For those who like spicy taste and one dish meal, try this 'nasi goreng'. Fried rice with sausage, egg and crackers, served hot nearby pedestrian in the night. In the one part of famous Menteng area at the downtown.
Favorite Dish: Of course nasi goreng, but you can also try Sate Padang and Pecel Lele there. Very delicious!
Jakarta Street Foods are Delight to eat, the most favorit place is Jalan Jaksa (also famos for Bars) Jalan Agus Salim and Jalan Wahid Hasyim in Central Jakarta, there are so many stalls on the side walk serving good quality Local food, the best is Padang Food with verity of so many dishes all so spicy and yummy,
Favorite Dish: There are so many but what I like Most is Padang Food Nasi Ikan (White Rice and Fried Chicken /Thick Curry) Nasi Ikan (White Rice and Fish Curry) Must Try that. Satay Padand is also among the famous food, as name says it, from padang = spicy, Beef (Sapi), Meat (Kambing) or Chicken (Ayam) BBQ on wooden sticks, so delicious, served with Sambal (Hot Chili sauce)
Average cost of eating at Food stalls and street side restaurants at Jalan Agus Salim is no more then 10,000 IDR (little over a Dollar) Amazing
Warteg, short for Warung Tegal, is truly Indonesia's original. For the adventurous, a meal at one of the tens of thousands Jakarta's warteg is a must!
If you think your average McDonald's is fast, then you'll be amazed by the unbeatable speed of wartegs. The food in wartegs is displayed on a glass showcase, if you like what you see, just point them out and the owner will serve it for you.
Although wartegs are geared towards Jakarta's middle and lower class, many affluent Jakartans can also be found eating here and have become part of the rich Jakarta's culture.
Pecenongan street near the palace of the president, over day is just a regular business street. But at night the streetstalls come out and turns this street into one of the premier open air streetfood extravanganzas in the world. It's filled with all kinds of streetstalls. Serving from Sates, to seafood to simple nasi goreng. All these places have deservedly good reputations, but the most famous of them all is Sate Babi Krekot.
This place is a real institution...if you can eat pork and live in indonesia...you will know about it.They simply serve the most delicious sates that you ever tasted.
I have been eating here for almost 30 years and it has always kept the quality.But i believe it has existed even longer than that because during my grandfather's day this was his favourite restaurant too. I guess it's a real family business and a real successfull one at the that.
The only thing that has changed is the price. At 5000rupiah per skewer it's not cheap!!
For us westerners the food here is relatively cheap...but for taste the streetfood in indonesia is unique and impossible to beat.The competition at these stalls is just ferocious and as avid foodies people in indonesia loves nothing more than try and find the next big thing. The great thing about streetfood culture in Indonesia...anyone who has a talent in cooking can open such a restaurant themselves for a relatively small investment.And if they are succesfull the sky is the limit. Considering how long the Sate Babi krekot has existed ...i think that's testament to the quality and success of this place.
If you want to have a real foodie experience...my advice is to come here. The food is all freshly made and it goes so fast that every night they are basically sold out.
I have invited plenty of foreign friends and all enjoyed their experience here during and after their meal.
All I can say..is go for it. One of the TOP dining experiences in the World. Foodwise that is..because place and scenery is severey below par.
Favorite Dish: If you don't know what's sate...these are small grilled pieces of marinated meat on a skewer. Sate Babi krekot is unlike the normal sate places in Indonesia.
Here the condiment is not Saus Kacang(peanutsauce) but simply sweet ketjap.But the sates in itself is delicous already..you don't need any extra sauce on it.
But the most important fact that sets this place apart and makes it truly unique is the fact that the sate they make is made from Pork.They don't have just regular Sate Babi Manis(Sweet pork sate), but they also have the more exotic Porkliversate (Sate Ati Babi) and the Sate Usus Babi(mail me and I will translate what it is).The special meats as I like to call them is the real house specialities and I have not eaten the likes of it elsewhere in the world.
The people here know how to prepare this tasty but difficult to prepare meats and just know how to grill them to perfection.
But these are really special and if you want to taste them...you better hurry because this place tends to sells out real quick. Don't be surprised if someone is having a party somewhere and just cleansout the whole supply of the shop.
Ordering is REAL easy. You walk to the counter and there you get to choose which sates you want. While the sate is grilled you can choose another specialty of this place. Baikut/Bakut. A clear soup with porkribs and preserved cabbage. These would be one of teh tastiest soups you ever tried in your life and the porkribs is so tender and juicy. While you are finishing teh soup the Sates would arrive. The soup serves as a perfect compliment to the delicious sate.
Don't worry if you don't Sate or Pork because the great thing about these stalls at pecenongan is that it's basically One giant foodcourt. While sitting at one stall you can order at different stalls and these stalls would deliver your order to your table.The same goes for drinks too. This mean you can order delicious Nasi Goreng,seafood or other delicious dishes from nearby stalls and have a real banquet.
At Pecenongan the street at night turns into a real foodstreet.
From seafood to sate....they serve all kinds of delicous food. This is my favourite street with regard to streetfood. Besides the absolutely fabulous pork sate(see post juggernutt), they also have here one of the best desserts in the world.
I must say that the dessert is not so unique. In other places there are comparable vendors selling these desserts. But here it's also really good and is a great dessert to finish off a great dinner if you are eating here
I am talking about Martabak Manis.
They actually have two kinds ; Martabak Manis(sweet) or martabak telor(hearty).
Martabak Manis is the dessert version. You can choose between tipis(thin) or normal. You have the choice of filling. Choclate, cheese, nuts etc etc..
Favorite Dish: My favourite is the regular Martabak Manis Special.
Martabak Manis is like a really thick pancake.It's actually more cakelike.
They first smother it with butter and than it's filled with the filling of your choice. I love the special..it means actually EVERYTHING.
It's filled with crushed nuts, choclate sprinkles,kraft cheese and to finish it off condensed milk.(You can also hear your arteries closing shut)
Then they cut the pancake in half and close the pancake on top of each other.
It's SO delicious and rich dessert..truly incredible. I have never found the same kind of dessert anywhere in the world. It's truly unique to Indonesia.
I am not kidding about it being heartstoppngly delicious.Don't eat it to often...but once in a while somethings are worth it if you want to indulge yourself.
They also have the tipis version. This is actually more like a crepe frenchstyle.
This dish was recommended by my friends while I was still back home. A must try according to them and so I went for a little food hunt for this dish. Its called Martbak Manis. I found one gerobak located near Kota area at the Olimo bus station beside Maliboro hotel which sells this.
It is cooked over a hot plate and is filled with a lot of sugar, butter and also grounded peanuts. Very Sweet, Very Crunchy, Very Sinful...
Like may street vendors, they're only open at night starting from 7pm.
They put the seafood fresh in a pot and you choose which one you want: they have fish, crabs, squibs, prawns and shells. You point which one you want, how many and how you want them cooked. You can have them grilled, steamed or cooked in oyster sauce, Padang sauce or sweet and sour sauce.
Then you sit on your table and a lady will come and ask what you want for drinks, and do you want rice and vegetables to come with your food
Favorite Dish: My favourite is: Kepiting saus tiram (Crabs in oyster sauce), grilled prawns and sambel lalap (fresh vegetables eaten with special chilly sauce)
1. NASI GORENG
Nasi Goreng Sea Food Blok S Blok S, Kebayoran (Sebelah Roti Bakar Sarmento) - NasGor Sea Foodnya
Nasi Goreng Ibu Cicih, Kebayoran Lama - kalo dari arah Mayestik naik jembatan layang kebayoran lama, letaknya sebelah kiri jalan setelah jembatan layang
Nasi Goreng "BUMEN JAYA", l.Pejompongan Raya. - kalau yang ini, nasi goreng ayamnya sudah lebih dari 25 tahun & yg urus sudah 3 generasi.
Nasi Goreng Kambing PEJOMPONGAN & JONO JOGJA Kompl.PAM Lama Pejompongan/Penjernihan.
NASI GORENG KAMBING DHARMA WANITA, Belakang gedung Dharma Wanita Kuningan..bisa juga masuk dari Casablanca, arah Pedurenan
Nasi Goreng Bakti, Dideket Senopati, masuk dari Pom Bensin Senopati
Nagobing Kebon Sirih *Yummy Spicy*
Nasi Goreng Kambing Sabang
Nasi Goreng Menteng, depan Lippo Menteng *Too Crowded*
Nasi Goreng Pondok Labu, di Jl. Fatmawati, depannya ex. Circle K, Fatmawati
Nasi Goreng Jl. Daksa
Nasi Goreng Jl. Lombok Menteng
Favorite Dish: Let me find out later
This is the chicken porridge (bubur ayam) street vendor that is well visited in Jalan Barito area. It's a 'tent' with a few tables and chairs. Located outside a graveyard on Barito Street.
The chicken porridge is very tasty because they use chicken gravy.
Opens: late afternoon.
Favorite Dish: Chicken porridge.
The standard portion is chicken porridge with cheese sticks. You can add the seasoning/dressing yourself with the chili sauce and sweet or salty soybean sauce/ketchup provided on the table.
don't go straight to this place when u just arrive.... give ur stomach a few days before trying out all d tasty dishes..... choose one of the street tents (I usually choose Happy) there are lots of chinese food here.... it's really relaxed and laid back.... no need for all pretenses, no one will judge u here.....
Favorite Dish: Beef kailan, it's beef, which is cooked until it's quite soft in delicious sauce, mixed with fresh vegetables.
u might also want to try the fish with sweet sour sauce (the fish is fried until d skin is really crispy and the they put d sweet sour sauce on top of it).
why they're delicious??? u gotta try it urself
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We already had dinner-time and, I don't think this is an appetizing place. I saw a program on TV about the "drinking-of-Cobra-blood", read about it and, was anxious to see it for myself. Cobra blood has long been recognized as a general stimulant and health aid. It is also claimed to be a powerful aphrodisiac.
So we went for Jl. Mangga Besar, off Jl. Hayam Wuruk in North of the city, where is a good night market for Chinese, Indian and Nasi Padang food. Jl. Mangga Besar is a dark avenue for the very dark pleasures of life in too dark hours. Find the warung Puja Sera, a "Cobra-stall", with some snake-cages. I was struck dumb and immediatedly the guys wanted me to lead in and drink some Cobra-blood.
Favorite Dish: I could convince them I was doing studies and research work about snakes ... mmmh, they put up with something, and when got to close to the cage to take a pic I was pulled back. These animals do spit their venom ... you know.
However, there is one of the specialty restaurants in Jakarta, named "King Cobra". Its main menu attraction is, you guessed it, King Cobra. Btw, the night market is open from 6pm-2am nightly. Prices are from 5$ until very expensive for the King Cobra. And they have fried lizard, kalong/bats and monkeys too ...
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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’).
Open daily for warung indomie and evening 'till late night for pedestrian seafood. For fruits, maybe 24 hours!
Favorite Dish: How creative Indonesian are, you can find eateries called ‘warung indomie’ (small noodles house) with their special items ‘internet’ (indomie-telur-corned), just instant noodles (which we can make it by ourselves at home, only need added boiled water), but they make it more delicious in serving with vegetables, boiled egg and salted beef. Ready in 5 minutes! They’re also selling toasted bread with various jam.
But, we can also find the ‘serious’ meals on pedestrians. Placed on tents along the streets. We can find Pecel Lele (fried catfish served with vegetables and belacan sauce), Pecel Ayam (catfish changed with chicken), Soto Ayam (chicken soup) and Soto Daging (meat soup). All served with steamed rice. Also sate ayam and sate Padang, fried noodles and Nasi Goreng (fried rice). The best for me in this pedestrian area are seafood! Like massive crabs, prawn or garupa (gurame) in sweet-sour sauce, oyster sauce or a la saos Padang (very spicy!), grilled or fried calamari, ‘till boiled shrimp and oyster serving with pineapple and peanut sauce. Then how if we want a dessert after it? Simple, just visit the tent which selling many kind of fruits on the pedestrians. And you can find fresh Mandarin orange, grapefruits, apple, mango, plus local fruits!
The ultimate seafood restaurants in Jakarta. In Muara Karang, all seafood are served 'fresh from the ocean'. The restaurants only have steamed rice with many various of sambal (sauce) plus soft drink. So we have to buy the seafood by our own to the fish market nearby the restaurant, then asking them to cooking.
Favorite Dish: Sweet and sour (massive) crabs, fried crabs with butter and oyster sauce, grilled prawn and calamari, served with steamed rice and chilli-mango sauce plus belacan sauce.