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Seroeni: For Peranakan Cuisine Lovers

If you’re an avid mall stroller in Jakarta, you’d know the feeling of not knowing where to eat anymore because, well, you roam around the same malls, pass by the same shops, and probably also feel like you’ve had all or at least most of the bites at the malls. I, too, am a victim of the mall phenomenon in Jakarta, but more so in the past than now.

These days, I tend to avoid malls, unless for a meeting, a particular shopping need, or to catch a film. If you can somewhat relate to what I’ve said so far, here’s a spot to consider when indecision strikes you at the mall.

Our other option was the food court, and I was in the mood of trying something new (like always and always), so we decided on this decent sized restaurant tucked away in a corner. Peranakan cuisine is one of my favorites, one of those I could have for any meal and not get sick of. This Bite Spot had surprisingly good bites and was affordably priced.

An average eater would spend around 60-90k. Portion wise, it’s smaller than what I’d like, but it’s pretty standard around town.

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CRAB RANGOON
A fried pangsit fritter filled with imitation crab in a creamy white sauce

–Takes me back to the days of Chinese take-out and styrofoam boxes back in the US.
Could’ve been fried more crispy but you can’t go wrong with this bite.

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STIR FRIED BLACK PEPPER BEEF
Tender strips of beef, cooked with a lot of sauce and flavor.

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TOM YAM SEAFOOD BEE HOON SOUP
Not bad, although I would’ve enjoyed a spicier broth.FRIED KWETIAU
Perhaps one of my favorite foods in the world, next to other bites. But this one was just okay.
I’d definitely go more for the Fried Mee Mamak.
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MINCED CHICKEN
Served with tiny chopped fried pangsit fritter.–Reminded me of PF Chang’s famous chicken lettuce wrap.
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FRIED MEE MAMAK
–A peranakan classic. Yellow noodles cooked very al dente (a plus for me), my favorite of all the bites we ordered–another of what I’d call comfort food for me. I’d actually come back for this bite.
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SHAVED ICE
Topped with rice krispies, sweet crunchy cereal-like small bites, and a whole lot of chocolate sauce, served in a waffle bowl.
–Not as sweet as I thought, I’d actually prefer the shaved ice just plain.
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SEROENI
Plaza Senayan Floor 3F Unit 338B
Jl. Asia Afrika No. 8
Gelora Bung Karno – Senayan
Jakarta 10270, Indonesia

HOURS
Mon – Sun: 10 AM – 10 PM

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