Ramadan is identical with abundant takjil or snacks eaten when breaking the fast. Every corner of the city is full of a variety of snacks that are visited by takjil hunters who are starving, or rather just hungry eyes.
Five corners of this capital city have famous takjil selling places.
1. Bendungan Hilir, Central Jakarta
With the operation of the new MRT, visiting a place commonly abbreviated as Benhil is easier and free of traffic jams on the street. But you will actually experience extraordinary the jam in the food sales area. Everyone seems to make a pact to come here. Almost all types of food can be found here, from mild to severe.
One of the most popular is bubur kampiun (various types of sweet porridge ranging from candil to black sticky rice.). This can be obtained at a takjil sales area or at the Rumah Bopet Mini located nearby.
Besides, there are also lamang (glutinous rice cooked with coconut milk in bamboo) and tapai (a traditional fermented preparation of rice or other starchy foods) available, with the appearance of lamang which is very “eye catching” because of their sizes.
Other than snacks, the cuisine which is a typical Minang culinary such as Nasi Kapau can be found here. Also available various drinks, side dishes, fried snacks, cakes and desserts that are tempting at affordable prices.
2. Gandaria Area, South Jakarta
In the Gandaria Street area or around the Gandaria City mall, many takjil snacks can be found. What is available here are drinks such as young coconut ice, mixed ice, fruit ice, and fruit soup. There are also a variety of kolak (an Indonesian dessert based on palm sugar or coconut sugar, coconut milk, and pandanus leaf) and other takjil menus such as various fried snacks, croquettes, pastels and cakes.
3. Panjang Street, Kelapa Dua, West Jakarta
West Jakarta residents have Kelapa Dua area as a favorite place for hunting takjil. Here a variety of food and drinks is available. There is a variety of kolak such as banana and sweet potato. There is also aloe vera drinks, fried snacks, martabak, rice cake, and various cakes. Other menu includes dumplings, chicken satay, Padang satay and side dishes and vegetables to break their fasting.
4. Balai Pustaka Street, Rawamangun, East Jakarta
The eastern area of Jakarta also has a favorite spot for takjil hunting, which is around Rawamangun, precisely on the street of Jalan Balai Pustaka. Favorites here are variety of porridge such as bubur kampiun and biji salak, cariety of kolak such as banana and sweet potato. There is also traditional dessert likes putu mayang, getuk and so on.
Other menu includes rice cake, martabak, chicken satay, padang satay and Minang’s dishes such as gulai kepala ikan (fish head curry), ketupat sayur, balado jengkol, and rendang. Likewise, with Javanese dishes like gudeg, grilled fish, grilled chicken, soto ayam, buntil, and others.
5. Soka Street, Rawa Badak, North Jakarta
At the end of Jakarta, in the northern region, there is the Soka road which provides various foods to break the fasting. Located about 2 km from the Pasar Ular Plumpang (Plumpang Snake Market, which is not really selling snake but sells the used clothes and other stuffs), various kiosks on Jalan Soka offer various kinds of takjil. Fried snacks, cakes, various kolak and drinks are favorite ones. Dishes such as chicken satay, grilled fish, grilled chicken, sautéed vegetables are also available here. The tradition of selling takjil on Jalan Soka has lasted more than 20 years.