It would be safe for me to assume that Bakso Titoti and Bakso Pak Kumis Blok S each have their fair share of die-hard regulars. Both have their own unique features that make them so popular among Jakartans. Bakso Titoti offers more Bakso (meatball) choices, while its counterpart has been widely known for its self-service method, which most of the time causes long queues at its counter. Fortunately, I am very much familiar with the two Bakso joints as I have made my way to both places and wolfed down their signature dishes countless times, placing me in the perfect position to make apples-to-apples comparisons between them.
Bakso Titoti is a Bakso utopia for meatball lovers with its comprehensive array of Bakso selection. Its meaty and chewy Bakso Urat (beef tendon meatball) is simply divine, with its overall texture just oozing with beef tendon delight. The overall concoction is then rounded up with a few beef tendon slices.
During peak hours, the joint tends to get a bit untidy and chaotic, which affects the swiftness of its service. Also, don’t be surprised to find your beef broth a tad greasy at times.
Bakso Pak Kumis Blok S
Its location in the heart of Blok S is a plus point in itself. Its huge meatballs offer a smooth and succulent sensation that you may not find anywhere else. Its clear soup has a well-balanced flavour and texture – not too dense and oily. Moreover, you have the liberty to mix and match your ingredients and seasonings to your heart’s content.
The Bakso here may be a bit too tender for some people, and despite its juicy texture, it can get rather bland taste-wise.