The Introvert Expat SAHM Diaries

Bridge Tripping and Spicy Corn-on-the-Grill

Batam Barelang Bridge Last weekend we went for a quick roadtrip to Barelang Bridge, a tourist spot which, I didn’t know at the time, is actually a chain of 6 bridges that connect several Indonesian islands. What amazed me was that the place was just teeming with local tourists. And as you can see in below picture, they apparently like to relax on the bridge itself! At one point there was a police truck slowly roving about and saying something on the megaphones, I could only guess it was urging people to get off the bridge for everyone’s safety.

barelang bridge tourists~

barelang bridge

After enjoying the view and snapping some photos – we didn’t get on the bridge itself but there was a nice (and more appropriate) look-out point for tourists off to the left – we indulged in some local street food again! Spicy corn-on-the-grill:

local Indo food corn on the grill~

grilled corn~

corn on the grill

These were so spicy (and yummy, actually, once you got over the burn) we had to constantly wipe the snot off our noses! LOL!  We had to intersperse our bites with sips of cold soda or else steam would come out our ears 😂 Oh my, what spicy torture that was! 😂

What’s a local tourist spot you’ve been wanting to visit for some time now?  Why not go and give yourself a quick treat? 🙂

The Introvert Expat SAHM Diaries

Experiencing Indo Food the Local Way

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So far we’ve always been eating out at the malls but each time we pass by these side-walk structures I’d always tell my husband I’d like to experience Indonesian street food someday.

So we finally did a couple of nights back 🙂 It was definitely a novel experience – everybody was al fresco, our table was a bit wobbly with the uneven ground and we were right outside the kitchen, separated only by a wall.

There was live entertainment right in front of us in the form of live crabs :

live crabs

There was also some action going on to my right as coconuts were being prepped for serving their juice (that yellow chair is my husband’s just to show you the proximity).

Thankfully the lady stopped her chopping as she caught me sneaking alarmed glances at her sharp implement (and imagining it flying out of her hands):

fresh coconuts

We were in lively company.  That table in front of us was just vacated, in case you’re now wanting us to move away from the coconuts:

lively company

And best of all, the food was absolutely delicious!  We had ayam goreng bawang, cap cai, and cah kangkung.

Indonesian food

I loved it!  We walked back to our car shamelessly burping and rubbing our bellies with satisfaction.  Well, it was already dark and nobody there knew me/us so … 😉