About four years ago, a Bebek Goreng (fried duck) craze swept through Jakarta and inevitably triggered an explosion in the number of roadside hawkers touting various duck-based dishes across the city. The fad has surprisingly lasted even to this day, and two well-known joints can be found in Tebet, one of the most renowned street-food havens in town: Bebek Kaleyo and Bebek Ginyo. We placed them both head-to-head in order to take a closer look and justify their stature.
With a capacious dining space that can accommodate up to a hundred people, Bebek Kaleyo has the edge in terms of its relatively affordable pricing structure. The dishes here are made to order, resulting in them being fresh and warm when they arrive on your table. Its fried duck meat is tender and savoury.
The place tends to be crowded most of the time, which seems to affect the pace of its service. Its treasured hot sambal – although celebrated – is rather mild and tastes a bit bland.
Bebek Ginyo’s adoption of a self-service method makes for a swift ordering process. Its fried duck is much juicier compared to its equivalents, and the seasonings used are well balanced. There’s a comprehensive selection of tasty side dishes on offer, and four different sambals to choose from. You can also opt to enjoy your fried duck with either steamed white, fried, or red rice.
The only hiccup that we found with Bebek Ginyo is its limited parking space. With only enough room for three cars, it can be a pain when you visit here during peak times.
Despite Bebek Kaleyo’s celebrated status, Bebek Ginyo has managed to find and maintain a state of equilibrium between its service, food quality, and ambience. Hence, we have concluded that Bebek Ginyo is the clear winner in this battle of the best fried duck joints.