Since our metropolis web site launched in 2014, we have now guided our readers on a journey by among the capital the nation’s meals developments in addition to their legendary mainstays. Questioning the place to eat one of the best rendang? We obtained you coated with our ‘Greatest Padang eating places’ listicle, fam. Wish to assume outdoors the field on your subsequent Indomie meal? Search for our in depth protection of distinctive prompt noodle creations for inspiration.
To rejoice Coconuts’ tenth anniversary this month, we’re trying again, in no specific order, on the ten most memorable F&B tales that helped formed us into turning into greater than only a information web site. We have now totally loved writing about (and sampling) meals over all these years, so right here’s to a different scrumptious decade of Coconuts Jakarta forward!
1. Best Padang restaurants in Jakarta: Where to eat the most delicious rendang, sambalado, ayam pop, and more (2017)
Except for Padang itself, you’d be exhausting pressed to search out any Padang eating places that serve rendang, sambalado, and ayam pop higher than they do in Jakarta. Maybe that’s the reason our listicle compiling one of the best Padang eating places within the capital, which incorporates established franchises like Sederhana and hidden gems like Sepakat, is amongst our hottest meals guides ever.
2. The Boba Recap: 14 new(ish) bubble tea shops in Jakarta, from famous Taiwanese chains to homegrown brands (2019)
We’ve in all probability come down considerably from the pre-pandemic sugary heights of the boba craze, but this listicle deserves particular point out for being the preferred information for drinks that we’ve ever printed. That’s particularly spectacular contemplating no alcohol went into the making of those drinks.
3. #ThankYouOJOL: Indonesians pay tribute to delivery drivers for bringing them the McDonald’s BTS Meal (2021)
Few outdoors the Kpop fandom phenomenon perceive it, however Jakarta was additionally engulfed in McDonald’s BTS Meal fever. However with the particular version hen nuggets solely out there by way of supply, it was the town’s unsung heroes — bike taxi drivers — who braved lengthy queues and lack of social distancing to appease eternally grateful BTS followers.
Did we want our delicacies to be “found” by Gordon Ramsay? Amid those that appreciated the culinary celebrity serving to put Indonesian delicacies on the worldwide map, there have been some who didn’t fairly recognize the concept western validation is critical on this case.
It wasn’t all in regards to the yums at Coconuts Jakarta. Generally, we needed to cease and pay tribute to sure heroes within the meals trade. Heroes like Nunuk Nuraini, who earlier this yr handed away after gifting the world of Indomie’s iconic flavors.
The worldwide urge for food for Indomie is such that we recurrently see distinctive takes on the beloved Indonesian prompt noodles. Earlier than there was Indomie-flavored ice cream, our world was rocked by the invention of the Indomie cake, which individuals couldn’t determine was an act of culinary genius or an edible abomination. To us, it’s fairly easy: the extra Indomie, the higher.
Respectable Indian meals is comparatively exhausting to return by within the capital, particularly an reasonably priced choice. So Jakartans have been stoked — no less than judging by the recognition of our overview — when Accha arrived to supply butter hen and naan bread that’s accessible to all, even when the flavors could have been adjusted for native tongues considerably.
8. End of a McEra: Indonesia’s first McDonald’s restaurant in Central Jakarta’s Sarinah to close permanently (2020)
Jakarta could have quite a few iconic eating places, however it could shock many who one in all its most well-known was a McDonald’s — particularly, the primary outlet for the quick meals chain within the nation. The outlet was so iconic that hundreds got here by to say farewell (and take selfies) on its final day in 2020, leading to a huge fine for McDonald’s for breaching COVID-19 protocol.
Indonesians and Malaysians may not at all times get alongside, however they united over rendang pleasure and roasted the judges of Masterchef UK for saying that the legendary dish requires crispy hen pores and skin. What idiots. Now, on the threat of annoying our Malaysian buddies, can all of us conform to at all times use beef — and by no means hen — in rendang?
Think about the shock of studying that your loved one pet fish has been cooked for the scrumptious enjoyment of your loved ones. That’s what occurred to Bayu, a person from Central Java’s Sukoharjo regency, whose tragedy of dropping his arowana drew sympathy from many in a nation obsessive about the prized pet fish.
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