Foodies should be familiar with the names Ayam Goreng Berkah and Ayam Goreng H. Mardun Martinah. The former is a favourite with the folks down in South Jakarta, while the latter is a legendary Ayam Goreng (fried chicken) purveyor since the 1960s. The similarities between the textures of the two dishes led us to try and compare them in a more detailed fashion.
Ayam Goreng Berkah
The sweet juicy sensation of its fried chicken is simply the best, while its decision to adopt a Javanese fried chicken concept is spot on. Its use of free-range chicken for its signature dish lends a significant effect to its overall taste.
Its fried chicken tends to be on the soggy side and too oily. The sambal terasi (shrimp paste chilli) provided is just not strong enough to provide the proper refreshing touch to its main course. The cleanliness of its dining area tends to be overlooked, especially during peak hours.
Jl. Melawai XIII,
T: 021 573 6663
Open daily from 11am-11pm
Ayam Goreng H. Mardun Martinah
Its perfectly seasoned fried chicken features a very velvety texture. It is served with a few complementary ingredients such as peanut sauce and pickled cucumber and onion, with the former the main reason why this dish has won plaudit after plaudit from a lot of people. This joint has also plumped for a comfortable atmosphere rather than a capacious dining area.
For some, its fried chicken may taste very bland. You may also encounter some difficulties with its insufficient parking space.
Jl. Mangga Besar Raya No. 90A,
T: 021 629 0229
Open daily from 9.30am-8.30pm
There is not much difference when you compare the tastiness of both dishes in general. For me, though, the silky smooth texture of Ayam Goreng H. Mardun Martinah’s fried chicken offers a uniquely satisfying sensation when paired with its phenomenal peanut sauce.