"Sharrie's Medan Quencher" Medan by Sharrie

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MEDAN is my birthplace. It is a place where my childhood was the greatest - one which any child could ever wished for. It's where I was spoilt rotten & "wielded" a great deal of power even as a kid! Amazingly unbelievable! LOL... Naturally, I love it here :-D

Medan is not a touristy place though... it's where tourists only stay for a night or so before proceeding to Danau Toba (Lake Toba) for the more scenic landscapes. However, Medan, though not as big as Jakarta, is a major trading center in Indonesia. You probably wouldn't ever imagined the amount & size of business deals that are conducted within the small shophouses. Merchants from Medan are said to be very astute & it's well known that when dealing with the Medan people, never never ever take them for fools ;-) This is somewhat akin to dealing with the Shanghainese in China!

Having said that, Medan people are very friendly & it's only in Medan where you'll find Chinese speaking a chinese dialect, ie. Fujian. I think there probably are some Chinese-speaking Chinese in Surabaya as well. But in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, it's not easy to find Chinese-speaking Chinese. This is the Chinese-speaking capital of Indonesia.

  • Last visit to Medan: Oct 2002
  • Intro Updated Dec 19, 2009
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  • Confucius's Profile Photo
    May 27, 2003 at 11:19 PM

    Wo bu gan chi niu nao! Eating cow's brain sounds like a mad idea to me! Everything else looks delicious though, especially the desserts. All those Chinese folks in Medan make it a gourmet paradise. I'll take two Telong Belanda, terima kasih!

  • Audrey118's Profile Photo
    Apr 3, 2003 at 8:06 PM

    Thanks for the tips - not sure if I will indulge in brain stuff - but definetely will go to Garuda to eat and buy those lapis cakes home!!!

  • joks's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2003 at 11:45 PM

    yumm....i am home sick..

  • Imbi's Profile Photo
    Jan 5, 2003 at 4:03 PM

    What a mouth-watering variety of food

  • annk's Profile Photo
    Nov 10, 2002 at 6:31 PM

    Interesting cuisine! esp. the cow's brain in curry. I always enjoy your food pics.

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