Jakarta is rarely a city travelers are enthusiastic about visiting.

And that’s exactly why I wanted to spend 3 full weeks in Jakarta, exploring the city, eating incredibly delicious Indonesian food, and just experiencing “the Big Durian.”

Contrary to many travel guides that say something along the lines of “get out of Jakarta as fast as you can,” I found Jakarta to be an incredible city, full of life, friendly people, diversity, and a near infinite amount of delicious food.

That’s not to say Jakarta is hassle free, it has its share of problems and crazy traffic, but if you’re up for it, Jakarta will reward you with some unforgettable meals and smiles.

Let’s get started…

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Jakarta travel guide for food lovers

Arriving and leaving

If you’re flying into Jakarta on an international flight, you’ll probably arrived at Soekarno–Hatta International Airport, located in west Jakarta.

To get to the center of the city, it’s easiest to jump into a taxi – I would recommend Blue Bird company – and go directly to your hotel or wherever you’re staying. The fare by taxi should cost about 120,000 – 150,000 Rupiah from the airport to the center of Jakarta.

Once you exit baggage claim, find a line for Blue Bird, and there will be a little stand somewhere with an official who gives you a queue number for a taxi.

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Our room at Veranda Hotel in Jakarta

Where to stay?

Jakarta is a massively spread out city, and so if you have something you need to do in a certain area, it’s a good idea to stay in that area. During my three week stay in Jakarta, I stayed in a couple of different areas of the city, to get a feel for more parts of the city.

In general, I would say the best area of Jakarta to stay in is as a traveler is central Jakarta, either just south of the National Monument (Kebon Sirih) or just north of the National Monument (Hayam Wuruk up to Mangga Besar).

Here are some hotels I would recommend:

  • Hotel Santika Premiere Hayam Wuruk – Newly built and very modern, Hotel Santika Premiere Hayam Wuruk is part of a local Indonesian hotel brand. My wife and I paid about $45 USD per night and we stayed for a week. It was quite a good value hotel, and the location, right on Hayam Wuruk and Mangga Besar is very good. Plenty of delicious food in the area.
  • Veranda Hotel – In order to experience a completely different side of Jakarta, in the heart of South Jakarta in an area called Gandaria, my wife and I checked into the Veranda Hotel. The hotel itself is new and very nice. The internet was blazing fast, and there a nice mall right around the corner. And on top of that, there’s a lot of excellent Indonesian food (less Chinese food) in the area. The only thing is, it’s a bit far from the center of Jakarta, but not too bad. Overall, an excellent place to stay.

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Indonesian food – restaurants and street food

Restaurants and Street Food

Indonesia is a country that’s made up of over 17,000 islands. Not all of them are inhabited, but there are still many that are, and so the diversity of people, culture, and different foods is astounding. One of the best things about eating in Jakarta is that, being the largest and most influential capital city of Indonesia, people come from all different islands, and so you’ll be able to discover food from all over Indonesia somewhere in Jakarta.

Sometimes when I was eating at street food stalls and restaurants in the city, I hardly even knew what island or culture cuisine I was eating, until finishing my meal and doing some research – and that’s a wonderful thing, because there’s so many different styles of Indonesian food.

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All sorts of deep friend snacks – deep fried breadfruit, one of my favorites.

There are two frequent types of street food available in Jakarta:

  • Warung – A warung typically refers to a small family run restaurant, often in a small shelter style building, but it’s typically a permanent place as opposed to a mobile street food cart.
  • Pedagang kaki lima – Literally meaning a five feet trader, pedagang kaki lima is a term used to describe street food carts in Indonesia. Typical carts have two wheels, a leg stand, and then the two legs of the vendor, making five legs in total. You’ll find all sorts of amazing things to eat from street food vendors in Jakarta, ranging from curries and sate, to deep fried snacks and gado gado.

These are the two main styles of dining I focused on during my time in Jakarta, and along with having some seriously delicious food, I also found that many of the sellers, at both local warung’s and street food stalls were very friendly and kind.

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Amazing Indonesian food!

A few of my favorite Indonesian dishes:

For a more complete list of Indonesian food in Jakarta, see my full guide (coming soon), but this is just a brief overview of a few of my personal favorites.

  1. Nasi Padang – Ever since visiting the island of Sumatra back in 2010, I’ve been a little obsessed with food originating in Padang, a province on the west coast of Sumatra. When you eat Nasi Padang it’s a full meal of a variety of different curries, prepared with lots of fresh herbs and spices, coconut milk, and plenty of chilies. Nasi Padang is one of my favorite meals in the world.
  2. Nasi uduk – Nasi uduk, rice cooked with coconut milk and a few fragrant spices, is commonly found throughout Jakarta. It can be served with a variety of different deep fried things, like deep fried chicken and tofu, with sambal chili sauce, or it can be served with a variety of different local curries and side dishes. The rice itself is so good and fragrant.
  3. Soto Betawi – Soto is the word used to describe a soup, and nearly every region of Indonesia has their own version of soto. Soto Betawi is from the people native to Jakarta, so it’s true Jakartan food. The soup is typically a little creamy, made with beef, and eaten with rice, and achar pickles. It’s an absolutely must eat Indonesian food in Jakarta.
  4. Woku – Woku is a dish from Manado, in the northern part of Sulawesi, that’s known for serving spicy and full flavor food. I liked just about every Manado dish I was able to try, but the woku, a blend of aromatic herbs and spices like turmeric, ginger, lemon basil, shallots, and tomatoes, all mixed and pounded together with fish (or something else), was one dish that I couldn’t get over. It’s an amazing dish to eat.
  5. Sop kaki kambing – Known as goat leg or feet soup, but can include all sorts of random goat organs as well, sop kaki kambing is an Indonesian food dish that only for goat lovers. The dish is commonly served at warung’s, and you often choose any parts of the goat that you want, they will slice them up into a bowl, mix it with soup, and it’s eaten with rice and pickles.
  6. Ikan bakar – I absolutely love the way fish is grilled in Indonesia. They often begin by butterfly cutting, so that there’s a maximum surface area for both the sambal marinade and the charcoal. Once the fish is slightly blacked from the high fire grilled process, it’s then served with fresh lime (or calamansi), and eaten with either sambal chili sauce, or kecap manis (sweet soy sauce) and diced chilies.
  7. Gado gado – One of the most common Jakarta street food dishes is gado gado, a salad of vegetables and rice cakes (lontong), all coated in a thick and creamy peanut sauce. Gado gado can make a great light meal, or a snack, and you’ll especially find it being sold throughout Jakarta from mobile street food carts.
  8. Sate Padang – Trying sate Padang, again from the Padang province of Sumatra in Indonesia, for the first time was a huge surprise. It just honestly didn’t look all that good. But I was in for a flavor explosion on my first skewer – the spice blend coated onto the meat just protruded with spices like cumin and turmeric, and the sauce just sort or melted around the meat. The crispy shallots on top added an extra touch. An amazing dish you’ve got to try, completely different from other variations of Indonesian sate.
  9. Ayam bakar taliwang – Originating from the island of Lombok, ayam bakar is a type of grilled small baby chicken that’s known for being chili filled and spicy. They normally use country chickens, which are quite small, but very flavorful in a natural kind of tasting way, and have slightly chewy texture. The chicken are marinated and grilled with a choice of powerful chili sambal caked all over them. Eating ayam bakar Taliwang was a little bit of a life changing grilled chicken experience for me.
  10. Sambal – I couldn’t make an Indonesian favorite food list without including sambal, any variety of different chili based sauce or garnish. You’ll be eating sambal with just about every meal you have in Indonesia, and no two are the same. There must be thousands of different sambal versions, even some families have their own unique one, and it provides extraordinary flavor to just everything.

These are just a few of the dishes and meals you can eat in Jakarta. There are many others as well, but this is a start of a few of my favorites.

Related: For a much bigger list of 50 Indonesian foods and where to eat them, check out my full guide here.

Latest Indonesian blog posts

Here are the latest blog posts that I’ve published about Jakarta and Indonesian food:

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Fatahillah Square – Jakarta Old Town

Things to do in Jakarta

Being a food lover, and focusing mostly on eating when I travel, I’m not all that concerned about chasing famous attractions when I travel. But that being said, it is nice to occasionally (like in-between meals) to do some sightseeing.

I think part of the reason why Jakarta doesn’t always get too much light as a tourist destination is because there’s not really all that much to do and see in terms of famous buildings, museums, sights, or natural wonders (that is right in Jakarta).

However, there are a few things, and there’s also a big art scene and shopping culture as well.

  • National Museum of Indonesia – Located just to the west side of Merdeka Square is the National Museum. The museum houses a great collection of Archaeology and Ethnography collections from around Indonesia. If you enjoyed walking visiting museums, it’s a good place go when you’re in Jakarta.
  • Monas (National Monument) – Built as a symbol for the Indonesia struggle for freedom, the National Monument is located right in the center of Jakarta in Merdeka Square. The monument is located in the middle of a huge park, and you can go to the top of the monument for a fee of 5,000 IDR for a pretty good view of the city.
  • Istiqlal Mosque and Jakarta Cathedral – Not only the largest mosque in Indonesia, but also in Southeast Asia, Istiqlal Mosque can host 120,000 people at a time. After removing your shoes, you can walk around and get a tour of the mosque. Right across the street, and another icon of Jakarta is the Jakarta Cathedral, a large Roman Catholic Cathedral built in 1901.
  • Jakarta Old Town – Also known and Old Batavia or Kota Toa, this area of northern central Jakarta is where you’ll find many of the old colonial Dutch buildings. Fatahillah Square is a good place to start, and there are a number of museums in the area, and you can even rent a pink bicycle and ride around if you’re up for it.
  • Glodok (Chinatown) – Along with eating, I like to explore markets and food areas of cities when I travel. Glodok, which is the Jakarta name for their Chinatown, is a very interesting around of the city to walk around, explore, and eat through. There are a few lanes within the center of Glodok where you can walk around local markets and stop at food stalls. I also really enjoyed a cup of coffee at the legendary Kopi Es Tak Kie.

Additionally, you’ll find dozens of modern malls scattered throughout Jakarta, and it seems that walking around air-conditioned malls on the weekends is a pretty popular thing to do.

But of course, I say the best thing to do in Jakarta is eat, and there’s no shortage of food to try, no matter how long you stay in Jakarta.

For more ideas about things to do in Jakarta, you can also browse through the Indonesia tourism official site.

how to get around Jakarta
One of the old orange Jakarta auto-rickshaws

How to get around?

Jakarta reminds me in a lot of ways of Bangkok, but Bangkok with its BTS and MRT, make it a little easier to avoid traffic using public transportation. Jakarta on the other hand, for as big and populated a city as it is, transportation is not quite as convenient as it could be. Although I’ve heard a rail type of MRT or elevated train is in the thoughts, no one really knows if something like that will happen in the near future.

  • Taxi – One of the most reputable taxi companies in Jakarta, and throughout Indonesia, is Blue Bird. They have a booking app, or you can just wave one down on the street. Prices are affordable at about 20,000 – 50,000 Rupiah for a short ride and 100,000 – 150,000 for a long ride.
  • UberX (<- If you use this link, we’ll both get a FREE ride) – For almost my entire travel trip in Jakarta my wife and I used UberX. We had great experiences with good drivers, and the vehicles are usually Toyota Avanza mini-vans, or equivalents. Sometimes we had to wait about 15 minutes for our UberX to arrive, but usually just about 5 minutes in Central Jakarta. Prices are typically a little cheaper than traditional taxis. For a short ride you’ll pay about 20,000 – 40,000 Rupiah and for a ride across town it might cost 80,000 – 120,000 Rupiah. If you sign up with this link, we’ll each get a free ride.
  • Bajaj – Also known as an auto-rickshaw, a bajaj are the mini three-wheelers, that just like in India, prowls the streets, and offer convenient short distance transportation. I particularly like the old orange rickshaws, but there are also newer looking blue rickshaws from India.
  • Motorbikes (known as Ojek ) – Motorbikes are a very common (and quick) way to get around Jakarta, and they are frequently used as motorbike taxis.
  • Go Jek – Go Jek is an app for booking a motorbike to take you anywhere or do other things for you (like order street food to deliver to you). It’s very convenient, and it charges a set fee, so you don’t have to worry about getting ripped off, and they provide you with a helmet. Good information on this blog post.

There are also buses, and the TransJakarta bus system, but I honestly stuck mostly to using UberX and Bajaj rickshaws during my visit to Jakarta.

Traffic is one of the biggest hardships or hassles of living in or traveling to Jakarta. There’s no real way around the notorious traffic jams. However, I found that if you can avoid the peak rush hours (when traffic is the worst), it’s not too bad. Just give yourself time getting places, don’t be in a rush to get somewhere as fast as possible, and you’ll be fine.

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Prices and expenses in Jakarta

Prices and Expenses

Accommodation:

  • Hostel – $10 – $25 USD per bed
  • Mid-range hotel – $25 – $60 USD per night
  • High end – Everything above $60 USD

Transportation:

  • Taxi ride – For short rides you’ll probably spend 20,000 – 50,000 Rupiah and for longer rides across town you’ll spend about 100,000 – 150,000 Rupiah
  • UberX ride (If you use this link, you and I will both get a free ride) – UberX is very affordable in Jakarta. For short rides you’ll spend about 20,000 – 40,000 Rupiah, for treks across town you might spend 100,000 – 150,000 Rupiah.
  • Bajaj ride – It’s hard to tell, very much depending on distance and traffic, but a short ride might cost 10,000 – 20,000 Rupiah
  • Motorbike ride (ojek) – 10,000 – 40,000 Rupiah

Food:

  • Street food single dish – 10,000 – 20,000 Rupiah
  • Local restaurant – 20,000 – 60,000 Rupiah per person
  • Indoor restaurant – 100,000 – 300,000 Rupiah per person or more
  • Drink at a bar – 50,000 – 100,000 Rupiah
  • Coffee at coffeeshop – 40,000 – 60,000 Rupiah
  • Big bottle of water – 5000 Rupiah

Overall budget:

  • Budget – $20 – $40 USD per person per day
  • Mid-range – $40 – $60 USD per person per day
  • High end – $60 – $100 USD per person per day


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Jakarta Videos:

When I was in Jakarta, my wife and I made food videos of many of the restaurants and street foods that we ate during our visit. You can watch the videos below:

(Or you can watch the full playlist of videos on YouTube here.)

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Jakarta travel guide – a giant, but amazing city

Conclusion

Jakarta is not the most talked about city to visit as a tourist in Southeast Asia. But if you choose to visit, with an intent to try lots of delicious food, I think it’s a city that offers so many rewards.

One of the things I love about Indonesia is how diverse it is, consisting of thousands of islands, and Jakarta is the melting pot, the collision of all cultures and foods from around the country.

When you’re in Jakarta get ready to experience the vibrant culture and food of Indonesia!

Have you been to Jakarta? Or to another part of Indonesia?

I would love to hear from you in the comments section below about your favorite Indonesia food…

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  • Kate

    1 week ago

    Can’t wait to try out the food of Jakarta! Looks so yum and thanks for such an indepth guide

  • Ryan Stewart

    2 months ago

    Just wondering about food safety while traveling in Asia, any tips? I’ve been to a few other countries and have common sense but you look like you really know what your doing when it comes to eating abroad! Thanks Mark!

  • Raihan

    5 months ago

    I hope you coming back to jakarta.i want to see more videos in your youtube about jakarta food

  • Fadil muhaimin

    5 months ago

    Hi mark…im from indonesian..and BTW im a automotive blogger from indonesian…i love your video… oyaa..im from Bone and it is south sulewesi so i very like you try konro soup and buras…”i always eat buras..and thats amazing”..
    If u want go to indonesia again..you can call me..cause i want meet with u..thanks

  • James

    6 months ago

    Hi Mark, i love your video’s you have make in Jakarta. Me and my wife enjoying to watch your food Traveling. Thanks!!
    Greetings from James and Sophia. Holland/Netherlands

  • sisca

    6 months ago

    i wanna make a donation, but i can’t find indonesian type of card in the country coloumn..so, what i supposed to do, Mark?

  • phay

    6 months ago

    i intended to stay in Jakarta for 8 days. I need a female partner to bring me around for popular street found and places of interest.
    how much and how to find the arrangements

  • teshia

    7 months ago

    your videos arevery helpful I dont need travel books anymore I just watch your videos . You are very helpful to busy people that no time to research for a certain country, you sum it up for us. I really enjoy watching your videos and we really saved time and money because of you..
    You are a gift from heaven 🙂
    thank you very much
    maraming salamat po!!
    tess from the Philippines

  • Yujin

    7 months ago

    You are an awesome blogger.
    I get to know this website searching online and i am very impressed of what you’ve done!
    Thank you for all those information!

  • Reza

    7 months ago

    Thank you for coming to Jakarta Indonesia,Mark!!!hope u never bored to coming here again:)

  • Jennifer B

    7 months ago

    Thanks so much for such an in depth guide. We’re visiting indonesia this year and want to head to Jakarta so this is super helpful for us!

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      No problem Jennifer, and glad you’ll be visiting Jakarta. Hope you have an amazing upcoming trip!

  • bharadwaj

    7 months ago

    Hey, mark. I’m a big fan of your videos and do watch regularly. How is a junior mark hope he is doing well upload one video of him a man and why can’t you plan your visit to southern part of India(Andhra Pradesh) just check out once plan if you want more spicy food visit, I hope one day I will meet you am planning for that. Have a great day bye

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Hi Bharadwaj, thank you very much. Junior Mark is doing well and growing fast. I would love to visit South India, I’m hoping to soon, thanks!

  • Azka Ahsanur Reza

    8 months ago

    I’ve been watching all of your videos. Especially when you came visit our city, Jakarta (hope you’re happy here). And I believe you will find so much more amazing food in Jakarta when you come back here.
    All your guides and videos are amazing! And i noticed your unique style when tasting some food (you look so honest and if the food was good, your body is leaning to the right 😀 )
    I hope you will be back again to Jakarta and maybe i can add some preferences for you (foods, guides, where to stay, etc) because I originally from Jakarta as well.
    Well, that’s all from me. Stay healthy and stay awesome, Man!

  • Enrico & Zuzana

    8 months ago

    Great guide and amazing photos! Thanks for sharing

  • Arby Taufik

    9 months ago

    Hi Mark,i’m very liked your video,especially about Jakarta,Bangkok,and Istanbul.
    I suggested for you to visit Medan City,North Sumatera.in here you can find a variation dish like a Soto Medan,one most popular regional dish in Medan and you can also taste a Sumatera-Indian cuisine in here.
    I hope you can traveling in Medan and you can also go to Lake Toba,Brastagi,and another tourist object in Medan if you like it.

  • Reza

    10 months ago

    Hi Mark big thanks for the video, I am Reza Hotel Santika Mataram-Lombok, thanks as well for recommended our sister hotel callled Santika Hayam Wuruk in Jakarta. Waiting for you and wife to visit the beautiful island called Lombok.
    There are many delicious culinery in Lombok as well. 1 night free room and airport transfer for you. Hope to meet you someday in Lombok

  • Leo

    10 months ago

    Hi Mark and Ying! I hope you guys had a really great time while staying in Jakarta. I will visit Jakarta as well tonight, and will stay there for around 3-4 days. Thanks for sharing your video. Your video give me some ideas on what to do and where to find great and nice dishes around Jakarta.
    And if you visit Indonesia again, maybe you want consider to visit Bandung, which is my hometown. At Bandung, they have many unique traditional food, and perhaps similar food when you visit Puncak (Bogor). And sambal there is quite famous tho.
    I am currently stay at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. And I also see your video in Malaysia (actually I almost see all your video on Youtube, that’s really cool and very inspired!) Hope you can continue to travel around the world for food. And hopefully, when someday I go for travel, I hope I can meet you and Ying somewhere in this world.

    Keep it up man!

  • Haroon ahmed

    10 months ago

    hey. mark i love ur videoa mann. you r simply amazing. i invite you to pakistan islamabad capital and stay here eat lovely food and i will pay for ur food hotel and all. also provide u with a luxury car with driver because i want you to see with ur eyes that how much better pakistan is comparing to india and you will see it with ur own eyes. waiting for ur kind reply
    regards
    Haroon ahmed

    • Mark Wiens

      10 months ago

      Hey Haroon, thank you very much for your kind support and offer. I would love to visit Pakistan in the future. I’ll let you know. Thanks!

  • Zulfiana Baldwin

    10 months ago

    I enjoyed watching your videos and still more to watch.

    • Mark Wiens

      10 months ago

      Thank you Zulfiana!

      • Syahid

        10 months ago

        Love all your food guide video😍,do visit rumah makan minang when you come over to singapore again.

  • Situstarget

    11 months ago

    hai, yes kerak telor is the nice one. old food but good.

  • Rio

    12 months ago

    Heya Mark. I started watching your video few months ago on Youtube because I searched the term “Indonesian Food Test”. Your videos caught my interest :). Anyway, if you’re planning to visit Jakarta again or transit in Jakarta, I’ve a seafood (your favourite, it seems) restaurant to reccommend. It’s called “Bandar Jakarta”, located in Ancol beach recreation park. What makes this restaurant unique is that you can choose the specific fish down to its size and weight before you eat. This restaurant is also provide selections of cooking method you can choose from plain grilled, grilled with sweet soy sauce to the tangy Padang style sauce. Depending the the type and size of fish, the price varies. The restaurant is an outdoor terrace type just next to sea shore with lots of seats (approx 300-400 pax) but could be packed full during weekends.

    • Mark Wiens

      12 months ago

      Hi Rio, great to hear from you and thank you for your restaurant recommendation. That sounds wonderful!

  • Naomi Wirianata

    1 year ago

    Hey Mark and Ying ! I love all your series ! And since i’m and Indonesian from Jakarta.. the next time you are here, would love to show you around some awesome eateries in North Jakarta (highly influenced by Medan cuisine). And if u ever have the chance to visit bali please announce so ppl can blast some awesome recommendations ! Let me know if you’re visiting Indonesia again.

  • pande

    1 year ago

    hi mark. simply come to lombok if you mind. and the food will blow your mind. im happy to accompany you if you dont mind. greeting from lombok indonesia 😀

  • anggi

    1 year ago

    Im from Indonesia and i live in jakarta. Im too excited to know that people outside there especially fforeigners loving our country dishes. Yes Indonesian dishes is indeed delicious and Jakarta is crowded but in this city we can find almost anything. Oh ya why don’t recomend to visit Taman Mini Indonesia Indah or literally means beautiful Mini Indonesian Garden, you can find all tribe house from all province in Indonesia and all its culture there. Walking in TMII will make you feel to go around Indonesia for just a day. And for the food i will highly recomend you to try Nasi Gultik in Blok M. Its rice served with beef curry and the taste is just awesome even it sold in the street side, (i can eat more and more once i eat it)

  • Olivia

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark,
    I love the way you write the travel guides, for me it feels like I am reading a short and comprehensive essay (even you provide a conclusion,, which is awesome)
    And as someone who grew up in Jakarta, i couldnt agree more with you that
    “Jakarta is not the most talked about city to visit as a tourist in Southeast Asia. But if you choose to visit, with an intent to try lots of delicious food, I think it’s a city that offers so many rewards.”
    And sure Jakarta has a lot to offer in terms of food as well as sightseing, especially if you love to explore a city.

    Couldn´t wait to read your newest guide to other cities in Indonesia as well as other cities in the world.
    Cheers

  • Michael Tuggle

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark, I am a Texas Boy Married to an Indonesian. Been to Jakarta a couple of times. Its funny, you know its knick name the big Durian did you see the big durian statue in Jakarta? I think it was dedicated to the city. Jakarta is fun and all, but if you haven’t and ever go back head down to central Java. Lots of good food and neat stuff to see. If you head down to the Prambanan Plain and over to Jakarta (Jokja, I think is the nickname), there is plenty of street vendors and fun things to see. Malioboro street plays off the cigarette brand Marlboro and they marlboro signs around the street. Sultans Place, Prambanan, Borobudur, and all the lesser hindu and buddhist temples are a real treat to see. Be very careful where you eat, even with my wife and her family, we still got some violent travelers stomach-if you know what i mean.

    Puncak and Bogor is about 45 minutes outside of Jakarta and it is where some of the best tea I have ever had is grown. we got to go up into the tea tree plantations and took our pictures together when we were young, close to 20 years ago. Bring a Jacket as it can get a bit cool up in the mountains. Awesome tea. I believe in Bogor is the Botanical Gardens, absolutely incredible to see. Must see if you go back. There is a fried peanut from Bogor called bogor beans, so good as a quick snack. I think you can get them all around Jakarta too.

    Back around Jakarta, The Fried Chicken is the best. I think there is a restaurant (chain?) called Nyona Suharti. I saw the one video you tried Oxtail soup, My wife loves that.

    Also, Bakso. I didn’t see if you tried it-meatball soup. The meatballs are similar to Pho meatballs. Its kinda like a cross between pho and ramen noodles. But probably less healthy as it can use the fried ramen noodles. But its good, fried noodles, fresh greens, some sambal, and the meatballs. Be careful, it is well known that people use Borax in the meatballs to give the meatballs chewiness. So if you haven’t tried Bakso and want to , ask around to find a good place to eat to avoid the toxic chewiness additive.

    Gado-Gado, I used to like it, but got tired of it. I love Tempe, especially when its Fried-Tempe Goreng. There is a snack, I forget the name, that is so good. They take a big cube of tofu, stuff it with vegetables and or meat, dip it in a batter, then fry it up. Served with sweet chili sauce to dip in. So good. Lonton, or Longton, is so good too. rice roll, cooked rice is layed out on a banana leaf, vegetables with peppers and meat are added. It is then rolled up like a sushi roll and steamed. The leaf cooks into the rice turning it green, It smells so pleasant and is so good. I could eat those until I pop.

    Burbur Ayam, or chicken porridge. Its so good for breakfast. Thick creamy rice porridge with chicken broth, shredded chicken, lime, green onion, pickled radish, fresh greens like coriander, and small slices of chinese fried bread on top. Get a tapioca or fish cracker (look like a funnel cake) that are in the boxes on the table and eat it with the porridge. The porridge can be had at the makeshift food stalls for cheap. I think, when I last went years ago, my wife and I ate well for a few dollars.

    The food stalls are an adventure, kabobs (satay), fruit, Murtabak (especially the sweet kind with chocolate, peanuts and cheese all folded in a sweet pancake like cake on a griddle fresh to order). There is a savory egg Murtabak that is so good for breakfast. I loved it when I got hungary, I could literally step out of my Mother in Laws house and wait for a mobile fast food car to either walk by (carried on the shoulders), peddle by (bike with a kitchen), or the push car come by. Depending on what sound they made you would know what it was they would cook up for you. Bell ringing could be nasi goring (fried rice), banging a wood block (roti), whistle (fresh fruit drinks), etc. Fast, convenient food. Just bring your own plate and fork.

    I love the curried beef, Beef Randong. When I saw your video of the vegetarian version, I showed Fitri – My wife, and hope to get her to figure it out. I prefer vegetarian dishes to meat, not to fond of meat. Firth can make some very good Randong, and it usually is the first to be eaten up at parties.

    If you like sea food, they have some really good king prawn. To get the biggest King Prawn that are close to the size of Lobsters, you have to go to the Hyatt in Jakarta. you can get it around Jakarta, but I don’t know where else to get it as big and pretty as those at the Hyatt. Its at the ice bar and they clean it, grill it up, and serve it up with some of the thick sweet Kecap manis.

    I have seen you eat Durian, I absolutely can’t stand it. But Durian is a plenty there and according to my wife and the locals, its the best. I love snake fruit, rambutan, lychee, soursop, jackfruit, the green oranges, are all so good. I love the little snacks that have bits of fruit in the center. Its like a gelatinous coconut custard wrapped up in a banana leaf.

    The drinks are good, the fruit juices, the stuff in plastic bags with green jelly stuff and coconut and fruit all mixed up they drink with a straw. Beer, if you drink is decent. Bintang Beer (star beer), the local swill is pretty cheap and tastes like a heineken. I find the local coke and sprite interesting, as it was less carbonated and the sweetness was pleasant.
    If you love European, especially dutch style, sweets, jakarta has some of the best. Just look around for the bakeries and you will find all kinds of decadent dutch style breads, cakes, pies, etc. I had something that was a fried banana with chocolate wrapped in some sort of a crust covered in chocolate again.

    I didn’t notice if you went up to Jaya Ancol. There is a golf course, amusement park, aquarium, seaworld like park, and a art market thats really famous. The market is fun to go walk around, grab a few snacks and see the incredible art. hand carved statues, furniture, paintings, etc. Indonesia in Miniature is another neat place to go, It has all of Indonesias cultures in this park to see. A skylift type car takes you across a pond with a scale model of the indonesian archipelago.

    Let me know if you have eaten any of the above or seen the places I told you about.

    Mike.

    P.S. Fitri hates stink beans, she told me her breath stunk for weeks after the last time she ate some. If you head back, let me know. I you want some ideas on where to eat or what to do, let me know.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Mike, it’s awesome to hear from you, thank you for all the information and great to learn a little about you and all your Indonesian food adventures. The islands that make up Indonesia are so beautiful and loaded with so many natural ingredients. Thank you for all you shared!

  • Andro

    1 year ago

    Indonesia! I’ll be going there (again!) this summer and can’t wait to tuck into some delicious Indo food!

  • Bayu Arif B

    1 year ago

    Sir , i think you should try to eat martabak manis and many other martabak in indonesia

  • satrio al azizi

    1 year ago

    hey mark if you want try some javanese food and culture you might be go to jogjakarta and solo
    they have so many food on there

  • rootrootan

    1 year ago

    Hihihi nice
    you can visit semarang ??
    you can try lumpia 😀

  • phil

    1 year ago

    Hi mark, I would suggest your next visit to Java, Try East Java. Surabaya you can fly directly into SUB. Its a very lively city,go to GWALK its food n more food. Take a trip to Batu its in the mountains, not to far from Malang, the weather is perfect for me as a westerner cool evenings most motels do not even need AC,( you cant even buy a mosquito). I like Batu Guest House smaller hotel weekends busy week days very quiet. My favorite place to eat is Flamboyan its on the main road through Batu.You may find yourself going through Tulungagung on your way to someplace, i like Waroeng Kampoeng and a restaurant called Batavia the old Dutch name for Jakarta. take care,I enjoyed your videos.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Phil, thank you very much for the food recommendations. Next time I’m really hoping to do more traveling in Indonesia.

  • Raja

    1 year ago

    Luar biasa mark. Kalau dilihat lagi masih banyak makanan yg lezat di Jakarta,,, mungkin coba lebih di explore lagi atau mungkin coba pindah ke Bandung hehe disana juga banyak jajanan jajanan yg enak banget. Jika ada waktu saya sarankan mark kesana deh, dijamain ngak nyesel 😊 Bandung the city of foods haha 😍😍

  • Popi hidayati chatijah

    1 year ago

    Hi.. Mark.. I’m really happy you coming to my hometown Jakarta.. Yeah I know , in Jakarta traffic jam every where, but you really like the food right?? ^^
    Indonesia have many culture.. So you can around Indonesia not only in Jakarta, but you must go to Medan, Padang, Ambon, etc. I hope you enjoy with your trip.. Thanks Mark (^_^)/

  • Peter Wissink

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark. We visit Jakarta on a yearly base, coz my family in law lives there. I love your video’s about your food guide, it makes me feel like I am there again. I think Indonesia is also famous for it’s coffee. Of course the city is full of western coffee stores but I like the local stores, such as in one of your blogs. Would be nice to see a little bit more of the local coffee stores in Indonesia 😉

  • NyimakCuy

    1 year ago

    Please Visit to Bali Indonesia 🙂

  • Timothy

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark, you definitely should come back here to Jakarta. As I watch your videos, it seems that you’ve just discovered the tip of the iceberg of what Jakarta scenery and food scenery, let alone Indonesia, has to offer. If you decide to come back here, please let me know and we could definitely go for the incredible food that Jakarta has to offer. Here are some of my suggestions for some restaurants:

    Nasi Padang – Seribu Raso near Pecenongan and Indah Jaya Minang near Alam Sutra
    Bakmi Aloi, Bakmi Siantar, Bakmi Tambo, Bakmi Khek Bakmi Orpa, Bakmi Shanghai, Bakmi Alok,. All these are noodles served with either chicken, pork or both and could be found mostly in the northwestern part of Jakarta.
    Seafood – Bandar Djakarta and Cabe Ijo (north area). In these places, you could select your seafood alive or frozen before they’ll prepare it for you fresh
    Duck – Bebek tepi sawah and Bebek Bengil. They offer best grilled and fried ducks.

  • Amira

    1 year ago

    Thank you for exploring Jakarta, Mark! It is a real pleasure to watch you enjoy many authentic food from Indonesia. I’m currently study in Jakarta Selatan, but after I watch your Youtube videos, there are many new warung/restaurant I did not know. I guess there are still lots of place i need to go 😀
    I hope you would be very happy to visit my country again, and if you come to Indonesia once more, please visit Malang. Malang is a really beautiful place (if you not only came for eat but also to see beautiful scenery and mountains (PS : much colder (easy breezy) place for you to visit haha) Thank you again for the great videos and blog. I’m sorry for my bad english. Have a great day where ever you are, Mark!

  • William A.A. Setiawan

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark, I love to watch your videos.
    On your next visit to Jakarta, I’d like to suggest you go to Waroeng Indo in cinere southern of Jakarta. They served many Indonesia’s favourites dishes. Must try food: lontong cap gomeh (the lontong sliced is so big! like the moon), nasi goreng babat and tahu pong (special deep fried tofu, empty inside served with petis in soy sauce) and Rawon soup

  • Annaska Iskandar

    1 year ago

    Stunning videos, Mark! I’m a Jakartan myself and you’ve successfully made me miss my hometown. I haven’t been to some of the restaurants you’ve been to in Jakarta. I’m a jealous audience here. 🙁

    I’m currently studying in Berlin, Germany. But whenever I watch your videos from Jakarta I kind of feel that I’m in Jakarta for a while. And that feels wonderful.

    It would be great if you and your wife too could visit Berlin. (Even though I have to admit, the food is way more diverse and tastier in Jakarta). But there are actually some pretty amazing culinary spots here too in Berlin for foodies like you, surprisingly!

    The way you tilt your head when the food tastes good = your tradeMark. Keep doing what you do, Mark!

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Annaska, awesome to hear from you. I would love to visit Berlin in the future. Thank you!

  • Brajaeka

    1 year ago

    Hi mark, you better try some wellknown food in karawang and purwakarta area, its about 74 km away to the east of jakarta on the way to bandung, you should try sate maranggi, at jalan raya cikampek, as well as pepes ikan, jamur, etc

  • Narendra

    1 year ago

    hei mark, i’m an Indonesian, i’m so exited about you video in indonesia. because i lived here, and now you made many video about indonesia. i have to thanks to you for indirectly introduce indonesian food to all people in youtube..
    i know you only review about food, but have you check out Indonesian place like Raja Ampat, Bali, Danau Toba, Sulawesi, Bangka Belitung??
    it’s not just traditional food you meet there, but also a very RARE view that you will never have in other country.
    don’t worry about not to find amazing food in there, because indonesia have thousand tribe, and each tribe have their traditional food, so you will always find amazing food in every place in Indonesia..
    trust me, try to googling place that i mentioned above.
    thank you..
    thank you..
    thank you so much 😉

    • Narendra

      1 year ago

      btw i’m sorry for bad english

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Narenda, great to hear from you, thank you very much for your kind words. I have been to Medan, Danau Toba, and Bali, but haven’t been to many other places in Indonesia. I’m really hoping to travel more in Indonesia in the future. Thanks!

      • saragi napitu wesly

        1 year ago

        hy mark, have you uploaded your video when you was in danau toba? i really want to see it, ty 🙂

  • yaohan putera

    1 year ago

    You should try to eat sei kupang at cengkareng….north jakarta

  • Alexius R.

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark, been a subscriber of your channel and have watched all of your videos.
    I highly reccomend you to research Medan, north Sumatra. Medan, is a culinary delight of mine. Not to mention cheap and excellent Medanese durians. I spent 6 days there and ended up gaining 3kg of excess baggage on my body, lol.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Alexius, thank you very much, hahah, awesome to hear that. I actually visited Medan about 6 years ago, and I loved it. I would love to go back again.

  • Lucky

    1 year ago

    Hai, Mark wiens

    Indonesia is very beautiful isn’t?? not only Jakarta, Surabaya is also very nice. Surabaya have a Beautiful place. the food was outstanding, eg (Rojak cingur, Semanggi, Lontong Balap, and many more) and the arts are no less good. maybe you can pay a visit to Surabaya ?.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Lucky, thank you very much. I would love to visit Surabaya on my next trip to Indonesia.

  • KML

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark,

    I have followed your blog for some 6 months or so but I have not viewed your video nor commented till now. Awesome!

    You shared the information freely and generously. Thank you so much. It is much appreciated.

    I have not been to the Far East or Asia for years. I am hoping to feast my eyes and stuff my belly in Indonesia next year. Inshallah!

    Indonesian food is sweeter but spicier than Malay food. You appear not to struggle with it. When I toured Peninsula Malaysia years ago, I carried a butter knife, spoon and folk with me. Yes, I was a wimp. Lol. I couldn’t eat with my hands despite being brought up in Borneo.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey KML, very nice to hear from you, thank you for your support. Hope you can visit Indonesia next year. I think that’s totally fine to eat with a spoon and knife!

  • mahendra

    1 year ago

    hi mark, what kind camera do you use?

  • Gracia

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark,

    Loved your video about Batak food. Hope to read the full article with the Batak food review soon.

    The beauty about Indonesian, be it batak, manado, javanese or sundanese, is that there are layered versions of a dish. For example, the grilled pork you tasted in Lapo Ni tondongta is just one of several traditional Batak grilled pork. Should you travel to Medan or even a different Lapo (meaning “warung” in Bahasa Indonesia or “stall” in English) in Jakarta, you’ll find that there are several different ways that grilled pork is marinated or even grilled, depending on the location of its origin in North Sumatra.

    The same thing goes with Sate, Soto and Nasi as you have indicated in this article.

    Thank you for your love of food. I do hope you get to explore more on Indonesia’s food and cities, especially the many layered of endless deliciousness an Indonesian dish can have.

    Lastly, one thing i realized from watching and reading your post is that, good food is even better when it is shared (online or offline). You’ve inspired me to recollect the many adventures I had so far.

    Keep up the good eats!

  • Shada

    1 year ago

    Hi mark I am your fans since I accidently watched your video about food in taiwan. It was a very mouth watering video…. slurp

    I’m from jakarta and in case you go to jakarta again I know where to get the best food and the hidden gems in jakarta.

    My family have always been a gourmet lover… from street food to fine dining. We hunt the best food. It’s our passion in love.
    Even when I was young I have always dream to be a food critics… hahaha

    Kindly contct me when you plan to jakarta again and I promise to give you the best… and I will cook you the best indonesian homecooking ever

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hello Shada, very nice to hear from you and glad you and your family are food lovers. I will get in touch next time I’m in Jakarta, thank you!

  • Dary Sarwono

    1 year ago

    Dear Mark Wiens,

    First of all, i am a big fan of yours. I saw your video that you’re in Indonesia for a culinary vacation. Since i am from Indonesia, i would like to recommend you a great traditional Javanese food with a decent price which is located in Jl. Madrasah 14, Kemang. You can also check it out on zomato.com and tripadvisor.com for the detail address. The name of the restaurant is Waroeng Solo. Hope you’ll visit the restaurant because the food will totally blow your mind away!

    P.s have an awesome holiday here in Indonesia.

    Cheers,
    Dary Sarwono

    Cheers,

  • resep masakan

    2 years ago

    thanks to visit jakarta mark , i hope you visit another city in indonesia , like semarang , jogjakarta…

  • ferdinand rudolf odoh

    2 years ago

    Maybe if u have time,please visit makassar the gate to eastern indonesia

  • Soham

    2 years ago

    Nice eBook mark.My wish is that yu please come to Mumbai. I really want to meet you

  • imelda

    2 years ago

    Hi Mark! It is a real travelling to follow your project. I just enjoy it. Thanks, Mark!

  • imelda

    2 years ago

    Hi Mark! I love to read your review and watch your video. It ‘s just so intense! I keep it in my blog. You’re one of the best foodie presenter I know. Thank u, Mark! 🙂

  • Vrisa

    2 years ago

    glad to hear you coming to Jakarta. i always update yours video and and wait for more videos.
    next trip, you should also visit Medan because Medan also full of good food. I hope you can come.

  • Timo

    2 years ago

    well explained.. makes me so hungry watching all of your video.. 🙂

  • Noval

    2 years ago

    Hi Mark, really good to know that you love almost every food you ate in Jakarta. It all positive feedback. Especially your expression on your video. It tells us everything. But i need to know, is there some food you don’t like? In Jakarta or in any other cities you visited.

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hi Noval, good to hear from you, thank you for watching. For the most part I’m a huge lover of all kinds of foods, but I usually don’t care for much sweets or desserts – that’s why I don’t usually feature them in my videos either. Thank you for your support.

  • Willy

    2 years ago

    Hi Mark Wiens, I was looking for Indonesian food bloggers and I stumbled upon your site. Keep up your good work on food travel, and next time when you come to Indonesia again, you should try Indonesian traditional cakes like kue cubit & kue basah.

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hi Willy, good to hear from you, thank you very much. Appreciate the suggestions.

      • Willy

        1 year ago

        Yup. If you come to Indonesia again, you should contact me and I will bring you to Indonesian and Chinese traditional food restaurants. Haha…

  • Budiono

    2 years ago

    Hello, another time you will visit Indonesia, try to visit Surabaya, my city, and i will acompany you to enjoy Surabaya 🙂

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hi Budiono, thank you very much, on my next trip to Indonesia, I would love to visit Surabaya.

  • Kris

    2 years ago

    Hi Mark,

    I would like to recommend a street food in Jakarta. It’s “martabak manis”. It’s a sweet cake with condensed milk and peanuts. You can choose either chocolate or cheese. The one spot that you need to visit is in Pasar Baru. It’s called Martabak Manis Rudy. Give it a try, I think you’re going to love it.

  • yuke rachmawati

    2 years ago

    I’m so happy when i check your youtube channel and you were in Jakarta, i was born and raised in Bandung, it’s just 3 hours away from Jakarta. Come and visit us in Bandung and try some of delicacy that bandung could offer. I would love to give you a list of “what to eat” in Bandung. I just can’t wait for another your video…

  • Mulyono Tan

    2 years ago

    Hi Mark, greetings from Bintan!

    Next time maybe you consider a trip to Tanjungpinang, which is roughly 2 hours ferry ride from Singapore. You will fall in love with the food here!

  • Jennie

    2 years ago

    I always like you video in YouTube. And when you come to my country , Indonesia , I very pleased. I always like wacth you eat. Is it you always like the food you order even though you never ate that food before ?

  • Hugo

    2 years ago

    Yoo Mark, i read all this comment and too bad you left Jakarta already. You could try Mie Ting An (Jambi noodle) its been a legend for Jambi people and also try some Pempek (fish cake) came from Sumatra. Gotta make ur next list for Indonesian food.. Cheers!

  • Adnyana putra (adec)

    2 years ago

    Hi Mark, i really love your works. I highly recommend to visit Bali for your next trip. you can find the authentic balinese cuisines beside the culture and landscapes
    You may contact my email if you need references 🙂

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hi Adnyana, good to hear from you, thank you very much, I hope to visit Bali on my next trip. Thank you!

  • Sidik Prabowo

    2 years ago

    Hello Mark…i just wanna say keep up the good work…i really enjoy your videos and guides you’ve been making…

    another recommendation if you want to experience more of a spiritual journey please do come by to Yogyakarta..and experience the nature, culture, people and of course the food…some super spice dishes is available for your taste bud..

    best regard

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hi Sidik, thank you very much, appreciate your support. I’d love to visit Yogyakarta in the future!

  • Adri

    2 years ago

    Hi Mark! love your series on Jakarta food videos! appreciate your work and really…thank you for making videos about Indonesia, especially the foods 🙂
    hope you can visit Indonesia again!
    cheers and love

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hi Adri, great to hear from you, thank you very much for watching. I would love to visit Indonesia again and visit many more places!

  • Andira

    2 years ago

    Hello Mark! your foodbloging, Vloging are both incredibly awesome. Though you haven’t discover some other part of indonesia. well at very least you came to the centre of Indonesia, which more likely to sell various diverse kind of indonesia’s authentic foods. I believe the taste of Sate Padang you had will way better if you’re eating it right exactly in Padang city where it was born.. not to mention, actually i’m javanese. I’m so glad that you’re not early-judging Indonesia and overly generalising everything. as the first statement you made, “Jakarta is rarely a city travelers are enthusiastic about visiting.” but matter of fact, both of you are still enthusiast with Jakarta. I really appreciate it!

    the first time i knew your youtube channel is because i’m doing some random japanese food related vloging, and i found you’re coming to some japanese street stall that i visited on 2011. and keep watching you after that. Anyway, if you’re coming to Indonesia, or Surabaya, don’t mind to email me to ask “what to do” “what to eat” “where to stay” and so on. I would gladly reply your email.

    i’m still wondering, where do you come from? you’re doing this foodblogging to a lots different countries. and i’m still amazed how good you are tolerating dish with lots spices (indonesian, indian, middle east dishes are full of spices/herbs bomb), the spiciness of different chili paste, sambal, tom yam, kimchi things and everything that is not common in caucasians dish. though,actually I do also love european, american style dish, those with lots of butter, herbs, processed dairy, cheese and so on

    Warm Regards,
    Andira Bulan N.
    Surabaya-Indonesia

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hi Andira, thank you very much for reading and for your support. Definitely I was very excited to spend some time in Jakarta, a city that I think doesn’t get as much attention as it deserves. I think Jakarta is an amazing city, with such a diverse mix of people and food from around the country – that was my major purpose for visiting. I would love to visit Surabaya and Padang next trip to Indonesia, thank you!

      Hope you’re doing well, and thank you again for your comment.

  • Jason Thaddeus

    2 years ago

    Love your videos Mark. I hope you and Kyle Le can go to Indonesia.

  • Nixon Lai

    2 years ago

    Very good and useful travel guide, Mark! Love all the videos and and food review in Jakarta.

    One question with the transportation with UberX though:
    ” for a ride across town it might cost 800,000 – 120,000 Rupiah” –> Do you meant 80,000 – 120,000, or 800,000 – 1,200,000?

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hey Nixon, thank you for catching that mistake, I’ve fixed it. Correct is 80,000 – 120,000. Thank you.

  • Mul

    2 years ago

    Looks good Really enjoyed your video on all of your trip through out Asia. I do caution folks though, eating “street food” in Indonesia, especially “Pedagang Kaki Lima”, has many risks, especially if you’ve lived in US or Europe.
    I’m Indonesian, and moved to US many years ago and up until now, I’m hesitant to eat at the street vendor stalls, unless I know it’s OK.

  • Tere

    2 years ago

    Hi Mark and Ying, glad to hear that you like the woku, can’t wait for the video. Anyway, if let me know if you have a plan to visit Sulawesi or maybe Bandung.

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hi Tere, thank you very much, it was great hanging out with you in Jakarta. Woku is still one of my favorite Indonesian dishes.

  • Reza Kumara

    2 years ago

    Please visit yogyakarta city, its a must destination city if you are travelling to indonesia, i already send you email about the traditional food here and my contact person, i can give you guide here 🙂

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hey Reza, thank you very much. I couldn’t make it on this trip to Jakarta, but on my next visit to Indonesia, I will plan to visit Yogyakarta, thank you.

      • Reza Kumara

        2 years ago

        You must come to yogyakarta i will wait 5555!!! And feel free to contact me at my email or number i just gave you!!! See ya mark!

  • ally siti medina

    2 years ago

    Hi mark..
    Pedagang kaki lima refers to the size of pedestrian side which is around 5 feet (kaki) and not legged I think, cmiiw..
    They get their name because sometimes they use the pedestrian side to built their stall..

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hey Ally, ah thank you for the information, will update. Thank you.

      • ally siti medina

        2 years ago

        Youre very welcome Mark..
        Just watching your nasi uduk video 👍..

  • Hanif

    2 years ago

    There will be no end to create a list of Indonesian food, in every region there are many local dishes that not available (or it is available but the local taste always the best) in Jakarta. Some cities with best food (for me): Bali, Bandung, Yogya, Manado.
    It all depends on your taste buds, nonetheless every foreigner need to handle the spice and the hotness of the dishes.
    Looking forward for you to visit Indonesia again.

    Cheers

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Thank you very much Hanif. I was only able to make it to Jakarta on this trip, but hope to visit other parts of Indonesia in the future. I had a few Manado meals, and I loved it, I would love to visit Sulawesi.

      • Mike

        1 year ago

        Next time you must visit manado for sure

  • Ricky

    2 years ago

    You have to go to Makassar, Indonesia

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Thanks Ricky, that’s where I want to go in Indonesia next!

  • Mark B

    2 years ago

    Indonesia! I’ll be going there (again!) this summer and can’t wait to tuck into some delicious Indo food! If you happen to still be in Jakarta (or plan on going there any time soon), here’s a couple random suggestions of things to try. Rawon is an black soup made with interesting spices that I can never resist; a Padang style resto is always fun with lots of different items to choose from; maybe try some Salak (or snake fruit) if you see it (not my favorite, but it is something that might be interesting to people unfamiliar with it). Or, you could try Tengkleng, which is something that’s been on my bucket list for a long time, but which is always hard to find, and usually made from goat, bones and associated inner parts that usually send unadventurous types running (I was once riding along with a group of friends in Yogyakarta when I saw a resto that specialized in tengkleng, and when I pointed it out, everyone clammed up and the driver made sure to get us out of the area quick, thus ruining a long hoped for culinary adventure). There are, of course, a billion other interesting things to try, and hopefully you’ll uncover some new and interesting items that I can add to my list for this summer. Happy hunting and good eating!

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hey Mark, great to hear from you. Do you visit Jakarta often? I had a rawon a couple times in Jakarta, loved it. I haven’t ever tried Tengkleng, that looks like a wonderful dish. Thank you very much, hope you have a great upcoming trip!

  • Edwin Chandra

    2 years ago

    Hey Mark what’s up? I love food just like you do and sometimes do travel for them. Been watching your videos when i wanted to travel somewhere !! Jakarta is my city and here is a few good food that you should try !!!

    1. Bakmi Yong Yam, one of the best noodle in Jakarta, located in Mangga Besar just opposite RS HUSADA.
    2. HollyCow Steak, famous for good and cheap wagyu beef in town, search for them on internet, so many branches.
    3. Sate Babi Johan, in Pantai Indah Kapuk market, up north.
    4. Pondok Laguna, Pecenongan area.
    5. Kwotie Shantung at the side of the road in Hayam Wuruk.

    Hope you have a good time here! Happy Hunting dude.

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hi Edwin, great to hear from you. Thank you for all these food suggestions!

  • WaodeRuby

    2 years ago

    Hello mr. I would like to recomend , dont just go to jakarta, you can also explore pulau seribu or thousand island its near from jakarta, u can go there and do some snorkling its the island nearest from jakarta is tidung island, people from jakarta usually cross to the seribu island on weekend to spend time, its also backpacker budget, not really expensive, and other u should visit yogyakarta, and malang to see mount bromo, its cold there and u can see spectacular sunrise at dieng at sikunir top , its the place to see golden sunrise.
    From jakarta u can go to other big city in indonesia by train to yogyakarta, surabaya, malang, batu, bandung. Explore more sir, its more fun outside jakarta Lol, jakarta busy place for worker, and the recreation is on the other cities, u can visit bandung the nearest city from jakarta only 2 hour or 3 on weekday, if weekend its bad traffic. In bandung its more cold air from jakarta because its higher place and lots of tree there, u can ride a horse only 3 dollar at de ranch bandung, its recreational park, and taste lot of bandung food with greatt view at floating market lembang, bandung. And if u like safari, u can go to bogor, near from jakarta only 1 hour, to visit safari garden puncak bogor to see many animals, and u can also stayed at puncak its also cold there, puncak its cooler from jakarta, u should go there, and try street food like grilled corn, indomie also famous noodle like by local, its the famous instant noodle loved by indonesian people.

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hi Ruby, good to hear from you, thank you for the suggestions and recommendations. For this trip I was only able to visit Jakarta, because I wanted to get a feel for the city, but I will hopefully be back to Indonesia again to do more traveling around other parts of Indonesia, thank you!

  • Josh

    2 years ago

    Hey Mark, I really enjoy your video. In my opinion, if you are looking for delicious food in Indonesia, Jakarta might be not the right place. You should have visited Makassar, Bali, or other places to taste their authentic food. Keep up your good work on food travel video. Right know i’m going to watch your “Bangkok to Jakarta, Indonesia” video. 🙂

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hi Josh, thank you very much, yah I understand, but the reason I chose to go to Jakarta is because it’s a city where you can get food from everywhere around the country. But I would love to travel to other parts of Indonesia in time. Thank you for your support!

      • Amira

        1 year ago

        Thank you for exploring Jakarta, Mark! It is a real pleasure to watch you enjoy many authentic food from Indonesia. I’m currently study in Jakarta Selatan, but after I watch your Youtube videos, there are many new warung/restaurant I did not know. I guess there are still lots of place i need to go 😀
        I hope you would be very happy to visit my country again, and if you come to Indonesia once more, please visit Malang. Malang is a really beautiful place (if you not only came for eat but also to see beautiful scenery and mountains (PS : much colder (easy breezy) place for you to visit haha) Thank you again for the great videos and blog. I’m sorry for my bad english. Have a great day where ever you are, Mark!

        • Fitri Amalia

          1 year ago

          Hai Mark, what a pleasure watching you enjoy Indonesian food in Jakarta. I don’t believe you can eat pete and jengkol (Stink Bean). A few people doesn’t like that smell.
          I agree with Miss/Mrs Amira says. Would you please try visit Malang in your next trip. You can find many beautiful scene (mountain and sea), and delicious food of course. Many streed food you can find out. and for that plus point, you can get a fresh air in here.
          Hope you get a good time. Thank you. ^^

          • Mark Wiens

            1 year ago

            Hi Fitri, thank you for your support, Indonesia is amazing and so much good food. I hope to visit Malang in the future.

    • Maroz

      2 years ago

      Hey, chill out. watch your mouth josh, Jakarta have a lot Delicious food from Indonesia.

  • Corina salim

    2 years ago

    I heard you are visiting jakarta, are you still there? I just want to suggest some good food around jakarta, and you better stay in kelapa gading area, its like food paradise there. Actually there is good apartment with cheap and affordable price also clean in kelapa gading (just like 3.000.000/ month or so.), its kelapa gading nias residences.
    Its on kelapa gading area, that i would like to recommend for you.
    Try keping cak gundul (crab with sweet or spicy sauces).
    Bakmie bintang gading (noodle from ujung pandang, the chili very special damn hot!)
    Bubur bun ong (hot pot porridge)

    Hope enjoy your time in Jakarta, Indonesia.

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hi Corina, thank you very much for the kind recommendations. I have already left Jakarta on this trip, but I will keep in mind all of your suggestions for any upcoming trip. I had a few meals in Kelapa Gading, the restaurants there are amazing!

      • Jason Thaddeus

        2 years ago

        Hi Mark Wiens. I highly recommended Bandung for your next trip to Indonesia because there was many street foods. Also please go to Bali for some food videos.
        P.S: I highly appreciated your effort if you can make a whole day video at Indonesia next time😄😄😃😃😅😅.

        • Mark Wiens

          2 years ago

          Thank you Jason, next trip I would love to visit Bandung and Bali.

          • Jason Thaddeus

            2 years ago

            I just wanna correct you Mark. At Sop Konro video, you mentioned out that Kelapa Gading is on northwestern Jakarta but actually it is on the northeastern side of it

          • Michael Dhalimarta

            1 year ago

            i started to wathcing you videos, it’s great and make me always starving. I am from Jakarta, and now i lives in Bali, would love to guide you guys if you are visiting Bali.

          • Mark Wiens

            1 year ago

            Hi Michael, thank you very much. I’m hoping to visit Bali sometime in the future!

      • Jason Thaddeus

        2 years ago

        For porridge. I recommend you a top secret porridge even the Jakarta residents itself but very delicious one called Bubur Bang Tatang that is located at the Rawa Belong district at West Jakarta. The porridge even can be flipped with not a single porridge goes down! You can ask for it by simply: “Bang, bisa dibalik gak buburnya?”