Jakarta: Rujak Jangkung 212 Megaria

After a spoonful passed through my mouth, the first thought that crossed my mind was the need to apologise to my colleague. It was that delicious.

Before we begin, I must confess that I have never heard of Rujak Jangkung 212 until a colleague of mine suggested it to me. His eyes lit up and brimmed with excitement as he threw words of persuasion in order to coax me into trying its Rujak (Indonesian fruit salad). He even said that it’s the best Rujak in town – a bold statement indeed. I genuinely thought that he was exaggerating. With slight hesitation, I ended up putting Rujak Jangkung 212 Megaria on my list of joints to visit.

Once located inside Bioscoop Metropool, or Metropole – Jakarta’s first cinema that was opened in the 1950s. After the building underwent an extensive renovation, however, the many food sellers, including Rujak Jangkung 212 Megaria, were relocated to a proper food court area just behind the movie theatre. With doubts still swirling around in my mind, I half-heartedly made my way there, only to find the food court packed with punters. As the only stall that offers Rujak, it was pretty to easy to pick out Rujak Jangkung 212 Megaria, especially with the colourful fruits placed on the counter.

I ordered a portion and waited at a table near the stall. Soon after, one of its staff delivered a plate to my tables that was filled with tropical fruits including mango, papaya, water apple, star fruit, and Jicama, along with its sauce on a separate plate. The fruits were very fresh and cut into chunky slices. After a spoonful passed through my mouth, the first thought that crossed my mind was the need to apologise to my colleague. It was that delicious. The sauce is a concoction made up of tamarind, palm sugar, chilli, and salt, which explains why it has a perfect combination of sweet, sour and spicy flavours.

During my visit, I saw the owner helping his staff in serving its customers. Apparently, he is the son of Pak Jangkung, yet he would still cut the fruits up and mixing its sauce on his own.

Metropole Megaria,
Jl. Pegangsaan No. 21,
Central Jakarta
Open daily from 12pm to 9pm
Rp.18,000/US$1.40


Started her career as a food writer in 2012, Jessicha Valentina is the online editor of Good Indonesian Food. Jessicha has loved Sayur Asem since she was a wee kid and spends her free time trying to cook it.

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