Gastronomy in Jakarta
Updated 3 weeks ago

As an international metropolis, Jakarta has a wonderfully diverse and amazing food scene. From sweet and sour to zesty and spicy, theres something for everyone. Your taste buds will be more than happy to discover Jakartas amazing food scene. While Indonesias own culinary heritage dominates the city, you can also find other foreign cuisine influences. Expats will also be happy to find out that there are many international restaurants which can cater to their preferences and tastes.

Street food in Jakarta

No trip to Jakarta is complete without trying out the street food. Anywhere you look, you are almost always able to see food hawkers serving up delicious food. Fritters are Jakartan's favourite street food; they're not only delicious, but they are also cheap! With just IDR 1,000, you can get one piece of fritter. The most common fritters you can find are crispy tempeh, tofu, sweet potato, bakwan (mixed vegetable fritters), plantain, and cireng (fried tapioca starch batter).

Aside from fritters, you can also find many other dishes. For a hearty and affordable breakfast, try out Nasi Uduk (fragrant rice) with various toppings, such as Mie Goreng, Telur Balado, and Tempe Orek. In the morning, you can also find Bubur Ayam (congee), Lontong Sayur, Gado-Gado, and Ketan Serundeng. Meanwhile, Sate Ayam (chicken satay), Sate Kambing (mutton satay), Sate Padang, Martabak Telor, Ketoprak, and Nasi Goreng Tek-Tek are more commonly found during the evening.

Halal food in Jakarta

As a predominantly Muslim city in the largest Muslim country in the world, most of Jakarta's restaurants serve halal food. This means they don't serve pork or anything cooked with lard. Indonesia even has its own council, which checks whether a restaurant is entirely halal or not. You'll see the halal stamp next to most restaurant logos in Jakarta.

If you're a Muslim yourself, count yourself lucky as you won't have any problems finding delicious food in this city. But even if you're not Muslim, you should still try some delicious halal dishes such as Soto, Sate Kambing, Sate Ayam, and Rendang.

International cuisine in Jakarta

Being a metropolitan city, Jakarta is a huge melting pot of cultures and ethnicities. This is reflected by the vibrant food scene in Jakarta. There are countless different cuisines, and they all have their own influence on Jakarta's cuisine. Chinese, Japanese, American, Italian, Fench, Middle Eastern, you name it. While some restaurants might tweak their recipes to match Indonesians' taste, some remain true to their origins and serve dishes which retain their original flavours.

No matter which cuisine you are trying, you are always in for a hearty and delicious meal. For a more adventurous meal, try fusion restaurants. But if you are homesick, you won't have any problem finding restaurants that serve authentic dishes from your home country.

Vegetarian dishes in Jakarta

Vegetarian and vegan dishes are gaining popularity in Jakarta. Right now, you can find a lot of restaurants which only serve vegetable-based dishes. But, aside from posh and trendy restaurants, you can actually get vegan and vegetarian-friendly meals from food hawkers around your neighbourhood.

Tempeh and tofu, two common vegan protein sources, are a big part of Indonesian cuisine. Deep-fried, stir-fried, boiled, baked, or grilled, it should not be hard for you to find delicious dishes made with tempeh and tofu. Then, you should also try out other delicious vegetable-based dishes such as Sayur Lodeh, Sayur Asem, Gado-Gado, Ketoprak, Rujak, Bakwan Jagung, Pecel, Perkedel, and Cap Cay.

Desserts in Jakarta

If you've got a sweet tooth, you will love staying in Jakarta. Traditional or modern, you can find all sorts of delicious desserts in Jakarta. If you want to try traditional Indonesian desserts, you can either buy some from street hawkers around your neighbourhood or go to a traditional Indonesian restaurant. For a more authentic taste, it is recommended to try out desserts sold by street hawkers. Traditional desserts you must try are Es Campur, Es Doger, Es Cendol Martabak Manis, Lopis, Kue Pancong, Kue Lapis, Pisang Coklat, Kue Putu, Klepon and Kue Cubit.

You should not have any problems finding bakeries, patisseries, and restaurants serving up delicious modern and Western desserts either. Right now, Mille crepe cakes, cupcakes, churros, and donuts are especially popular among young Indonesians. Or, if you want something more unique, why not try out some fusion desserts? Some bakeries are incorporating traditional flavours into modern desserts ' for example, Klepon Cake, Red Velvet Martabak Manis, and many more.

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