5 Best Empal Gentong in Jakarta

Empal Gentong (curry-like beef soup) is one of the many delicious local dishes that has made Cirebon renowned for its culinary scene. The brownish colour of its soup and its use of beef has led to comparisons being drawn between this particular dish and other curry delights. However, there are differentiating aspects that set this dish that originated from the village of Batembat in Tengah Tani district in Cirebon apart, such as its preparation method, which uses a firewood stove with wood from a mango tree and is cooked in a gentong (clay pot). It is said that the older the clay pot’s age, the better the Empal will taste due to the seasonings being absorbed by the pot’s walls that will produce its unique taste. Empal Gentong is usually eaten with Lontong (rice cake) or a scoop of warm rice – accompanied with Dorokdok (cow’s skin crackers).

Now, you no longer have to drive all the way to Cirebon to enjoy Empal Gentong as there are a few top-quality sellers down in Jakarta. The following are five of the best out of them all.

1. Empal Gentong Mang Darma Putra
This legendary Empal Gentong shop in Cirebon – founded in 1948 – now has a branch in Bintaro.

Pasar Bintaro Jaya Sektor 2, Jakarta
T: 021 9936 6023/0821 1890 4944
Open daily from 10am-4pm

2. Empal Gentong & Soto Ambengan
Those who reside in West Jakarta will be able to relish a bowl of Empang Gentong or Soto Ambengan (chicken soup with koya powder) for lunch at this joint.

Jl. Tanjung Duren Raya Kav. 685, No.10,
T: 021 568 5082
Open daily from 10am-8pm

3. Warung Empal Gentong Cirebon
Part of the culinary paradise in Tebet, its Empal Gentong sports a very tasteful soup.

Jl. Tebet Barat IV, No.31,
South Jakarta
Open daily from 10am-10pm

4. Makanan Cirebon Ibu Lily
Besides its in-demand Empal Getong, this place also serves a mean Nasi Lengko (steamed rice with side dishes).

Jl. Tanjung Duren Raya No. 685,
Tanjung Duren, Jakarta
T: 021 568 5082
Open daily from 10am-10pm

5. Empal Gentong Indrajaya
For people who live in Depok and Cimanggis, have a go at its Empal Gentong Indrijaya . You can also choose either to have it with soup or grilled.

Cimanggis Square Lantai 2, Jl. Raya Bogor, KM 29, Depok
T: 0818 081 9831
Open daily from 10am-10pm
Buka Senin-Minggu, pukul 10.00-22.00 WIB


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