Life is Tasty!
Delicious and spicy fried rice dishes like this one can easily be found at kaki lima, or street food stalls, in Jakarta. (Shutterstock/-)
Jakarta is home to many street food stalls, also known as kaki lima, which are cheap, offer a great variety of food and different tastes and can be found on every corner of the city.
Based on popularity with patrons, here's the list of the best kaki lima in Jakarta.
Whether you live in the western or eastern part of town, visiting this place is a must once in a while. Its unique style of cooking with a huge pan creates an attractive-looking as well as tasty nasi goreng kambing (fried rice with lamb). The service provided is also great, by the way.
Many people come to Pasar Santa to visit various innovative eateries created by youngsters at the traditional market. But half of them also come for the satay dish served by this particular place, which has been a locals' favorite for a long time now.
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Do you the difference between nasi kapau and nasi Padang? The former is less oily and the portion of vegetables is usually bigger than with the latter. Well, among the city's nasi kapau vendors, Nasi Kapau Uni Upik is one of the best, and it is conveniently located in Senen, Central Jakarta, which is home to other kaki lima selling Padang food.
The history of nasi goreng gila (crazy fried rice) is not clearly documented, but the dish is certainly a mainstay of kaki lima cuisine. Said to be the advanced version of nasi goreng, many people say the dish was pioneered by Nasi Goreng Gila Gondrong. It's as tasty as its history and is guaranteed to satisfy you, since it tends to come in generous portions.
There are many seafood places scattered across Jakarta, but for those living in the southern part of the city, Seafood 68 Santa is one of the most popular. Situated not far away from Sate Padang Ajo Ramon, it offers fresh seafood at affordable prices. Mind the queue in case you want to visit this place; it's always a good idea to come early. (kes)
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