(THE JAKARTA POST) - Eateries that are open 24 hours a day in Jakarta are few and far between.
During Ramadan, such places can be good alternatives for eating sahur (pre-dawn meal). Here is a list of recommended eateries to have sahur in Jakarta.
1. Warteg Gang Mangga
As a legendary warteg (Tegal food stall) in West Jakarta, Warteg Gang Manga is popular for its extensive range of dishes.
To name a few, there are rendang (meat stewed in coconut milk and spices), orek tempe (tempeh in sweet soya sauce), terong balado (eggplant with sambal), cah kangkung (sauteed Chinese water spinach) and ayam goreng serundeng (fried chicken with shredded coconut).
Open 24 hours a day, Warteg Gang Mangga is like a second home for its loyal customers.
Where: Jalan Kemurnian V No. 1D, West Jakarta
2. Nasi Kapau Kramat Raya
Nasi kapau is a less oily version of nasi padang with a larger portion of vegetables. The perfect place to give it a try is at Jalan Kramat Raya, Senen, Central Jakarta.
Rows and rows of nasi kapau sellers and their mouth-watering dishes have been there since the 1970s. In the 1980s, the Jakarta administration designated the area a culinary destination. Although it is not a 24-hour area, most stalls are open from 2pm to 4.30am. Consider coming here for an adventurous choice for sahur.
Where: Jalan Kramat Raya, Senen, Central Jakarta
3. Warteg Warmo
At Jalan Tebet Timur Raya No. 1D sits the legendary Warteg Warmo. Open since 1970 for 24 hours a day, this particular warteg is also known for its diverse menu of side dishes. Its trademark is the lengthy glass case, made to accommodate the huge selection of food.
Warteg Warmo is probably even more famous because of its clientele , ranging from dangdut singer Rhoma Irama to fashion designer Ivan Gunawan to rock band Seringai to even Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who once stopped by during his presidential campaign.
Where: Jalan Tebet Timur Raya No. 1D
4. Bubur Kwang Tung
With Cantonese porridge as its trademark, Kwang Tung, which operates 24 hours a day, also serves Chinese-style side dishes. All the food here is halal.
The porridge comes with your choice of meat, such as chicken, beef, crab, prawn, scallop or grouper fish. Be aware that the porridge comes in a large portion and could be shared with two to three people.
Where: Jalan Pecenongan No. 67I, Pecenongan, Central Jakarta; or Jalan Wolter Monginsidi No. 49, Senopati, South Jakarta
Open 24 hours a day, Eatsomnia specialises in wagyu beef at affordable prices. Its popular dishes are wagyu beef and rice with a variety of chilli or sauces, such as sambal hijau (green chilli sauce), rica rica (spicy sauce), tongseng (yellow coconut sauce), semur (sweet sauce) and rendang (herb and spice sauce).
Where: Jalan Fatmawati No. 3C, South Jakarta; or Jalan Bintaro Utama 3, Blok AP No. 59, Bintaro, South Tangerang