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Chinese New Year & Donuts at a the Pondok Indah Mall

23 Feb

Dance of Hands

We stumbled upon the Celebration of Chinese New Year during one of our many trips to the Pondok Indah Mall in Jakarta. This mall is awesome. It is actually 2 malls in one. The two sections are connected by an air bridge.

Mall 1 is more pedestrian with practical stores: bookstores, electronics, media. It is anchored by Metro department store, which is like a Macys. Mall 2 is more fashion forward: Zara, TopShop, Hugo Boss, Longchamp, and anchored by Sogo department store, which is like a Bloomingdales.

Kids lined the Mall to view the Dragon Dance!

The mall was filled with pleasant surprises: fantastic Chinese food, cool performances for Chinese New Year, and most of all, the best fresh made Donuts my wife and I have ever had. I had a Belgian chocolate stuffed, chocolate glazed donut. My wife had a chocolate sprinkled donut. They are fried right in front of you. Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts are nearby, but J.CO Donuts & Coffee had the biggest crowd by far.

Shana smiling in front of J.Co

That’s right, Indonesians have a sweet tooth, and a very healthy taste for high quality cakes, donuts and confections…..This apparently is a holdover from Dutch Colonial rule.

Mango Cream and Banana Chocolate Cream!

What makes the donuts a J.CO so special is how light they are. Yes, they come in all kinds of exotic flavors: banana cream chocolate, mango glazed, etc… but the fact that they are so delicate makes them so much better than the rest. I admit, we were somewhere else in town and tried some Krispy Kreme; which felt like I ate two lead bricks! That’s when I understood just how good J.CO is….

I am very impressed with the cuisine I have sampled so far in Jakarta. I am truly surprised by the amount and quality of tasty treats. I cant wait to try some more…and I cant wait for some more Pleasant Surprises!

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Posted by on February 23, 2011 in Food & Culture, Living in Jakarta

 

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7 responses to “Chinese New Year & Donuts at a the Pondok Indah Mall

  1. John

    February 23, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Glad it seems like you are both settling in nicely!

     
  2. Katie Truelove

    February 23, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Asian donuts are the best! I LOVE Mr. Donut (a chain in Japan)! My dad, who seriously lost 10 pounds in Japan because he is a meat & potatoes kind of guy, still talks of Mr. Donut 5 years post-Japan-visit;) I can only dream of J.CO…the dancing looks pretty awesome too! Looks like you guys are having a great time:)

     
    • Beth Nuchman

      February 25, 2011 at 4:31 am

      MMMMMMMMMMMM those look deeeeeeelish! They just oopened up a donut plant in Chelsea… I’ll be going there soon. I wonder if they have catnip donuts for grand master Tiki (aka pappi chulo).

       
  3. elephantwoman

    February 26, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Thais are obsessed with sweet things including donuts, though here I’ve only seen American chains (Krispy Kreme, Dunkin’ Donuts etc). Do they have street donuts in Jakarta? I find the street ones around here are pretty good — they’re plain but they’re little and so easy to pop in the mouth!

     
  4. razoray5150

    February 26, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Jakarta does have street donuts but I have yet to try them. I am easing my way into street food…

     
    • elephantwoman

      February 27, 2011 at 4:44 pm

      The deep fried stuff should be okay. Be careful with everything else! 🙂

       
      • razoray5150

        February 28, 2011 at 9:05 pm

        Most of the street food is fried, so I should be OK. Thanks!

         

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