Ikan Bakar Cianjur, Batam
Indonesia is full of pleasant food surprises, if you know where to look. Indonesia is known for their Ikan Bakar, which translates to grilled fish in English and is one of my favourite dishes to enjoy whenever I am in Indonesia.
We headed to Batam, the Indonesian island that's closest to home and easily accessible with a ferry ride over at Harbourfront. We took the Batam Fast ferry from the Harbourfront Cruise Centre, and they have some of the most attractive fares that you can find and book online right here.
If you're like me who always gets hungry after travelling, I'd suggest for you to head over to Ikan Bakar Cianjur, which is only a 15 minute drive from Sekupang Ferry Terminal, where you can find some of the most authentic grilled fish from the Sunda region.
This restaurant which is an ideal spot to indulge in the local cuisine, especially if you are travelling with a large group (so you guys can order more dishes to try).
We were treated to a marvellous spread of fish and vegetables. Warning: Mouth-watering content ahead!
We started out with the Gurame Goreng (RP 88,000), which was fried water carp with Ikan Bakar Cianjur's signature sauce. Definitely a must have when dining at Ikan Bakar Cianjur, as the amount of flesh on the fish was generous and tasted just magical. I was just digging every since piece I could out of it.
Another fish option to consider is definitely the Gurame Bakar (RP 88,000). However, I personally preferred the Gurame Goreng as it was meatier. But if you'd like something smokier with a nice char, this is definitely the one to you'd want.
Even though Batam is near the equator and which means it's hot and humid but, you still have to try their Sayur Asem (RP 88,000) which is spicy and sour of this soup that somehow cools you down. I especially loved pairing this flavourful soup with rice and the fish dishes.
Grab a side of the Udang Tumis Pete (RP 90,000), which comes with juicy prawns and crunchy petai (stink beans). Unlike most petai dishes that are usually super spicy, this wasn't too spicy and you could enjoy the fragrant petai.
For some greens, do go for the Tumis Pare Telur. A simple dish of bittergourd and eggs stir fried together, this is sure to complement your meal.
And of course, your meal is not complete without having some of indonesia's famous Tahu Goreng (RP 10,000). Like any fried tofu done right, I loved that it was soft and silky in the inside, and slightly crispy on the outside.
I would definitely be back here again in my next trip to Batam! Don't just take my word for it, try it for yourself!
Ikan Bakar Cianjur
Jl. Centre Point,
Batam Kota, Kota Batam,
10AM - 10PM