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6 Eateries Dishing Out the Best 'Gado Gado' Salad in Jakarta

December 30, 2020, 07.11 PM – Indonesia’s gado gado salad is a beloved traditional dish known for its creamy, savory peanut sauce poured over boiled vegetables.

The healthy and filling Indonesian peanut salad has become a go-to breakfast food for many Jakarta residents who have a busy workday ahead.

Throughout the capital city, food vendors sell the gado gado salad from early in the morning to late in the night, but there are six locations that are particularly popular for serving up the meal.

Read also: This ‘Gado Gado’ Pushcart is a Hidden Gem in Jakarta’s Menteng District has selected the six eateries serving up the best gado gado recipe in Jakarta that you can enjoy during the holiday or at any time of the year.

The opening hours of each location vary and are subject to change, and there are delivery services available for some of the listed places so be sure to check them out.

1. Gado Gado Cemara

Situated at Jalan Tanah Abang 5 Nomor 36, Central Jakarta, this eatery has been serving the ultimate gado gado salad since 1947.

The secret to the best gado gado recipe is in the peanut sauce and Cemara does exactly that by using cashews.

Even if you are not in the mood for Indonesian peanut salad, that’s alright because the owners also serve oxtail soup, goat curry, goat fried rice, durian ice cream, and Lontong Cap Go Meh.

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A medium portion of the gado gado salad with rice cakes will cost you around $2.27 (Rp 32,000) while the Lontong Cap Go Meh costs $3.69 (Rp 37,000).

This Jakarta food eatery opens Monday through Friday from 8am-8pm and on Saturday – Sunday from 8am-6pm.

2. Gado Gado Siram Bon Bin

Another legendary eatery dishing out Indonesian peanut salad is also located in Central Jakarta and has been around since 1960.

Maximizing the flavors of peanut oil in its sauce, this secret has led to its notoriety in the Jakarta food scene.

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A portion of the dish costs $2.84 (Rp 40,000) and they also offer their famous peanut sauce for $1.24 per packet. The packets can be kept for two days if stored at room temperature.

Only a 10-minute walk from the Cikini Train Station, you will find this local favorite food stall at Jalan Cikini IV Nomor 1.

3. Gado Gado Direksi

The next food stall shelling out one of the best gado gado recipes in Jakarta since 1967 and is located at Jalan Pintu Besar Selatan 2 Nomor 16, West Jakarta.

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The eatery prices its Indonesian peanut salad for $2.84 (Rp 40,000), but it also sells fried chicken and vegetable spring rolls. The eatery opens every day from 9:30am-4pm.

4. Gado Gado Boplo

Having been around since the 1970s, our next eatery of choice has mastered the best gado gado recipe in Jakarta.

What once began in the Boplo Market area, the owners have successfully established 10 branch locations across the Indonesian capital city.

A portion of the best Indonesian peanut salad in Jakarta costs $2.55 (Rp 36,000) although other menu items such as Ketoprak are sold for $1.91 (Rp 27,000).

This local favorite eatery in Jakarta opens from 8am-9pm and is situated at Jalan Cikini Raya Nomor 111, Menteng and Jalan Abdullah Safei Nomor 2A, Tebet.

5. Gado Gado Pak Wahyu

Wahyu is the master chef behind the gado gado salad in Jakarta that is sensational and affordable, having started his venture in 1981.

Located at Jalan Cilacap in the city’s Menteng district, you can find his food pushcart right across from The Hermitage Hotel.

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Budget-conscious foodies will be pleased to know that to try one of the best gado gado recipes in Jakarta only costs $1.13 (Rp 16,000). The food pushcart opens Monday through Saturday from 10:30am-4pm.

6. Gado Gado Kertanegara ala Sumartin

The name of this local favorite in Jakarta for the best gado gado salad may be a mouthful, but the taste of the classic Indonesian food is incredibly flavorful.

Operating since 1986, this food eatery is located at Jalan Kertanegara Nomor 2, Kebayoran Baru in South Jakarta.

Here, the Indonesian peanut salad is sold from a car for only $1.42 (Rp 20,000) and they operate Monday through Friday from 10am-3pm.

(Writer & Editor: Yuharrani Aisyah)


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