Romance is in the air. During this season of love, you do not have to spend a wadful of cash to express your feelings to your significant other. Remaining true to our objectives here at The Foodie Magazine, we want to give you dining options, at whatever level you would want to be.
Our search for a romantic warung took us to Ayam & Bebek Tangkap Atjeh Rayeuk. Conveniently located, open air and surrounded by greenery, it is a great venue for a romantic date.
Do you remember the time when there was an invasion of mie Aceh in Jakarta a few years ago? People became rather obsessed with it, and almost every corner had a mie Aceh warung or restaurant. Don’t get me wrong, it is indeed a dish to be reckoned with, but the message Astrid Enricka, owner of Atjeh Rayeuk wants to convey is that patrons should also enjoy other Aceh dishes such as ayam and bebek tangkap.
Tangkap is basically a dish which consists of moderate cuts of chicken or duck, already marinated, and then fried. Various leaves, herbs, and spices are put into the frying pan with the chicken or duck, thus giving them more flavor and imparting a captivating aroma. These leaves put into the dish include curry leaves (daun temurui) and pandan leaves. The other unique thing is that these leaves will be served together with the chicken or duck. This will create a somewhat ‘bushy’ presentation with so many leaves hiding the chicken inside, making it totally unique.
We guaranteed a craving madness once you tried it. Not only that the chicken retains a delicious, strong flavor but then came a colorful crunchiness from the leaves. Don’t forget to also color every bit of your bite with Atjeh Rayeuk’s sambals from mango sambal, torch ginger sambal, and even the spicy and sour ‘ganja’ sambal.
If that’s not enough then do opt to have the mie Aceh as well and share the two wonders with your loved ones and cheers upon a glass of cucumber juice or teh tarik. It’s fun to be romantic this way!
AYAM & BEBEK TANGKAP ATJEH RAYEUK
Unsuitable for vegetarians
Address: Jalan Ciranjang no. 38, Jakarta – Indonesia
Featured in THE FOODIE MAGAZINE February 2014 edition
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Photos by: Dennie Benedict