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Bong Kopitown: The Happiest Prison on Earth

Ever thought you could gobble down fried rice while sipping an iced milo and watch a football game at the while making small talk with people around you…in prison, all at the same time, and served by striped prison uniform wearing waiters? If you’re like me–curious about what it’s like to dine inside a cell, a new restaurant promises a fresh, never-been-done-before concept to stimulate your taste buds and visuals.

The prison is not your typical prison–it’s a happy one. The inmates work together to serve you instead of fist fighting. The bathrooms work, and you may order as much food as you like (as long as you pay I think), and the hefty television screen will hopefully help you get you through an awkward date.

Bong serves what would be a more or less typical menu in a typical kopitiam: fried kwetiau, fried rice, fried noodles, dim sum, accompanied with teh tarik, milo, coffee, tea, etc.

My biggest fear in a food is saltiness. If I had only two choices, I’d much rather eat something bland than excessively salted. Bong Kopitown’s bites tend to be on the bland side. We honestly told Bong, who sat with us for part of our meal, what we thought. Price-wise, very affordable–an average eater would spend about 60-80k. The service was rather slow, being that it was the first day of opening–all’s forgiven. Anyway, there’s news another prison is opening up in Jogja, so stayed tuned!​

Bong Kopitown

Bong Kopitown

Bong Kopitown

Bong Kopitown

Bong Kopitown

Choi Pan

A dumpling-like dim sum favorite made of wheat starch or rice flour skin filled with what I guessed to be jicama, dried shrimp, and garlic, topped with more fried garlic.

​–Very bland, and the skin was falling apart and starchy and sticky, and not in a good way.

Bong Kopitown

Ote-ote

A fried fritter with kuchai and a combination of bamboo shoot aka rebung and other chopped veggies wrapped in a wonton-like skin.
–Taste wise, it’s not bad, just too greasy.

Bong Kopitown

Nasi Penjara

Fried rice mixed with egg, corn, fishcake, fish and beef meatballs aka bakso, pine nuts, a blend of veggies, red onion, spicy rawit, topped with fried onions, all smothered in a stoup–not the holy water basin but a liquid thicker than a soup but not quite a stew.

Penang Fried Noodles

Fat yellow noodles fried with bakso, shrimp, tomatoes, veggies, garlic, and onion.
–Tastes like a regular fried penang noodles in a reddish/orangy sauce.

Bong Kopitown


BONG KOPITOWN
Jl. Boulevard Raya Blok PD 1 No. 5-6
Kelapa Gading
Jakarta Utara
0812 8822 199


 

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