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What Foodies Eat: Eric Eko Santoso

What Foodies Eat: Eric Eko Santoso

FoodieS Team
10 March 2022


Eric Eko Santoso also known as Ericekos is a food enthusiast. But besides food hunting, travelling is also a part of his hobby. Eric shares some of his favourite food all over Indonesia and some of his favourite dining experience.


Hi! Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your day-to-day activities?

My name is Eric Eko Santoso, also known as @ericekos at IG. I work as a Regional Sales Manager at a Multi-National FMCG Company, and I’m also a foodie. Travelling is also my hobby besides food hunting.

What is the most unforgettable food experience you have ever had?

Having a 5D Eating Experience! I experienced this at Cookyn Inc Singapore. You really maximise all your five senses while you’re eating — the food was super good and I also love the story from the movie!

What is the most unique food combination or unique food you have ever tasted but you actually like the taste?

A unique food combination that is unique but really tastes good that I like is Kopi Susu Kecombrang! It’s a menu from   Bogey’s Hyatt Regency Yogyakarta. Another unique food that I like is Balut from the Philippines.  Philippines!

Where and what is the most unique food culture you have ever experienced?

Foraging — I experienced this food culture with the Locavore team at “Where Chef’s Sleep program”

What is the most recent dining destination you visited that left a good impression? (high-end, upmarket and street food)

High End: Restaurant Locavore (Bali), Li Feng, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, for an upmarket place, I like  Turkuaz, and Oscar. While my street food choice would be Sambal Setan Bu Mut, they are best known for their Jengkol Balado!

Do you have any go-to venues for hanging out with friends, or maybe for special occasions with family?

I usually go to a HotPot Restaurant with my family/friends. My Go-To-Venues is Xiao Meng Niu!

When you go out for coffee, what do you look for, and where do you go? Any regular places?

When I go out for coffee, I’m not only looking for a good coffee (manual brew) but also a great conversation with the baristas. I always go to Fillmore Coffee (almost every day) or Hungry Bird Coffee, when I’m in Bali.

If you have visitors from abroad/out of Jakarta, where do you take them to give a genuine taste of Indonesia?

I will bring them to Kaum Restaurant & RM Pagi Sore!

What are your favourite local dishes, and where do you go to eat them?

Favorite Local Dishes are Bubur Gudeg at Mbak Yus in Solo, Babi Guling at Babi Guling Pande Egi in Bali, Asem Asem Daging at Asem2 Koh Liem in Semarang) and Kari Bihun at RM Tabona in Medan!

In the past few years, we have seen a lot of unique food trends; which food trend do you like the most and why?

I really liked the Croffle Trends back in 2021.  Many restaurants try to be super creative with Croffle menu creation, and I think this also helps some small F&Bs survive through the pandemic with this Croffle menu.

Is there any food you can eat every day without getting bored?

I can eat any food with petai as the main ingredient & sambal without getting bored! I really love Petai (stinky beans)

Is there any food that you try to stay away from? 

Chicken Feet and overly sweet dessert. 

If you can only eat three types of food in a year, what would you choose?

Noodles, Nasi Padang, and Steak!

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