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6 Dishes You Have to Try in Jakarta


Our abridged meal-by-meal guide to where and what to eat now in Indonesia's buzzing capital city — by Rachel Will. Photographed by Yoppy Pieter.

Published on Sep 22, 2015


1. BREAKFAST
Chicken porridge
at Bubur Kwang Tung

Take a spin on the lazy Susan to see what tops your steaming chicken porridge. At Bubur Kwang Tung, try the savory, saline 1,000-year-old egg. 67I Jln. Pecenongan.

Chicken porridge at Bubur Kwang Tung

2. SNACK
Kerak telor
at Fatahillah Square

Served by street vendors performing a perilous balancing act with two boxes on a pole, this sweet-savory omelette is best enjoyed in an atmospheric square in the old city. Jalan Pintu Besar Utara.

Kerak telor at Fatahillah Square

3. LUNCH
Peranakan-style fish
at Waha Kitchen

At this laid-back restaurant, the catch of the day comes dressed in a tamarind-pineapple sauce with lemongrass. 127 Jln. Wahid Hasyim.

Peranakan-style fish at Waha Kitchen

 

4. DINNER
Javanese oxtail soup
at Bogor Café

For a sophisticated take on this humble local dish, Hotel Borobudur's all-day dining venue serves rich and deeply nuanced sop buntut. While there, try to tease out stories from the staff of highflying parties held by tycoons and military generals in the storied hotel.

Javanese oxtail soup at Bogor Café

5. DESSERT
Durian panna cotta
at E&O

Durian is divisive, but this sweet from chef Will Meyrick appeals to just about everyone. 1F Menara Rajawali, 5.1 Jln. Dr. Ide Anak Agung Gde Agung.

Durian panna cotta at E&O

6. FOR THE FLIGHT HOME
Kue lupis
at the morning market

Join the crowds from dawn until 7 a.m. to snap up your take-home treats at Blok M's famous pasar kue (cake market). Try kue lupis, a glutinous rice cake doused in a gooey mix of palm sugar and coconut flakes. Blok M Square.

Kue lupis at the morning market

 

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Durian panna cotta at E&O
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