Biko Ambon is a popular Medan local cake delicacy.
The cake is honey-combed cake made of tapioca, eggs, coconut santan, pandan and nira leaves, etc. Soft, sweet, oily and tasty.
There is the original flavor as well as different new flavors like pandan, cheese, mocha, durian.
It can be kept under refrigeration for a week or two. Best eaten fresh or steamed if have been refrigerated.
Packing is done for air travel carry-on. You will find many stores at Jalan Majapahit.
Another favorite is Kueh Lapis (Layered Cake) which is bought by tourists as souvenir back home.
As the name implies, the are many thin layers and best eaten in small pieces.
The flavors comes in all sorts like chocolate, cheese, pandan, etc.
For first timers, kueh lapis is easier and lighter on the palate than biko ambon.
Biko ambon though is more unique and an acquired taste.
The best local dishes in quite small restaurant yet foods are very nice here. There are laksa, gado-gado, emie, pecel, serabi, cendol, etc also kueh lemper. Laksa Yose Rizal 80A is the original recipes from other same kind 'laksa' in Medan. If you plan to visit Medan, you won't miss this little nice restaurant that fit everyone's budget.
Favorite Dish: Laksa, Gado-Gado, Serabi and Cendol are my favorite dishes.
Laksa is a kind of broad rice noodle cooked in hot & spicy soup accompanied by fish & garnished with peppermint leaves & some other local ingredients. It's usually eaten in the afternoon as either snack or main meal. This is a dish originating in Medan & a similar version can also be found in Penang, Malaysia. An authentic local dish & if you are anywhere in Medan, do give it a try. It tastes best when hot.
In the afternoon this place is a street with busy traffic. At night it is closed for vehicles and turns into a food court. You have lots of choices here... chinese food, padang food, melayu food, sate, roti canai, acehnese food, sundanese food, javanese food, various juices and drinks, halal and non-halal.. you can also have karaoke and foot massage!
It is especially busy at weekends.
Favorite Dish: roti canai, sate babi manis (pork satay with sweet soy sauce), kuetiaw goreng.. lots of things!
This place is look like kya-kya in Surabaya, the food stand along one road at night, but at the day time, its a bussy road for business.... the unique of this road is we can see the old and new building in harmony....
All kind food we can find it here, the local, chinese food, western, india.
Everyone in Medan has heard (if not eaten) at Ateng.
There are several places, where you can find it.
But I recommend you the one in Jalan S.Parman.
The Speciality is Kwetiau Goreng (Fried Kweitau/Ricenoodle)
The last time I was there (Okt. 04), One portion
cost 11000 Rupiah (about 1.5 USD).
Favorite Dish: Fried Kwetiau
High quality hotels can be found on the mainland at Prapat, many of which have restaurants serving European food. Leo's jazz blues restaurant & cafe (near Elsine GH & Hora's Homestay) offers video, pizzas & happy hour.
Reggae bar (near Samosir & Anju cottages) boast a pool table. Tuk-Tuk and Samosir are littered with small cafes to larger more upscale restaurants. Explore, and you will not be dissapointed!
Favorite Dish: All dishes!!
Must try "bihun putih" (ie. white rice noodle). It may look really plain, as it's only rice noodle cooked with bean sprouts. But i can assure you, it's the best bihun in the market. Usually sold in the 2nd stall on the right-hand side of the market.
Not many Medanese were interested in Japanese food until this restaurant opens in 2002(?). After Tenya opened and proved to be quite successful, a couple of Japanese restaurants were also opened and were similarly well received. The food in Tenya itself is quite pricey for Medan standard but the food is excellent (to me, at least). Worth a try.
We had dinner at the hotel (Grand Angkasa - the food there is so so good), and for dessert we had this iced stuff with canned fruits and local fruits cut in it. Funny but it had corn kernels and also black jelly whcih is my favourite....
very refreshing....but awfully cold after having 2 bowls and sitting in the airconditioned dining area
When dining, there are lots of juice to have. My favourite is the white one - which is made of soursop - cannot recall what it is in Indonesian. I also like markisa which is passion fruit, and also terong belanda - although I have it mixed with markisa.
Apparently the terong belanda has cancer fighting agents.
At most restaurants we stopped by they would serve you this cracker which is authentic to Indonesia - empeng (padi oat crackers). I only realised they had more than one version from this trip to Medan. Most of it is fair coloured but at one place they had a spicy and sweetish version - which is liked chilli sauced based. it was delicious.
You can also buy uncooked ones to take home to fry.
Rendang is slow cooked spicy dish. It is usually made of beef but sometimes chicken. Beef is the best, you should order only a small portion as it is nothing but chunks of very tender meat with lots of spices. Eaten best with rice, it is common in Medan, and also well - something I have eaten in Malaysia.
Gado Gado is typically Indonesian, it is like a salad of boiled vege, and sprouts, and topped with crackers and has a peanut sauce - almost like satay sauce. Very yummy.
Buntut means back side!!!I had oxtail sup and it was very tender, the soup has some spices like cardamon, cinnamon etc, lots of boiled vegetables like carrots, spuds etc...ery yummy. For non beef eaters they have chicken version which I tried - it is not as good as the original
Not to be put off by the name - which means brain brain - it has nothing to do with brain!
This dish is very similar to Malaysia - it is a spicy paste with coconut milk and fish paste and then bundled with banana leaf - either steamed or baked-grilled.