Looking for places to eat is essential when you are having a trip and Batam has many eating spots to go. Here are some street food that you can go while having a holiday in Batam.
For those who are not familiar, ketoprak is an Indonesian dish made of bee hoon, bean sprouts, tau kwa, cucumber, and ketupat served in sweet peanut sauce. And Ketoprak Cirebon has a reputation for helping the very best ketoprak in Batam, which meant that a taste test was definitely for us.
We ordered only one serving of ketoprak (IDR 13,000), and it arrived at us in a big platter – perfect for sharing with a friend or two. The gravy was like peanut butter taste-wise and paired nicely with the peanut bits sprinkled all over, giving the dish a gritty texture. This mix works very well in bringing together the dish complex medley of components.
The dressing can also be used as a dipping sauce for the keropok served on the side – perfect for catching those previous shots of dressing you missed while working through the primary dish.
Situated in Lubuk Baja, Kedai Kopi Harum Manis is just one of several kopitiams scattered around Batam. It is here that we discovered some of the best Mie Lendir and Nasi Kari that the island has to offer.
- Mie Lendir
Kedai Kopi Harum Manis becomes infamous in Batam because of its Mie Lendir. Mie Lendir is essentially Indonesia’s variant of our mee rebus, with some slight differences. “Lendir” literally signifies”slimy,” along with the gravy was definitely of a thicker, gooey consistency, which boosted the texture of the springy noodles.
- Nasi Kari
Another stall to maintain within your sights as you’re here’s Nasi Kari (IDR 30,000). This is essentially curry rice, similar to SG’s Curry Rice. What makes them different is the fact that the curry served had a different herbal flavor – we tasted traces of rosemary or mint infused into it. These flavors were not too robust, however, balanced with the other spices that went to the curry.
Ingredients which go with your platter aren’t confined to everything you see – other choices are also accessible, not unlike the cai enthusiast you can get here in SG!
Abun Cha Kue
Cha kue is the Indonesian name for cai tao kueh (radish cake), and the one offered by Abun Cha Kue certainly remind us of home. What makes this stall stand out is its Cha Kue 3T (IDR 17,000), an ingenious 3-in-1 combo of China kue, yellow noodles and kway teow with chai po, egg, and dark sweet sauce.
Though this dish comes hot by default and definitely appeals to chili fans like me, you can ask for the spice amount to be decreased to your own taste.