Street Food, Jakarta

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    Gerobak (carts) * see my...

    by ukirsari Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Gerobak (carts) * see my travelogues about Gerobak Makanan
    Here my favorites makanan gerobak from day into night; bubur ayam (rice porridge with sliced fried chicken, celery, fried soy bean, cakwee, soy bean sauce and shrimp crackers), rujak buah, gado-gado (if you feel very hungry, you can order to added lontong (rice cake) or steamed rice, rujak buah, es buah and sate Padang.

    Favorite Dish: For me, Jakarta is a paradise for culinary experiences. Just need to stepping outside my front door then ‘the kitchen’ will comes to me. It’s called ‘gerobak makanan’ or carts with many kind of meals and selling as home service --door to door, open day and night. Just listen to the sound that they’re announced and you will recognize about the foods. Like ‘ting, ting, ting’ (as the fork or spoon kicking the bowl or wok) it’s for mie goreng (fried noodles), nasi goreng (fried rice), bakso (meatballs with noodles), bubur ayam (chicken porridge), or es campur (fruit mocktail). If the sounds ‘kring, kring, kring’ (from bicycle), it can be siomay (Chinese snack, made from fish and corn starch wrapped in wontons, plus fried or boiled tofu, potato, cabbage and bitter melon and served with peanut sauce, sweet soy sauce and squeeze with lemon) or burger (hotdog and hamburger) or ice cream cones. If the seller say ‘Teeeeee’, it must be sate (satay, diced chicken skewered onto thin bamboo and grilled over fiery charcoals –known as ‘sate ayam’. If made from meat, the name is ‘sate Padang’). Without any kind of sounds, maybe gado-gado (vegetables salad like string beans, spinach, bean sprouts, watercress, cucumber, potato and lettuce with fried tofu, served with spicy peanut sauce), rujak buah (many kinds of Indonesian fruits like star fruits, mango, papaya and kedondong in special sauce made from brown sugar, chilli and salt), asinan buah (just like rujak but the sauce made from water, white sugar, chilli and vinegar), soto (chicken or meat light soup served with steamed rice) or ‘drink gerobak’ (sell many variety of bottled drinks, from mineral water, soft drink with soda like Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Mirinda, ‘till tea called ‘teh botol’).

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  • The best restaurants in...

    by wena Written Aug 26, 2002

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    The best restaurants in Jakarta are the ones that in the sides of the streets. I love Soto Madura (beef soup with yellow spices) in Jalan Roxi and Lamb Satay in Jalan Gereja Ayam, Central Jakarta (in the evening)
    Price can be found best in the small restaurants on the sides of the streets. However, please be sure that you bring diarrhea medicines if you are not used to low quality controlled food. But Indonesian people used to say, those food are the best.

    Favorite Dish: Satay (roasted meats on the sticks, eaten with peanuts seasonings), Soto (variety of soups), Tongseng (lambs soup, hot and spicy), chicken porridge, and nasi uduk (rice cooked with coconut milk).

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    Muara Angke Area: Muara Angke Area

    by icamarica Written Aug 25, 2002

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    You actually have to shop for the sea food yourself!
    Wide selection of fish, shrimps, squid and all kind of sea food are available fresh on the traditional market. After shopping you can go to the nearest small restaurants to have them cooked anyway you like.
    Oh.. wear slippers and short or capri pants. The market is wet and smelly. Then at the restaurants there are lot of smokes. Better visit is at night

    Favorite Dish: Sea Food - all kind

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    Ooo... oo... there's so many!...

    by birumania Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Ooo... oo... there's so many! In Jakarta you can get all kinds of international cuisine, but for VT, I think it's best if I recommend Jakartans' hang-outs with traditional fares.

    I really like all dirt-cheap foods sold in a little stall off of the street. It's cheap and most of the time.. da best!

    Favorite Dish: For Bakmi Bakso I would still refer to my childhood's fave: the seller on Jalan Teuku Umar, right accross the old Immigration Office (Teuku Umar #1). I've been going to this place for 25 years!!! It's still the best!
    For a refreshing drink try 'Es Teler 77' or 'Es Teler Lapangan Tembak' these restaurants can be found easily in major malls and all over Jakarta.
    'WARTEG'-- a stall oferring rice and a variety Indonesian side dishes' is another must try for visitors. I love Warteg on Jalan Daha (behind 82 High School) and on Jalan Barito. I also love almost every food each seller sells behind the the Pondok Indah hospital.
    Try the famous 'Roti Bakar Edi' selling wonderful grilled 'milk' sandwich on Jalan Daksa and don't miss the Goat Fried Rice Bakti on Jalan Senopati is still the best for me. Another personal fave is 'Soto Ma'aruf' whose original restaurant is in Taman Ismail Marzuki complex in Central Jakarta. For seafood lovers, Muara Angke is a must... you can either choose your own (sometimes still alive) fish or let the restaurant workers do it for you; and then they would grill your seafood right there, in front of you. Hmmmmm..... just don't wear anything too nice or fancy... it's a bit wet around the fish market.

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    by AliJoe Written Aug 24, 2002

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    THIS is not a restaurant. Since this collum heading with restaurant not Food And Beverages, so , I insert this pic as a part of restaurant. The roadside food vendor are easily can be seen through out Indonesia. To my taste, the Bakso, Mee Goreng and Nasi Goreng are very tasteful and cheap too.
    For your info, this food is a people food.....up to 0200 am you still can get this vendor at the corner of every street in Indonesia.

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