To take the edge of a hectic day or to soothe over the great feeling of disquietude, I usually get a drink. But getting a drink in my context doesn’t translate to hard drinks although, at one point, it meant having a glass of screwdriver. Nowadays, with the threshold for alcoholic drinks at an all-time low, I settle for something less stronger, say, caramel frappuccino at Starbucks or an ice-blended drink from Coffee bean. But there are days when even caffeine is a tad strong for me. Water is a prerequisite but there are times when the taste buds want something new, exciting and fruity.
I’m not much of a tangy-on-the-taste bud kind of person. Strawberry juice doesn’t sit well with me nor does watermelon. Pineapple juice and fresh buko (coconut) juice are on-off favourites. Then I stumbled upon a newly opened fruit juice stall on the ground floor of Cyber Park Bekasi, in between a book store and the Bumbu Desa restaurant. Its colourful kiosk never failed to catch the eye of passers-by and, apparently, business is brisk because, at one point, the avocado juice and banana juice weren’t available. Price is affordable – Rp10, 000 per cup for any juice – and the taste is flavoursome
“Habis Ibu,” said the attendant, who was dressed in a rainbow top and cap, apologetically after I gave him my order of alpukat (that’s Indonesian for avocado).
No alpukat so that night I decided to be adventurous and try jambu (Indonesian for guava) from the Special Mix Juice section. I wouldn’t have finished it if it were not for the grass jelly and konyaku jelly bits mixed in with it. A friend settled for the strawberry-pineapple – grape juice in lieu of his regular banana-strawberry drink, which was finished for the night too.
There are still other juices and juice combination to choose from, but I’m sticking to my no-sugar alpukat and its good fat.