Enjoy Varieties of Soup in Jakarta as a Mid-Day Snack

Usually, a variety of soto and soup in Jakarta are served to be eaten with a portion of rice. But, aside from those, there are a few dishes that can be eaten as is. These dishes often are served as snacks, but you can also choose to eat it with rice. They are bakso, bakwan malang, and tekwan.

Literal translation for bakso is meatballs, but meatballs dish in Indonesian is often served with soup broth. The popular and widely available bakso dish is made from cow meat. There are also other kinds that made from chicken, fish, or shrimp meat, but it can only be found in certain areas. Beside the meatballs itself, the dish has some additional ingredients such as bean sprouts, glass noodles, egg noodles, bean sprouts, and scallions as the topping.

Meanwhile, bakwan malang, sometimes also called bakso malang, is a signature dish from Malang, East Java area. It is as popular as ordinary bakso dish of a soup in Jakarta. It usually includes a variety of meatballs and fried food, such as meatballs, siumay, fried meatballs, fried dumplings, and tofu meatballs. Another difference is that the broth is cooked with beef bones and innards, so the texture is thicker as it contains more fat.

One other kind of soup in Jakarta is tekwan. It originated from South Sumatera, Palembang. The main ingredients are fish meatballs that are made from fish meat and tapioca flour. It is served in shrimp soup broth with a distinctive flavor. Vermicelli, julienned jicamas, green onions, celery, and black mushrooms are often included as complementary ingredients.

While both bakso and bakso malang taste more savory, tekwan has a slight sweetness that came from the fish meat and shrimp broth. Choose what will suit your preference more of an option for soup in Jakarta.

Not too hungry but not too full either? Then these three options are a perfect choice for you. Let’s join our Jakarta Walking Tour, and you might have a chance to taste these varieties of soup in Jakarta with us. See you around!

The Best Food in Jakarta

Since snacking with Jakarta street food become everybody’s favorite, some entrepreneur takes it to a new level. They sold it as a real meal inside mall in Jakarta, sold alongside fine dining’s menus. Let say it as Jakarta Most Favorite Meals, here are those.

1. The Best Food in Jakarta : Bakso

Beef in round shape, which called ‘meatball’ or ‘bakso’ is Jakartans favorite. Meatball is minced meat rolled into a small ball that is cooked by boiling it. Meatballs in Jakarta served in broth soup with noodles, vermicelli, bean curd, sliced celery leaves, and fried red onion. Usually, Jakartans eat meatball along with chili sauce and crackers.

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Bakso in Jakarta

Where to find bakso seller?

You can find meatball easily in Jakarta. A lot of brands, meatball side dish with widely range of prices. Not only can be found at roadside stalls, mobile and street vendors, you also can found bakso served in fine restaurants inside the mall. Try to find restaurant that has bakso menu on its signboard. But well…sometimes street sellers are the best. 

2. The Best Food in Jakarta : Sate (Satay)

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Goat Meat Satay in Jakarta

Satay is a dish of seasoned, skewered, and grilled meat served with soybean sauce that sprinkled with grilled chili or peanut sauce. In Jakarta, usually satay is using chops of goat meat in cube shape or chicken meat to be barbecued. As a popular Jakarta street food, satay is usually sold at night. We don’t know why, but looks like satay is a rare option to be a lunch menu for Jakartans. Don’t worry if you can’t hardly wait to eat satay in daylight, you can go to a mall and find restaurants that sold satay in any time of the day.

3. The Best Food in Jakarta : Nasi Goreng (Fried Rice)

Even though fried rice or ‘nasi goreng’ is sold in every corner of Jakarta, almost all Jakartans can cook it well with their own secret recipe. If you want to find delicious nasi goreng, don’t go to a restaurant in hotels, just go to tent stalls (warung tenda) or roadside stalls that has nasi goreng as its top menu. We think, you should try local food that is cooked by local people, not a Western master chef. For example, you might want to try ‘nasi goreng kambing’ or ‘mutton fried rice’ around Kebon Sirih, Jakarta Pusat. They served one of the best nasi goreng with mutton curry recipe in town.

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Nasi Goreng

And, where is the second best nasi goreng in Jakarta? It is in your local friend’s house, ask your friend to cook nasi goreng for you. If you’re lucky, maybe you will get her or his secret recipe. 😉 So, which one of those you would like to try? Make sure you try the best food in Jakarta during your stay in Indonesia. Local herbs and spices melt in your mouth, yumm~