[NEW SPOT] Salted Egg and Mozzarella Savory Fish Cakes at Pempek BMI, Kemayoran

Savory Fish Cake is one of my all-time favorite Indonesian dishes, and in Jakarta, we all refer to it as Pempek. If you’re a foodie like me, you may also notice that quietly and slowly a pempek revolution has been showing up, from the black charcoal pempek, salmon pempek, etc. So recently we went to Pempek Belida Mas International, located in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta. Nothing much about the ambiance which I can tell because the place is just a small restaurant like any other, but they serve good food, good service, and good prices.

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This place has been opened a couple of months, and their menu features Pempek as their signature dish and some noodle. We can find the simplest pempek, all the classic pempek such as Pempek Kapal Selam, Pempek Keriting, Pempek Kulit, Pempek Lenjer, etc. Yet, I was tempted to try their specialities, the Salted Egg Pempek and Mozzarella Pempek.

Various Tasty Pempek at Pempek BMI Kemayoran by Myfunfoodiary rev

In addition to the savoury fishcake (Pempek), we also tried the chicken noodle (Bakmi Ayam) which served with meatballs and boiled dumpling, topped with diced chicken meat. It looked like a classic old-fashioned chicken noodle, but this noodle instantly becomes one of our favorite noodles in Jakarta. The noodle and chicken were well-seasoned, simple yet delicious!

Chicken Noodle Complete with Meatballs and Dumpling, IDR 32K
Bakmi Ayam Komplit at Pempek BMI by Myfunfoodiary

Bakmi Ayam Komplit, IDR 32K

Bakmi Ayam Komplit at Pempek BMI Kemayoran by Myfunfoodiary 01

Bakmi Ayam Komplit, IDR 32K

If you’re not familiar or perhaps confused about what is Pempek, I will share a bit information about it. Pempek is known as Palembang dish that is made from a mixture of boneless ground fish meat and tapioca, deep-fried, and usually served with yellow noodles, along with a dark sweet and sour sauce called cuka (vinegar sauce). Most people use mackerel to make Pempek, but here in Pempek BMI, they only use Belida fish as the name suggests. We tried the Salted Egg version (IDR 26K) which is wrapped in the pempek dough, and it was so good, tastier than the original version with a chicken egg inside! But of course, it depends on your personal preference, if you like salted egg, you might like it as me.

Pempek Kapal Selam dan Mozzarella at Pempek BMI Kemayoran by Myfunfoodiary

Original Pempek Kapal Selam, IDR 24K

Pempek Telur Asin at Pempek BMI Kemayoran by Myfunfoodiary

Salted Egg Pempek (Pempek Telur Asin), IDR 26K

It’s best to eat the Pempek when it’s still warm and crisp on the outside. For the vinegar sauce itself, I opted-in for a mild vinegar sauce version, rather than the thicker sauce. I liked the balance of sweet, sour, and spicy flavor of the sauce, although it wasn’t too spicy for me. Some people may like it spicier, but it was enough for me. And if you are a cheese lover, you have to try the Pempek Mozzarella (IDR 24K). The mozzarella which tucked inside each pempek creates a new twist to an old favorite! They don’t look fancy, but all ages will dig into this!

Pempek Mozzarella at Pempek BMI Kemayoran by Myfunfoodiary

Pempek Mozzarella Cheese, IDR 24K

It was kinda hard to stop at just one bite of Pempek Mozzarella. So, overall, we enjoyed everything here. If you happen to be in Kemayoran area, or craving for a good taste of Pempek, try their unique Salted Egg Pempek and Mozzarella Pempek. They’re also available for delivery orders by GoJek.

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Pempek Belida Mas International (Pempek BMI)
ln Garuda No.34, Kemayoran (across Kimia Farma)
Opening hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Price: starts from Rp. 25.000,-
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Author: myfunfoodiary

Myfunfoodiary as Indonesian Food and Travel Blog was born in July 2012 and has become one of the valuable online source for locals, tourists, food enthusiasts and industry professionals. It is a Jakarta based Food and Travel Blog managed by Mullie Marlina, a young, lovely, cheerful and blessed wife who loves to share her culinary and travel experiences through her writing. You’ll find her honest reviews, valuable suggestions, objective ratings and recommendation of eateries in Jakarta and selected cities in Indonesia and abroad. Her curated restaurant reviews are based on her meticulous inquiries and her rich dining experience in various restaurants in Jakarta. She has also traveled to different cities and countries where she finds interesting and inspiring dishes, cuisines and excellent dining ambience which she also included in the list. From recommendations, restaurant experiences, events, travel destinations, and recipes, readers will find anything food related in this website. She would really appreciate your feedback, and would love to hear about any suggestions, events regarding food, or just to drop in to say "Hi". Again, thank you so much for dropping by, and she hopes you enjoy reading her journal. Thank you so much for all your supports! God bless you! ^_^

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