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Jakarta: Bubur Ayam Cikini HR Sulaiman

Jakarta: Bubur Ayam Cikini HR Sulaiman


At first glance, its Bubur Ayam looks almost identical to the ones served by its peers, with the only noticeable difference being its use of Emping (melinjo nut crackers) for its topping.

For locals – including myself – a bowl of Bubur Ayam (chicken porridge) is the answer to a good, hearty breakfast to start off the day, and the perfect dish to devour before we retire to our respective bedrooms for midnight supper. Jakarta has countless of stalls scattered all over the city that are devoted to serving this specific treat. Yet, as is always the case, it’s not as easy as ABC when you’re trying to find a place that has withstood the test of time in serving a fantastic Bubur Ayam.

Thank your lucky stars then for Bubur Ayam Cikini HR Sulaiman, a long-standing eatery that dishes out what might be the best chicken porridge in town. Initially called Bubur Ayam Cikini when it first opened for business in 1987, its rapid rise resulted in opportunists trying to take credit for its success by using its name as their own. Aggrieved, Mr HR Sulaiman decided to add his name to his venture’s handle to differentiate it from the impostors. For your information, the genuine Bubur Ayam Cikini HR Sulaiman in Jakarta is on Jalan Cikini Raya. Its only other branch is in Cirebon – HR Sulaiman’s current residence.

Its navy blue canopy can be easily seen once you’re in the area, exactly opposite the Cikini commuter line station. At first glance, its Bubur Ayam looks almost identical to the ones served by its peers, with the only noticeable difference being its use of Emping (melinjonut crackers) for its topping. Gobble down a spoonful, and you will discover how rich and velvety its texture is. You have the freedom to decide how salty or peppery you’d like your porridge to be, as soy sauce and pepper are provided on your table. Besides its speciality, other dishes that are available here include Martabak (beef stuffed pancake) and Nasi Goreng (fried rice), among others.

Jalan Cikini Raya No. 90,
Central Jakarta
Open from 6.30am to 11.30pm
Rp.25,000/US$1.40 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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