In a weekend getaway in Batam is almost impossible to miss having these two food choices. With cost of living in Batam being lower, food is more affordable and it is almost impossible to feel hungry with the choice available.
EAT AT AYAM PENYET RIA
We have Ayam Penyet in Singapore too but what better country to eat it than the country of origin Indonesia! This outlet is located on the second floor of shopping mall Nagoya Hill Mall.
Between the both of us, we ordered a serving of Ayam Penyet each, mine without rice. A Gado-gado for sharing and an avocado juice for me and teh botol for Elaine.
And this adds up to IDR57,750 which is approximately SGD6. (1 SGD = IDR 9,500)
Good price for such a filling meal right?
There isn’t much difference in the taste of the food but the chilli was much spicier than the one in Singapore and the serving of chicken is about 30% smaller than that of Singapore’s size but taking into account the price differential, it is still cheaper to order another serving and get more chicken for a cheaper price than in Singapore!
EAT AT A&W
I love A&W. Curly fries, Root Beer Float, Coney Dog, Fried Chicken and Ice Cream Waffle!
This fast food chain needs no introduction right? Unless if you were born in the late 1990s you would not have much encounter with it in Singapore. So give it a try the next time you are in Batam! Actually there is A&W in Johor Bahru too. But that is for another post another time.
I never fail to sit down to grab a bit every time I visit Batam. Be it a meal, snack or drink, I will definitely order something just to satisfy myself that I am not missing out on any chance to indulge in this rare A&W opportunity!
Strangely, despite the number of times I go to A&W, I only have these two pictures in my archives. I will endeavor to take more pictures next time!
The A&W outlet I went to is located on the second floor of Nagoya Hill Mall. If I am not mistaken, there are also outlets at Batam Centre and Mega Mall but I personally have not been to these outlets.
DRINK TEH BOTOL
Translated to English it means Bottled Tea. *duh*
It is a popular Indonesian drink of sweetened Jasmine Tea sold in bottles. The birth of this drink was a rather accidental attempt to transport the tea to different locations for test tasting. The big pots which cooked the tea resulted in spillage along the way and the solution was to bottle the tea in glass bottles.
At first taste, it taste a little weird. In the sense that the Jasmine taste in the tea was very distinct and strong, but halfway through the bottle you will slowly like it and before you realise it, you will be ordering it the next time you need a drink.
See Elaine is as much in love with this tea as I am!
If you think you will miss it too much when you return to your home country, fret not! You can get Teh Botol in plastic bottles, in set of 6 tetrapaks or sachets of pre-mix in the supermarkets located in almost all shopping malls. There is even a less sweet version for the calorie conscious. Remember to grab some packets of Indonesian Instant Noodles, Indomie when you are in the supermarkets!
DRINK COCONUT JUICE
After a hot day of sightseeing, what better way to rehydrate with the natural isotonic drink, Coconut Juice! I kid you not! Coconut juice contains electrolytes which hydrates the body better than plain water and works the same as canned isotonic drinks like 100plus or H2O minus all the refined or artificial sugars and other chemicals.
We were walking along the busy streets heading to Batam City Square and came across this street vendor selling coconut juice and many locals were also there grabbing a quick gulp.
I am not very familiar on how to choose a coconut which has soft flesh. I attribute it to luck that my coconut had more flesh than Elaine’s!
Each of the coconut costs about SGD1.
Many tourists to Batam have praises for the seafood quality and pricing but for some reasons we just never got to eating a seafood dinner until recently at Barelang. And I would be sharing this experience in another post.
Thanks for dropping by!