Guilt-Free Gado-Gado

The end of this year’s Ramadan is nigh, and what comes next is the business end of this holy month – when the fasting period for our Muslim friends ends, followed by epic Eid al-Fitr celebrations up and down the country accompanied by truckloads of hearty food. Herein lies the problem, however. A holiday, coupled with non-stop eating, normally leads to grumbles about how much weight some folks have gained during the festivities and a few people would then go on a low-carb diet once they’re back at their respective homes. To help you win your war against excess fat, here’s a short list of Gado-Gado (mixed vegetables in peanut sauce) joints in Jakarta that could assist you in doing just that.

Gado-Gado Bon-Bin
This place has been dishing out its signature Gado-Gado for more than 20 years since 1985, and its popularity is as such that to stumble upon long queues every time you’re there is a given. Its menu offers other enticing dishes such as Bakmi Ayam, Lontong Cap Gomeh and Nasi Rames. But since you’re on a weight-loss programme, we’d recommend you stick to its Gado-Gado.

Jl. Cikini IV, No. 5
Central Jakarta
T: 021 314 1539/021 392 5404
Open daily from 10am-5pm
Rp.28,000/US$2.50 per portion

Gado-Gado Direksi

It may only fit in four customers at one time, but despite its small size, Gado-Gado Direksi is well regarded by many for its Gado-Gado. In fact, some have boldly described its trademark dish as the best in town. Its longevity in terms of existence and how it maintains its food quality has to be applauded, what with the joint having first opened back in 1967 –further explaining the large number of punters that crowds the place on a daily basis. Expect a rainbow of flavours oozing from every bite.

Jl. Pintu Besar Selatan II – Pancoran Kita (behind Gloria),
Central Jakarta
T: 021 9253 1495/0812 940 8926
Open daily from 9.30am-4.30pm
Rp.30,000/US$2.30 (without lontong)

Gado-Gado Boplo
The most unique aspect of Gado-Gado Boplo that differentiates it from its counterparts is the use of cashew nuts for its savoury sauce instead of the usual peanuts. It has a multitude of outlets across the city as well, which makes it easier to get a hold of. Its branch in the Panglima Polim area over in South Jakarta is one that we would suggest you make a visit to.

Jl. Panglima Polim IX, No. 124,
South Jakarta
T: 021 724 8334
Open daily from 8am-10pm
Rp.20,000/US$1.50 per person

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