If you’ve ever tuned in to 101 Jak FM during a weekday between 10am to 1pm, then the smooth velvety voice that you’ve been listening to is Ricky Rahim Putra’s – a radio announcer extraordinaire who’s been entertaining sad folks stuck in traffic since 2012. Born in Medan but of Padang descent, Ricky has been living in Jakarta since he was a toddler. Besides his love for action figures, he’s also a big fan of any dish that contains chicken. He took some time off from his busy schedule to dish out his favourite Indonesian delicacies.
Five favourite Indonesian dishes and where to find them
With several outlets stationed across the city, I would usually pay a visit to the one in Srengseng, Kebon Jeruk. Its juicy Bakso is just irresistible, while the hot sambal that comes with it is very distinctive in taste.
Bubur Ayam Barito
A favourite of many, the chicken porridge here is served with cheese sticks, which makes it stand out from the crowd. I also love the fact that they throw in a considerable amount of chicken meat slices into the porridge.
Sate Padang Ajo Ramon
I probably won’t be alone in saying that this joint serves the best Sate Padang (beef satay with coconut milk gravy) in town. Whether its beef, cow’s tongue or cow’s intestine, everything that they offer tastes like perfection. Its dense gravy is just as heavenly. The other reason why I frequently eat at its warung at Pasar Santa is the lovely ladies who would linger around the area (laughs)
An eatery that sits in between a string of shops in Pasar Baru, the word on the street is that Bakmi Tropic has been around for 50 years now; and it still looks the same inside out. Its delectable Mie Yamin (dry noodles), along with its vintage ambience, is a delight to devour and behold.
Nasi Kebuli Apjay
This place is an affordable yet tasty alternative for those who wish to hang out in Panglima Polim. Its Nasi Kebuli (spicy steamed rice with mutton broth) is well seasoned and very enjoyable. It’s one of my favourite spots to meet up with mates and have a satisfying meal.