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As a home to various ethnics, languages, and unique traditions, Jakarta has always been the melting pot of cultures from many part of the archipelago. A fascinating capital city of Indonesia carries a true gem of Indonesian traditional culinary heritage that will spoil your foodie appetite with a rich of flavour in every recipe. As now Indonesia culinary has become global, you will be able to find every authentic traditional food and Indonesia’s rich variety of spice in Jakarta. From Sabang to Merauke, Main dish to small-bites, Jakarta will fascinates you with the mouth-watering dishes during your Jakarta foodie tour around the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta.


Nasi Kebuli @missfatbelly
Nasi Kebuli @missfatbelly

Jakarta as a megapolitan city becomes a melting pot for the authentic gastronomies. And that makes Jakarta to be the gateway to many delicious traditional Indonesian dishes. Indonesian culinary is highly varied and irresistible as there are various regional dishes from many parts of Indonesia that has also been influenced by many cultures. Known for having a rich flavour of spices, Indonesian cuisines are well known with demonstrating a complex flavour, ranging from spicy, sweet and savoury. Indonesian food is more than just a mouth-watering dishes. It is about history and cultures that one’s should discover.


Being the melting pot of cultures, Jakarta is the centre of mixed cultures, traditions, and cuisines. Amid the hustle of the city, one of the best way to experience the diverse nature of Indonesia is through a Jakarta’s culinary adventure, which makes Jakarta heavenly to all foodies who are hungry for a treat. Jakarta makes a perfect place for a foodie tour to taste all traditional dishes from all around Indonesia. And you will find the best Indonesian gastronomies while doing your foodie tour around Jakarta.


Striploin Bumbu Rujak @missfatbelly
Striploin Bumbu Rujak @missfatbelly

Jakarta has a lot of activity to offer - it’s not only about the shopping districts and skyscrapers, Jakarta is a culinary paradise lies in the capital Indonesia that offers an enticing authentic historical food culture that you should experience when you are in Jakarta.


Starting from Sate, it is one of the most popular delicacy when you explore Jakarta’s culinary. The tasty skewered charcoal-grilled meat is commonly served with a creamy peanut sauce. This particular Sate dish meat dish has its origin from the island of Java yet it is widely renowned dish in almost every region in Indonesia. Chicken Sate is the most common type of Sate you can find in Indonesia, it is also commonly served with peanut sauce. While there is also mutton Sate that is best served with a sambal kecap, an Indonesian one of a kind sambal made from sweet soy sauce, chilli, sliced shallots and diced tomatoes. You can easily find this dish in street vendors, or even small to fancy restaurants when doing your foodie tour in Jakarta.


Cin Cong Fan @missfatbelly
Cin Cong Fan @missfatbelly

Another traditional authentic Indonesian cuisine is Gado-Gado, or also known as Lotek in Javanese and Sundanese languages – a fresh and healthy recipe that will satisfy every vegan foodies’ appetite. This traditional Indonesian salad is believed to have originated in the Betawi kitchens who are the indigenous people of Jakarta. Yardlong beans, bean sprouts, spinach, chayote, potato, bitter gourd, corn, and cabbage are the vegetables that goes in with Gado-Gado. Proteins include tofu, tempeh, and hard-boiled eggs. The traditional salad is always served with a peanut sauce dressing and topped with fried shallots.


Nasi Goreng Kebuli is the next Indonesian delicacy you should not missed while exploring the Jakarta’s culinary. An Indonesian style spicy steamed rice dish cooked in goat broth, milk, and ghee. It is popular among the Arab community in Indonesia and Betawi people in Jakarta. In the Betawi culture, Nasi Kebuli is usually served during Islamic religious festivities, such as Eid Ftr, Eid Adha, or Mauilid Nabi (birthday of the Prophet Muhammad). This cuisine is popular in several cities in Indonesia with significant Arab descendats, such as Jakarta, Surabaya, Surakarta, and Gresik.


Mie Ayam @missfatbelly
Mie Ayam @missfatbelly

Bakmie Ayam, or Chicken Noodles should be on your foodie list. The classic traditional food is never a miss. Bakmie Ayam is boiled in stock and topped with succulent slices of gravy-braised chicken. Some Bakmie is mixed in with fried mushrooms for more flavor. This special dish has its influenced from the Chinese culture, while nowadays is recognized as a popular Chinese-Indonesian dish. Bakmie Ayam is a common dish that you can find in a street food stalls, street-side warung, to restaurants.


It’s not all about main dishes, a traditional small bites that is influenced by the Chinese, specifically in Canton (Kwangtung) area known as Ci Cong Fan. This delicacy is made from rice flour and tapioca and water that is rolled so thin that it resembled similar to a Fettuccini. Ci Cong Fan is often filled with beef or shrimp and doused with brown sauce. You can find Ci Cong Fan mostly everywhere on your Jakarta foodie tour. From a conventional paddlers, until street-stall vendors, you can taste the delicacy of the Chinese meet Indonesian bites while you are in the foodie paradise, Jakarta.


Gado-gado @endarleezta
Gado-gado @endarleezta

Jakarta is a culinary melting pot that is home to numbers of authentic traditional dishes ranging from all areas across the island. Influenced by a lot of cultures, every Indonesian cuisine carries its own characteristic that makes Indonesian gastronomy is special. From main dishes until small bites, it concludes the melting pot of the capital city of Indonesia. The sprawling megapolitan city of Jakarta holds a paradise for foodies to taste every delicacy of Indonesian culinary heritage. Jakarta’s food scene comes with a heavy dose of not only local taste, but also international flavor, most prominently from China, Middle-East, and Malay.


Sate ayam @missfatbelly
Sate ayam @missfatbelly

Foodie tour around the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta is one of the best activity you should do while in Jakarta. To have a taste of a unique blend of carefully chosen spices amongst every region and cultures in Indonesia, you will understand what makes Indonesian cuisine so unique and unbelievably diverse, varying from island to island. Not only you will taste the authentic traditional delicacy, but Jakarta offers you to also get closer to the history of Indonesian gastronomies and you will find yourself surrounded by the treasure of Indonesian culinary.