One of my favourite place that I used to hang out in Jakarta when I was based there quite a while is Menteng. Supper spot there is like those few particular place that must drop by or my friend often feed me along as they know I just love their food.
Menteng is slightly off from Jakarta City it self, not too far yet is about 15 minutes away only for night drive. If you are talking about day time traffic easily 30-45 minutes?
Menteng street food or hawker center is rather famous to the locals yet slightly commercialize too as its located not too far from the city and offer variety of local hawker food that I love. Its actually one of my favourite hawker area for night spot in Jakarta
Of course while you are seating in this busy hawker center, please beware on your personal belongings. . .
Variety of local food you can hunt for as I always eat those usuals. ..
Their local hawker food with cute little cart all stack by side by side and people here are very harmony, as they help each other in their business and lend a helping hand to serve and order.
My bakso soup.
If you want some challenge in your food, add in their super spicy chili sauce as only a 2 spoon full is enough to make me drench in sweat.
Nasi Goreng Gila – (direct translation – Crazy Fried Rice) as they have lots of ingredient, whereby it means, what ever ingredient they have on their cart, they just cook everything along in it. One of my favourite too. RP7000 – RM 2.30
Then my sate that I will not miss which is totally different from Malaysia version especially with the seasoning and the gravy that added on.
Sate Kicap (Soy Sate) is usually my favourite and add on with their local sambal. slightly sweet as on their soy sauce, thick in gravy with their own mixture and sambal kicks the flavour up on spicy side. I usually order in mutton.
My all time favourite is roti bakar with cheeze and chocolate rice. Just awesome as some of you might find it sweet, yet this is one of the best toast I come accross, heavy for supper? NOpe as you will fall in love with it.
You will have a street band playing for you, as they go around tables. You can just tip them any amount you wish.
If you do get a chance to visit Jakarta, Drop by this hakwer center
Jalan HOS Cokroaminoto No.79
10310 DKI JAKARTA
Operating hours: 8pm onwards
(the hawker center is next to Hotel Formula 1)