When you think of Indonesian cuisine, pork might not pop into your mind, and rightly so because Indonesia is predominantly Muslim. However, Indonesia has plenty of traditional pork dishes from different regions, and in Jakarta, pork enthusiasts can easily find many eateries offering various non-halal meals. If you are on the hunt for delicious pork during your visit to the capital city, check out these restaurants in Jakarta, which is not only a crowded major city but also a melting pot of cultures. Enjoy Jakarta’s food scene by trying out the tasty pork dishes in the Balinese style, Batak style, Chinese style, and more!
If you miss Balinese-style pork meals, you should check out Babi Guling Ko Made, which serves various delicious pork meals. Pick Paket Tradisional Bali (Balinese Traditional Package) at Rp 50,000 for rice, tum babi (steamed pork), fried pork, cassava leaves, lawar (raw vegetables and minced meat), cattle skin cracker, and soup. You can opt for Paket Bigul Besar (Large Bigul Package) at Rp 52,000 for rice, roast pork, fried pork, urap (salad with shredded coconut), lawar, cattle skin cracker, sate lilit (Balinese minced meat satay), soup, pork skin, or check out Paket Bigul Jumbo (Bigul Jumbo Package) at Rp 60,000 for rice, roast pork, sausages, satay, pork belly, pork skin, and cattle skin crackers.
Babi Guling Ko Made, Jl. Pluit Karang Indah Timur, Blok L9 No. 23, Muara Karang, North Jakarta | +62 87878639089
If you have a penchant for spicy foods, you should try Manadonese cuisine which is known for its hot dishes, like rica-rica. Visit Rumah Makan Manado Tinoor and check out the spicy pork rica-rica. Don’t forget to try other meals, like pork satay and babi kecap (tender pork with sweet soy sauce). The modest and homely restaurant serves buffet-style meals and traditional Manado snacks as well.
Rumah Makan Tinoor, Jl. RP Soeroso No. 33, Gondangdia, Menteng, Central Jakarta | (+6221) 3162247
Although it’s not that common, you still can enjoy Toraja-style pork in Jakarta. Rumah Makan Solata offers traditional dishes like pa’piong—grilled and spiced meat cooked in bamboo stems. The traditional dish usually is served during a funeral ceremony. The restaurant offers two types of pa’piong—pa'piong nangka (jackfruits) and pa'piong bulunangko (miana leaves), which are available starting at Rp 40,000 and Rp 48,000 per serving, respectively.
Check out the pork pamarrasan pangi, a dish of pork with some thick kluwak (black nut) sauce. You can try the meal package version, consisting of pork, cassava leaves, rice, and sambal.
Rumah Makan Toraja Solata, Jl. Sumagung 1, Blok H5 No. 6 Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta | (+6221) 4524455
In Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, the locals have their unique way to cook meat—the slices of seasoned meat are placed on wood and smoked until well-done. One of the few eateries practising this method of cooking is Warung Ce. The smoked pork se’i here are relatively affordable, priced at Rp 40,000.
Warung Ce also serves fried pork and bakut kuah sayur asin (pork ribs sour soup), all of which are available at Rp 40,000. Or you can choose the Nasi Campur package to enjoy rice with se’i pork, roast pork, spicy pork belly, satay, or spicy se’i pork for just Rp 44,0000.
You can visit the restaurant at Cengkareng, West Jakarta. There are two other outlets in Tangerang as well.
Warung Ce, Ruko Citra Garden 6 Blok J5A No. 7, Kalideres, West Jakarta | +62 8111382244
The Batak-style Babi Panggang Karo (Karo roast pork), known as BPK, is a popular dish from the Batak Karo tribe. To make this dish, marinated pork is roasted and cut into small pieces. It’s served with gota sauces (spicy blood sauce), cassava leaves, sambal andaliman (Batak peppercorns), and hot steamed rice.
BPK restaurants can be easily found across Jakarta. Among the most well-known restaurants is BPK Ginka, serving pork with an ideal lean to fat ratio, resulting in crispy skin and juicy, thick meat.
In BPK Ginka, you can choose how much pork you want on your plate. Regular servings are available at Rp 30,000, while the jumbo ones Rp 50,000. If you want to have succulent pork chops for your next dinner with your family or the upcoming party with your friends, you can order BPK at 0.5 kilograms or 1 kilograms for Rp 100,000 and Rp 200,000 respectively.
While you are there, don’t forget to taste the local pride from Pematang Siantar, North Sumatra—the sarsaparilla soda Badak, which tastes like root beer. The fresh carbonated beverage is commonly found in Batak restaurants across Indonesia.
BPK Ginka has opened two outlets in the capital city—Kemayoran and Gambir in Central Jakarta.
BPK Ginka, Jl. Letjend Suprapto No.28, Kemayoran, Central Jakarta | (+6221) 4245236
BPK Ginka, in the Protestant Churches of Western Indonesia (GPIB) Immanuel area, Jl. Medan Merdeka Timur No. 10, Gambir, Central Jakarta
Another famous Batak pork restaurant is Lapo Ni Tondongta, which is often visited by prominent figures and regular folks alike. The restaurant serves pork saksang, in which pork is stewed in its blood with spices, at Rp 27,000. Don’t worry about the distinctive smell from the blood, the meal is so carefully cooked to eliminate any gaminess. You can also enjoy a bowl of pork soup for Rp 22,000.
Lapo Ni Tondongta has opened several outlets across Greater Jakarta. Its first outlet is located in Matraman, East Jakarta.
Lapo Ni Tondongta, Jl. Pramuka Raya No. 12A, Utan Kayu, Matraman, East Jakarta | (+6221) 85908508
In Indonesia, pork dishes are synonymous with Chinese fusion foods. Pork is common in, for instance, major cities in Kalimantan with a strong Chinese presence. One of the many restaurants specializing in Kalimantan-style pork in Jakarta is Nasi Campur Afa Kalimantan. As its name suggests, the restaurant is serving nasi campur, or mixed pork rice, from Kalimantan, in which diners can enjoy small-sized pork dishes with a scoop of rice on one plate.
Enjoy Chinese-Kalimantan-style pork mixed rice with generous toppings of pork sausage, char siu (Chinese roast pork), pork belly, egg, and chicken meat with its signature thick broth. Pairing the mixed rice with a bowl of warm red yeast rice soup will surely keep you satisfied throughout the day!
Nasi Campur Afa Kalimantan, Jl. Krendang Raya No. 15, Tambora, West Jakarta | (+6221) 63866658
Other Chinese-Indonesian warm comfort foods you should try are from the unpretentious Cufungmoi Songsui Hok Lopan, a hidden Chinese-Bangka restaurant in West Jakarta.
Cufungmoi is Bangka-style porridge with pork meat and pig offal, like intestines and liver. While waiting for the waiter to serve your order, you can make your own sauce made of Bangka salty sauces, orange, and chopped fresh chillies. Song Sui is a soup of sweet-flavoured pork and pig offal complemented with a poached egg and crunchy pork skin.
The restaurant is open from 7.00am until the afternoon, when all of the meals are all sold out. If you plan to come during lunchtime, be aware of the lunch crowd as the restaurant isn’t equipped with air conditioners.
Cufungmoi Songsui Hok Lopan, Jl. Hadiah 1 No.10, Grogol Petamburan, West Jakarta | +62 81315902638
If getting around Jakarta seems like a hassle or if you’re short on time, you should go to the all-in-one pork restaurant, Pokenbir. The restaurant offers the signature Pokenbir Bali Rice package for Rp 280,000, which is a big plate of pork including sausages, pig’s lung, Balinese-seasoned pork, and crackling. The package also includes soup of pig’s head.
If you want to check out Sumatra-style mixed rice, you can go here to enjoy the marinated pork paired with andaliman seed, which complements the rice, pork belly, cassava leaves, and pork crackling.
Want to know how it turns out when pork is paired with sambal penyet or dabu-dabu from the Manado cuisine? The restaurant is ready to serve you juicy pork with local fresh chillies and sambal. You can also enjoy the Eastern smoked pork, inspired by se’i, or Indonesian smoked meat.
Alternatively, visit with your colleagues or family and share a big plate of four famous Indonesian pork dishes, made from the home cooking recipes from Sumatera, Java, Bali, and Sulawesi.
Pokenbir, Lippo Kuningan Building, Ground Floor, Jl. Rasuna Said Kav. 12 B, Setiabudi, South Jakarta | (+6221) 29110145