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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Jakarta is complete without tasting the traditional Jakarta food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Jakarta to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.


  • Asinan Betawi: noodles, vinegar, bean sprouts, cabbage leaves, radish, carrot, cucumber, salted mustard greens, pineapple fruit, brown sugar.
  • Cap Cai: stir fried vegetables.
  • Kembang Tahu: soft tofu with sweet ginger sauce.
  • Krengsengan (petis udang): a shrimp paste.
  • Nagasari: steamed rice cake wrapped in banana leaves, and stuffed with banana.
  • Pangsit Goreng: fried wonton filled with chicken or shrimp with sweet and sour sauce.
  • Serabi: a pancake made from rice flour with coconut milk.
  • Terang Bulan (Murtabak): a stuffed pancake or pan-fried bread.



  • Gado-gado: a vegetable salad served with a peanut sauce dressing.
  • Indonesian Fruit Rujak: salad made of tropical fruits.
  • Karedok: a fresh salad made with long beans, bean sprouts, and cucumber with a spicy sauce.

Main courses


  • Bubur Kacang Hijau: green beans porridge, sweetened with sugar, and served with thick coconut milk.
  • Bubur Ketan Hitam: black glutinous rice porridge, sweetened with sugar, and served with thick coconut milk.
  • Geplak: a sweet snack made of coarsely grated coconut and sugar.
  • Klepon: a rice cake stuffed with liquid gula jawa (palm sugar), and rolled in grated coconut.
  • Kolak: a mix of sweet potato, cassava, banana, pumpkin stewed in coconut milk and palm sugar.
  • Kue Cucur: rice flour, soda, salt, coconut, palm sugar or substitute, brown sugar, vegetable oil.
  • Lapis Legit: a spiced layered cake, made mainly of egg yolk, flour and margarine/butter.
  • Lupis: a sweet cake made of glutinous rice topped with shredded coconut and a thick palm sugar syrup.
  • Pisang Goreng: battered and deep fried banana/plantain.

Fast food

  • Kerak telor: a spicy omelette dish.
  • Otak-otak: a cake made of fish spiced and wrapped in banana leaves, then grilled and served with peanut sauce.
  • Sambal goreng teri: spicy salted anchovy with peanuts.

Street food

  • Satay: marinated, skewered and grilled meats.
  • Ketoprak: lontong (rice steamed in a banana leaf), tofu, sliced cabbage, mihun, sprouts, chips and a sauce made from ground peanut and palm sugar, mixed with chilli, salt, garlic and also sweet soybean ketchup.

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

  • Bajigur: a drink made with coffee, salt, brown sugar, coconut milk, sugar palm fruit, vanilla.
  • Bandrek: a drink made with coffee, ginger, sugar, ginger, pandanus leaf, coconut, cinnamon, clove bud, salt.
  • Cincau: grass jelly and shredded ice with sugar or syrup.
  • Es Campur: an ice drink.
  • Es teler: a fruit cocktail.
  • Jahe Telor: a drink made of ginger and raw egg.
  • Liang Teh: a herbal tea.
  • Sekoteng: Biji Delima, peanut, mung bean, water, sugar, ginger, cubes of bread.
  • Serbat: drink prepared from fruits or flower petals.
  • Teh botol: bottled tea.

Drinks (Alcoholic)

  • Arak (Arrack): liquor distilled from rice or palm wine.
  • Brem: a sweet fermented wine made from white or red sticky rice.
  • Sajeng: beer made from the juice of palm flowers.
  • Tuak: a sweet palm wine.

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