Preserve and Promote Indonesian Cuisine
A bowl of 'bubur ayam' (chicken porridge). (Shutterstock/File)
Bubur Ayam (chicken porridge) is a traditional Indonesian dish and has its fans by the dozen. Besides being a breakfast staple, bubur ayam is just as perfect as a meal after the sun setting—especially for those looking to eat something light. The following are seven bubur joints that we recommend you try at nighttime.
Bubur Ayam Bang Roby
Bubur Ayam Bang Roby. (Good Indonesian Food/File)
Located on Jl. Sabang right across Robinson, Bubur Ayam Bang Roby also serves the likes of nasi goreng (fried rice), nasi goreng gila (fried rice with various side dishes), and a variety of bihun (rice vermicelli), kwetiau (flat rice noodles), and mie (noodle) dishes. Its closing time of 2 a.m. makes it the ideal spot for when you’re hungry late at night. Don’t forget to order its bubur ayam telur kornet (chicken porridge with egg and corned beef) to satisfy your hungry tummy.
Jl. Sabang, Menteng (across Robinson Department Store), Central Jakarta
Contact: 0813 8753 3500
Open daily from 5 p.m. - 2 a.m
Bubur Ayam Cikini HR Sulaiman
Bubur Ayam Cikini HR Sulaiman.(Good Indonesian Food/File)
At a glance, the bubur ayam at this establishment may resemble any other of its kind. However, the warung situated on Jl. Cikini Raya adds a dash of emping (gnetum gnemon seed crackers) on top of its masterpiece. The texture of its porridge is velvety smooth and full of flavor, while the place—founded in 1987—also offers the likes of martabak (stuffed fried pancake) and nasi goreng.
Jl. Cikini Raya No. 90, Central Jakarta
Open daily from 6:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Bubur Ayam Barito
Bubur Ayam Barito.(Good Indonesian Food/File)
Have a conversation regarding bubur ayam joints in Jakarta and the name Bubur Ayam Barito will inevitably pop up. Established in 1992, it is famous for pioneering the use of unique toppings long before others followed in its footsteps. Imagine tucking into a bowl of hot porridge with a raw egg that has become half-boiled on top due to the heat from the bubur, along with a few cheese sticks to replace the quintessential kerupuk (crackers).
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Jl. Gandaria Tengah No. 3, South Jakarta
Contact: 0813 8148 8989
Open daily from 4 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Bubur Ayam Sukabumi
Bubur Ayam Sukabumi.(Good Indonesian Food/File)
This eatery is open 24/7, so it doesn’t matter whether you come here in the morning, during the afternoon, or even in the dead of the night. Found on Jl. Tebet Barat Dalam, Bubur Ayam Sukabumi offers a variety of dishes on its menu besides its trademark bubur, including nasi goreng, Chinese delicacies, and siomay (steamed fish dumplings). They can place an optional raw egg in the middle on your porridge too. Besides Tebet, you can also find its branches in Radio Dalam and Pondok Gede.
Jl. Tebet Barat Dalam No. 2, South Jakarta
Contact: 021 831 2257
Open 24 hours daily
Bubur Ayam Tangki 18 Wawah
Seafood porridge at Bubur Ayam Tangki 18 Wawah.(Good Indonesian Food/File)
The culinary utopia that is Kelapa Gading is also home to a number of fine bubur joints. Located not far from Kelapa Gading shopping mall, this place is open from 6 a.m. until 1 p.m., before it closes up shop only to resume business again from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Its soft and flavorful porridge is topped with various delights, including chicken meat, pork meat, and even seafood. It also provides its own homemade mustard to enrich the flavor of its bubur.
Jl. Boulevard Raya QF1, No. 26, Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta
Contact: 021 450 7706
Open daily from 6 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Bubur Ayam Garut Bogasari
Bubur Ayam Garut Bogasari.(Good Indonesian Food/File)
One of the most popular bubur ayam eateries in South Jakarta, it is located nearby SMK 57 and tends to be crowded during the nighttime. Similar to Bubur Ayam Barito, the chicken porridge here is also topped with cheese sticks. There’s also the additional option of grated cheese in great amounts on top that will guarantee to elicit cheers from cheese lovers.
Jl. Taman Margasatwa, Ragunan (near SMK 57), South Jakarta
Open daily from 6 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Bubur Ayam Keluarga Pak Beng
Bubur Ayam Keluarga Pak Beng.(Good Indonesian Food/File)
Slightly veering outside of Jakarta is Bubur Ayam Keluarga Pak Beng in Tangerang, which is open from 2 p.m. until midnight. Their Chinese-style bubur ayam here is delicious mainly because its rice is cooked with chicken stock that lends a very savory taste to its proceedings. It is halal too, so Muslim diners need not worry about giving it a go. (kes)
Jl. Ki Samaun, Tangerang, Banten, West Java
Open daily from 2 p.m. - 12 a.m.
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