Known for its’ diverse culture and tribes, you can see the diversity of Indonesia from the different kinds of cuisines and fusion dishes available all across the country. From authentic, original food from certain tribes to some identified fusion dishes graced the table of every family and the tables in restaurants.
We had written Medan Food Guide before, but this time, we want to focus solely on the HALAL dishes in Medan. We try to give as diverse options as possible, so if you’re interested, continue to scroll down!
Sidenote: If you’re looking for complete Food Guide in Medan, check out 100 Kuliner Medan Wajib Coba 2019, Semuanya ENAK!
“Mie Rebus is a noodle dish with thick, gooey gravy that is ladled over the thick noodles boiled over with beansprouts”
In Medan, Mie Rebus is usually thought to be a dish descended from Indian people (not the Native American, but real India people). Its’ gravy is rich in flavours and it usually bodes well in the stomach, especially when you’re craving something filling and warming.
However, there are two known version in Medan: the Chinese version and the Indian version. The one called Mie Rebus Dewar is made by the Indian descendants living in Medan, we do think you should give it a shot when you’re visiting the city.
Mie Rebus DewarAddress: Sekip Street, on the same row as Fajar Apothecary and Prima University (UNPRI)
Operational hours : 16.00 – 21.30
Nasi Gurih has been a long-time player in Indonesia’ cuisines and its neighbouring countries. The one here has a touch of Minangkabau influence that comes in the form of beef jerky instead of the common Nasi Gurih serves with egg.
Nasi Gurih Nusa IndahAddress: Palang Merah Street (across NAV Karaoke)
Operating Hour: 06.30 am – 13.00 PM
With its strategic location across the cultural heritage Tjong A Fie and consistency in taste over the years, it’s no wonder that Soto Kesawan is an unbeatable Soto stall in Medan. The Soto here is fragrant and has an orange tint on the colours.
Soto KesawanAddress: Ahmad Yani Street
Operating Hours: 08.00 AM – 14.00 PM (Closed on Sunday)
4. Bakso Sapi Amat
Located in a busy street, this humble but spacious place are always filled with people. The chewy yet dense meat served in a savoury broth made it an addictive soup for the loyal customers.
Bakso AmatAddress: No. 112, Ir. H. Juanda Baru Street
Operating Hour: 12.00 PM – 22.00 PM
Behind its humbling appearance, this eel restaurant sells an amazing variety of eels dishes, from Belut Sambal Ijo, Belut Sambal Merah, Belut goreng and many more. The spice would definitely hit your tastebud before you could even say “Yum!”
Warung Belut Mbak SherlyAddress: No. 56, Pringgan Street, Kp. Lalang
Operating Hours: 11.00 PM – 16.00 PM (Closed on Friday)
The specialty in this particular stall is the generous serving of meatballs in a bowl. Filled to the brim with its thicker in consistency gravy, you don’t have to be worried that you’ll be left unsatisfied.
Mie Sop MethodistAddress: No. 17, Hang Tuah Street
A place you definitely can’t miss if you’re looking for Halal Bataknese Cuisines is RM Marikena. Its’ specialty lies in their Ayam Cipera and Ayam Petai. Other than that, you should also try Ikan Mas Arsik which is also a special Bataknese Dish.
Author's Note: Bataknese Cuisines are known for their barbecued pork and blood sausage which is non-halal.
Rumah Makan Islam MarikenaAddress: No.94, Jamin Ginting Street
Operating Hours: 10.00 AM – 21.00 PM
8. RM Sipirok
Have you ever tried a beef dish which requires you to use a straw? Well, look no further if you’re into a challenging bone dish which require you to get a straw. This bone soup dish is called Sup Tulang Sum-Sum, and usually cooked for so long that the bone soaks up all the flavours and the broth.
Rumah Makan SipirokAddress: No.14, Sunggal Street
Operating Hours: 10.30 AM – 15.00 PM
Interestingly enough, if you come to this particular Padang Cuisines restaurant, the one you should get is the ‘Sambal’. Sambal is the red, chili or green chili paste that most Indonesian Cuisines use. Try their Acar Cabe Kering or Cabe Dendeng which tastes fresh, with a hint of zest and crunchy in texture.
Uda SayangAddress: No. 151, Pusat Pasar Street
Operating Hours: 09.00 AM – 17.00 PM
10. Sop Lembu Jl. Kenari
Despite its so-not-obvious location (it looks like a house from outside), this place is never empty. Famed for its savoury, orange coloured broth with tender meat made this place one of the must try place!
Sop KenariAddress: Kenari Street
Operating Hours: 11.00 PM – 16.00 PM (Closed on Sunday)
Even though located next to a well-established restaurant, this small stall doesn’t lose in competition. The menu on the list is, surprisingly, fried fish that is crisp on the outside and tender inside. Paired with their homemade Sambal Ijo (Green Chili Sambal), their simple dish is elevated to a whole new level.
Rumah Makan Cabe Ijo (Menu special Ikan Goreng)Address: No.11, Kejaksaan Street
Operating Hours: 11.00 PM – 18.00 PM (Monday to Thursday) (Closed on Friday to Sunday)
Famed for its spiciness, Mie Aceh is a type of noodles dish that is usually made by the Aceh Natives. Its’ spices are specially concocted so to get that “oomph” taste, which you may not necessarily get it somewhere else.
Mie Aceh Titi BobrokAddress: No. 17D, Setia Budi Street
Operating Hours: 11.00 PM- 22.00 PM | 14.00 PM – 22.00 PM (Friday ONLY)
When you’re awake in the middle of the night and feeling hungry or just plain hungry and can’t sleep, you can visit this Fried Rice Stall here. The quick service is comparable to getting any kind of fast food and is a place many people come to for a late night supper.
Nasi Goreng Semalam SuntukAddress: No. 45 L, Bridjen Katamso Street
Operating Hours: 17.30 PM – 02.00 PM
What sets this Pecel Lele eatery with the others are the varieties they put on the menu; from Sup Daging, Sup Buntut, Ikan Gembung Asam Manis, Tahu Senayan, Dendeng Balado, and Udang Sere. They’re all good though!
Pecel Lele Mbak BolekAddress: No.2 K, Wajir Street
Operating Hours: 17.00 PM – 22.00 PM
15. Sup Kambing Kumango
As one of the legendaries stalls in Medan, this soupy dish made from lamb stock is truly a taste of its own. Orange, dense yet watery broth is its trademark. Since 1976, the flavours have been consistent all along. A pretty good choice for the night too!
Sup Kambing KumangoOperating Hours: 19.00 PM – 23.00 PM (Closed on Sunday)
Made usually from ginger and gula aren with a touch of other spices, this traditional drink from the Sunda tribe from West Java is made to warm the body of the drinker. Perfect when you’re out from a spa or just a tiring day, this warming drink can definitely settle your stomach for a huge feast.
Bandrek SorbatAddress: Somewhere at Gatot Subroto Street
Operating Hours: 17.00 PM – 00.00 AM (Closed on Sunday)
Being one of the oldest ice-cream place in Medan, this 80-year-old name has been a favourite of the old folks as well as young children.
Today, this stall sells more than one menu and all of them are as well-known as the ice cream.
Ice Cream RiaAddress: No. 22C/28, Surabaya Street
Operating Hours: 10.00 AM – 20.30 PM (Sunday – Friday) | 10.00 AM – 21.00 PM (Saturday)
Famous for its Avocado Coffee Float, this place had only started a few years ago but already made its own name and status in the city. A mix of blended avocado, chocolate sauce, chocolate ice-cream and chocolate sprinkle, the drink is also drizzled with espresso for those in favour of coffee. You can always dispose of it if you’re only into the sweet yum!
Macehat CoffeeAddress: No.20, Karo Street
Operating Hours: 10.30 AM – 18.45 PM
19. Pokat Kocok Buk Iyah
Similar but not the same, Pokat Kocok is also a blended avocado drink. As you may have realised by now, the Indonesian loves their avocado! Holding the truest sense of an original Avocado Blend, this drink has been here since 1968.
Pokat Kocok Simpang Glugur Bu IyahAddress: No. 21 K, KL Yos Sudarso Street
Operating Hours: 11.00 PM – 22.00 PM
Commonly you would find ‘Mie Sop’ being served with meatballs, but Bu Tuti was able to hold onto a good, recipe of savoury broth that made us overlook the nonexistence meatballs. Other than the savoury broth, the generous amount of ingredients filling the bowl to the brim is also another plus point for us!
Mie Sop Bu TutiAddress: Karya Bersama Street
Operating Hours: 10.00 AM – 22.00 PM
Been here since 1929, this restaurant was the witness of a revolution that changed and shaped Indonesia as it was. Used to be a socialising place for the Dutch, the cuisines on the menu are more on the western side like steak with a touch of Indonesian Bakery on the menu. The cakes are the town’s favourite!
Tip Top RestaurantAddress: No.92 A-B, Jenderal Ahmad Yani Street
Operating Hours: 08.00 AM – 22.30 PM
With a touch of modernity, this restaurant appeals to the folks as a place to hang out, yet at the same time, still grasping the root of their own culture.
Rasa Bunda – Modern Minang CuisineAddress: No.274, Iskandar Muda Street
A mix of rice, thin noodles, thinly sliced potatoes, as well as fried eggs truly made up a simple rice dish. The beauty of this humble plate lies solely on its flavours, which mix well with the rice.
Rumah Makan MemengAddress: No. 271, Wahidin Street, Pandau Hulu II, Medan
Operating Hours: 10.00 AM – 16.00 PM (Closed on Monday)
24. Durian Pelawi
When you’re visiting any country in Southeast Asia, Durian, the King of Fruits, is the kind you should not miss at all. Each Durian in every country taste differently; some bitter, some sweet, some bittersweet. The point is: don’t miss it!
Pelawi DurianAddress: No.10, Kutilang Street, Sei Sikambing B, Medan Sunggal
Opens 24 Hours
25. Bolang Durian
If you want to eat Durian in a more “hype” place, you can visit Bolang Durian. From bright lights to pretty decor, this place is the perfect place to hang out at night while enjoying the smooth, silky Durian.
Si Bolang DurianAddress: No.75 C-D, Iskandar Muda Street, Babura, Medan Baru, Kota Medan
Opens 24 Hours
One of the best-selling snack in Indonesia, especially in Medan is Martabak Piring. It’s a sweet and savoury, thinly grilled pancaked that is crispy inside out. Usually, you’ll find the food cart around in the city at night.
Martabak Piring Sejak DuluAddress: At the intersection of Kapuas Street and Sutomo Street
Operating Hours: 18.00 PM – 00.00 PM
Made of varieties of veggies and peanut sauce, Pecel is a type of dish that is usually eaten during snacking time (Pecel is different from Pecel Lele — as Pecel Lele can usually be eaten as main dish rather than a side). Topped the Pecel with some crackers and you’re good to go!
Warung Pecal Mbak SupiahAddress: No.21A Sei Putih Baru Street, Babura, Medan
Operating Hours: 08.00 AM – 15.00 PM
It is not strange to find Satay carts all over the city, but they usually sell just one or two kinds of meat like Beef or Chicken. But Sate Triadi sells many different types; other than the meat, they also sell offals, seafood and meatballs of the same type.
Sate Padang TriadiAddress: No.53, G.B. Joshua Street, Pandau Hilir, Medan
Operating Hours: 15.00 PM – 22.00 PM
29. Toko Kue Banyumas
Try the authentic taste of traditional Indonesia’s cakes and snacks. When you walk down the stairs leading to the basement where this stall is located, you’ll straight up know exactly why this place is so popular. The smell wafted all over the place making this place the Willy Wonka Factory for humans of all ages.
BanyumasAddress: No.75 r, MH Thamrin Street, Thamrin plaza lt.1, Pandau Hulu I, Medan
Operating Hours: 10.00 AM – 22.00 PM
30. Putu Bambu Sudi Mampir
As a lover of crumbly, soft, sweet dessert, Putu Bambu made it into the list of my most wanted dessert. Its existence is rare but not impossible to find. Made from gelatinous dough that has more crumbly disposition and Gula Aren fillings, the textures are both soft and rough at the same time. The steamed coconut flakes and sugars on top made it sweeter than it looks.
Putu Bambu Sudi MampirAddress: Corner of Asia Street, Sei Rengas I, Medan
Operating Hours: 17.30 PM – 00.00 AM
And that’s it…?
Now you know where to eat Halal foods when you reach Medan. From main courses to desserts, don’t worry about anything! While you’re at it — visit some historical buildings in Medan and read some Food Guide from this blog.