Sunday, May 31, 2015

Medan Day 2 - Tjong A Fie Mansion

Tjong A Fie Mansion, the former residence of a famous Hakka merchant, mixes Victorian and Chinese style. The exquisite hand-painted ceilings, Tjong's huge bedroom, interesting art pieces, an upstairs ballroom help to make it one of the most impressive historic buildings in town.

"There on the earth where I stand. I hold the sky. Success and glory consist not in what I have gotten but in what I have given." ~ Mr and Mrs Tjong A Fie

Admission Fee: 35,000 rp (consist of guided tour)
Visiting hours: 9am - 5pm

Medan Day 2 - Breakfast and Lunch all in one

Breakfast at the Grand Aston was a feast and the variety is great from cold cheese, cereals down to local lontong and nonya kueh!

Local Cuisines
 I think the black squid was delicious!!! even hubs think so too.

Istana koki is an Indonesian heritage restaurant located in Medan, rebuilt from govermental buliding into modern wide space of ballroom, huge dining hall, meeting rooms and VIP rooms, which names are also taken from Indonesian language. They provide cuisines from all over the regions, recommending their best Nusantara dishes. Istana means "Castle/Mansion" and Koki means "Chef/Cook", so Istana Koki means "Chef Kingdom". 
The logo shape is adapted from late Deli Serdang Empire's royal crest of the Sumatran people, making a few alterations to make it look more like a crown sitting on dining plate.

Medan Day 2 - City Tour

After Lunch, first stop is Annai Velangkanni.
It's a Catholic church built with the style of Tamil Hindu Architecture by an Indian Priest. It's free admission but you have to wear pants or long skirt.

The premises contains 2 main stories and a small tower of seven stories. It's quite hidden within the private houses. Have to use GPS. Road signs are not very useful here.

Next we went to Maimoon Palace.
Admission $5000 Rp.
A well known landmark in Medan, built by the King of Deli in 1888. The palace covers a large area with 30 rooms. But you can only visit a few. The rest are out of bounds. It has become a tourist destination not soley because of age but because of its unique interior design, mixing Malayan cultural heritage, Islam, Spanish, Indian and italian style.

The last stop was Mesjid Raya Mosque.
We didn't stop here but drove by as it was getting late for tea break!

lazy lah.


Medan Day 2 - Tip Top and Avocado Drink

Dropped by Tip Top bakery to buy some cakes because the bride highly recommended their cakes to us. It's still baked traditionally using wood oven so the taste is something which you cannot get from normal ovens.

heard that their western food is quite good and popular with the locals too.

setting is very nostalgic and i guess people come here for the ambience as it's within city center.

Not sure whether have you heard of the cafe at Kapindo Elektric? The parents opened a car workshop while the children set up a cafe at the workshop and their coffee cafe has grown into a popular hangout spot for the young!

it's like a secret hideout for the locals.
The coffee brew here is quite good with a good variety of flavours. The avocado espresso is their specialty.

 Above: our avocado drink with a shot of espresso.

Tip Top Cakes