Friday, 12 April 2013

Pancoran/Petak Sembilan Market, Jakarta

It's a street food festival here.
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Pancoran market road

It's almost impossible not to know this place if you are a Jakartan. Especially if your parents kinda grew up in the area, it's almost like their version of malls and cafés back then; at least that's what the mother told me.

I can't really differentiate between Pancoran and Petak Sembilan market, both sound the same for me. It's sort of a Chinatown in West Jakarta area, where you can find the most complicated herbal remedies and concoction, things and equipments that you didn't even know they exist, thousands of movie DVDs, also fresh and (sometimes) weird products and creatures sold.

But I always love this place for one reason: the food. Street food carts, humble yet homey meals, friendly folks (although some don't like cameras; be warned), and endless options of snacks. I like to spend my day here, where I can get tasty and wallet-friendly breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, and supper from. But I need the mother or I'll get lost. And she's really good with bargaining too, something I haven't mastered yet.

The post will be too long if I type every detail, so I hope the photos captions will suffice. Enjoy and drool on.

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Started the trip with street food snack: pempek (fried fish cake) in front of Ricci High School. This one's a legend, it's been there since the mother was in high school.

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Not much fish in the batter obviously with that price tag (4 for $0.5), but it's deep fried and the sauce is tangy and tasty.

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Pempek; fried fish cake with chilli vinegar sauce and chopped cucumber.

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Food stall; one in a thousand. Here was where we got our lunch from.

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Mie kangkung; noodles soup with water spinach (kangkung) and minced beef.

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Nasi rames (rice with various side dishes from brainmarie). On the plates were rendang (braised spiced beef), sayur nangka, orak arik tempe (fried tempe with sticky sauce) and urap (steamed vegetables salad).

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Street musician on your service, they go inside the eating area and some would even refuse to leave without being handed spare money from everyone in the place.

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More food stalls along the street. So many temptations.

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Snails (keong nenek) and herbs/spices and fruits on sale.

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Kuotie (pan fried dumplings) stall. I would like to try some but the mother kept on dragging me to her favourite kitchen ware shops.

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After-lunch snack: pickled mango and ambarella (kedondong).

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Dried fish stall. This one's at the further part of the market, where the smell is almost intoxicating but exciting at the same time. It's the mother and grandmother's candy shop.

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Snacks stall. They sell lots of snacks, sweet and savoury. Price depends on the weight.

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Clockwise from top left: kuping gajah (elephant ear), fried macaroni (makaroni), spicy sticks (this is my favourite one; so amazingly addictive although may lead to sore throat the next day), dried rosella flowers.

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One of the alleys. Cigarette lighters, medicines, old school posters, snorkeling equipments; you name it, they have it.


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Soy bean milk cart, spotted and I was lured immediately. It was hot that day.

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Mung bean milk; sweet, grainy, refreshing.

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The mother was going to take away some food for the brother, and this is where I got my last meal of the day: 'Hosana' nasi campur stall.

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Meaty display; char siu, roast pork, pork satays, fried pork meatballs, fried shrimp meatballs, ngohiong (Chinese pork rolade), pork sausages, etc.

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Nasi campur; mixed rice with roast pork, pork satay, ngohiong (Chinese pork rolade), cucumber slices. Super nice with perfectly cooked rice and various meat. Favourite meal of the day.

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Like always, I left with wet, sweaty shirt, bloated stomach, lots of plastic bags of food purchase on both hands, and very satisfied appetite and soul.

A candy land, indeed.

Do you love markets like this? If you haven't been here, try it once in a while. It may not be the most comfortable place to go, especially with Jakarta's heat, but I reckon you'll be surprised of what you'll discover here.







Address:

PANCORAN/PETAK SEMBILAN MARKET

Jl. Pancoran
Glodok
West Jakarta


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18 comments:

  1. Hosana...gw demen juga tuh :D

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  2. Wow!!! All those yummy food! This morning I was there but I didn't get the chance to eat anything (busy coz' of work).

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    1. naaww too bad! i loveeeee pancoran hehe :)

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  3. didepan kuotie yg lo foto itu ren,seberang nya pas ad jual tukang ketoprak..enakk tuh..kuah kacang nya bnyk n kental..worth to try..cuman 10rb aja kenyang puas..hahahaha

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    1. sip dah, Rob, kapan" gue coba! hehe.
      Thanks loh :)

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  4. this type of post is so you ren!
    oh no, i'm drooling over my keyboard

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    1. Naaaw that's so sweet of u, Cend! although I don't know what made u say that hehe
      Thanks for dropping by! :)

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  5. KLo aku pasti hunting abalone, hipio, scallop/conpoy sama bibir ikan....
    i wish i'll be there later on...

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    1. Woah that sounds amazing!
      Thanks for dropping by, dentistvschef! :)

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  6. hah lo ke jakarta lagi apa gimana sik? hahaha makan mulu!

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    1. ini pending posts me! saking banyaknya gue ga sempet nge-post waktu di Jakarta hahaha

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  7. wuuu petak 9 pancoran is the best lah ya.. gw slalu beli manisan mangga yg di poto lo thu.. ama si acek2 itu.. lol.. lo demen beli bapia yg org cina jualan itu ga? enak juga thu.. lom lagi moci bikin.. GAHHH.. GW LAPER JADINYA

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    1. yoiiiiiii....
      Suka juga! langganannya nyokap tuh hehe

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  8. Woah, makes me want to go. The food looks divine too, esp nasi campur.

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    1. You really should go! I bet you'll love the food there.
      Thanks for dropping by, Thang :)

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  9. Just stumbled upon this post again Irene. I love this area too, have you visited Kopi Es Tak Kie before?

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    1. Nope. But I read your article about it. Went straight to my to-go list. I love those kinds of shops.

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