Indonesian culinary is something to crave for, it consists of the various authentic regional cuisines from all part of Indonesian archipelago. And in Jakarta, you can find all of Indonesian delicacies in just a city. With the complexity of the recipes, it’s no wonder that Indonesian cuisines become one of the world’s greatest cuisines. The capital of Indonesia, Jakarta becomes the place where people from all over the world come and taste the delicacy of Indonesian cuisines where many foods have been brought to Jakarta from various parts of Indonesia and that makes Jakarta a perfect place to spoil your foodie adventure.
No doubt that the best way to enjoy Jakarta in the midst of its hustle and bustle is by tasting the aroma and tastiness of the local food. Although there are various local foods you can try in Jakarta, there are some must try local foods you should try when you are stepping in the Capital of Indonesia. From main dishes, snacks, to local desserts, you may want to indulge yourself with the good taste of authentic local food. And Good Indonesian have listed some of the popular local delicacies from main dishes, snacks, to desserts to spoil your foodie taste on a delightful day wondering through Jakarta.
Ketoprak is one of the most famous traditional vegetarian Indonesian street food dishes in Jakarta. This dish is consist of sliced fried tofu, steamed rice cake that is also well known as lontong or ketupat, beehoon, bean sprouts, cucumber, and fried egg, served in peanut sauce that is topped with krupuk and shallots. As a popular dish in Jakarta, Ketoprak has spread throughout the Java Island. And if you ever heard of Gado-Gado, don’t mistaken it with Ketoprak – while both are served with peanut sauce as the dressing, Gado-Gado has more vegetables than Ketoprak, also Gado-Gado has a boiled egg, while Ketoprak doesn’t. As a typical Indonesian dish, you may also request for the level of spiciness in your dish.
This next traditional Betawi cuisine called Kerak Telor, translated as ‘Egg Crust’ is a spicy omelette dish made from ketan putih (glutinous rice) cooked with either duck or chicken eggs served with serundeng (fried shredded coconut), and topped with fried shallots, and dried shrimp. This authentic dish is famous for so many reason, from the tools it uses to cook the Kerak Telor – such as the small wok pan to cook and heats it on the charcoal fire, the way it is cooked and to the way it always gets wrapped to-go. Although this dish is not considered as a main dish, Kerak Telor will definitely satisfy your foodie appetite.
The warmth of Soto will make your foodie adventure irresistible and unforgettable. Soto is a traditional Indonesian soup that composed of broth and mixed with meat and vegetables. The traditional soup dish is considered as a national Indonesian dish as it varies from wide range of area in Indonesian archipelago from Sumatra to Papua with wide range of variations of the dish itself. And every area develop its own varieties of recipes with localized ingredients and its own local cooking tradition. As a result, there are rich variants of Soto that were develop all over Indonesian archipelago.
Siomay is the Indonesian-kind of fish dumpling moulded from fish paste and some other vegetables including cabbage, potatoes, and bitter gourd, well as boiled egg and tofu served with peanut sauce and sweet soy sauce. This local dish is traditionally made from tenggiri (wahoo) fish meat but sometimes there are other varieties that uses tuna, mackerel, and prawn to make Siomay. Siomay is easy to be found, from street-side food stalls, travelling push carts, bicycle vendors, to restaurants.
Many Indonesian dishes are served with ketupat or lotong, or known as rice cakes. This speciality is one of the most popular one out of all lontong-based dish. Lontong Sayur is considered to be a breakfast food in Indonesia, and so you might not find this is easy to find during the night, but that is what makes it special – wake up in the morning and go for a lontong sayur hunt.
Es Teler is the thirst-quenching sweet drinks that are also enjoyed as a dessert when the heat is heating up in the capital city of Indonesia. A traditional cold fruit cocktail from Indonesia made with a mixture of jackfruit, avocado, and coconut, served with coconut milk, sweetened condensed milk and crushed ice enjoyed best when you want to cool down yourself from the extreme heat of Jakarta. Es Teler also contains of some soft and gelatinous fruits that makes it a somewhat jelly-like dish with a sweet, drinkable fruity liquid that surrounds the jelly and ice.
It’s no wonder that Jakarta has tons of iconic food to try, from main dish to dessert, every traditional delicacies will indulge you wish some tastiness of the local eateries that you will never forget. Because tasting some local food of Jakarta is part of the local experience you might want to drive down during your visit to Jakarta and suddenly squeezed yourself together with the authentic Jakarta culinary. In fact, all part of Jakarta have their own endless culinary icon. But Good Indonesian Food have listed it down some special dish you should not missed during your culinary adventure in Jakarta.