What comes to your mind while hearing the word “porridge”? Sick people, hospital, plain, and white perhaps? Well, sometimes it is true that the way it looks is unappetizing, but never underestimate its delicacy that will make you mesmerized.
It is been a while since I have not visited Old Market (or Tangerangnese people will refer it as Pasar Lama) for ages. Never have I forgotten about its lively atmosphere as well as abundant food stalls scattered along the street starting in the middle of the night. No wonder if this spot has been known as one of the must-visit culinary spots among food bloggers or epicures, especially.
After the heavy rain in the evening, it will be perfect to have something warm as the choice to warm your body. My choice goes to Bubur Ayam Keluarga Pak Beng. Actually, this is not the first time for me to be there as I had visited the stall before with high school friends (if not mistaken).
Judging from the picture, it is similar to Tinutuan porridge (Manadonese typical porridge that involves vegetable as the main food ingredient). However, when looking at the picture twice, it is also almost the same like Chinese-style porridge that uses chopped chicken as the topping. In short, it is Manadonese-Chinese style porridge.
Emblazoned with shredded spring onion, sliced lettuce, chopped chicken, and sliced cakwe (referred as youtiao, golden-long Chinese stick), the savor taste is just blended impeccably, making it like the taste of mother’s kindness. The uniqueness spotted in the porridge is the sesame oil beneath. As it is served in semi-hot temperature, make sure to blow it first unless you want to get your tongue burned.
While waiting for the porridge, I am offered with otak-otak (long-white fish cakes) as the appetizer. It is not a must to eat it, unless you want to. As my eyes are wandering around, I see one of the employees (a middle-age man wearing the white T-shirt) is cooking the porridge in a gigantic wok within the super-hot temperature. Besides, I see several snacks and basic condiments such as soy sauce, chili sauce and white pepper put on each long-red table.
At this food stall, there are also several menus offered starting from noodle, vermicelli, fish cake, fried rice, and siomay (Chinese typical appetizer).
Based on my personal preference, here are the scores:
- Ambience: 75 / 100
- Food Presentation: 85 / 100
- Taste: 90 / 100
- Price: 95 / 100
- Service: 80 / 100
Are you questioning why I give 90 for the taste and price? Because one portion is only worth IDR 15,000 that is scarcely to be found at most restaurants nowadays. Within the cheap price, does not mean that the taste is cheap as well. Eager to visit the stall? Take a look at the map and be ready to be overwhelmed by its memorable delicacy!