While Cikini has some of the very best restaurants and food stalls in Jakarta, very few places have menus in English. Below we’ve made a list of the basics, to get you started.
Many places have regional ‘variations on a theme’, with food often named after the place it originates from. Our main piece of advice, though, is: if you don’t know what it is, try it! 9 out of 10 times you’ll find something completely brilliant.
|Sapi (or daging)||Beef|
|Bakso (pronounced ‘Ba-So’)||Meatballs|
|Sate (Satay)||Meat on sticks with peanut sauce|
|rendang||Beef in dry coconut stew (must try!)|
|gado-gado||Mixed veg with peanut sauce|
|Cap cai (pronounced ‘chap chai’)||Mixed veg in a soupy sauce|
|Martabak Manis||A sweet, very thick pankake (calorie bomb)|
|Martabak Telur||Thick savoury omelette|
|Ayam Kampung||‘village chicken’ –skinny, but delicious|
|Nasi Padang||Food from Padang in west Sumatra,
includes rendang and various other delicious offerings.