Quite a number of dishes from the Minang culinary lexicon have broke through the public consciousness and into the mainstream Indonesian foodscape – one of them being Ayam Pop (steamed chicken). A quick surf through the Internet will reveal that this delicacy has its origins in Bukittinggi. As I was in the neighbourhood, I took the opportunity to pay a visit to a place that is known for serving the best Ayam Pop in town: Rumah Makan Family Benteng Indah.
Located on Jalan Yos Sudarso opposite Benteng Fort De Kock’s main entrance, the joint shares the same parking lot as the historical fortress. The shop sports a spired roof akin to one that would normally be found on top of a Rumah Gadang (Minangkabau traditional house) and is rather spacious in size – with a capacity of up to 80 customers. Having survived the test of time for about 40 years and counting, its success has seen the business grow from strength to strength. A few branches have been opened across the city, while its first-ever outlet outside of Bukittinggi can be found in Pondok Indah, South Jakarta.
As like every other Padang restaurants, the dishes here are put in pairs on small plates and stacked on the table. I quickly grabbed a serving of its glistening Ayam Pop and popped it on my plate of steamed rice. Tender and succulent, the best thing about it is that it wasn’t as oily as those that you may find in other similar eateries. Served alongside it was a saucer of coconut milk-based spicy tomato sauce, which proved to be a refreshing complement to the savoury steamed chicken.
Jl. Yos Sudarso No. 4,
T: 0752 21102
Open daily from 8am-9pm
Rp.50,000/US$3.70 per person