Jakarta’s Seven Spicy Sensations


The majority of Indonesians believe that a meal isn’t complete without some hot sambal on the side. Given that we’re so crazy about everything spicy, it comes as no surprise to see quite a lot of eateries in Jakarta relying heavily on spiciness to lure customers. Here are a few top choices to get your spicy kick on here in the capital city of Indonesia.

Sambal Setan Bu Mut 

Sambal Setan Bu Mut
This roadside warung in Pejompongan is renowned for its literally breathtaking Sambal Tomat (spicy tomato sauce).

Jl. Penjernihan 1,
Jakarta
Open daily from 5pm-12am

Warung Indomie Abang Adek 

Warung Indomie Abang Adek
Its level ten Indomie, which consists of a truckload of cayenne peppers being thrown into a bowl of our favourite instant noodles, will burn your tongue to its core in the most pleasant of ways imaginable.

Jl. Dr. Muwardi II No. 14,
Jakarta
T: 021 560 2041
Open daily from 7am-8pm

Sambal Setan Warung Tiki Taka

Sambal Setan Warung Tiki Taka
Dip its fried chicken into its sambal and let the hotness wrap your taste buds. Simply divine, I’m a big fan of this warung.

Jl. RS Fatmawati,
Jakarta
Open daily from 7pm-12am

Nasi Goreng Mafia 

Nasi Goreng Mafia
Nasi Goreng Mafia offers an array of Nasi Goreng (fried rice) choices that customers can choose from with six levels of spiciness. Tuck in, and let your tears of joy come streaming down your cheeks.

Jl. Tebet Raya No. 27 D,
Jakarta
T: 021 8378 5343
Open daily from 10am-11pm

Sambal Petir Tebet

Sambal Petir Tebet
It was only a few months ago that I made my first visit to this warung, but it had yet to reach its current level of popularity. Now, it is frequently overcrowded and has become the main cause behind the awful traffic on Jalan Tebet Raya.

Jl. Tebet Raya,
Jakarta
Open daily from 6pm to 11pm

Iga Bakar Teroris 

Iga Bakar Teroris
Besides its fiery hot grilled ribs, Iga Bakar Teroris also purveys the likes of fried beef ribs, beef rib soup, fried rice, Nasi Bakar (grilled rice wrapped in banana leaf), oxtail soup, and beef steak on its menu. People come here for the grilled ribs, though, and it tends to sell out quickly.

Jl. Pahlawan, Kalibata,
Jakarta
Open daily from 7pm-9pm

Bakso Bakar Pak Gendut 

bakso bakar pak gendut
Its Bakso Bakar (grilled meatballs) and the extra hot sambal that comes with them will delight your palate no end.

Jl. Bacang No. 12B,
Pasar Minggu, Jakarta
Open daily from 10am-10pm


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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