Gado-gado is an Indonesian take on a salad bowl, consisting of steamed vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, boiled potatoes, fried tofu and tempeh, and lontong (steamed rice wrapped in a banana leaf) with a smear of peanut sauce on top. A dish of Gado-gado will make your palate burst with flavor. Adjust the level of spiciness according to your preference.
A hot day in Jakarta doesn’t mean you can’t savor some hot beef soup. Soto Betawi is one of the city’s authentic dishes, consists of thinly cut beef brisket cooked with beef broth, coconut milk, tomatoes and potatoes. Add some chili and a pinch of lime to enhance the flavor, and spoon the soup until the last drop.
Kerak Telor is the best traditional light bite for companion as you stroll around town. This Betawi traditional dish is similar to omelet, but the eggs are cooked with rice topped with serundeng (fried shredded coconut), fried shallots and dried shrimp. Savor the crispy texture and add some chili sauce for a bold flavor.
At the end of the night, you can chill with some friends over a glass or more of Bir Pletok (Pletok Beer). The traditional drink is healthy as it is made of ginger, pandanus leaves and lemongrass to smooth your blood circulation. This “beer” is non-alcoholic so you don’t have to worry about getting a hangover the next day. Cheers!