This morning, Edi and I headed off to the Tanjung Uncang area of Batam for the third time for an interview and photo-taking for my current client. The client rents cranes to the company we were visiting; it makes interesting stuff” for the oil and gas industry, especially for offshore sites. This day, they were lifting 10-ton concrete and metal “carpets” that are laid over equipment on the sea floor to keep it in place. Weird stuff. Turns out the client wasn’t available for the interview but I did get some shots (one above).
Tanjung Uncang is a large industrial and residential area on the northwest corner of Batam, about 40 minutes by car from Nagoya. There is mostly shipbuilding and fabrication for the oil and gas industry here, activity that has resulted in a huge amount of residential and commercial development on this section of the island. The workers go where the jobs are, and the restaurants and shops to support those workers follow.
On the way back, I told Edi we would stop for lunch at a local warung (restaurant) he had pointed out on our way. They were serving padang style, which means the foods was displayed individually in bowls in the front window. No refrigeration as it sits there all day, with flies all around usually. You look at the food, tell them what you want and it is delivered to your table. I told Edi nothing spicy and he ordered for both of us. His, of course, was very spicy; my throat and eyes were almost burning just looking at the chopped up red peppers in his dish.
I ended up with nasi (rice), of course, a mildly spicy ayam (chicken) in curry sauce, a bread-like egg and vegetable cake, a green vegetable and iced tea. I don’t know what the greens were but maybe some kind of spinach. I think they take about any type of greens here and cook it.
It was all very good. Edi was amazed at how much katsup manis (sweet soy sauce) I use on my rice, but it’s really the only way I like white nasi. The bill came to Rp51,000, or about $4.50, for everything. The fact I left a small tip was well received, as well.
Also passed an interesting Christian cemetery on the way back to Nagoya. Unlike in the U.S., they are very colorful here.
Here are some photos: