Another traditional Betawi dish on the list, Ketoprak is considered a light meal that would make for the ideal breakfast dish and also the ultimate midnight snack.
Having been a resident in Jakarta for more than 20 years now, I have come to notice the interesting and unique eating habits of its denizens – more specifically, the dishes that are commonly consumed for breakfast and midnight supper. First of all, let me make it clear that I have yet to established a solid grounding on the real factor behind this pattern, although I am of the opinion that it’s got something to do with the selection of food that’s available across the city during those times. Here are some of the general favourites that we’ve all come to love having in the morning or at midnight.
Restaurants seldomly offer Nasi Goreng in the morning unless it’s in a hotel, yet this dish has become a breakfast staple in most homes across the archipelago. When night-time comes, Nasi Goreng can be found at almost every roadside warung or food cart that you come across.
It is basically one of the unhealthiest foods that you could ingest. However, its practicality in preparing is what makes it so treasured by many. For a more enjoyable time and better taste, most people would have a bowl of instant noodles at a warung by the roadside instead of cooking one up at home.
A delicious traditional Betawi dish that’s perfect for breakfast, Nasi Uduk (steamed rice cooked with coconut milk) tends to be served wrapped up in a banana leaf and accompanied by side dishes such as tempe orek (sautéed tempeh), slices of fried chicken, and sambal. It is also a favourite midnight supper dish preferred by many. Head down to Nasi Uduk & Ayam Goreng Gang Buni to try the Peranakan style of the dish. Jl. Mangga Besar I, No.42C, RT 05/RW05, West Jakarta. T: 0838 7575 7515
Another traditional Betawi dish on the list, Ketoprak is considered a light meal that would make for the ideal breakfast dish and also the ultimate midnight snack. Consisting of lontong (rice cake), bean sprouts, fried tofu slices, and bihun (rice vermicelli), it is served drenched in peanut sauce and with some crackers on the side. One of the best Ketoprak that you could ever find in Jakarta has got to be Ketoprak Ciragil. Jl. Cikatomas 1, No. 10, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta
A personal breakfast favourite, I would usually come across people selling Bubur Ayam (chicken porridge) in my neighbourhood from a food cart or a motorcycle in the morning. What makes it even better is that you can also find a decent bowl of Bubur Ayam even at 3am. Out of all the ones that I have sampled, I’d recommend Bubur Ayam Sukabumi in Tebet, which is open 24/7. Jl. Tebet Barat Dalam No. 2, South Jakarta. T: 021 831 2257