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How to Eat Like a Foodie in Jakarta

How to Eat Like a Foodie in Jakarta

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Being the largest and the capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta has become a beacon for foodies around the world. There is no doubt that the western world has had a major influence in the flare of cooking, but nothing is better than tasting authentic Indonesian food. We have compiled a list of dishes we think every food lover should try, ranging from contemporary dishes to street-food must haves.

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Bebek Goreng

Eat like a local and try a traditional Bebek Goreng, also known as 'Nasi bebek' or 'Duck rice'. It is fried duck marinated in a variety of spices, usually served with rice, sambal and vegetables. This dish can be found in both street vendors and high-class restaurants. Typically, locals eat this dish with their hands, to be able to consume every morsel of duck and rice on the plate. Eating like a local is one of the best ways to try out authentic Indonesian food!


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Loving Hut

Finding a vegetarian or vegan restaurant is quite easy in Jakarta, but the best place to try classic Indonesian dishes like Nasi Goreng or Nasi Lemak is at Loving Hut. The menu holds a variety of dishes and even if you aren't vegan, this is one of the best places to try traditional dishes. Good vegan food, at a reasonable price, without the harm of any animals, what more could you ask for? 


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Nusa Gastronomy

For those wishing to be more adventurous with their consumption of Indonesian food, Nusa Gastronomy is the place for you. Nusa is derived from Nusantara, which means The Archipelago. There are over 1,700 islands that make up the country of Indonesia, and with its immense diversity, Nusa captures each culture and characteristic through each bite, through selected ingredients, modern technique and incredible presentation. 


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Gorengan (Fried foods)

If you are a true foodie, you must try the food carts that are scattered throughout the busy streets of Jakarta. Gorengan means anything that is fried, and it is a popular amongst the locals, providing workers on the go with a quick and easy snack on the go. Usually vendors will sell desserts like Pisang Goreng (Banana Fritters) and Tape Goreng (Fermented and Fried Cassava), but also sell savoury options like Bakwan Sayur (Vegetable Fritter) and Mendoan (Soy Cake). They are often not the healthiest option but they are delicious. 


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Durian Pancake

We of course had to add at least one dessert, for all our sweet-tooths. Durian pancake is made with flour and a durian cream puree. It has a sweet outer layer which is usually flavoured with pandan or even strawberry. It typically looks like a square pouch although it can be served on a thin crepe.

We hope this list provides you with a variety of food to try for when you visit Jakarta. But if you're not planning to visit Indonesia any time soon, you can still experience the authentic flavours from your own kitchen with Asian Home Gourmet. To find more recipes and inspiration about Indonesian cuisine feel free to check out our page.

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