Best gado-gado in town, topped off with secret peanut sauce
A director’s gado-gado
This small, non-descript stall made of blue wooden boards serves up the best gado-gado in town and—like its name suggests—has attracted a loyal following of office workers in the area. The Si Man Tjaw family has operated the tiny restaurant since 1967. "The secret is in the peanuts we use for the sauce," owner Giok Lee shares. "They're imported from Tuban in Eastern Java, small but with good texture and flavour." She will also proudly tell you about her famous clientele, including former Indonesian President Megawati Soekarno Putri.
It may not be a surprise that it's the gado-gado you come here for! A plate of steamed fresh green vegetables and rice cake served with Lee's famous peanut sauce, rice crackers, and sambal costs just IDR 40,000.
If you come here after 2pm, there's a high chance that the gado-gado is already sold out. You can, however, hop over to the shop's neighbour, Mie Kangkung Sio May, which is also a firm local favourite. Their mie kangkung, vegetable noodle soup with water spinach (IDR 25,000), is delicious.