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What Foodies Eat: Matthew Samudro

What Foodies Eat: Matthew Samudro

Nisya Kunto
29 October 2021


Matthew Samudro, or better known as haveyoumattsam on Instagram, is our guest for this week's edition of What FoodieS Eat! The passionate photographer and designer shares with us his staples and favorite dishes.


Hi Matt! What’s going on with you? Can you share with us how your day-to-day activities are?

Hi FoodieS! Nowadays, I regularly do mukbangs!

Essentially, it’s just eating in front of a camera. People seem to like it because it’s like eating with a friend!

I also run a creative agency called Summertime Studios as well! We do everything from running campaigns to branding.

During the lockdown, were there any foods that became a staple during your stay at home period?

Oh absolutely. But it wasn’t a staple by choice, more so because everyone during the stay at home period was making it. But I’m not complaining! It was banana bread, or any other banana related products.

Now that the city is opening up again, have you been going out to eat? If so, what was your first dining destination?

I have! Cautiously of course. I’d say the aspect I miss the most about dining out is the ambience. You can order food from your favorite restaurants, but you can’t capture the ambience.

I remember heading to the opening of Pierre as my first dining destination!

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

My family loves Chinese food! When we were all stuck at home, the answer was Angke Restaurant. If we’re craving for something quick and easy, we can’t go wrong with Paradise Dynasty. As for Sunday dim sum, House of Yuen is our go to.

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

Life without coffee is like the rainbow to a dog. My staples are Ombe Koffie, Nitro, Egghotel, Kisaku, Sini Lagi, and Kopi Tuku. My go-to order is always iced long black.

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

My favorite local dishes are noodles, Padang dishes, bubur ayam, and soto mie. Some of my favorites are Bakmi Orpa, Bakmi GM, Bakmi Tan, Sini Lagi, RM Pondok Djaja, Pagi Sore, Bubur Ayam Mangga Besar 1 and Soto Mie Puri Pak H. Darjo.

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

I would take them to Bakmi Orpa, RM Pondok Djaja, Sate Khas Senayan, Bubur Ayam Mangga Besar 1, Soto Mie Puri Pak H. Darjo.

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

I used to think that my answer was steak. But I’ve actually had it every day for 2 weeks before, and I did get bored. So my new answer would be sushi! The chirashi bowl to be specific.

What would be your dream meal? Any restaurants you have yet to cross off your list?

Currently it’d have to be Sukiyabashi Jiro. Although I have heard that it was overpriced, the experience of eating at a place with such significance in culinary culture is much to be desired. Noma also comes to mind.

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