Too often I see this specific nasi gule hawker loaded with construction workers and cab drivers during lunchtime. Once I only had the chance for a takeaway of gorengan (fritters) from the neighboring hawker, but the very view of it got crowded intrigued me. People say that if a certain hawker is crowded by cab drivers then it’s either between good, cheap, or just merely strategic. Well, I decided to give it a try for myself.
Bu Ati as the owner is a cheerful person and served me with a plate full of rice, kerupuk, and a separate bowl of gulai sapi (beef red curry soup). After the first bite, the taste was actually okay but it’s good that the serving was rather generous, which is exactly what most Indonesians look forward to their lunch regardless the taste sometimes.
Just a squeeze of lime and sweet soy sauce or extra salt or sambal, if you want to enhance the flavor of your liking, then off you go to enjoy the rather spicy curry with diced tendons and beef. It’s always nice to discover a place that is not as commonly known. Who knows it would be a unique place to bring someone special one day.
NASI GULE BU ATI
Unsuitable for vegetarians
Address: On the edge of Jalan Sriwijaya Raya before Jalan Senopati, Jakarta – Indonesia
Featured in THE FOODIE MAGAZINE February 2014 edition
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Photos by: Dennie Benedict