If there’s a hidden gem waiting to be exposed upon Jalan Ciragil besides the famous ketoprak, is the humble gado-gado vendor which has been operating since 1976!
I HAVE ALWAYS considered this part of neighborhood as my refuge from all the hustle and bustle of Jakarta’s golden triangle. It is most certain that people of nowadays Jakarta will seek to visit the restaurants and hipster coffee shops around Wolter, Gunawarman, and Senopati; but I bet many of them miss the good things around Ciragil.
Jalan Ciragil itself may be known vastly because of the iconic ketoprak, but in the morning you can actually find a wonderful nasi gule for breakfast and at lunch time, a really good gado-gado. As for the latter, it is located right on the intersection and in front of Dapoer Ciragil.
Gado Gado Ciragil Mang Nanang has been there for 40 years now! Manned by one person during lunchtime, this green-colored pushcart received a steady influx of hungry customers during my visit there. A moderate portion of the dish here will cost you IDR 35,000 and you may think that’s quite a hefty price for a side-street gado-gado vendor. Well, apparently Gado-Gado Ciragil is beyond that.
Too often we have taken this dish for granted. Despite the all-healthy vegetarian components of gado-gado, it’s particularly hard to find a wholesome gado-gado on the streets. Mang Nanang’s gado-gado is pretty much straightforward. As stated in the name (gado-gado means mix-mix) There’s the spinach, tofu, tempe, chayote, bean sprouts, and a half of hard-boiled egg; however the star of the show is the peanut sauce.
I can testify that Mang Nanang’s peanut sauce recipe which is a smooth blend of ground nuts and almonds is pure diamond. After mixing (ha!) the gado-gado thoroughly, it’s up to you if you want to have it with rice or the classic rice cake. Add some crackers and you’re in heaven already.
Jalan Ciragil (in front of Dapoer Ciragil), Jakarta
T: +62 856 9289 4070
OPENING HOURS: Daily, 10am – 5pm
SPEND: IDR 25,000 – IDR 50,000/person