When it comes to Indonesian food, if it doesn’t have a kick, well, we’re not sure you are eating Indonesian food. One of the many spicy dishes we love in Jakarta is bebek goreng (fried duck), sometimes shortened to begor. There are a couple important factors about bebek goreng that make it awesome, including the crispy-to-tender ratio and the flavour of the sambal. Now, wash your hands, roll up your sleeves, and dig in!
Bebek Pondok Suryo
Located in Senopati, Bebek Pondok Suryo is a bit of a legend here in Jakarta. The newly renovated location is almost always packed during meal times, but if you can’t get a table right away, it’s well worth the wait. We love the bebek penyet (pressed duck) with nasi cobek, rice on a bed of sambal served in a limestone mortar.
Pondok Suryo. Jl. Suryo no. 16, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta Selatan, p: 62-21/739-3358. Hours: Mon-Sun 12pm-9pm.
Bebek Goreng Slamet
Another legend, and it is definitely up for debate whether Bebek Slamet or Pondok Suryo take first place. Don’t be scared by the décor or lack there of. This hole in the wall in South Jakarta give Pondok Suryo a run for it’s money. The main difference between the two is the sambal, Slamet’s tend to be a little less sweet, though equally as spicy!
Bebek Goreng Slamet, Jl. Tendean no. 111, South Jakarta, phone: 62-821/1166-1985. Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-9pm.
The famous restaurant from Bali, Bebek Bengil, aka the Dirty Duck Diner, has two locations in Jakarta for duck lovers who can’t wait to get to Bali for their fix. You can find Bebek Bengil in Menteng and BSD. The décor and ambiance is incredibly romantic with a breezy outdoor patio seating that will remind you of the Ubud original. The Menteng location has Balinese-style gazebos, perfect for lounging after a massive lunch. They have a few options when it comes to duck and sambal including a sambal hijau, or green sambal, that you have to try!
Bebek Bengil, The Ubud Building. Jl. H. Agus Salim no. 132, Menteng, Central Jakarta, p. 62-21/391-8016. Hours: Sun-Mon 10am-11pm.
Bebek Bengil, The Breeze BSD City, Unit Waterfront L#01, Jl. Grand Boulevard, BSD Green City, Tangerang, West Jakarta, phone: 62-21/5038-6630. Hours: Sun-Mon 10am-11pm.