Nasi Goreng Abang Abang


The last time I ate Nasi Goreng Tek Tek or Nasi Goreng Abang Abang with my mum was when I still took ballet class in elementary school. We used to buy nasi goreng from the street vendor in front of Sport Mall Kelapa Gading on our way back home. Today, we got stuck all day at home due to severe flood and nonstop rain. We got no ready-to-eat food, and there was no gas to cook instant noodle. We were extremely starving by 7 pm, so we decided to go buy nasi goreng outside our compound. IMG_2233

The fried rice turned out to be nice, much better than expected. It smelled very fragrant, not too oily and the seasoning was just right.


Mie Baso Karapitan


My friend from Bandung took me to his favourite yamien shop. The store looks very simple and old, with a cart outside and plastic chairs inside. The menu is also very condensed, as you can only choose either sweet or savoury noodle, with additional baso (meatball), bakso goreng (fried meatball), pangsit kuah (dumpling soup), or pangsit goreng (fried wonton skin). 20141105_180047

Yamien Manis (Sweet Noodle) 20141105_180849

Yamien Asin (Savoury Noodle) 20141105_180853

Baso & pangsit kuah 20141105_180934

Bakso Goreng (Fried Meatball) 
20141105_182300Although it is a street food vendor; surprisingly, the quality of service here is like in a 5-star hotel. The owner’s daughter refilled our glass of tea whenever it is almost empty.

Soto Ayam Surabaya P. Arif

Tina introduced this hidden street food vendor inside a private residential area. Tina has the phone number of the seller, Pak Arif, who speaks with a very strong Javanese accent. Since Tina has known Pak Arif well for quite a while, Pak Arif lets us have free flow of everything, from the rice, chicken, koya (shredded shrimp cracker), cabbage, bean sprout, basically everything he has on his cart.

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Gado Gado (no brand)

I was amazed by this gado gado seller located at the side of my office complex, Komplek Gading Bukit Indah. He made the gado gado sauce in big batch, but the sauce is well mixed. However, the seller rejected any customisation. I usually eat gado gado with sauce on the side, but this seller put together the sauce and the vegetables. My cousin requested for non spicy sauce, but this seller said he only made average spicy sauce. After making the sauce for 15 servings, he put the toppings for each serving, starting from cucumber, followed by potato, labu siam, tofu, tempe, kangkung (morning glory) and lastly tauge (bean sprout). The way he distributed each item to each portion was like planting a garden. 

Here are step-by-step pictures of the making of gado gado, 15 portions at once. Bravo!



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Gado Gado Lontong = IDR 8.000

Bubur Ayam Khas Brebes Bang Jaya

Unlike other street congee vendors, Bubur Ayam Spesial Brebes Berhias (Bang Jaya), is located in a “ruko” (building) with seating area in Pesanggrahan, Puri Indah. 20140830_200801

The cart size is bigger than the size of usual mobile street congee vendors. 20140830_201154There’s an interesting menu: “Bubur Ga Pake Ayam” (Porridge without Chicken). They also offer delivery with an extra charge of IDR 5.000.


They offer many kinds of satay, including “Telur Muda” / “Uritan” (Young Egg / Unfinished Egg), which is an egg is taken out of a hen but hasn’t fully formed. 20140830_200250

I ordered Bubur Ayam 1 Porsi (Full portion of chicken congee). This chicken congee is indeed very special. The soup broth is very tasty, the chicken is flavoured and the congee is thick. 20140830_200259

Also, the chilli is spicy. 20140830_200341   Although the serving bowl looks expensive, but the food price here is actually very reasonable compared to its quality. 20140830_201159


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Bubur Ayam 1 Porsi = IDR 13.000

Aqua botol =  IDR 4.000

Nasi Uduk Ibu Jum

Nasi Uduk Ibu Jum is one of hidden gems in Kelapa Gading, but it’s only open at night and while it’s not raining. It is located across BPK Penabur Kelapa Gading. Although it is considered as “warung” / street food, but the guests mostly come in cars. IMG_780620140829_19025520140829_184638

The seating area is all outdoor with sunbrella sponsored by Nu Green Tea. 20140829_185015

They even provide a Musholla / praying room for Muslims.


And children playground… 20140829_190249

Moreover, live music!


The chilli was awesome! It was still hot while I held the container.  20140829_185335


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Sayur 4 macam = IDR 18.000

Aqua gelas =  IDR 1.000

Total = IDR 19.000

Bubur Cikini (BurCik)

Bubur Cikini is one of legendary street food vendors in Jakarta. When I arrived at KFC Cikini, I saw two vendors with the title Bubur Cikini, both are crowded, so I wasn’t sure which one is the original. The first one I saw at KFC parking lot has BCR sign on its cart, which stands for Bubur Cikini Raya.


The second one I saw has sign Burcik H.R. Suleman Cirebon, located in Bintaro Bakery, right across KFC and BCR (the first one I saw). According to my driver, this one  is the original one.

 20140823_09054720140823_084827I ordered Bubur Ayam Telor (Chicken Porridge with Egg). I’m glad that they don’t use “kerupuk warna warni” (colourful crackers), but I’m sad that there’s no fried soybean for topping.

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The man in black is the porridge master. He scooped the porridge, chicken, cakue, emping, tongcai (冬菜 dōngcài / pickled daikon) and fried scallion. His assistant’s job was only placing a plate at the bottom of the bowl and a spoon inside the bowl before serving to customers. 20140823_090220

The hot tea tasted a bit different from regular tea, and there was 20140823_090117 20140823_090319

There are two carts under the same brand, the first one is the porridge, and the other cart sells Martabak Telor. 20140823_090409 20140823_090609