I love you so Matcha! Round & Round Rotterdam

“The Bar”

Matcha; the famous Japanese green tea powder. Packed with health properties, praised by the dieter (like me!), tasted both good as a cold or hot beverage. Matcha took the spotlight around the world easily.

The first time I drink Matcha was back in Jakarta 10 years ago when Starbucks introduced this popular green to their menu. I love it! That sweet and flavorful frappuccino, the unique aroma and that beautiful green color. It is still my favorite drink today until I visited Japan a few years back, I realized that the green tea in that cafe was a total different than the one in Japan.

Hence, I even more in love with it! Matcha has surely a strong character. It could probably be the “coffee” for tea lover. I was even more at awe to this sensational green powder when I found out that the Japanese has so called “tea ceremony”. A ceremony with Matcha. Amazing!

Getting Matcha in the Netherlands was uneasy. I feel like the trend is going to slow over here. Not only with Matcha, but also cosmetic, skin care and yes….FILM!

But there comes the trendy wave eventually! Healthy lifestyle…something exotic, and all of sudden it’s all about coconut milk, almond and yes….Matcha.

A friend of mine, Anna and Yanti; who are so fond of Matcha too, told me the other time to visit a cafe in Rotterdam specialized in Matcha. I directly followed their Instagram account but found no way to visit it. It cost me more than a year to finally make it.

Located close to Rotterdam Blaak Train Station and the famous Markthal, this cafe is indeed one of the hotspots in town. Alongside with many cafe, you can find Round&Round with it’s famous cat sign.

I was excited the first time I walked inside that door. This cafe is small, compact and neat. I was immediately thinking about Marie Kondo hehehehe . You really can find that joy!

The menu card was cute. Can I say it’s über cute? Typical Japanese, really! I have never ever seen something like it in Holland. This card is so convincing, don’t you think?

Because it’s all about Matcha there, I then ordered everything in Matcha! Heaveeeeeeeen….<3

Matcha Float with homemade Matcha Ice Cream and Matcha Roll Cake

I ordered Matcha Melody Pancake, Matcha roll cake and their beloved Matcha Float. I could possibly jump to the ceiling for this. It truly is a Matcha forest!

It took almost 5 minutes when the roll cake and matcha float came. Add another 20 minutes for the pancake. I could guarantee you that those 20 minutes was worth the wait when you see 3 green pancakes with a swirl of whipped cream, topped with berries, glossed with sort of honey or maple syrup.

Matcha Melody

I’m impressed! I was so impressed hahahaha. I’ve been eating out to many restaurants and cafe around the Netherlands, but this….woohoo!

When I tasted the roll cake I said “Okay this is Japan!” hahaha. It’s probably because this cafe runs by native, also they use premium matcha powder (which is expensive!) and guess what…they even use one of the top milk brands in the country.

But anyway, that green fluffy roll cake and matcha cream with red bean filling melts in my tongue. This cake is not too sweet, just perfect. And the rest you’ll see when I come back to Rotterdam in a short time.

Sayonara!

[INFO: before I made an order, I make sure that this is safe for Muslim. No gelatine or alcohol used in the roll cake or pancake or ice cream. For your safety, kindly please recheck with their staff]

Eating Bakmi at Trio Eethuis The Hague

(Disclaimer: before I came here, a month ago my husband made a phone call to asked if their food is halal, and they said yes. Today I asked if they use Knorr (or any other food seasoning), and they said they only use Aromat (which is allowed for Muslim to consume, InsyaaAllah)

Assalamualaikum,

I stumbled upon this one year old Indonesian eatery after looking at some friends posts on their Instagram.

I thought…wow, this must be a good one!

So after a month of waiting, okay, due to the endless flu and cough, Alhamdullilah.

I finally made my way there. Just before I picked up my son at school, I went to Trio Eethuis to have my lunch.

Going to a new eatery is quite disturbing for me. Because I really want to try everything in one time hahahahaha.

But let me tell you this, every Indonesian eatery has its own signature dish. Every…Indonesian eatery, yes you hear me good!

So I thought, instead of jumping directly to the conventional Nasi Rames or Siomay, let me pick their Must Try Menu first and that is Bakmi Ayam.

I heard already some good reviews and saw some “keep coming back” customers from their social media channel, so this makes my expectation quite high.

So I ordered Bakmi Ayam Jamur with extra Pangsit Goreng, and just because I have cough and I desire a bowl of bakso so much, then I ordered one too!

Oh yes, with a cup of tea to neutralize my taste hehehe.

And then, what I thought about it?

First impression is the place itself. The ambiance they offered is simple and warm, reminds me of an Korean eatery back in Seoul. Very homy! The slim font with a combination of black and red, so clean and stylish! I like…I like it so much.

And the location is just perfect. Oh boy, this is a real deal! Surrounded by small shops, in the city centre of The Hague, along the alley, aah…just perfect!

What about their food?

When my order come to the table, and from the first look of it, I can say it’s good. And when I first tasted it, it was so good!

The noodle is freshly made! Al dente hahahaha. The chewy-ness and the thickness is so right. But what makes Bakmi Ayam everyone’s favorite is the topping itself, Ayam Jamur. I can say it’s nearly the same with the famous Bakmi Ayam chain in Indonesia but not yet 🙂

The chicken is a bit too dry but the mushroom is fine. I only missed the garlic sensation from the oil seasoning in the Bakmi, it was a bit salty and too much pepper in my opinion.

But still, it’s their signature dish and it is a highly recommended one!

And I got two pieces of pangsit goreng, which the pangsit dough was also freshly made. I love homemade!!!

What about the Bakso (meatballs)? The size was good, the soup was perfect! Like seriously…I can say that is the best I ever tasted in South Holland! Clear rich soup…aaah yum!

But the texture of its meatballs doesn’t meet my requirement. It tasted good, but it’s not soft chewy like the one I used to eat in Jakarta (or the one I used to buy from the home caterar in Holland)

Next time I’ll try another menu. But from my first visit, I can tell you I’m impressed and looking forward to my next lunch or dinner at Trio Eethuis.

Na’