The cinematic industry does not only rely on thespians, directors, producers or scriptwriters to keep things afloat. Behind the scenes are individuals who may not get the love that they deserve but nevertheless hold crucial roles for the business, especially those who work on the promotional end of the spectrum – from the planning stage to the production process and all the way until a film ends up in cinemas. Yodi Adiansyah is one prime example. A young publicist who joined production house MD Pictures in 2014, he has thus far handled the promotion for a number of successful films that have been seen by millions of Indonesians, including “Merry Riana”, “Surga Yang Tak Dirindukan”, “Pesantren Impian”, “Talak 3”, and “Rudy Habibie”.
Amidst his busy schedule, Yodi would still find the time to go on a culinary hunt; although his lack of days off means that he is unable to journey too far from home. Therefore, his hunting ground of choice is Tebet, which is where he currently resides in. The following are five joints worth visiting according to Yodi.
Five Favourite Dishes and Where to Find Them
Tahu Campur Ojo Lali
Located across Ayam Mbok Berek, there are a few dishes here that have become my first choices to eat. One of them is its Tahu Telor (tofu omelette), which is a combination of eggs, tofu, and potatoes soaked in peanut sauce and sambal petis (shrimp paste sambal). It tastes like Ketoprak (vermicelli and tofu salad), but better. Its Rawon (black nut beef soup) is also a favourite of mine for its tender beef and flavourful soup. Last but not least is its Soto Ayam (chicken soup). Its soup is savoury, and a pinch of bubuk koya (powder made from prawn crackers, fried shallots and dried shrimp) will make the soup denser in texture.
Jl. Professor Doktor Supomo, Tebet,
Open daily from 5pm-12am
Soto Kudus Blok M
Its flagship shop is found on Jalan K.H. Ahmad Dahlan in Kebayoran Baru, but I always visit its branch in Tebet because it is close to home. Whenever I am here, I would regularly order its Soto Kudus Campur (beef/chicken/water buffalo meat soup) with fishcake.
Jl. Tebet Raya No. 10, Tebet,
T: 021 830 3491
Open daily from 7.30am-9.30pm
Read about Soto Kudus Blok M here
Mie Ayam Bakso Yunus
A must-visit Mie Ayam (chicken noodles) warung in Pasar Tebet Barat, this place is quite famous and tends to be frequented by celebrities. Personally, I think that almost all the items on its menu deserve to be sampled. I would never miss the opportunity to order its Mie Ayam Yamin dan Bakso (sweet chicken noodles with meatballs) whenever I am here.
Jalan Tebet Barat Dalam VIII D, Tebet,
T: 021 7094 5363
Open daily from 8am-8pm
Read about Mie Ayam Bakso Yunus here
One of my most-loved restaurants in Tebet, my dish of choice here is its Bebek Kremes (fried duck with crunchy flakes) – so crispy and savoury.
Jalan Lapangan Roos No. 49, Tebet,
T: 021 4287 3000
Open daily from 11am-11pm, closed on Sundays
Bubur Ayam Sukabumi
A popular Bubur Ayam (chicken porridge) joint in Jakarta. Besides its signature dish, I sometimes go for its other delights, including the crispy Puyunghai (omelette with meat and vegetables) and its added sweet-and-sour sauce; its Capcay Goreng (dry stir-fried vegetables) that is served with a thick sauce; and its crunchy and not-too-oily Batagor (fried fish dumplings with tofu) along with its delicious condiment.
Jl. Tebet Barat Dalam No. 2, Tebet,
T: 021 831 2257
Open 24 hours daily
Read about Bubur Ayam Sukabumi here