Jakarta: Bakmi Boy


“I enjoyed each and every bite of the chewy Bakmi Ayam – it was that good – and the filling of the wonton here was very meaty, which is something that you don’t come across too often.”

A mate of mine has always been pestering me about trying out a Bakmi Ayam joint on Jalan Cikajang – he insists that Bakmi Boy should be on the top of my must-try list of eateries in town. As a massive fan of Bakmi Ayam, only the lack of time on my side has stopped me from going there. Fortunately, my current employment entails me to scour through every nook and cranny in the city and beyond to find the best Indonesian dishes around and bring them to light. So I finally made my way to Bakmi Boy to justify the claims of my friend.

I arrived ten minutes to one in the afternoon, so I assumed that the lunch period for offices was about to come to an end. Imagine my surprise when I found the place still crowded with people in uniform and batik scoffing down on their food. Good thing there were still a couple of vacant tables left. Housed inside a brand-new building not far from its previous shop on Jalan Cikajang – they relocated back in October of this year – the new place could hold up to 50 people.

Under the recommendation of the waiter, I opted for the Bakmi Ayam Jamur with Baso and Pangsit (chicken mushroom noodles with meatballs and wonton), which he explained was a crowd favourite. The service was top notch, as despite the many orders still waiting to be served, they still managed to get my food done in less than five minutes. I enjoyed each and every bite of the chewy Bakmi Ayam – it was that good – and the filling of the wonton here was very meaty, which is something that you don’t come across too often.

As I went up to settle my bill, I got talking to the owner who was manning the cashier counter. She told me that this branch was first established in 1983 and is the third Bakmi Boy in Jakarta. The first one can be found in the Mayestik area and was inaugurated in 1963, while the second shop has been in business in Blok M since 1978, but has since moved to BSD.

I exited the establishment, took out my smartphone and immediately rang my mate – the one who had been badgering me to come here – to thank him for his persistency. Without him, I wouldn’t have experienced such a heavenly meal.

Jl. Cikajang No. 42, Santa
South Jakarta
Open daily from 10am-8pm
Rp. 30,000/ US$ 2.20 per person


A die-hard fan of authentic Indonesian delights who loves the idea of travelling to the cradle of those enticing local treats. Yet, you might often find this young lad busy with his guitar – be it alone in his room or, sometimes, on stage.

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