Kemayangan, Your Go-To Place for Peranakan Cuisine
Share your food with family and friends. These words are what Kemayangan is all about. With its comfortable atmosphere and spacious area, Kemayangan is a great restaurant to eat with your family or have reunion with friends. More than the physical properties, the kind of food Kemayangan serves also has roots in family: Chinese Peranakan cuisine.
Peranakan cuisine was born because of the migration of Chinese people to various countries in South East Asia, thus no wonder this type of food has differences between regions. At Kemayangan, they incorporate local Indonesian spices and flavors to serve dishes such as roast chicken, honey glazed chicken, black pepper beef, and seafood.
For Kemayangan first timers, it is best to go back to basic and try their signature menus: Kepiting Hitam and Kepiting Merah. Kepiting Merah is a tantalizing plate of crab cooked in spicy Padang sauce mixed with Singaporean-style chili sauce. The first and the second bite might not taste too spicy, but wait until the third bite. All chili lovers will feel challenged to finish the whole serving. Fret not, you can also choose the level of spiciness. Feel free to amp it up or tone it down based on your liking.
Besides crab, another favorite dish at Kemayangan is Ikan Kerapu Steam. What makes this dish interesting is the way it is made. After being freshly caught, the fish is frozen and transported directly to Jakarta. Kemayangan will then cook it in that state. According to Mr. Yohan, the Chef and owner, Ikan Kerapu Steam at Kemayangan is tastier, softer, and more flavorful. The savory seasoning is also a major plus.
Currently Kemayangan only has one outlet in Jakara, at Jalan Gandaria I No. 39, Kebayoran Baru. It opens from 11 AM to 10 PM, so visit for lunch or dinner with your family and friends. Get ready to have your tastebuds pampered!
Text by Abigail Pinkan
Photo by Rega Alchalabi