Gado-gado, which consists of mixed boiled vegetables served with the peanut sauce, lontong (rice cake) and kerupuk (cassava chips), may be the right dish to represent the melting pot that is Jakarta. When it comes to gado-gado, one of the oldest eateries serving the dish is Gado-gado Bonbin.
Gado-gado Bonbin got its name because there used to be a kebon binatang (zoo). As I said before, we love acronyms, hence kebon binatang becomes bonbin. Located on Jl. Cikini IV No. 5, the eatery has occupied the humble place since 1960. The road is right in front of Laba-Laba bag repair shop on Jl. Cikini Raya.
In its early years, the warung only sold es cendol, but then owner Lanny Wijaya added gado-gado to the menu. Gado-gado Bonbin opens from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.
The chili on the side is seriously spicy
I made a mistake by going on the first gado-gado vendor. I tried that one because I was too hungry and didn't read the signage. It's quite delicious too but I still vote the real Gado-gado Bonbin over this one.