Jakarta: Bubur Ayam Barito


“During my wait, it was apparent that the number of patrons had suddenly increased as the place became more crowded – so much so that some had to wait in their car after placing their order.

Back in the 1990s, Blok M and its surrounding area used to be the trendiest part of town – where youngsters would congregate with their mates until late at night – long before the rise of Senopati and Pantai Indah Kapuk. Food hawkers saw this as an opportunity for them to set up shop here and peddle their cooking for the crowd. One stall that threw its hat in the ring during that era was Bubur Ayam Barito, which is located opposite Taman Barito. Amazingly, it still stands tall even to this day.

Established by a man called Agus in 1992, it took only a few months for Bubur Ayam Barito to become the talk of the town. Its reputation for serving the best Bubur Ayam (chicken porridge) is known to many, which comes as a source of amazement for me as I have never visited the place despite spending many Saturday nights in the area.

I arrived slightly early before its doors were open, with some of its staff still busy cleaning up the place and preparing the tent in front of the shop. It’s a tiny place, with its main function being a kitchen while punters would sit outside under its tent. By that time, three people were already queuing behind the counter waiting for their turn to place their order. As soon as its staff set up the tables and chairs, in a flash I sat down and waited for my food to be brought to my table.

During my wait, it was apparent that the number of patrons had suddenly increased as the place became more crowded – so much so that some had to wait in their car after placing their order. The Bubur Ayam here may seem similar to those produced by its counterparts – it consists of porridge, slices of fried chicken, cakwe (deep-fried wheat-based dough), raw egg, and some cheese sticks – but once a spoonful lands in your mouth, it’ll feel like a slice of heaven had just made a pit stop on your palate.

Jl. Gandaria Tengah No.3
South Jakarta
T: 0813 8148  8989
Open daily from 4pm-12pm
Rp.20,000/US$1.50 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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