CHEF SUSANTO – THE STREET FOOD LOVER

Meeting up with chefs can be a lot of fun. During these talks, it’s fun to discover how much a foodie they can be, outside of work!

Meeting up with chefs can be a lot of fun. During these talks, it’s fun to discover how much a foodie they can be, outside of work!

CHEF SUSANTO, Grand Hyatt Jakarta’s Chef de Cuisine for Grand Café, is a big fan of street food and other comfort foods. Despite his storied career at big hotels since his first gig at Menara Peninsula and to The Ritz-Carlton Mega Kuningan Jakarta, The Monarch Dubai, Century Park Hotel Jakarta, and now at the Grand Hyatt Jakarta; he does not forget about his foodie roots.

Chef Susanto has his own list of hidden street foods gems around Jakarta and other cities, a list he guards very well, noting each place’s distinctive specialties compared to the rest.

Of course his favorite is still the smoky chicken satay – the most beloved of night street food and commonly found at many corners across Indonesia.

“The best part comes from the chicken thigh – which is naturally the richest but also meatiest part of the chicken, and it has to come also with the fat! Grill it right and have it your way with the peanut sauce. Nothing beats that!” he says excitedly.

He mentions other street food places he loves to spend his time at and apparently some of them are iconic.

“Ragusa is very enjoyable with its choice of classic flavours. However, what I am lamenting most is the fact that Tan Goei has been closed forever,” he explains.

After talking for around an hour, you’d think Chef Susanto had already shared all his favorite street food, you’re wrong. He continues to tell me about his other favorites: mie ayam, nasi goreng, soto and many more. Now that’s what I call a genuine foodie.


Written by Rian Farisa Photographs by Rian Farisa July 2, 2016.

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