Also known as the City of Shrimps. To me, it was more like the city of food, food, batik, and food.
I never thought I would set foot in this city. The parents and their friends were planning a road trip to Cirebon because it was one of their hometown. They said it was a “culinary trip.” That caught my attention. We took the bus from Jakarta, and arrived the city in about 5 hours. I heard the traffic the day before (up to 12 hours on the road) was crazy since it was the start of a long weekend and boy, I’m just glad I got there and back safely. The bus was filled with adults singing their hearts out, telling really bad dad jokes, and long distance conversation (shouting. Yep. Lots of it). It wasn’t the most pleasant journey.
Nevertheless, I had a lot of fun. We started off the trip to go to this Mie Koclok place but by the time we got there, it was all sold out! #bummer. So we ended up having our little cozy dinner at the hotel cafe.
Our bus-faces reaching Hotel Batiqa.
Dad seems to be fine.
A few details of the Hotel Batiqa branding. The place is crawling with Batik prints.
Our snug hotel room
Klapertart! These are amazeballs! Basically the texture is like creme brule, but it has all the exotic ingredients: coconut, cinnamon, rum, raisins, peanuts! #disisnoms
The next day, with eyes half asleep (I love my sleep) we started our mini adventure.
I like how they have a little sign for “becak” parking
Our first stop is the markets.
Here’s a stash of all the spices—called Terasi! OMG.
The market view
Got this locally grown tea which smells absolutely lovely. With jasmines and everything.
I love their vibrant colours and intricate patterns.
A batik lady making batik. Batik is a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to whole cloth.
Isn’t it just gorgeous??
Much appreciation to these ladies
Nice hot Serabi cakes in the making!
#disisnoms! Salty Serabi with Terasi and sweet Serabi with brown sugar.
Homemade milk from Lawanggada store. This store was established over a 100 years ago. I am still not sure how they make their homemade milk. Do they own a cow or smt?
Strawberry milk storage. I like how they recycle the soda bottles for their milk.
Frying sesame balls. Sesame balls are my favourite treat! I used to eat it as a kid, heck! I still eat it now! #disisnoms.
A few street photography from the Cirebon street scene.
I super duper uber tired after the trip. But it surely was a nice getaway over the long Easter weekend. Thank you, Cirebon!