Friday, 8 February 2013

Bakso "Pak Diran" ("Mr. Diran" Meatballs), Grogol - Jakarta

Behold, this is Indonesian style of meatballs (soup).
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Bakso urat (sinew meatballs) in display

Best eaten in cold weather, but still exciting in hot weather. Which in this case, is almost everyday in Jakarta.

Bakso or meatball is really popular here, you can find it easily from street food stalls and motorbike-riding vendors who usually go around housings in the afternoon, or at fancier restaurants. However, I still think that the meatballs sold humbly by a street food stall or motorbike-riding vendor taste better than the ones from luxurious restaurants.

This time, I ventured further to find Roo's recommended bakso place, Bakso "Pak Diran" (English: "Mr. Diran" Meatballs) in Grogol. The place is very humble, and the only thing that pointed out that it was the place we were looking for was the solo banner hanging freely outside.

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The place and the banner

Don't get fooled, Mr. Diran's meatballs are really popular, especially after a Sunday mass. Luckily, we came after lunch hour or we would struggle finding some seats. There aren't a lot of seating in the small area, but nobody seems to mind sharing long tables with strangers.

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Simple seating

Don't expect waiters handing you hard-cover menu books and waiting by your side to take your orders; here you must quickly pick your bowl of meatballs from the menu board. The service is rather good for a place as simple as this, they're polite and efficient.

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Menu

The cooking area is in the center of the room, where you can see huge pots with aromatic broth and cabinets full of gray-ish meatballs. Indonesian meatballs include flour in the making, hence the colour.

Here, they offer bakso halus (plain/smooth meatballs), bakso urat (sinew meatballs), bakso tahu (steamed tofu with the meat mixture), and bakso telur (meatballs with whole egg inside). All served in clear soup and your choice of vermicelli or noodles or both.

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Bakso halus (smooth/plain meatballs) in display

To combat the scorching heat that day, I had es kelapa jeruk, which is fresh orange juice with young coconut. If you haven't tried this, go for it. You wouldn't believe how well this combination actually works.

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Es kelapa jeruk (fresh orange juice with young coconut) - IDR 10,000 ($1)

A bowl of bakso urat (sinew meatballs) is completed with vermicelli, and of course the fragrant broth. The broth is light but packed with satisfying flavour, although another pinch of salt would do this bowl good.

The meatballs have perfect texture and bounciness, even the bakso tahu (steamed tofu with the meat mixture) is commendable with the smooth, salty tofu.

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L: bakso urat (sinew meatballs) IDR 12,000/$1.2; R: bakso tahu (steamed tofu with the meat mixture) IDR 3,000/$0.3

I tried the bigger version: bakso urat gede (big sinew meatball). The tennis-sized ball is accompanied with three little sinew balls, along with the vermicelli. This one's even better than the small ones; more chewy chopped sinews inside that I love so much.

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Bakso urat gede (big sinew meatballs) - IDR 10,000 ($1)

Here's how a lot of Indonesians eat their bowl of steaming meatballs soup: with lots and lots of chilli sauce. Unfortunately, their homemade chilli sauce here isn't spicy for me, so I had to add heaps of it to get a bit of kick on the tongue. Sweet soy sauce, chopped celery, and fried shallot are also a must.

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Completed with compulsory condiments

Overall, it's really a nice place to satisfy your craving of good Indonesian-style meatballs soup. It probably isn't the best meatballs soup I've had, but it sure is a great one.


Rating: 3.5/5 (Really worth the try)
Really good meatballs, nice arrays of menu, place is rather clean, ambiance is OK but expect queues in peak hours, price is affordable, service is OK.







Address:

BAKSO "PAK DIRAN"

Jl. Makaliwe I No. 13
RT 01/07
Grogol, Jakarta Barat (West Jakarta)

Phone: 0896 3030 0194



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13 comments:

  1. kalo gw demen Bakso Jawir rene....sambel nya enak :D banyak cabang dimana2 sayang di daerah Selatan ga ada :( waktu itu gw makan di Taman Palem sama di Puri

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    1. Bakso jawir juga fav gue cind! ada di deket rumah, tp blm moto" n review! hehe :)

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    2. iya enak yaaaa.....ud gw reviu waktu kapan itu haha. pas di puri gw makan sampe 2 porsi loh...antara laper + doyan + rakus :P

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  2. liat nya jd ngacay..aaaaaaaaaaaa..ronde ke dua hajar aloy ga ren?>wkwkwkwkwkkww

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    1. hehehe :p
      aloy dimana rob? deket" juga? gue langganannya bakmi makaliwe deket situ jg :)

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  3. aloy dideket2 situ jg..ala2 palembang seh bakmi nya..enak..wkwkwkw

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    1. Yep yep!
      Thanks for dropping by, Cumilebay! :D

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  5. Yummm I love dumplings! And orange and coconut sounds lovely. I'm not sure why I haven't tried that before!

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    1. They aren't dumplings actually, they're meatballs! but yeah, kinda look similar don't they? :) I love dumplings too! thanks for dropping by, Christine! :D

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  6. Gila gw ngiler setengah mati liat ini :o mana pas lagi ngidam bakso dari kemaren2 glekkkk

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    1. Wah loe tau jg bakso diran ya Me? :D

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  7. BAKSO PAK DIRAN SAYA RASA PALING OK! KETIMBANG BAKSO JAWIR DAN BAKSO GREENVILLE! BAKSO JAWIR MEMAKAI DAGING JANTUNG SAPI,BAKSO GREENVILLE OK TETAPI TERLALU TERASA MERICA JADO OVER ALL BAKSO DIRAN PALING OK!

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