Walk through the historical places in Medan, by a Chinese Socialite heritage Tjong A Fie Mansion into an architectural miracle that implemented Malay, Italian, Spain, and Indian signature Istana Maimun. From the roadside, a traditional food cart into a great eatery, savor every dish with your five senses; sight, smell, taste, touch, and sound. The diversity of races and the colonization period of Indonesia have formed the way Indonesia is right today. Since the food haven of Indonesia, experience Medan through the culinary arena and taste the various local delicacies and road food at Medan, the best way possible.
An overview of how the restaurants in Medan function, note that the working hours for each eatery we list down under differ. But don’t worry, we’ve set them in categories in which they’re usually favored to be eaten (or if the natives normally eat them). So do be sure you check the time before making your itinerary!
- Bakmi Khek Selat Panjang
Bakmi is a type of noodles generally on the springy side and topped with veggies and meat. Embarking on food travel in Medan is not easy and to last for long takes some skill too. Launched in 1968, this booth has been a morning favorite with its simple ingredients and homemade noodles. The abundant fried pork lard is probably the reason why people are always coming back to get more.
- Bakmi Hock Seng
They are topped with loads of ingredients such as fish chunks, shrimps, boiled egg in soy sauce, fish cakes, meat, and veggies. Operating since 1932, Bakmi Hock Seng has been consistent with its flavor and is never stingy with all the ingredients. It is no wonder they are still one of the locals’ penchant for dinner!
- Nasi Babi Agu
As a town with diverse culture, you will discover a vast majority of Chinese delicacies here. The foods are tweaked to fit the Medanese’s flavor. Therefore nearly all of them would taste salty, sweet, and savory. The white ones are Sio Bak; the reddish ones at the center are Lap Chiong, whereas the red ones on the ideal side are Chasio. Employing Hokkien dialect from the Oriental minorities to form its own eatery’s title, Agu is the owner’s title. At the same time, Sio Bak Pui implies rice with pork stomach (so bak = pork belly, pui = rice). The typical dose here is rice with Sio Bak, Chasio, and Lap Chiong. On the side of this pork rice dish, then some Kiam Chai or sour veggies soup has been served along.
- Bakso Sapi Amat
So far, thinking about meatballs goes beyond those that are drenched in Marinara. Cooked in a meat broth, meatballs or “Bakso” because it is named in Bahasa – and based on Wikipedia, ‘Bakso’ is taken in the Hokkien’s terminology where ‘Bah” -“so” literally signifies ‘minced meat’ – is most commonly served with noodles such as yellow noodles, and Indomie, Bihun, and Kwetiau.
- Sop Kambing Kumango
Among the most legendary food joints in Medan, you really should not miss this place — unless you don’t eat goat meat (even though it does not have a gamey smell). Since 1976, together with the signature appearance of an orange undertone for its broth, Sop Kambing Kumango has become a dependable comfort food due to its flavor that never changes throughout time.
- Nasi Goreng Pete
Among the most well-known Indonesian dishes, other than Rendang, is Nasi Goreng. It’s our staple food and is commonly being marketed at night. This particular one made a list because it is fried rice with pete (petay) that is a fort in the kind of beans popular throughout Southeast Asia. The Nasi Goreng Pete is pretty hot, so I can get soya milk down the heat!
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