The Jakarta Post
It’s that time of the year again, Ramadan has arrived. For one month, Muslims refrain from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk.
During the fasting month, iftar is the most anticipated time of the day and is frequently seen as an opportunity to gather with friends, colleagues or family members.
Those looking for iftar spots located near Transjakarta or MRT stops may want to check Instagram account @darihalte_kehalte.
Though it was created only recently, @darihalte_kehalte has become quite popular as it shares information regarding restaurants or food stalls located near Transjakarta or MRT stops, helping netizens discover new places in their neighborhoods.
Cofounder of @darihalte_kehalte, Prabowo, said he was encouraged by a friend to create an Instagram account that featured food.
“I began to ride Transjakarta in December and was surprised to see the improvement,” he told The Jakarta Post, and that it inspired him to create an account that solely focused on food stalls near public transportation stops.
“We wanted to promote independent warung [food stalls] and MSME [micro, small and medium enterprises] that had no social media accounts. In the future, we hope [our Instagram account] can be a guide for foreign tourists visiting Jakarta,” he said.
Without further ado, below is the list of @darihalte_kehalte’s recommended iftar places.
Tahu Campur Pak Subari
Those craving authentic Surabaya dishes may want to break-the-fast at Tahu Campur Pak Subari.
Located on Jl. Anuraga in South Jakarta, the humble food stall is located within a walking distance to the Fatmawati MRT station.
Here, food lovers can try tahu campur (tofu served with fresh lettuce, boiled noodles, bean sprouts and sweet and sour sauce), rawon (beef soup) cooked with kluwek (black nuts) and tahu tek telur (tofu omelet).
“Some of the account’s followers, known as Halteman, have tried the dish and said it is one of the best tahu campur and tahu tek in Jakarta,” said Prabowo.
In regard to the operational hours, Prabowo said the stall was open from 11 a.m. until 1 a.m.
“During Ramadan, they open from 3 p.m. until 1 a.m.,” he added.
Where: Jl. Anuraga No. 14, Cilandak, South Jakarta
Warteg Gang Mangga
A warteg is a food stall that specifically serves a variety of Javanese dishes. This time, Prabowo took us to Warteg Gang Mangga located on Jl. Kemurnian V in West Jakarta.
Located near Transjakarta’s Glodok stop, Prabowo said the warteg was open 24 hours a day, making it suitable for both iftar and sahur (pre-dawn meal).
Warteg Gang Mangga also offers a plethora of home-cooked meals, such as fried chicken, omelets, pepes ikan (steamed fish wrapped in banana leaves), orek tempe basah (stir-fry tempeh) petai (bitter beans) and tumis kacang panjang (stir-fry long beans), allowing customers to try something new in every visit.
Where: Jl. Kemurnian V No. 1C, Glodok, Tamansari, West Jakarta
Nasi Lapau Jaya
Nasi Padang restaurants can be easily found across the capital, and Prabowo chose to take us to Nasi Lapau Jaya on Jl. Cikini 2 in Menteng, Central Jakarta.
To reach Nasi Lapau Jaya, you can use the commuter line and get off at Gondangdia Station and walk around 300 meters. Alternatively, you can also use Transjakarta and get off at Bunda Hospital.
Open at 5:30 p.m. until sahur during Ramadan, Nasi Lapau Jaya sits modestly on the roadside.
“It’s like a local version of a food truck,” said Prabowo.
Despite its modest setting, the dishes are no less delectable than foods served in proper restaurants.
During our visit, we ordered beef rendang. The chunky beef was tender yet not too soft. The thick gravy pampered our taste buds with its rich spices. As for the sambal hijau (green chili), it was not too spicy and left a tongue-tingling sensation, creating an enjoyable eating experience.
Where: Jl. Cikini 2, Menteng, Central Jakarta
Waroeng Joko Putra
Waroeng Joko Putra is another iftar place recommended by @darihalte_kehalte.
To reach the warung, one can board the MRT and get off at the Blok A station. Warung Joko Putra is quite easy to find as it is located 200 meters from the station.
Open from 5 p.m., Warung Joko Putra is a go-to place for those craving for nasi uduk (rice cooked in coconut milk) and deep fried foods.
During our visit, Prabowo asked us to try bebek goreng (fried duck).
“I’m quite choosy when it comes to bebek (duck). This one is odorless. The skin is crispy but the duck meat is tender,” he said.
When we tried the bebek, we had to agree with Prabowo. The tender duck meat was flavorful as it had been marinated for long hours.
Moreover, the fresh sambal terasi (chili with shrimp paste) was spicy enough but it did not overpower the duck meat. (wng)
Where: Jl. Petogogan II No. 23, Blok A, South Jakarta