Jakarta has joined the food-truck craze that has swept up big cities such as San Francisco, New York, and London. Although we lack the large parking lots, parks and sidewalks that grace those major metropolises, we keep truckin’ with this tasty trend. One of the standouts is Kebab Wagen: Gourmet on Wheels, pioneers in Jakarta’s food truck scene who have returned from a little hiatus as delicious as ever!
Chef Fany Hermawan and his wife, Kathy, started Kebab Wagen in 2012 after they realised that they missed the late-night snacks they used to enjoy in Brisbane and craved a similar style kebab to soothe this hunger. In addition, they wanted to change the environment of street food in Jakarta, more often associated with cheap, deep-fried or processed foods you get from kaki limas and the like. (We are not hating on kaki limas, we promise!) With this in mind, Fany and Kathy created Kebab Wagen, serving gourmet kebabs – on wheels!
Using free-range chicken and Australian lamb, they also prepare all their marinades and sauces daily to ensure freshness, great flavour, and good hygiene for their customers. Kebab Wagen may not be an entirely authentic kebab but Fany’s recipes are a happy medium between the Indonesian palate and more savoury, Mediterranean-style tastes. Though regulation in Jakarta makes in tricky for food trucks like Kebab Wagen to exist, we are rooting for them because the city would be a whole lot less delicious without them.
Kebab Wagen’s current location until the end of March is Jl. Senopati Raya No. 84 (Monty’s Parking lot). They are open Monday through Thursday from noon until 9pm and Friday and Saturday from 5pm until 1 pm. Follow them on Twitter and Instagram for more details.