Your essential guide to Jakarta
By MO Magazine
July 27, 2023
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Do as the locals do
Jakarta-based food writer Kevindra Soemantri, author of Jakarta: A Dining History and Gastropolitan, shares three of his favourite addresses.
“Kaum Jakarta embodies what this city is all about. It pays homage to tradition, while embracing new innovations. Nasi goreng udang cabe asap is a dish you’ll only find here: wok-fried rice with prawns, fermented krill and a hit of smoked chilli paste.”
“In South Jakarta, the iconic Pasar Mayestik textile market is also the place to find a variety of traditional Indonesian dishes. They run from beef rendang to batagor (Sundanese-style deep-fried dumplings), along with nostalgic sweet snacks such as kue cubit cakes and crisp-edged kue ape pancakes.”
The Cocktail Club
“The Cocktail Club is easily one of the best bars in Asia. Its drinks are liquid art and go hand in hand with the vintage-style interiors and casual service. Try an EH High – a spin on the classic tropical cocktail, laced with elderflower liqueur.”
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