Indonesian Street Food Tour of Glodok (Chinatown) in Jakarta – DELICIOUS Indonesia Food!

Indonesian Street Food Tour of Glodok (Chinatown) in Jakarta – DELICIOUS Indonesia Food!

– It is truly a genius of a creation. I’m going to take my first bite. Wow, that rice, it’s
like a combination of a rice and omelet. What’s up everyone, it’s Mark Wiens with in Jakarta, Indonesia. It is mid morning and Ying
and I are walking over to Glodok, which is Jakarta’s Chinatown. And actually, we don’t
really have any plans of what we’re gonna do there, not really, but we’re just gonna walk around, explore, probably find some street food. There’s a lot of traffic,
as usual, on this road, so that’s why we are walking. We’re going to beat the traffic and we’re gonna explore Jakarta’s Chinatown. We took the back way to get to Chinatown, through the back streets, but we are definitely in Chinatown now. The whole, it’s still Jakarta, but you can definitely feel that it’s Chinatown. We passed a couple of
Chinese temples already, and you can see some of
the old Chinese buildings that are evidence that
we are in Chinatown, as well as, I think
we’re gonna walk through a market soon, I’ve seen some
people carrying lots of bags. And also, in Chinatown, they
also have bicycle rickshaws which are available for transportation. We have gotten to the
market section of Glodok. There is a lot of beautiful
looking fruits and vegetables. And actually, this Chinatown
kinda reminds me of Bangkok’s Chinatown, Yaowarat,
very, a lot of similarities. And it’s a very tight, and busy place. A lot of business and commerce and markets everywhere you look. We just took a turn down a side alley, this is just a walking alley, and we are in route to
a famous coffee shop. I think it’s somewhere down
here and maybe to the right. The market street is a
really great atmosphere, but then when you get down
on these even side alleys, it’s really quiet back
here and really nice. A lot of people are very friendly, and there are lots of
random things for sale. Just look at this quantity of avocados. We’re just walking through the alley, we haven’t made it to the coffee shop yet, but I saw a guy selling
siomay from his motorbike. He had a variety of different
things in his steamer, and we kind of just chose a
number of different things. I think these are the actual
siomay and then there’s some tofu and then he also
had one with bitter melon. I think pork stuffed into bitter melon so I got one of those. And then this is definitely
a Chinese style of a dish, but what really makes it
Indonesian is that they serve it with peanut sauce. So, after he finished slicing them all up, he put a big scoop of
peanut sauce and then he squeezed on some kecap
manis which is sweet soy sauce. And I think that’s kind of a
chili sauce on the side there. So, I’m gonna try one of these first. Dip it into the peanut sauce. Wow, that has a very
squishy kind of texture. Almost like mochi glutinous
rice texture to it. And then at the tail end of my bite, then I can taste some sesame oil and maybe a little bit of minced pork. That’s just a straight
up piece of tofu with the sweet peanut sauce and a little bit of chili in there as well. I really love bitter melon, it has such a wonderful bitter flavor. And then it’s juicy and has a, like a cucumber crispness to it. (inaudible) As I was eating that plate of siomay I was standing right across the street from a vegetarian restaurant and
the owner here is really nice and he invited us to try some of his all vegetarian Indonesian food. And what I really want to taste, I think I’m just going
to get a small taste, because we might have a lot of, So, he has a whole spread of
different Indonesian dishes all vegetarian and the one
that I really want to taste is rendang which is one of
the most famous Indonesian dishes and it happens to
be a favorite of mine, as well, but I have never had
a vegetarian version of it. I didn’t want to order a
whole plate of food with rice because I think we
still have a lot to eat, so I just got some of
the rendang to taste it. This is the rendang vegetarian. What is in the rendang? – Mushroom, we make it out
of mushroom, black mushroom. – I could have a mistaken it for chunks of meat definitely. Even on the inside it
looks kind of like meat. That looks like a big meatball. That’s really good, oh wow. It’s like meat but it’s more tender. It almost tastes like pulled beef, but that is all mushroom. That rendang is delicious actually. It’s a little bit spicy,
you can taste the coconut, and these are some kind
of spring roll types of things and he said it might taste a little bit like shrimp. I think that’s bean curd. That’s awesome. That is my kind of
vegetarian bite right there, just solid mushrooms, it’s
like compressed mushrooms. That was impressively good,
especially that rendang. And, so, if you’re looking
for all vegetarian food in Jakarta in Chinatown,
it’s right in this lane. And I’m not sure the name of this lane, but that was really good vegetarian food. We finally made it to the
famous, legendary coffee shop. This place is called Kopi Es Tak Kie. It is an old school Chinese
Indonesian coffee shop. And it has a lot of history to it, if you look around you
can see a lot of photos on the wall and a lot of
famous people, I believe, have come here for coffee. It’s really humid and I
decided it would be a good idea to order a hot coffee. Oh, that is a good black cup of coffee. The coffee is so smooth. And I get it sugarless, so it’s just straight up black coffee,
but really smooth. It doesn’t have much acid,
and just a good, clean chocolatey flavor. And this an indoor coffee
shop and they have a number of different street
food stalls that set up right outside the door of this shop, and so you can order street food and then they will deliver it inside so you can sit down at the table as long
as you’re ordering drinks and eat the street food from outside. And one of the options
right outside the door is Nasi campur and Nasi campur is actually just means rice and mixed everything. There’s some crispy pork
belly, I think that’s gizzard. This is like boiled chicken. There’s a tiny sliver of an egg. I think this is the char
siu, the roast pork, the roasted barbecue pork. That’s a lot more
flavorful than it looked. That rice is really good. And then that pork is very lean and it’s actually quite tender. But I think it would be
improved with some of this chili sauce, let me add that over here. And that’s a little piece of pork belly. And I think that is
gizzard, looks like gizzard. That’s like a sour, salty chili sauce. And then that’s definitely gizzard, it has a very crisp texture to it. And then actually I don’t
think that was pork belly, I think it might have been chicken, maybe with a roasted skin. Chase that with some of this soup, and there’s a vegetable in it as well. It’s a very plain, but very salty soup. And that vegetable is a
little bit sour, vinegary, so I think it’s a pickled mustard green or something like that. Dip it into the sauce, that’s like sausage wrapped around the skewer. Okay, it’s pretty sweet. That was a good coffee break stop and another plate of food and
now we are just walking back down the alley. There are so many different
choices of foods to eat within this alley. We took a little walk down the road and they have a lot of street food carts and so I spotted a snack
that I wanted to try. It is, there are a lot
of different variations of this that I’ve seen
all over Southeast Asia. It’s very similar in
cooking style method to a Sri Lankan hopper, but
it’s cooked in a little personalized rounded
skillet and what he does, the batter is green. What he does is, he scoops in some batter, kinda sloshes it around and then it cooks. He puts the lid on and
then it cooks so that the edges are crispy
and then in the center it’s kind of fluffy and
kind of like waffle-like. The edges are crispy all the way. And then the inside is
kind of sticky, gooey. It’s sweet and I’m not
sure but I think the fragrance might be pandan
because of that greeness. And it sort of has a very
light, vanilla-y essence. That’s a very simple, but kind
of tasty sweet pancake snack. One of the most common
types of street food that you’ll find in Jakarta
are deep fried items. And, so, all over the street
you’ll find carts with a big wok full of oil deep frying, an assortment of different
things and so for our next street food snack I
just ordered a couple of deep fried items. The first thing I got is
a pisang goreng which is a deep fried banana. He took the banana and
he kind of sliced it, but then kept the banana
all together and kind of made it into a finger/hand shape. It’s almost like a little glove mitt. How he cut it like this,
in strips but keeping the whole thing together, it
gives it more surface area for more crunchy batter and I think it’s a pretty cool way to cut a
banana for deep frying it. That is quite a lot of batter. And it’s very crispy
and then there’s kind of a lot of batter to banana ratio, but then on the inside is the very sweet and kinda custard-y banana. It’s like a little banana sandwich. For many of my growing up
years, I lived in Africa, in central Africa. And when my family was
living in the Democratic Republic of Congo, I used to
eat breadfruit all the time. But then, since I was
a child I haven’t had breadfruit very often
and even where I live in Thailand, in Bangkok, breadfruit is not very common at all, actually. You can see sometimes
on the tree, but it’s very rarely eaten. So, I was happy to see he
has deep fried breadfruit. This is just a big slice
of breadfruit deep fried. That brings back some great memories. Breadfruit is awesome. This is just a natural
phenomena of a fruit. It is really like a very
starchy, starchy bread. Kinda like a cross
between bread and potato. Actually kinda like cassava. It has that really dry starchiness to it and then this one is just
really nicely salted, as well. So, it’s like a salty,
silky, bread-y, potato. And then it does have a little
bit of a fruity taste to it. But that’s really heavy. I think partly why I like
this so much is because I grew up, when I was a kid, eating this and I have so many memories of breadfruit. That is such a starchy,
it’s delicious actually. I really like it. It’s very heavy and dry. Chinatown’s around the
world in different cities are one of my favorite places to explore. And Chinatown here in
Jakarta has been great. There’s a lot of food and a
lot of cool places to explore. If you just kind of wander
around these alleys. But Ying and I are gonna
start heading a little ways North to some of the other historical buildings not too far away from here. Crossing the street in
this area is definitely not the easiest situation,
but we gotta cross now. We are in the old historical
heritage area of Jakarta now. And there is a lot of
traffic in every direction. We made it to the old area
of Jakarta which is called Fatahillah which is the
old Dutch colonial area. There are a lot of heritage
Dutch buildings in this area. We’re now in the big square,
so we’re just going to walk around here for a
little bit and just enjoy the scenery. Within this square, a
lot of people are renting very colorful neon bikes
and just riding around. And then there a lot of students, and we met up with a group of students, and they wanted to ask
some questions about why we are traveling to Indonesia and what we like about
traveling to Indonesia. And then one of the questions
they asked me was why did you guys come to Indonesia? And when I told them that
we came to Indonesia to eat, they all thought that was pretty funny. I wasn’t sure if we were
gonna be able to find this one street food
snack that I really wanted to try called kerak telor. And we happened to find it so we got lucky and he is making it right now. It was really genius watching him make it. What he does is, he
first takes some raw rice and then puts it into
the bottom of the wok. And then he really heats up the wok, heats up that fire, fans the flames. And then he added a bunch
of different seasonings including, I know there’s some coconut and probably some salt,
I’m not sure what else. And then after that he
cracked in egg and then mixed it all up until it was
like a slushy omelet rice mixture. And the true genius of
what he does after that is, he actually flips the wok over, so, you would think gravity would make the entire rice omelet mixture
just fall out of the wok, but somehow it stays on
the bottom of the wok even thought it’s flipped upside down. And that’s when he really
fans the flames strong so it’s a big fire that
comes up to the bottom of the wok there and just
kind of scorches that rice and egg mixture. And then once it’s ready,
he flips it back over, he scoops it out with a
spatula, adds on some more seasoning, including a
handful of crispy shallots, sticks it onto a piece
of paper and it’s ready. This is a street food snack
that definitely has some history in Indonesia and
I know that it was very popular since the colonial Dutch times. And it is truly a genius of a creation. I’m going to take my first bite. Wow, that rice, it’s like a combination of a rice and omelet. And then there is definitely
some coconut in there. But it’s not sweet, just
natural coconut, I think. Like dried coconut,
it’s a little bit crisp. But that basically just
tastes like a roasted rice egg omelet. It tastes like the
bottom of clay pot rice. The crunchy, kind of
slightly burnt bottom. So, it has that crispiness,
but then with egg mixed in and dried coconut. I’m really happy that we
had a chance to try that final Jakarta street food. It’s kind of a simple combination, but I love the way he makes it. And part of street food and eating snacks is just enjoying the
atmosphere and watching them cook the food right before you. And that is just an absolute
genius of a street food snack. I think I enjoyed it
more watching the process of it being made than even eating it. I think that is gonna be
the end for today’s video about Jakarta street food. It’s been wonderful walking around. I am just drenched and hot
and sweaty to the core, so I think we’re gonna
jump in a taxi and head back to our hotel now. Thank you all very much
for watching this video. Please remember to give
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  1. That chilli sauce on the siomay: they use a very low quality chilli sauce. Contains with lot of colour dye that hopefully it is food grade. And only God knows whatever they put in that sauce as ingridients.
    It is something that i guarantee you won't keep in your house. But it has a particular taste somehow that finally you decide, going out to eat siomay is much better than cook it at home yourself๐Ÿ˜†
    They use that chilli sauce on other street food as bakso, nasigoreng tektek and so on.

  2. Hello Mark. Just curious, are you Dutch of Indonesian descent? Your face just like Melayu People ๐Ÿ˜. Btw, nice vlog, you appreciate many kind of food in every country. Keep eating! ๐Ÿ˜

  3. Siapa nih translator nya. Padahal dia gadak ngomong anjay tapi di tulis anjay bahasa Inggris nya apaan tuh anjay dogay

  4. Orang Indo Rata-rata banyak yang suka makanan dari Luar Negeri
    Orang Luar Rata-rata banyak yang suka makanan dari Indo

    Tuker negara aja klo gitu anj**g

  5. Mark wines: would you tell us: what is the food name which you don't like it??? Cus all of your food jorny are. ..oh. ..yes ..

  6. Bisa aja Lo mang naikin harga,biasanya aja gw,beli siomay 7000-12000 aja.

  7. It's not pork. in Indonesia food seller always use beef, chicken, and fish, because in Indonesia there's much a moeslim people, and we are mention pork as a haram food or like we can't eat it, we only can eat halal food, and pork it's a haram food

  8. U are sooo details in all your vid. I love how you explain about the "kerak telur"
    BTW, im going there next month. Will use your vid as my tour guide ๐Ÿ˜

  9. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  10. I love street food so much. Because their prices are affordable (low cost) anak kos ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  11. I live in Australia as I 've chance to see people from around the world. Indonesian is one of my Favorite friend on earth… I'm from Thailand…

  12. Hi, if you will come to Bali for the next time fell free to contact me. I'll make some foods for you such as Kakul Susud, Sate Alu, Lawar Dolong, Gadagan meserebawangan, Be Tabuan, and other.

  13. I am very happy to see you eat breadfruit. In indonesia it said "Sukun" and i have never seen people so happy eat that after you eat that lol thats great and happy to see that

  14. Sir cobain deh makan cilok saus kacang sambil naik ojek sepeda di iringi tiupan angin sepoi – sepoi waktu senja ๐Ÿ˜‰ pasti mantulll

  15. Om, review kiliner alexis dong…. hi bro, wonder why you not review the best of indonesian food. The name is alexis restaurant. Serve by sexy ladies ๐Ÿ˜

  16. The vegetarian rendang is really amazing, I am also amazed with the texture and taste. It is Mushroom but how can it taste like beef?

  17. I just want to let you know the man selling the deep fried snacks was dead approx. 1.5 years ago because of the heat from frying hurting the heart……

  18. Hi mister, PARE not a Pork, PARE from Vegetarian..
    Siomay and Batagor, no pork content..
    rendang is made from beef, sir
    Thank you mister๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜‡ I'm from INDONESIA

  19. Hi Mark Wiens, I love your vlog, my name Andika from Aceh Tamiang, Indonesia, im a vloger too same with you…, where are you from brother?

  20. MY GOD ! Please enligthen me why they serve Pork siomai .INDONESIA is a Muslim country !!! this guys says PORK CONTENT on Siomai .

  21. gue ke glodok trus kasih liat ni video ke engko2 tukang somay dia nyengir2 ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ gw blg ente terkenal 3.5M views men

  22. thank you for showing me cultures I will not be able to see i0n person your an amazing person and I'm happy to be your sub

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