MEDAN Culinary Guide

Kuala Namu Airport - Medan
Kuala Namu Airport – Medan

AnakJajan with #JKTfoodies friends have visited Medan city for culinary trip recently, most of you that followed our instagram @anakjajan might already know about it.

It is no longer secret that Medan is very popular with its exceptional cuisine that’s why we decided to spend our weekend at Medan with one and only mission, that is to EAT EAT AND EAT!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s video footage of our #AnakJajanMEDAN trip.

AnakJajan arrived at Kuala Namu Medan airport, the new airport at Medan that has been operated since 25th July 2013. Kuala Namu Medan airport is located quite far from Medan city around 39 km. Basically there are three options of transportation from airport to the city, car, bus and train. Train will cost you around IDR 100k per person for 40 minutes of ride, while the bus definitely is the cheapest option that will cost you around IDR 15k per person for 45 minutes to 1 hour of ride and the last option by car usually took around 45 minutes to 1 hour of ride, there are many drivers that offer airport – city ride for IDR 150k per car in front of the arrival area.

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We rented a car without driver for three days (IDR 250k per day) and we chose this option because it will be more convenient for us to drive around the city doing restaurant hopping by ourselves.

Ucok Durian
Ucok Durian

Talking about the food, we had a very long long long list because all of us got sooo many recommendations and suggestions on where and what to eat at Medan, now it is my turn to share with you our culinary experience at Medan hopefully it can help or inspire you ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s the list:

Bihun Bebek Asie/ Kumango
Medan style rice noodle with tender duck meat served with a very flavorful rich duck broth. It is very tasty and special you cannot find any where else. Kinda pricey but worth every penny!

Bihun Bebek Asie/ Kumango
Bihun Bebek Asie/ Kumango
Bihun Bebek Asie/ Kumango
Bihun Bebek Asie/ Kumango

Address:
Bihun Bebek Asie/ Kumango
Jl. Kumango no. 15
Opening hours: 06.30 โ€“ 11.00 Monday – Saturday

Bakmie Hock Seng
One of the most famous noodle places at Medan, they serve Hokkien style noodle with thick noodle, fish ball, crab meat, prawn, fish cake and egg. Not my personal favorite but my friend loves it.

Bakmie Hock Seng
Bakmie Hock Seng
Bakmie Hock Seng
Bakmie Hock Seng

Address:
Bakmie Hock Seng
Simpang Jl. Kumango, Medan
Phone: (+6261) 7701090
Opening hours: 07.00 – 13.00

Tip Top Restaurant
If Jakarta has Ragusa, then Medan has Tip Top, an old school classic restaurant, bakery, cake and ice cream shop since 1934. Here you can try their old school classic cakes or ice cream or main courses, AnakJajan saw most of the guest here order their main courses especially the fried rice and bistik menu. The cake was not soft and for the ice cream we personally still prefer Ragusa.

Tip Top Restaurant
Old School Cakes & Pastries
Tip Top Restaurant
Ice cream cake
Tip Top Restaurant
Ice Cream IDR 19k

Address:
Tip Top Restaurant
Jl. Komando Laut Yos Sudarso No.92 A-B, Medan
Phone:(+6261) 4514442
Opening hours: 9:00 – 22.30

Asan Chasio Garing Madu
Nasi Campur or rice dish at Asan is one of the main reasons why we come to Medan!! Asan has a very special crunchy honey glazed roasted pork meat that you cannot find anywhere else. They serve it with roasted pork belly, cucumber slices, soy flavored duck egg, savory thick sauce and soup. Soo soooo GOOD!!

Asan Chasio Garing Madu
Asan Chasio Garing Madu
Asan Chasio Garing Madu
Asan Chasio Garing Madu

Address:
Asan
J. Sun Yat Sen No. 123,Medan
Phone:(+6261) 7366029
Opening hours: 9:00 – 15.00

Popiah Yose Rizal
It is no longer a secret that you can find the best popiah at Yose Rizal street Medan. The spring roll comes in two options, original non fried and fried version with meat, vegetables and crab meat filling. AnakJajan personally enjoyed the non fried version more with crunchy lettuce addition.

Popiah Yose Rizal
Popiah Yose Rizal
Popiah Yose Rizal
Popiah Yose Rizal

Address:
Popiah Yose Rizal
Jl. Yose Rizal no 90, Medan

Macehat Coffee
Macehat is a famous hangout spot at Medan and it is famous for its Avocado Coffee float IDR 35k. The Avocado Coffee float was YUMM!! We loved it so much we visited this place twice. Besides the Avocado coffee, their rujak aceh also is a must try, very unique and tasty.

Macehat Coffee
Avocado Coffee Float IDR 35k – Macehat Coffee
Macehat Coffee
Macehat Coffee

Address:
Macehat Coffee
Jl. Karo No.20, Medan
Phone: (+6261) 4529944

Selat Panjang
Selat Panjang is a famous culinary street at Medan open every night starting from 6-7pm where you can find countless of food stall. Bakmi Tiong Shim and Martabak Piring Murni is a must try!

Selat Panjang
Selat Panjang
Nasi Ayam 14 - Selat Panjang
Nasi Ayam 14 – Selat Panjang
Bakmi Tiong Shim - Selat Panjang
Bakmi Tiong Shim – Selat Panjang
Bakmi Hokkian 16 - Selat Panjang
Bakmi Hokkian 16 – Selat Panjang
Selat Panjang
Selat Panjang
Martabak Piring Murni - Selat Panjang
Martabak Piring Murni – Selat Panjang

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Selat Panjang
Selat Panjang

Address:
Selat Panjang
Jl. Selat Panjang, Medan Kota

Soto Sinar Pagi
Famous for its Medan style soto or meat curry soup, this place is very crowded. It was nice but unfortunately it was not very special for us.

Soto Sinar Pagi

Address:
Soto Sinar Pagi
Jl. Sei Deli (Simpang Gatot Subroto), Medan
Opening hours: 07.00 โ€“ 14.00

Kari Tabona
Tabona is one of the pioneer of Beehon Curry dish. Their rich and flavorful curry with tender chicken or duck meat served with Medan style beehon rice noodle is a winner!! You cannot leave Medan without having Kari Tabona

Kari Tabona
Kari Tabona IDR 34k
Kari Tabona
Kari Tabona

Address:
Kari Tabona
Jl. Mangkubumi
Opening Hours: 7.00 โ€“ 15.00

Es Krim Ria
A humble ice cream shop serving classic ice cream with various flavors such as passionfruit, chocolate, red bean, chocolate, corn, etc. Corn and Passionfruit flavors are very recommended especially if you order the ice cream with blended avocado juice, soo good!!

Es Krim Ria
Avocado Juice Ice Cream IDR 20k – Es Krim Ria
Es Krim Ria
Es Krim Ria

Address:
Es Krim Ria
Jl. Surabaya No. 28, Medan
Phone:(+6261) 4153236

OnDo Batak Grill

OnDo serves authentic Bataknese cuisine where you can find signature Bataknese grilled pork or Saksang. Grilled and fried pork are one of the most recommended menu here, their grilled pork was very delicious, well seasoned and nicely grilled till crunchy.

OnDo Batak Grill
Grilled Pork IDR 40k – OnDo Batak Grill
OnDo Batak Grill
Fried Pork IDR 40k – OnDo Batak Grill

Address:
OnDo Batak Grill
Jl. Pabrik Tenun No 45, Medan

Kwetiaw Ateng

Famous for its fried flat rice noodle or kwetiaw, Ateng also serves fried rice noodle or beehon and fried rice. Fyi, they open until late nite 01.30, so if you are hungry in the middle of the night you know where to go! ๐Ÿ™‚

Kwetiaw Ateng
Kwetiaw Ateng
Kwetiaw Ateng
Kwetiaw Ateng

Address:
Kwetiaw Ateng
Jl. S. Parman No. 52, Medan
Opening hours: 8:00 – 01.30
Phone: (+6261) 4536916

Howey

Gorgeous pattisserie shop provides pretty cakes and macarons but unfortunately the cakes were way too sweet for our liking.

Howey
Howey
Howey
Howey

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Address:
Howey
Jl. Babura lama no. 4,Medan
Phone: (+6261) 7770 2688
Opening hours: 08.30 – 21.30

Sate Padang Afrizal Amir

The most famous place for Sate Padang or Padangnese meat skewer with thick spicy gravy sauce would be Afrizal Amir. Their Sate Padang was delicious, meat was tender while the gravy was rich and full of spices.

Sate Padang Afrizal Amir
Sate Padang Afrizal Amir

Address:
Sate Padang Afrizal Amir
JL. Brig Jend Katamso, Medan
Opening hours: 16.00 โ€“ 22.00

Asia Mega Mas

Known as the biggest China town at Medan, Asia Mega Mas is a very big and crowded complex full with various stalls from food to fashion. This place is very crowded but we didn’t find any exceptional dish besides the variety.

Asia Mega Mas
Asia Mega Mas
Ahtu Ice Cream - Asia Mega Mas
Ahtu Ice Cream – Asia Mega Mas

Address:
Asia Mega Mas
Jl. Asia, Medan, Medan

Semarang Food Center
Semarang food center is located near selat Panjang street (walking distance) and this street is packed with soooo many food stalls every night.

Semarang Food Center
Semarang Food Center
Semarang Food Center
Semarang Food Center
Semarang Food Center
Semarang Food Center
Semarang Food Center
Semarang Food Center

Address:
Semarang Food Center
Jl. Semarang, Medan
starting open from 6-7pm

Mie Pansit Awai (YY Mie Pangsit)

Small elastic and springy al dente noodle served with meat, vegetables, soy flavored duck egg and fried wonton and rich broth, this noodle was sooo good we regret not having the 2nd portion

Mie Pansit Awai (YY Mie Pangsit)
Wonton Noodle IDR 23k – Mie Pansit Awai (YY Mie Pangsit)
Mie Pansit Awai (YY Mie Pangsit)
Mie Pansit Awai (YY Mie Pangsit)

Address:
Mie Pansit Awai (YY Mie Pangsit)
Jl. Wahidin No.4, Medan
Phone:(+6261) 4571381

Ucok Durian
Medan is very famous for Durian and your visit to Medan will never be complete without having it. The most famous place to have durian would be Ucok Durian where you can pick your own durian and enjoy it right away or have it wrapped in a box and bring it as souvenir to your durian lover relatives.

Ucok Durian
Ucok Durian

Address:
Ucok Durian
Jl. Iskandar Muda, Medan

RM Gumarang Jaya
RM Gumarang Jaya is a Minang cuisine restaurant and they are very famous for its fried chicken. The fried chicken was good, very flavorful but every dish here were sooo soo salty we didn’t enjoy it that much.

RM Gumarang Jaya
RM Gumarang Jaya
RM Gumarang Jaya
RM Gumarang Jaya

Address:
RM Gumarang Jaya
Jl. Brigjend. Katamso No. 27-29, Medan

Chasio Afuk 88
Known as Nasi Campur Sukaraja, Afuk 88 also serves similar Nasi Campur or mixed rice with honey glazed grilled pork just like Asan. Their Chasio Garing Madu or honey glazed roasted pork was not bad but not as good and as crunchy as the one we had at Asan.

Chasio Afuk 88
Chasio Afuk 88

Chasio Afuk 88

Address:
Chasio Afuk 88
Jl. Brigjen Katamso No.80E / 148 SukaRaja, Medan
Opening hours: 11.00 โ€“ 15.00

Souvenirs

Bika Ambon, Durian Pancake, Meranti roll cake and passion fruit (markisa)/ tamarillo (terong belanda) syrup are the most popular souvenirs from Medan. Most of the souvenirs are available at Mojopahit street (except Meranti).

Martabe (Markisa + Terong Belanda)
Martabe (Markisa + Terong Belanda)

Address:
Bolu Meranti
Jl. Sisingamangaraja No.19B, Medan

Bika Ambon & other souvenirs
Jl. Mojopahit, Medan

Durian Pancake Medan Lai Heng
Jl. Rachmadsyah, Gg : Pelita No. 24 (Laksana), Medan

Overall AnakJajan and friends had a very satisfying culinary trip at Medan, having more than 10 spots everyday (do not try this at home hahaha) we left Medan with happy tummy and of course a few extra kilos of weight. Let’s Jajan!!

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9 thoughts on “MEDAN Culinary Guide”

  1. Maaf info ttg beberapa alamat ada yang salah.saya coba perbaiki ๐Ÿ™‚
    Tip Top Restaurant di Jl.Jend. Ahmad Yani,sekitaran tjonk afie
    Dan ucok durian di Jl.K.H Wahid Hasyim

    1. thank you utk tambahannya, but utk alamat tsb sudah aku cek dan tes langsung di Medan & google map dan letaknya alamat yg dicantumkan benar sih, sepertinya memang ada beberapa jalan yang ada nama jalan baru dan lama ya shg kdg membingungkan

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