Thursday, March 19, 2015

Bumen Jaya at Bendungan Hilir

Bumen Jaya has become my family favorite place to get Indonesian fried rice. The place is located near a train rail and located in between little kiosks that sells mirror, it was near a flyover as well and quite easily accessed from Senayan. Bumen Jaya is short from fancy and large space, it is a humble little joint with large pans, griller, and glass stall facing the road. This place however has been the talk since decades ago and its customer were never flooding; but comes in a constant space. Service here is minimal, you'll be given a sheet of paper for your order which you can then fill by yourself. After ordering a platter of freshly fried tofu and grilled otak-otak will come to your table.

Otak-Otak (IDR 2.000 each)
The grilled fish cake wrapped in banana leaves were very aromatic and has a zesty flavor within it. This goes well with the peanut butter dip that goes alongside and were delicious despite it's little portion. Watch for your intake of this particular dish or you'll end up mounting piles of leaves on your table.

Tahu Goreng (IDR 15.000)
The best way to enjoy fried tofu is to have it right after it is done and come out steaming. Especially when it is accompanied by chili and sweet soy sauce. The tofu comes out really fresh out of the fryer that you won't even bear to touch it on the first minutes (except if you use the toothpick to help you -- but it would still burn in your mouth); but when you finally savor it, the whole thing becomes a delight. I usually spare some of the spicy soy sauce later on for when the fried rice arrives.  

Mie Rebus Ayam (IDR 20.000)
This is the first time any of my family member ordered this. Mom said it is inferior to their fried rice but it still has some great savory quality into it, but I don't think the noodle goes really well in this dish. Instead of this, try out their tongseng kambing for some soupy, rich goodness! 

Nasi Goreng Ayam (IDR 20.000)
Aromatic fried rice topped with shreds of chicken, emping cracker, fried shallots, and fried whole egg goes really well together as it were served hot. The spices however are sometimes too subtle and that's when the chili soy sauce takes place as the hero. It is the one minus of the fried rice is that it would require more push either from additional sauces, salt or achar. What actually makes this fried rice special is that everything can work with it.

Sate Kambing (IDR 60.000)
10 satay picks of grilled mutton served on a bed of tomato, shallots and soy sauce. The mutton always comes out juicy and it's fatty goodness were grilled until it crisp out. The mutton does not smell at all and I think one of the best mutton satay due to the well treatment of the meat. The tender meat goes exceptionally well also with the tomato and raw shallots; even better when its bits goes alongside the fried rice.

Bumen  Jaya
Jl. Pejompongan Raya No. 9
Bendungan Hilir
Central Jakarta
+62 21 70459874