Mon at Om Nom

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Om Nom Dessert Bar – The Alice in Wonderland of all desserts. Just recently I went with my Mom to meet fellow Indonesian and the Head Chef of Om Nom,  Christy Tania. As fans of Masterchef and anything food-related, we were keen on trying the signature dishes  mentioned  on the show. Christy has appeared as a guest chef a few times and we hear she’s at the bar most days of the week. So why not pay her a visit Mom asks. It was a Tuesday evening and Christy was sitting in front of her MacBook (designing a new menu perhaps?). She greets us warmly and Mom instantly speaks Indonesian with her.

My Mom and Christy mainly  exchange  their experiences as chefs with one  another, both agreeing and labelling the job as “stressful but rewarding”. Mom loves dining out at various places and meeting the Head Chefs when she gets the chance. Earlier this year when we were in Indonesia we visited Fukuro and a week later, Ristorante de Valentino. When Ryo (owner of Fukuro) found out mom was a chef he knew that she was his biggest critic of the night – he constantly came back to our table to check up on us, and he didn’t do that to any other table. Chef Marco of Valentino did the exact same, why? Because as Mom says, another chef’s opinion on their food matters more than any regular customer dining that night. Christy  didn’t have to check up on us, Mom loves dessert and we knew the desserts we ordered  would exceed our expectations.

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Chocola Terrarium

The first dessert we ordered was the one in the large glass casing. A huge favorite on the menu, it has  cinnamon sugared churros, chocolate ‘gravel’, pistachio and  chocolate sponge, chocolate icecream, valhrona manjari mousse and milk foam. I loved the softness of the churros, I’ve only ever eaten churros with a crunchy texture in Melbourne and in LA so tasting this was a little unusual but still tasted pleasant nonetheless! The glass case holds the structure of the dessert and gets taken off as soon as it reaches your table. I thought it was more for show but guess not. 

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Raspberry Field

I’m sure many Melburnians have seen this mushroom dessert all over Instagram and Facebook last year. I know I did. I hated ruining this awesome plate of food though. It looks relatively simple but there’s different elements and textures that kinda get you confused but you can’t stop eating it because it’s a weirdly good combination. The mushrooms are made of raspberry and lychee sorbets with a baked meringue base. Surrounding it is raspberry panna cotta, rosewater pearls and white chocolate.

I like Om Nom bar because I find it has a nice ambient atmosphere and is a good spot to relax and have a decent talk with a friend or a fancy meeting with a client, seriously. It’s really casual. But taking photos is bothersome given  that you’re in a situation  where there’s extremely low lighting in the room. I was the only one who awkwardly used a flash on my phone to take these photos, ah well despite the lame looks I got from the waiters, I’m pretty proud of how it turned out.

International Design Forum 2015

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Every year designers from all over the world anticipate  this event, it’s  almost  like a one-day  TED talk version for designers.  I must say Melburnians are pretty fortunate  to be hosts of the event every year! The 25th agideas took place last month at the Exhibition Center…yes it’s a bit of a delay posting this  but I was waiting for decent photos to accompany this post and I finally have some to share! It’s my very first time going to agideas and even luckier for me I was granted the business pass thanks to IdN magazine. I had an opportunity to talk with IdN’s lead guy Chris about my feature in their magazine and it lead to this unexpected invitation to rep the idN booth at agideas. It’s 8am that same morning Chris and his dad came from Sydney  and straight to the booth to help me and some of my uni friends to make sales throughout the day.

 

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Photo credits: Emily Leung Design

 

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Neil Huxley – Mothership 

 

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Masashi Kawamura – Party Lab. Photo credits: Emily Leung Design

 

We did get a chance to listen to some of the speakers when it wasn’t busy.  One of them was Neil who’s the art director for Avatar and Watchmen and he came down to visit us at the booth to take some photos (we got swarmed with paparazzi haha!). Aside from talking to him, listening to his speech  was  hilarious and then it came to Masashi Kawamura. I’ve heard a lot about Masashi  but didn’t catch his speech since it was busy at the booth. I love the photo my friend Emily took of this Masashi quote, he’s done major work  for  UNIQLO, Sony and even  made  Snoop Dogg’s ‘Gangsta Luv’ music video. No way.

New hair, new places, new people

 

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Oh Indonesia, we’re back! Initially what mom and I hoped for was to spend my birthday and Chinese new year with Popoh but it was too unfortunate she couldn’t stay any longer. She was laid to rest last September and being in this country isn’t the same as what it used to be when she was still here.

 

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All of her children and grandchildren including myself were given this photo to keep. I made sure I placed it in every wallet I carry to remind myself how beautiful she is and how much I love and admire her.

 

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Before we headed to Jakarta I spent over a week with my high school friends in Singapore. It was our first overseas trip together and I already miss it. We spotted tasty $4 hawker food almost everyday, spent two nights at a hotel with unique architecture, walked endlessly from morning to nighttime, shopped till we dropped and spent a crapload of time in Kinokuniya (a Japanese bookstore we visited at least three or four times and for hours!).

 

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I was fortunate enough to meet the family of one of my friends who we stayed at for the entire trip, it was overwhelming saying goodbye since it almost felt like us girls were also a part of their family.

 

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Hey look, it’s the Burberry truck again! The same one I encountered in New York only this time in Singapore.

 

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Shirokuma is green tea/matcha heaven, I say this because it literally is. Everything on the menu is matcha-flavored (can’t say no to that!) of course I had to come here since it’s the new talk of the town in Jakarta.

 

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Cotton candy green tea ice cream….where’s the ice cream you ask? It’s in a bowl….underneath it. Nope the bowl’s not tiny, it’s just the cotton candy’s massive! And yes I’ve dyed my hair dark brown, I feel normal again hahaha.

 

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A few hours ago I dined at Fukuro – a contemporary Japanese restaurant with professionally trained, authentic Japanese chefs who serve the most amazing Japanese food I’ve ever had. It was a far better experience than Nobu Melbourne and any Japanese restaurant I’ve stepped foot in so far. I got the chance to meet the owner, Ryo Okawa, who’s already inspired me with not only his food but moreso his unique taste in art and design. The standout is obviously the 80 Bearbricks and the collection of art on every wall in the restaurant. Not to mention the decor of the place makes you feel so chic and classy. 10/10 for everything we’ve ordered including the teriyaki chicken pie, wagyu stone grill, rice with duck liver sauce, sashimi platter and the green tea shaved ice dessert.

 

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A right-brainer by day and occasional blogger by night, you've landed on a place where I live and breathe all things art, design, culture and fashion. You'll find me documenting my life in the creative field, endless travels with friends and family and a bit of food.

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