and hope for the best for me.  Wherever I go, I will still be write at thefoodgazette! So please do pray for me!

Taken, written, and posted at the same day (Sunday 16/12/2012), after I had my time in Senayan City..  My sis and I went to Kemang to try this asian establishment. How do I know about this place? Well thanks to google because a few weeks ago.. I got so hyped up with kway teows that I decided to even search for some scrumptious looking kway teows. From Kwetiau Ahui (Owned by Fels), Kwetiau whatever in Pluit (I forgot the name: it was in Pluit Sakti), Singapore Kway Teow in Ritz Carlton's Asia Restaurant.. I ate them all in the same week. It was nice comparing all the different kway teow available.

So as I googled, I found Ginger Li from an article in Detik.. From that.. I wanted to try em. The chance to try them.. happened to be today. As for the picture.. I have to apologize for the lower quality since I left my camera at home. So my galaxy will have to do the work.

 Their Restaurant Fa├žade
At the time of visit.. The rain just stopped. As a result, well... the weather gets quite cold as I enter their restaurant.. the window next to me was full of dew. Nice lookin' actually . I love this kind of weather and the dew that results from it.
Dew in the window - Nice and cold...

Restaurant Interior

Who's Mural is this? is this Ginger? haha!


So yeah. As I enjoyed their decor.. I ordered. My sis ordered.

First.. the drinks. For this kind of weather.. My sis wants something warm. But something with less caffeine.. And no alcohol since she will have to supervise me with my noob driving skill. A hot English Breakfast will have to do the work.. and as for me.. A glass of orange.

For appetizers.. We had the Squid Cakwe. Ordered by my Sis. Tastes nice.

Not long after we had a few bite of these crunchy cakwes.. Our mains came.

For lunch.. My sis decides to have the Katong Laksa. I love how this dish was served. Presentation-wise, it was superbly served. The prawn was cooked to perfection.. Not overcooked.. Not undercooked. And the broth itself.. It was rich in flavors. Not too rich, not too spicy, just rich. Love this. As for myself.. I had....

Ta-Dah! The Ginger Li Wagyu Kway Teow! This is soo good! The beef makes it even better.. The hot candle below it keeps my kway teow warm as I ate em.. The flat rice noodles itself was nice in terms of its texture.. and I love their seasoning. I don't know what they use to enrich this kway teow other than the dark soy sauce they used. Whatever. Simply delicious.

Overall, I had a nice meal.. I did not ordered any desserts as we decided to save it for some other foods. For sure, I'll be returning here again for some more asian fine-cooked foods. Love the ambience, Service-wise, one waiter needs to be a little more friendly... and well... their price is quite high actually... But if you're an asian food lover.. I believe that your money will be worth it. Ciao!

Ginger Li
Jalan Kemang Raya