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100 Must Eat Local Street Food in Medan 2023!

Versi Bahasa Indonesia dapat dibaca disini: 100 Kuliner Medan Wajib Coba 2023, Semuanya ENAK!

Alternatively, here’s 30 Halal Foods YOU CAN’T MISS when you visit Medan!

P.S: This article is an updated version of 100 Must Eat Local Street Food in Medan 2020, and all eateries in this list has been re-curated.

Are you thinking of visiting Medan? Come take a look on our Food Guide list!

Before we move on, let’s get to know about this city

source: Wikipedia

Walk through the historical places in Medan, from a Chinese Socialite heritage Tjong A Fie Mansion to an architectural wonder that implemented Malay, Italian, Spain, and Indian touch Istana Maimum; the archaic area of Kesawan District that still has some resemblance of how Medan looked like decades ago to the hustling bustling Little India at K.H Zainul Arifin Street.

From roadside, traditional food cart to a lavish eatery, savour each dish with your five senses; sight, smell, taste, touch and sound.

The diversity of races and the colonisation period of Indonesia had shaped the way Indonesia is right now. As the food haven of Indonesia, experience Medan through the culinary scene and taste the various local delicacy and street food in Medan, the best way possible.

An overview of how the restaurants in Medan operates, take note that the operating hour for each eatery we list down below differ from each other. But don’t worry, we’ve put them in categories in which they are usually preferred to be eaten (or when the locals usually eat them). So do make sure you check the time before making your itinerary!

To make it easier to roam around, Click here to save this Google Maps list of local street food we have personally curated for you!

Start your journey with some of the oldies but the goodies


To start this list off, I’ll explain briefly what Bakmi is. A type of noodles that are generally on the springy side and topped with veggies and meat (which depending on the eatery would differ) and served with a bowl of small soup on the side. You will find similar dishes in different names, but they are more or less the same. (Read here to know more)

1. Kari Bihun Tabona (No Pork No Lard)

To say this Tabona Kari Bihun owns the best curry stall in Medan is not an overstatement. Known also as one of the most legendary stall in Medan — this is a place you can’t miss!

A balance ratio of the ingredients creates a perfect curry — not too watery nor oily yet also not too creamy like most curries. To get a bowl of this heavenly perfection, you probably should go a little early.

Kari Bihun Tabona

Address: No. 17, Mangkubumi Street
Operating Hour: 06.30 AM – 16.30 PM

2. Kedai Kopi Apek

Graced with a traditional outlook and an even more old-fashioned furniture, it is truly a place to imagine how Medan had been like back in the olden days. While sitting in a cramped space near the window, enjoy a glass of their Kopi Susu Dingin (Iced Coffee Latte) which is what they are known for while getting a plate of toast for breakfast. (However, the price might be a tad too pricy for a cup of coffee — at least for the locals).

Kedai Kopi Apek

Address: No. 110, Hindu Street, Kesawan
Operating hour: 06.00 AM – 14.00 PM
06.00 AM – 11.30 AM (on Sunday)

3. Bakmi Hock Seng (Non Halal)

bakmi hock seng
Topped with plenty ingredients such as fish balls, shrimps, boiled egg in soy sauce, fish cakes, meat and veggies.

Operating since 1932, Bakmi Hock Seng had been consistent with their taste and is never stingy with the ingredients. With generous toppings and delicious noodles, it is no wonder they are still one of the locals’ penchant for breakfast!

Bakmi Hock Seng

Address: No. 17, Gwangju Street
Operating Hour: 06.30 AM – 13.00 PM

4. Bakmi Khek Selat Panjang (Non Halal)

Embarking on a food journey in Medan is definitely not easy and to be able to last for so long takes some skill too. Founded in 1968, this stall has been a morning favourite with its simple ingredients and homemade noodles. Of course, the plentiful fried pork lard is probably the reason I’m always coming back for more.

bakmi khek selat panjang kuliner medan
Topped with minced chicken and fried pork fat.

Bakmi Khek Selat Panjang

Address: No.5, Selat Panjang Street, Ps. Baru
Operating Hour: 06.00 AM – 11.30 AM

5. Mie Udang Mei Mei (Non Halal)

mie udang mei mei

Don’t be deceived from outside this stall, because although it looks closed, it’s actually open.

The bowl of noodles and various toppings is just perfect to start the day with a good mood, but the main reason you need to come here is the rich and fragrant soup.

Still got some space in your stomach after a bowl of Prawn Noodle? Or you simply aren’t a fan of Prawn Noodle? Then get their Fried Cheong Fun which is just as good.

Mie Udang Mei Mei

Teuku Cik Ditiro Street (go in from Jl. Zainul Arifin before Jl. Jenggala)
Operating hours : 07.00 – 14.00

6. Bihun Bebek Akien (Non Halal)

Bihun (or Beehoon) is a type of noodle that is made from rice flour and is usually very thin. When cooked, it almost becomes translucent in color. To the locals, Bihun Bebek is usually known as Bihun served in Duck (Bebek) broth. It’s a hearty meal that most people deemed to have nutritional value.

bihun bebek akien duck beehoon kuliner medan
Thin rice noodles topped with duck meat and fish balls.

Here you can find two types of Bihun Bebek: dry and wet version. We recommend getting the dry version one (unless you like soupy ones) just because the Bihun itself has already been mix with sesame oil, making it fragrant enough. 

Bihun Bebek Akien

Address: No. 101R, Sekip Indah Complex
Operating Hour: 07.00 AM – 13.00 PM
07.00 AM – 11.00 AM (on Sunday)

7. Bihun Bebek Asie Kumango (No Pork No Lard)

There are couple of ways to make Beehoon Duck soup: use only the duck meat in the soup or add herbal mix into the broth. More stalls use herbal mix because 1) it’s less expensive and 2) Duck has a gamey smell that is not easy to get rid of. Bihun Bebek Asie Kumango is known to use only Duck to make their broth; so could you imagine how intense and rich their soup is? The price may be quite pricey but you’ll see that it’s worth it.

Bihun Bebek Asie Kumango

Address: No. 15, Kumango Street, Kesawan
Operating Hour: 07.00 AM – 11.00 AM (closed on Sunday)

8. Bubur Babi Selat Panjang SP12 (Non Halal)

Selat Panjang is a whole street in Medan full of legendary eateries, and Bubur Babi SP12 is no exception. The taste is still authentic, with a strong meat aroma.

bubur babi sp12

One of the notable thing about this particular pork congee is the round meat, which is made with minced pork. Do take note that this round meat is different from a meatball.

Unfortunately, after the owner retires, so would this legendary congee and the unique round meat. So, hurry and try it out while you still have the chance!

Bubur Babi SP12

No. 12, Selat Panjang Street

9. Mie Ayam Waringin

Don’t judge the book from its cover, this bowl of noodle is pretty tasty!

mie ayam waringin

The presentation may look very simple; with shredded boiled chicken and some veggies but its beauty lies in the flavour. It is a humble dish with homemade noodles that may be suitable after a morning exercise.

Mie Ayam Waringin

Address: No. 7, Waringin Street, Sekip
Operating Hour: 07.00 AM – 12.00 PM

10. Mie Bagan Madong Lubis (Non Halal)

One of things that makes Mie Bagan different from the other noodle eateries is that it’s supposedly eaten (by the Bagan people) only by using vinegar and chopped Chili with no soup. Of course, they’ll still give you the soup so it’s optional if you want to try the Bagan way or the usual way of pouring the soup into your noodle bowl.

Mie Bagan

Address: No.48, Madong Lubis Street, Pandau Hulu I
Operating Hour: 06.00 am – 12.00 PM

11. Mie Kampak (Non Halal)

mie kampak metal

This legendary noodle stall on Jl. Metal is one of Joe and Janice’s favorites. Their noodles are chewy yet soft, and their minced meat is a perfect match for the noodles. It’s not an exaggeration to say that their 50+ years of experience made them a legend.

Mie Kam Pak

Address: No.35, Metal II Street, Glugur Darat II, Kec. Medan Deli, Kota Medan, Sumatera Utara 20241
Operational hours: 07.00-14.00

12. Mie Pangsit Aon (Non Halal)

mie pangsit aon wonton noodle kuliner medan
Add the pickled chilis — it’s a must!

The kitchen had been producing delicious, homemade noodles since 1967 with recipes from the owner’s Grandfather. Hailing from a two-hour away city outside Medan, this eatery is a branch from the main joint in Siantar.

This place is clean and air-conditioned, so it is a great choice if you want to enjoy your food in a comfortable setting. Get the Kopi Susu (Latte) as well if you like that thick and rich flavour.

Mie Pangsit Aon Siantar

Address: No. 78, Jose Rizal Street
Operating Hour: 06.30 am – 17.00 PM

13. Lontong Warintek

To be honest, it’s my first time as a Medanese to have heard about this stall. However, it turns out to be a highly popular breakfast spot, selling hearty Lontong and Nasi Lemak.

Aside from the popular stall, Lontong and Nasi Lemak are both popular dishes to have as breakfast, especially in Medan. Lontong is a rice cake served with various toppings and drenched in light, curry-like soup.

The light and creamy Lontong soup is on the sweeter side, with an additional sweetness from the chili paste and the chips. As for the Nasi Lemak, the rice itself has a strong coconut flavor, but the rather soggy rice may not be for everyone.

Lontong Warintek

No.159, Dr. Mansyur Road, Tj. Rejo, Kec. Medan Sunggal, Kota Medan, Sumatera Utara 20154
Operating hours: 06.00-12.00

14. Nasi Ayi Apau (No Pork No Lard)

If you’re around Danau Jempang a.k.a Sambu Baru Market, this is one of the recommended breakfast spot. Here, you can find various breakfast favorites, from Nasi Lemak (traditional rice dish cooked in coconut milk), Lontong Sayur (rice cake topped with various topping and drenched in curry-like soup), the favorite Chicken Rice and Lupis, a traditional dessert.

Nasi Lemak & Lontong Sayur Ai Apau

No.168-170, Danau Melintang Ujung Street, Sei Agul, Kec. Medan Bar., Kota Medan, Sumatera Utara 20114

15. Kwetiau Anie, Mesjid Street (Non Halal)

kwetiau anie jl mesjid

Indulge in a plate of plain Char Koay Teow while sipping coffee in the nearby coffee shop a.k.a kopitiam! For many Chinese-Medanese, this is one ideal meal to start the day.

Fun fact: the auntie’s real name actually isn’t Anie, but customers has always been calling her Anie. Anybody knows why?

Kwetiau Anie

No.140, Mesjid Street, Kesawan, Kec. Medan Bar., Kota Medan, Sumatera Utara 20212

16. Kwetiau Andalas (Non Halal)

This Char Koay Teow stall has made a name for themselves from years of business at Jl. Andalas. Unfortunately, as the owner’s brother passed away, so did this stall (or so we thought).

Around 5 months later, Kwetiau Andalas is back to satisfy their loyal customers. However, there are some noticeable changes, such as difference in operating hours (it’s only open for breakfast and brunch), no more charcoal used in the cooking, and a more affordable price.

Don’t worry about the taste, though, as Leo (one of the loyal customers) said it’s still quite the same as it used to be.

Kwetiau Andalas

No.305, Wahidin Street, Pahlawan, Medan Perjuangan, Medan City, North Sumatra 20224
Operating Hours: 06.00-13.00

17. Soto Babi Aheng/Aseng (Non Halal)

soto babi aseng/aheng pork soto kuliner medan
More on the mild taste with lighter spices and less condensed soup.

Made commonly with coconut milk, chicken/cow stock and turmeric (to get that yellow colour), Soto has milky taste in general. The spices and herbs in the broth make it a mouth-watering piece of art. What makes this Soto place on the list is because they make the broth using pork — and we can’t say no, really.

Soto Babi Aheng/Aseng

Address: Asia Street, at the corner of Lahat Street
Operating Hour: 07.00 AM – 12.00 PM

18. Soto Kesawan

soto kesawan kuliner medan
This is what you call ‘the cherry on top’

Located right across the cultural heritage mansion Tjong A Fie in Medan, this place is perfect to start your morning with before going to explore the city. They have three different types of ingredients you choose to accompany your Soto with, ranging from chicken, cow, and shrimp; or just have them all in the bowl!

Soto Kesawan

Address: Ahmad Yani Street, Kesawan
Operating Hour: 08.00 AM – 14.00 PM

19. Soto Sinar Pagi

Commencing in a small street in 1953/1954, Soto Sinar Pagi has indeed grown into a household name that you can’t miss when you come to Medan. They moved to the current street in 1966 and have never moved since then! Although this place is not easy to find — right at an intersection with half of its joint is covered by the building across it, the servers just never stop moving.

soto sinar pagi
Beef Soto with lungs parts.

I would suggest to get their Beef Soto with the lungs and eat the add-on Perkedel as well. Get Grab or Go-Jek (like Uber) to get here if you’d like too.

Soto Sinar Pagi

Address: No. 2D/1, Sei Deli Street, Medan
Operating Hour: 07.00 AM – 15.00 PM (approximately)


After a generous breakfast, it’s time for scrumptious lunch!

20. Lontong Terenak di Dunia

In Indonesian, the stall name simply means “The Tastiest Lontong in The World”.
I know what you’re thinking – how bold of them to name their stall like that? Turns out, it was Mr. Jusuf Kalla, Indonesia’s former Vice President, who gave that name to them.

lontong terenak di dunia

Now, what is it that made this stall as “the best in the world” (or at least one of the best in Medan, in our opinion)? When we tried it, it’s the rice cake’s texture that’s just right, plus the scrumptious combination of sides. However, we did prefer the Nasi Sayur, though. The rice’s grainy, with an extraordinary mix of condiments.

Lontong Terenak di Dunia

CBD Polonia Blok DD/ No.23, Jl. Padang Golf No.23

21. The Thirty Six

I’d call this an ideal brunch spot instead of lunch. Here you’ll have an array of Western dishes in a homey and cozy space.

The Thirty Six

No.36, Multatuli Road, Hamdan, Kec. Medan Maimun, Kota Medan, Sumatera Utara 20151

22. Warung Bu Sri Polonia

warung bu sri polonia

I’d suggest you come in large groups to try out their specialty menu: Fish Head Gulai (similar to curry, but with several differences) because the portion is huge enough for sharing. But if you only managed to come alone, their Ayam Panggang (Roasted Chicken) is the go-to menu.

Warung Nasi Bu Sri

No.30, Polonia Street, Suka Damai, Kec. Medan Polonia, Kota Medan, Sumatera Utara 20152
Monday 10.00-19.00
Tuesday-Sunday 10.00-18.00

23. Nasi Babi Agu (Non Halal)

As a city with diverse culture, you will find a majority of Chinese delicacy here as well. The foods have been tweaked to fit the Medanese’s taste, so most of them would taste sweet, salty and savoury.

siobak pui agu

Using Hokkien dialect from the Chinese minorities to form its eatery’s name, Agu is the name of the owner while Sio Bak Pui means rice with pork belly (sio bak = pork belly, pui = rice). The standard serving here is rice with Sio Bak, Chasio, and Lap Chiong (Chinese Sausage).

On the side of this pork rice dish, a Kiam Chai or sour veggies soup is served along.

Agu Sio Bak Pui (Nasi Babi Agu)

Address: No. 8B, Dagan Street, Sekip
Operating Hour: 10.00 AM – 17.30 PM

24. RM Gumarang Jaya

Founded in 1966, this restaurant sells Minang Cuisine or also known as Padang Cuisine. Traditionally, you’ll be served a number of cuisines right on the table — you pay what you eat so don’t be surprised if they charge you a lot if you finish everything on the table.

RM Gumarang Jaya

Address: No. 27/29, Brigjend Katamso Street
Operating hour: 09.00 AM – 21.00 PM

25. Bakso Sapi Lebong

Having been selling this dish since 1945, it’s no doubt Bakso Spapi Lebong has made a name for themselves. Oh and if you do decide to come here, try their Bakso Urat, a meatball made from ground beef and pieces of tendon.

bakso sapi lebong

Bakso Sapi Lebong

Address: No. 20, Lebong Street
Operating Hour: 09.00 AM – 17.30 PM

26. Chasio Afoek 88 (Non Halal)

Having been passed through three generation, the skill of working with pork meat and fire can truly make you rediscover that a delicious meal often comes from the most primitive method.

By the grace skill of controlling the fire and temperature, the Chasio has a nice sheen on the skin as well as perfectly burnt crisp on its end. How we know it? When the burnt part does not taste too bitter — that’s when.

Chasio Afoek 88

Address: No. 148, Bridgjen Katamso Street
Operating Hour: 09.30 AM – 17.00 PM

27. Chasio Asan (Non Halal)

chasio asan

Leading the Honey Grilled Pork mass is Chasio Asan. Recognised as having the best Chasio in town, Chasio Asan is another household name that is spread across the city. With perfectly honey coated and grilled Chasio, it is no wonder that this place is always crowded. An amazing weekday is when you have them meats on your plate.

Author’s note: You have to queue on Sunday so preferably visit this place on a weekday.

Chasio Asan

Address: No. 123, Sun Yat Sen Street, Sei Rengas I
Operating hour: 09:30 AM – 15.00 PM

28. Kedai Ayah Sunggal

This is definitely the place to go if you’re looking for somewhere to chill while having a feast (imagine lots of greens and the sound of flowing river beside a cottage-style restaurant).

kedai ayah sunggal

You won’t be having just any Medanese or Indonesian meal, though, as it specializes in Malay-Karonese cuisine.

Kedai Ayah Sunggal

Sunggal Street, Langgar Alley, Sunggal, Kec. Medan Sunggal, Kota Medan, Sumatera Utara 20128
11.00 – 16.00

29. Kedai Nasi Ramadhan

Forget the big name Nasi Padang stall for a while and try out Kedai Nasi Ramadhan at least once! Their best -seller menu here is the Fried Chicken (Ayam Pop Panas), and don’t forget to ask for the extra crunchy part! (just say “tambah kriuk (kree-ook)” in Indonesian)

Kedai Nasi Ramadhan

Asia Makmur Street, Saikun Alley, Sukaramai II, Kec. Medan Area, Kota Medan, Sumatera Utara 20224
Operating hours: 11.00-20.00 (closed on Fridays)

30. Cahaya Baru Indian Food

As a city with diverse ethnicities, it’s not a surprise to find diverse types of food. Aside from the majority Indonesian and Chinese food, you’ll also find several Indian restaurants.

However, if you’re looking for one in Medan, I’d suggest Cahaya Baru as the most famous.

Cahaya Baru Indian Food

No.12/16, Teuku Cik Ditiro Street, Madras Hulu, Kec. Medan Polonia, Kota Medan, Sumatera Utara 20152
11.00-20.30 (closed on Mondays)

31. Laksa Yose Rizal (No Pork No Lard)

laksa yose rizal kuliner medan
Slight sour soup with chili and red onion give Laksa a fresh taste.

Though most Medanese cuisines incline toward the sweet and salty taste, it is not difficult to find a sour dish on the list. Popular throughout Southeast Asia, Laksa is a Peranakan Cuisine that is cooked in spicy broth that could be either rich or creamy, depending on the restaurant.

Laksa Yoserizal

Address: No. 80A/146, Yose Rizal Street, Sei Rengas I
Operating Hour: 10.00 AM – 18.30 PM (closed on Monday)

32. Mie Sop Methodist

mie sop methodist hj siran

The fundamental of Indonesian food is truly in the travelling food cart you find on the street. Despite having lots of customers, this stall still operates in a cart with a few tables and a tent for customers who want to eat on the spot. The taste is undeniably good but if you’re asking us if it’s clean? Uh, probably no.

Mie Sop Methodist

Address: No. 17, Hang Tuah, Madras Hulu

33. RM Batak Dainang (Non Halal)

rm dainang medan

In a glimpse, you won’t find the menus much different from other Bataknese restaurants. However, there’s an option for you if you come alone, but still want to enjoy various Bataknese delicacies: “Mixed Rice”. Consisting of roasted/fried pork, Saksang (pork meat and fat cooked in various spices, often added with thick pork blood) and vegetables, it’s so quick and practical!

RM Dainang Medan – Makanan Khas Batak

No.17, Sei Batang Hari Street, Babura Sunggal, Kec. Medan Sunggal, Kota Medan, Sumatera Utara 20112
Weekdays 10.30-16.30
Weekends 10.30-16.00

34. Humairah S.S.K (Sop Soto Kari)

Inside this humble stall, you’ll find three kinds of menus that are so comforting you’d come back for more! We especially love the tender and generous amount of meat, drenched in a rich and fragrant, full-of-spices soup, curry, or Soto (either one is good, but my favorite goes to the Sop Sapi (beef soup).

However, it can get very crowded during lunchtime, so be sure to come before it, or you can just find a seat on neighboring stalls.

Humairah S.S.K (Soto Sop Kari)

Kantil Street, Hamdan, Kec. Medan Maimun, Kota Medan, Sumatera Utara 20212
Operating hours: 11.45-15.45 (closed on weekends)

35. RM Pondok Gurih

Another well-known Padang-style restaurant is smacked right on the middle of Katamso road. Famous for their Gulai Kepala Ikan, the sweet, savoury and meaty fish melts in your mouth. Boiled in a gravy made of coconut milk, the fish head soaks up all the flavours — and a good fish head is one that does not have fishy smell, so you see why this place is on the recommendation list.

Too famous that it is a pain worth feeling while waiting for the food here during lunch time!

rumah makan nasi padang pondok gurih kuliner medan

RM Pondok Gurih

Address: No.33A, Bridgjen Katamso Street
Operating Hour: 10.00 AM – 21.00 PM

36. RM Sipirok

rm sipirok tulang sum sum bone soup medan makanmana kuliner medan
A bone-marrow soup that is enjoyed by slurping the soup inside the bone with a straw.

This special dish called Sup Sum Sum from Sipirok sub-district from South Tapanuli as well as a favourite dish in North Sumatra is the restaurant’s signature dish. Using a big size bone marrow for the soup, we usually enjoy the bone by slurping the soup inside the bone through a straw.

RM Sipirok

Address: No.14, Sunggal Street, Sei Sikambing
Operating Hour: 10.30 AM – 15.00 PM

37. RM Gek Lan (Non Halal)

Chinese restaurants are especially popular during Qingming/Tomb-Sweeping Festival, but this particular stall is famous because it’s the restaurant that pioneers other scrumptious food stalls around Titi Kuning area.

As Qingming is a time where families gather to clean, pray, and make offerings to their ancestors, it’s also a time where they gather to have a feast. Which is why you’re recommended to come in large groups to enjoy some of their best menus.

RM Gek Lan

Address: No.181, Berlian Sari Street, Kedai Durian, Kec. Medan Johor, Kota Medan, Sumatera Utara 20147
Operating Hours: 10.00-22.00

38. Siobak Kiong (Non Halal)

siobak kiong grilled pork medan makanmana kuliner medan
Chasio, Siobak, and egg boiled in soy sauce.

A bit more further from the city, you would find another grilled pork joint that is also quite popular. Opens at 9 in the morning, this stall usually closes even before 12 o’clock. Their Siobak, the white pork belly, is smokey and crispy, which tells me why it’s famous.

For you information, the process of making Siobak is extremely difficult because if it is not cooked properly you will end up with a tough meat to chew on.

Siobak Kiong

Address: Berlian Sari Street (before RM Gek Lan)
Operating Hour: 09.30 AM – 02.00 AM (closed on Monday)

39. Chef Lim Seafood (Non Halal)

This is the place to go if youre looking for a Malaysian-style Chinese food. Having experienced years as a Chef in Malaysia, Chef Lim eventually came back, along with his knowledge and experience, to serve Medanese a kind of Chinese Food they’ve never seen before.

Chef Lim Seafood

No.56, Aksara Road, Bantan Tim., Kec. Medan Tembung, Kota Medan, Sumatera Utara 20224
Operating hours: 10.00-15.00; 17.00-21.00 (closed on Wednesdays)

40. Sop Lembu Kenari

Located at the intersection of Kenari Street and Waringin Street, this obscure place could be said pretty popular. The fame came from its main menu, Sop Lembu (Ox soup) that has savoury and rich flavour. The place is also quite crowded during lunch, so preferably drop by after or before lunchtime.

Sop Lembu Kenari

Address: Kenari Street, Sekip
Operating Hour: 11.00 AM – 16.00 PM (close on Sunday)

41. Tau Kua He Ci (No Pork No Lard)

tau kua he ci sunggal medan makanmana kuliner medan
Drenched in tomatoey sauce are shrimp crackers, bean sprouts, tofu and veggies.

This place brings back childhood memory — for me

My memory about this place came probably from more than ten years ago — at that time, this place had already become a living legend. Serving a unique dish composed by shrimp crackers, vegetables and topped with tomato, gooey gravy, this dish brings out a sweet and sour taste that is notable in Chinese cuisines. A bit far from the city, but the trip will be worth it — hopefully.

Author’s note: Some people may think of this as a snack because there is no carbs in the dish

Tau Kua He Ci

Address: Bakul Street, Sunggal
Operating Hour: 08.00 AM – 18.00 PM


It’s time to see what the night street has to offer

42. Ationg Penang HorFan (Non Halal)

ationg penang hor fun wakfen kuliner medan

HorFan is something similar to Kwetiau but has a wider and thinner composition. It is served in a white, sticky gravy that taste usually on the salty side. The chef/owner moved from Penang, Malaysia which is why he called his stall Penang HorFan. It’s situated in the area known as ‘China Town’ in Medan. The surrounding area usually only sells food at night, so you may already find one of the few places for dinner.

Ationg Penang Hor Fan

Address: Asia Mega Mas (proclaimed as China Town in Medan)
Operating Hour: 16.00 PM – 22.00 PM (closed on Tuesday)

43. Bihun Kepala Ikan Kotacane (Non Halal)

Kotacane is one of Medan’s culinary heritage spots that had been there since 1919 and is still being crowded by people. You can find a few unique dishes here such as fried frog. However, the notable one is the Fish Head Beehoon (Bihun Kepala Ikan). So if you do plan to come here, make sure you’re here after six because that’s when the hustle bustle happens.

bihun ikan kotacane

Bihun Kepala Kotacane

Address: Kotacane Street at tbe Yose Rizal intersection.
Opening Hour: 18.00 PM – 23.30 PM

44. Wajir Seafood

Aside from the legendary Kari Tabona for breakfast or lunch, Kol. Sugiono a.k.a Wajir street is also home of two seafood eateries: Wajir Seafood and RM Mbak Bolek (no. 52 on this list).

Tight QA (Quality Assurance) on every ingredient and dish, followed by swift service makes this family seafood restaurant a must-visit.

Wajir Seafood

No.31, Kol. Sugiono Street, A U R, Kec. Medan Maimun, Kota Medan, Sumatera Utara 20212
Mon-Sat (15.45-22.15)
Sun (10.45-22.15)

45. Mie Ayam Akong Acim

If you’re a Moslem craving for a bowl of legendary Chinese-style, porkless chicken noodle in Medan, this is definitely on top of our list!

Not only chicken, you’ll find various other toppings that surely satisfies your eyes and your belly!

Mie Ayam Akong Acim

No.31, Gwangju Street, Kesawan, Kec. Medan Bar., Kota Medan, Sumatera Utara 20111
14.00-23.00 (Minggu tutup)

46. Kwetiau Pek Mo (Non Halal)

Located along other famous stalls at S. Parman street, the distinct feature of this place does not lie on the food but the owner’s white hair, which also where the named ‘Pek Mo’ derived from. It’s a Hokkien dialect saying white hair, literally.

Now, the owner is still able to create the same flavour he did a decade ago. That’s some persistence and diligence right there.

Kwetiau Goreng Pek Mo

Address: Petisah Tengah, Medan Petisah
Operating Hour: 18.00 PM – 22.00 PM (closed on Monday)

47. Kwetiau Gedeh (Non Halal)

kwetiau gedeh

This is the one Char Koay Teow spot I highly recommend on your next visit to Medan, aside from big names such as Kwetiau Ateng. It’s huge portion, fried pork lard (included while stock lasts) and its intense flavor made Joe proudly claim this stall as the best Char Koay Teow in Medan.

Kwetiau Gedeh

No.9, Gedeh Street, Pusat Ps., Kec. Medan Kota, Kota Medan, Sumatera Utara 20212
Jam Buka: 08.00-11.00; 19.00-22.00

48. Mie Aceh Titi Bobrok

Locally known as the only place to eat good Mie Aceh (or the one that would pop up into our mind when talking about Mie Aceh), this place is always crowded with people. Located at Setia Budi area that is filled with many Aceh people, the authenticity of this noodle could not be questioned. Give this noodle a try — could be a break from all the other noodles that may look similar to each other.

mie aceh titi bobrok medan makanmana kuliner medan
source: Isti ( / @yunisriabdi

Mie Aceh Titi Bobrok

Address: Setiabudi Street, near Titi Bobrok
Operating Hour: 11.00 AM – 22.00 PM
14.00 PM – 22.00 PM (on Friday)

49. Mie Tiongsim (Non Halal)

mie tiongsim makanmana kuliner medan
Mie Tiongsim

When you’re exploring Medan, you really should not miss this place. Famous throughout the city, this place serves one of the best noodles in town. Since 1933, this place has made a lot of loyal customers (and still growing in number!), which speaks itself for its authenticity.

Mie Pangsit Tiong Sim

Address: Selat Panjang Street
Operating Hour: 07.00 AM – 22.00 PM

50. Nasi Goreng Komdak

One of the most famous Indonesia’s dishes, other than Rendang, is Nasi Goreng. It is our staple food and is commonly being sold at night.

Because the business was located in front of Komdak (now Sun Plaza), thus the name “Nasi Goreng Komdak” was born. Although the place is a bit old school, the fried rice served here is legendary.

Instead of cooking oil, the usage of margarine makes the fried rice taste more buttery. Anyway, if you like your rice with an extra kick and a bit sour, there are onion and chili pickles available.

Nasi goreng Komdak

No.45, Teuku Umar Road, Madras Hulu, Kec. Medan Polonia, Kota Medan, Sumatera Utara 20151
Jam Operasional: 14.00-22.30 (Minggu tutup)

51. Nasi Goreng Semalam Suntuk

If you’re a night owl like me and also a glutton like me (kidding!) and find yourself in a heap of hunger at midnight, you may want to visit this eatery here. Selling a simple yet wonderful fried rice with meat — you can choose either cow meat or chicken meat to top your fried rice with — and could be a perfect midnight hunger solution.

nasi goreng fried rice semalam suntuk makanmana kuliner medan
Nasi Goreng with some meat.

Nasi Goreng Semalam Suntuk

Address: Bridgend Katamso Street, across Istana Maimum, just next to PusDa
Operating Hour: 17.30 – 02.00 AM

52. Rumah Makan Mbak Bolek

Pecel Lele is an Indonesian fried fish dish that is served with with sambal and vegetable. They offer a number of different dishes as well. You should also try the Udang Sere, a shrimp dish that we never miss out when we’re here.

Pecel Lele Mbak Bolek

Address: No. 2-K, Wajir Street
Operating Hour: 17.00 PM – 22.00 PM

53. Sop Kambing Kumango

sop kambing lamb soup kumango makanmana kuliner medan
source: instagram @kulinerkoko

As one of the most legendary food joints in Medan, you really should not miss this place — unless you don’t eat goat meat (even if it doesn’t have gamey smell).

Since 1976, with the signature look of orange-y undertone for its broth, Sop Kambing Kumango had become a dependable comfort food because of its flavour that never change through the time.

Sop Kambing Kumango

Address: Jenderal Ahmad Yani Street, Gwangju, Kesawan
Operating Hour: 19.00 AM – 23.00 PM (closed on Sunday)

Drink and Dessert

Indulge yourself in the sweet temptation of ice shaved dessert to invigorating, healthy drink and saccharine, creamy beverages

54. Bandrek Sorbat

bandrek sorbat
Sorbat is Bandrek in Pakistani Language

Warm yourself with a cup of Bandrek.

It is easy to fall sick in the hot and rainy weather, especially when it comes to unpredictable weather. Made from ginger, lemongrass, cinnamon, nutmeg and other ingredients, this spicy drink will give you a slight burn in your throat from the spice. Bandrek could be an option for a challenging but warming drink.

Bandrek Sorbat

Address: Gatot Subroto Street, Sekip
Operating Hour: 17.00 PM – 00.00 AM (closed on Sunday)

55. Es Campur Amo

es campur amo mixed shaved ice
Left: Pokat Kocok, Right: Es Campur)

For Indonesian, Es Campur is one of the most demanded traditional desserts especially in the killing hot weather. Composed of coconut milk, it has savoury undertone that is backed up by the sweetness of the other ingredients. Adding the other ingredients in, such as gula aren, black jelly, cendol, delima, and etc, bring out a saccharine taste that integrates perfectly with the coconut milk. Topped with shaved ice, you have Indonesia’s all-time favourite dessert.

Es Campur Amo / AMO Mixed Ice

Address: No. 117-I, Sei Kera Street, Pandau Hilir
Operating Hour: 11.00 AM – 22.00 PM

56. Es Campur Tin Tin

Smacked right in the city market called Pasar Ramai, this Es Campur is more famous because of its cendol. Cendol is the greenish, long shaped rice cake that is chewy and usually tasteless. The tasteless cendols usually soak up flavour from the coconut milk, making it chewy in texture and umami in flavour.

Es Campur Tin Tin at Pasar Ramai

Address: Sei Rengas II Street, Medan Area
Operating Hour: 09.00 AM – 17.00 PM

57. Es Krim Ria

Enter another memorable eatery on the list, this dessert or snack house is probably well-known to the locals. Used to only ice cream retailing, the current joint that is opened by the son, provides more food options for customers. From Martabak to Sate Padang and to Es Jeruk, this place is an unsurpassed existence for the locals. Around this place is a couple of airbnb, so it’s pretty convenient.

Es Krim Ria

Address: No. 22C/28, Surabaya Street, Ps Baru
Operating Hour: 10.00 AM – 20.30 PM

58. Macehat Coffee

If you’re tired from walking and the sun is just burning you right up from the sky, stop by this beverage house that sells Avocado Coffee Float. One of Indonesia’s most popular beverage is probably Alpokat Coklat (Chocolate Avocado) but this one at Macehat Coffee, comes with a twist. Adding coffee in the mix, they create one of the trendy drink for us Medanese to enjoy.

macehat coffee medan avocado coffee float
Avocado Coffee Float

Macehat Coffee

Address: No. 20, Karo Street, Centre Petisah
Operating Hour: 10.30 AM – 18.45 PM

59. Rujak Kolam Takana Juo

Takana Juo, which is derived from Minang language which meant “Terkenang Juga” or “Remembered Too” in literal translation, has been around for more than 45 years and is always full of people.

rujak kolam takana juo
Gula aren manually grind by a circle shaped stone.

This made-by-order Rujak is made from milled green chili, fried peanut and gula aren. Enjoyed with not just veggies but also Bihun, the versatility of the peanut sauce truly makes one in awe. Of course there are still other ingredients that make Rujak’s flavour becomes complex; such as sweet, spicy, and slight souris really a perfect Indonesian salad.

Rujak Kolam Takana Juo

Address: No. 98-96, Mahkamah Street, Mesjid
Operating Hour: 10.00 AM – 10.00 PM

All Time

You can eat at the restaurants below at any given time — most of them anyway.

60. Acuan Pek Cam Kee

acuan pek cam kee
Steamed Chicken with Sambal Kentang, Kiam Chai, Boiled egg in soy sauce

Another dish that has some Chinese influence on it is Steamed Chicken. Eaten plain, this chicken dish is a perfect healthy meal for those who are into nourishing meals.

The Asian holistic approach does not impose a rigid diet but stresses a common-sense, relaxed approach to eating in which balance is key.

Nina Simonds on ‘A Spoonful of Ginger’

In accordance of the Yin and Yang principle that spoke about dualism, the principle is also put into practice in the form of cooking. To balance the Yin (cold nature) and Yang (hot nature), each food that is cooked is essential to the health of the consumers.

Acuan Pek Cam Kee

Address: No. 151- A, Asia Street, Sei Rengas II
Operating Hour: 24 Hours

61. Dimsum & Steamboat Babura (Non Halal)

For Chinese-Medanese, this particular Dim Sum restaurant is a favorite, whether to indulge in various Dim Sum or simply family/friends gathering. The brownish ceramic walls, heaps of lighting and several Chinese lantern ornaments give of a slightly luxurious feel. (it’s nice to dress up a tiny lil’ bit before coming here)

Dimsum & Steamboat Babura

No.12, Babura Lama Street, Darat, Kec. Medan Baru, Kota Medan, Sumatera Utara 20152

62. Kwetiau Ateng (Non Halal)

Hailed as one of the top-ranking Kwetiau in Medan (in popularity as well as price), this restaurant has been visited by numerous celebrities and even government people — that’s how famous this place is. Although the price may be high, the portion they give is quite generous as well.

With chopped fish balls, shrimps, lap chiong, and chasio, I think the price is well-aligned with the quality and quantity the ingredients used. It is situated in a street filled with many star-seller as well, which mostly open at night.

Kwetiau Ateng

Adress: No. 52A, S. Parman Street, Petisah Tengah
Operating Hour: 08.00 AM – 00.30 AM

63. Mie Ahai Kangkung Belacan

mie ahai kangkung belacan
Drenched in Kangkung Belacan sauce, the noodles is rather spicy and wet.

To create a perfect dish, a good command in the kitchen is important. Producing an umami flavour needs not only the ability to control the fire setting, perfect timing, cooking duration, and balancing the ratio order of ingredients but also the chef’s natural instinct in the process.

Ahai Mie Kangkung Belacan

Address: No. 12, T. Amir Hamzah Road, Sei Agul, Kec. Medan Bar., Kota Medan, Sumatera Utara
Operating Hour: 17.00-21.00

64. Mie Rebus Hoklai (No Pork No Lard)

mie rebus hok lai
Indonesia noodles drenched in thick, savoury sauce topped with crackers

A little far from the other food hotspots, Mie Rebus Hoklai will entice your palate because of its aromatic herbs smell. The thick soup with crunchy dried shrimp would definitely make your already watery mouth flooding.

Mie Rebus Hoklai

Address: No. 52, Bambu I Street, Kampung Durian
Operating Hour: 08.00 AM – 19.00 PM (closed on Monday)

65. Bakso Ujang

bakso ujang gatsu

This stall’s not very noticeable at a glimpse, because it’s rather small comparing to the neighboring buildings. However, the big bowl of noodle and meatball soup is so comforting you wouldn’t hesitate to have it on a hot sunny day! The soup is surprisingly flavorful despite its clear texture. Plus, it’s fairly affordable!

Bakso Ujang

No.429, Gatot Subroto Road, Sei Sikambing D, Kec. Medan Petisah, Kota Medan, Sumatera Utara 20114
Operational hours : 12.00 / 13.00 – 21.00
Closed on Sundays and Mondays

66. Nasi Ayam SP3 (Non Halal)

Situated alongside other famous restaurant in Selat Panjang Street, this Nasi Ayam or Chicken Rice is just as reputable as the other restaurants. With a plate full of ingredients, you will find yourself eating until your stomach burst — hopefully not!

nasi ayam sp3 selat panjang chicken rice
Topped with sliced roast chicken, chasiu, rendang, and shrimp

Nasi Ayam SP3

Address: No.3, Selat Panjang Street
Operating Hour: 09.00 AM – 22.00 PM

67. Nasi Hainam Asli Selat Panjang (No Pork No Lard)

Just a few blocks away from the eatery above, Nasi Hainam’s rice is already worth eating on its own; the fragrant smell is rich from the spices. Even when we have the food takeaway, the rice stays as good as it is, not turning into mush like rice usually does.

nasi hainam asli selat panjang hainanese chicken rice
Legit looks so good —perfectly egg-boiled egg and crisp, non-greasy roast chicken.

Nasi Hainam Selat Panjang

Address: No. 10, Selat Panjang Street
Operating Hour: 09.00 AM – 21.00 PM

68. Nasi Padang Nusantara (Vegetarian)

Finally, here is the place for Vegetarians. Using the Padang-style of serving food, Nasi Padang Nusantara uses vegetables to re-create what had been very meaty dishes. Other than the lay-on-the-table menu, you can also find ala carte menu like their Mie Pangsit vegetarian-style.

nasi padang nusantara nasi padang vegetarian
Yes, these are all vegetarian dishes!

Nasi Padang Nusantara

Address: Bakaran Batu Street, Sei Rengas I
Operating Hour: 08.00 AM – 20.00 PM

69. Ola Kisat (Non Halal)

bpk babi panggang ola kisat
Barbecued pork that say, “come hither”

Taste the authentic Batak Tribe’s BPK in Ola Kisat, where you could enjoy barbecued pork in a more pleasant setting. Although all BPK restaurants in the list are as delicious, it needs to be noted that each has their own family’s recipes that makes them amazing in their own way.

The barbecued pork is well-seasoned and the meat soaks up all the flavour. You should get their Kidu-kidu as well per our recommendation because it neutralised the meat taste. (Psst, they also sell Ikan Arsik, one of the Batak Tribe’s classic dish).

Ola Kisat

Address: Dame Street, Sei Sikambing
Operating Hour: 08.00 AM – 20.00 PM (Monday to Saturday)
08.00 AM – 17.00 PM (Sunday)

70. Tip Top Restaurant

Stepping into this traditional looking restaurant that was built in 1934, it feels as if time stops in that era as well. The Dutch influence on the cuisines and the decoration as well as the combination of traditional Indonesia’s style blend together in a very beautiful way, creating a place that withstand the modernisation through time. (Do try their cakes — it’s the local favourites).

Author’s Note: It’s located near Tjong A Fie mansion as well at the Kesawan District.

Tip Top Restaurant

Address: No. 92 A-B, Jenderal Ahmad Yani Street, Kesawan
Operating Hour: 08.00 AM – 22.30 PM

71. Lembur Kuring Indonesian Restaurant

The most well-known and old Sunda-style Restaurant is Lembur Kuring. An array of delectable dishes that is just delicious from the appetiser to the main menu as well as cold freshly squeezed juices, this restaurant has definitely proved itself time and time again with the consistency in flavour they put on the table.

crab in spicy sauce lembur kuring
Crab in Spesial Lembur Kuring Spicy Sauce

Restoran Lembur Kuring

Address: No. 85, T. Amir Hamzah Street, Helvetia
Operating Hour: 11.00 AM – 22.00 PM

72. Miramar Restaurant

Another legendary Indonesian restaurant that you must try when visiting Medan is Miramar Restaurant.

Miramar Restaurant

No.11 ABC, Pemuda Road,A U R, Kec. Medan Maimun, Kota Medan, Sumatera Utara 20212

73. Warung Nasi Memeng

warung nasi memeng
The sambal is exquisite here.

Branching out from the main restaurant in Siantar, Warung Nasi Memeng is like other rice stalls — they have their dishes out on the stall so you choose whichever you feel like eating. The basic of family recipe is important, because that is what makes one’s eatery differ from another.

Nasi Memeng Cab. Siantar

Address: No. 271, Wahidin Street, Pandau Hulu II
Operating Hour: 10.00 AM -16.00 PM

Small Bites:

74. Kue Gunting Acek Akiong (No Pork No Lard)

To immerse oneself in another’s culture truly needs us to understand and explore the most basic local favorites — uhm, I mean children’s favourites. Perhaps our childhood best memory (at least mine) came in a form of eating snacks during school or tutorial break. There will always be an uncle or auntie waiting outside the gate with their motorcycle/bicycle and a box of fried stuffs we called ‘Kue Gunting’ inside the box. What an awesome memory, really.

Jajanan Kue Gunting Acek Akiong

You can order through this number: +6281361569590
Usually stays in Besi Street market in the morning

75. Pecel Mba Supiah

pecel mbak supiah
A plate of Pecel, especially good for those enjoy peanut sauce!

If you’re finding yourself on a low-budget but craving for a good meal that won’t rob your pocket, you can always try out another Pecel dish. Noodles drenched in peanut sauce and topped with some crackers, honestly it’s as filling as any other expensive dishes do.

Pecel Mba Supia

Address: No. 21A, Sei Putih Baru Street, Babura
Operating Hour: 08.00 AM – 15.00 PM

76. Tahu Isi Ny. Endang

Tahu Isi is quite a popular snack in Indonesia, particularly in Medan. White tofu is filled with julienned vegetables, then dunked in batter and deep-fried. Although you can find it at some restaurants, Tahu Isi Ny. Endang is one of the most legendary (if not famous).

Although deep-fried, it comes out less oily than you think. The super crunchy, batter-fried tofu is just a perfect match to the savory and slightly sweet filling! By the way, they have other fried snack options, but I personally have never tried them before (not that I remember).

Tahu Isi Ny. Endang

Muara Takus Street, Madras Hulu, Kec. Medan Polonia, Kota Medan, Sumatera Utara 20152

77. Ai Moka

ai moka medan

As far as I remember, they didn’t have a brand name when I was a child. Nonetheless, I’ve always loved their cute and pretty mini cakes.

Now, they’ve grown a household name and expanded their business line as well – being a humble eatery with Main Course choices. Of course they still serve their nostalgic desserts!

Ai Moka Bakery, Cafe & Catering

No.19/225A, S. Parman Road, Petisah Hulu, Kec. Medan Baru, Kota Medan, Sumatera Utara 20153

78. Burger Logam (No Pork No Lard)

burger logam

You might roll your eyes when I mentioned burger as a must-try food in Medan, but trust me, this one’s different! Locals love their flavorful homemade pork patties, served with excellent hospitality from the owner. No doubt this is one of the best Pork Burger in town!

However, the owners have gone through so much ups and downs in building this business.

Burger Logam

Located in an intersection between Asia Road and Logam Street, Sei Rengas II, Medan Area, Medan City, North Sumatra 20214
Operating hours: 11.00-22.30

79. Martabak Piring Kapuas

Entitled as the best Martabak Piring in Medan (by us), this thin crispy martabak (or perhaps you can call it pancake but martabak has different meaning so it’s not literal translation!) is perhaps the first one that appeared in Medan. Long story short, you will find two types of sweet Martabak: thin and thick. The thinner one is generally crispier in texture while the thicker one is usually denser and soaks more filling.

Martabak Piring Sejak Dulu

Address: At the intersection between Kapuas Street and Sutomo Street.
Operating Hour: 18.00 PM – 00.00 PM

80. Martabak Piring Murni

Situated at the intersection between Selat Panjang Street and Bogor Street, this Martabak Piring exploded in popularity after an exposure on a national TV by having a meses sponsor. (Meses is the short, thin chocolate thingy sprinkle in the martabak).

When you reach the intersection of this road that is exceptionally busy at night, the aromatic scent of butter and sugar would have already hit your nose. Just approach the seller and buy some of those precarious snacks (for your health)!

martabak piring murni

Martabak Piring Murni

Address: No.43, Tjong Yong Hian Street, Ps. Baru
Operating Hour: 17.30 PM – 23.30 PM

81. Martabak Piring Anton

martabak piring anton

The fragrant smell from the dough would surely lure you into trying these sweet, crispy snack! Loaded with generous toppings of your choice, it’s so addictive you’d finish the whole bag in a blink of an eye! No wonder it’s one of Janice’s favorites.

Martabak Piring Anton

Tjong Yong Hian Street, Ps. Baru, Kec. Medan Kota, Kota Medan, Sumatera Utara 20212
19.00-23.00 (closed on Saturdays)

82. Yurich Martabak & Kebab House

For those who enjoy the thick, buttery Martabak Manis, you surely need to visit Martabak Yurich. Famed for creating the first Black Martabak called the Orchis (oreo + cheese), you certainly need to try it. Once I had my first taste of it, I never look back. (Disclaimer: everyone’s preference is different!)

Yurich Martabak & Kebab House

Address: No. 8H, Putri Merak Jingga Street, Kesawan
Operating Hour: 10.00 AM – 23.30 PM

83. Mei Cin Pancake Durian

mei cin durian pancake

Calling out all Durian lovers, here’s another way to eat said Durian: wrapped in a soft green or yellow dough and eat it cold!

If you think that once a Durian is made into these pancakes, they will taste less like a Durian. Well, be prepared to be awed instead. With strong Durian smell and no preservatives as well as colouring, this plate of cold dessert is truly an easy way of eating Durian.

Mei Cin Pancake Durian

Address: No. 3E, Ketapang Street, Sekip
Operating Hour: 06.00 AM – 21.00 PM

84. Sate Padang Pak Kumis

sate padang pak kumis

No journey to Medan is complete without trying this hearty and spicy snack. Barbequed, marinated meat of your choice (usually chicken or beef, but it can vary across stalls) is drenched with super thick curry-like gravy, then sprinkled with heaps of fried shallots. You can choose whether to have Lontong (rice cake) as a side dish.

Padang sauce may differ from one stall to another, but this one in particular is not very spicy and a bit sweet – a perfect match to their thick cut of meat!

Sate Padang Pak Kumis

Just walk straight in from Thamrin Plaza towards Pasar Rame

85. Pecel dan Uyen Akhiun (No Pork No Lard)

When it comes to travelling and exploring, walking all over the city is inescapable. You might find yourself getting hungry around afternoon and looking for some small bites to appease your belly. This stall selling Pecel and Uyen (fried taro) can be an option for your afternoon snacks.

Pecel and Uyen Akhiun

Address: No. 84C, Sabaruddin Street, Sei Rengas II
Operating Hour: 11.00 AM – 18.00 PM (closed on Thursday)

86. Sate Padang Ajo Tilak

sate ajo jl tilak

Apart from the big chunks of meat, what I like from this Sate Padang stall is their fragrant sauce (although it’s a bit too spicy for me).

The price could be a bit premium for students, so they would have to think of a way to enjoy this dish without worrying much about their cash balance. One of which is shared by Leo!

Sate Ajo Jl. Tilak

Tilak Street, Sei Rengas I, Kec. Medan Kota, Kota Medan, Sumatera Utara 20211
Operating hours: 14.00 – 17.30

87. Popiah Atak Yoserizal (Non Halal)

The King of Popiah (Spring Rolls) — as we call it. The reason is simple: it’s super good. Sold in two different ways: steamed and fried, this Popiah could get you nodding your head in agreement after the first bite.

Their popularity lies in the fact they use crab meat as well as chasio in their Popiah (sort of like Vietnamese spring roll, but different dough is used for the roll). Most Popiah uses chicken and veggies to cater to the Muslims as well but they took another way to create a difference, and it works.

atak pok pia

Popiah Atak Yose Rizal

No.113, Tilak Street, Sei Rengas I, Medan Kota, Medan City, North Sumatra 20211

88. Sate Kacang Yose Rizal at Kopi 101 (Non Halal)

It is not easy to find pork satay in Medan, despite the numerous Chasio and Siobak stalls that are spread all around the city. Because of its sweet nature, pork satay is best served with peanut sauce, which this stall does. Drenching the Satay with peanut sauce instead of Padang sauce does have its own attractiveness.

sate kacang yoserizal pork satay

Kopi 101

Address: No. 75/125, Yose Rizal Street, Sei Rengas II
Operating Hour: 17.00 PM – 21.00 PM

89. Sate Memeng

Indonesia as a whole is famous for its spicy dishes. Here at Sate Memeng, you can challenge yourself with the spice and see if it’s spicy enough for your tongue. We think that their Mie Rebus is better, so do try it out as well!

sate kacang memeng peanut satay

Sate Memeng

Address: No. 2, Buntu Alley, Irian Barat Street, at the Nusantara Street Intersecton
Operating Hour: 18.00 PM – 23.00 PM

90. Sate Blora Istimewa

sate blora istimewa

Imagine this – satay meat drenched in thick, sweet soy sauce, then sprinkled with chunks of cabbage and shredded onion, and finally topped with pepper. Sounds like heaven for sweet satay lovers, no?

And if that’s not enough, you’ll also get a clear soup with pieces of tomato, carrots and parsley. To make it hearty, enjoy it with a nice plate of rice or Lontong a.k.a rice cakes.

Sate Blora Istimewa

No.222, Setia Budi Road, Tj. Rejo, Kec. Medan Sunggal, Kota Medan, Sumatera Utara 20154

91. Sate Triadi

The distinction between this Satay stall and the others lies in the fact that they offer a varieties of different Satays. From chicken to squid, the array of skewers they have make them a Satay spot to keep coming back to.

Author’s Note: The sauce is quite spicy for me; had to down 2 cups of tea to minimise the heat.

Sate Triadi

Address: No. 30, Malaka Street, Pandau Hilir
Operating Hour: 15:00 PM – 22.00 PM (closed on weekends)

92. Sate Madura Sakera Krakatau

In a glimpse, you won’t find much difference with Sate Kacang. However, the owner explained that Sate Madura’s (Madura-style Satay) sauce uses more sweet soy sauce, so it tastes rather sweet. The meat inside the satay itself is a lot smaller than that in Sate Padang or Sate Kacang.

Another unique thing about Sate Madura is noticeable when you order a takeaway. Rather than the mainstream style of packaging, Sate Madura is packed like a cone.

Sate Madura Cak Sakera

No.64a, Gunung Krakatau Road, Glugur Darat II, Kec. Medan Tim., Kota Medan, Sumatera Utara 20236
Jam Buka : 17.00 – 00.30

93. Bo Cio Pai Karipok

“Karipok” is simply a mispronunciation of “Curry Puff”, just to give you an idea of what my next recommendation would be.

The difference here is that they add a slice of boiled egg to add more texture, instead of just the mushy (but good) potato curry. Another thing that wows me is their creativity – I mean, Blackpepper, Peanuts, Tuna Bolognaise and Carbonara Curry Puffs? You sure won’t find it anywhere else!

Anyway, what does “Bo Cio Pai” mean? In Hokkian, it means “no brand” or “no trade name”. But the funny thing is, it eventually became their brand name!

Bo Cio Pai Karipok

No.64, Kol. Yos Sudarso Road, Glugur Kota, Kec. Medan Bar., Kota Medan, Sumatera Utara 20235
Jam Operasional: 10.00-18.00 (Minggu dan hari besar tutup)

94. Tok Tok Ahuat (Non Halal)

tok tok ahuat

Tok Tok is a very classic dish consisting of pig intestines, topped with several sides, and then drenched in gooey brown sauce. The name is derived from the sound the owner makes when roaming around selling this dish – a wooden stick beaten onto another one on a bicycle.

The reason this Tok Tok is a recommendation because the intestines are super clean, so there won’t be any funny smell or taste. The sauce base itself is made of palm sugar, so the overall taste would be a bit sweet.

Tok Tok Ahuat

Usually roams around Asia Mega Mas area
Operating hours: 11.00-18.00 (he takes a break at 14.00)
Or, you can contact them first via phone: 0813 7566 0375

95. Bika Ambon Acai

bika ambon acai

Make sure to leave Medan carrying these special souvenirs: Bika Ambon! It’s a sweet, spongy cake with a bright yellow color.

Although there’s “Ambon” (capital city of Maluku province) in its name, this delicacy is believed to have been originated in Medan. Turning back 40 years ago, Bika Ambon was first made at Ambon Street, which later became popular and eventually became a Medanese souvenir.

Today, you can find almost a whole street specializing in this sweet treat: Mojopahit Street.

Bika Ambon & Lapis Legit Acai

No.24 A, Mojopahit Street, Petisah Tengah, Kec. Medan Petisah, Kota Medan, Sumatera Utara 20112

96. Toko Kue Banyumas

toko kue banyumas traditional cake shop

Still in the heart of the city, this place is right in a mall next to the bustling Pasar Ramai. You have to go down the stairs — not up, to get to the bread stall. Once you stepped into the mall like basement, the aromatic smell that hints you of freshly baked breads would sell them out immediately. Look out for their baked goods — any kind really.

toko kue banyumas traditional cake shop

Toko Kue Banyumas

Address: 1st floor Thamrin Plaza, MH Thamrin Street, Pandau Hulu I
Operating Hour: 10.00 AM – 22.00 PM

97. Toko Kue Phin-Phin (No Pork No Lard)

toko kue phin phin traditional cake shop
This is Lemper (used to be my fav until I can’t eat too much of glutinous rice)

Talking about small bites, do you know there are more or less than 75 types of traditional Indonesian snack? There is Lemper — a glutinous rice filled with shredded, savoury chicken that used to be my favourite when I was a child. Toko Kue Phin-Phin presents most of these delicate snacks at your convenience; you just need to visit the shop.

toko kue phin phin traditional cake shop
Love this Dadar Gulung as well!

Toko Kue Phin-Phin

Address: No. 32-34, Dewa Ruci Street, Petisah Tengah
Operating Hour: 08.00 AM – 17.30 PM (Monday to Saturday)
08.00 AM – 16.30 PM (Sunday)

98. Putu Bambu Sudi Mampir and Asia Baru

There are two stalls selling this sweet snack in Asia road, just a few blocks away from each other. Both sells the same Putu Bambu, but with several, almost unnoticeable differences. If you ask locals, their opinions are divided – some prefer Sudi Mampir, and others prefer Asia Baru.

In that case, you’ll have to try them both to decide your favorite!

Putu Bambu Sudi Mampir

Putu Bambu Sudi Mampir
No.138, Asia Street, Sei Rengas I, Kec. Medan Kota, Kota Medan, Sumatera Utara 20211
16.45-23.40; 16.45-23.00 (Sunday)

Putu Bambu Asia Baru
No.144, Asia Street, Sei Rengas I, Kec. Medan Kota, Kota Medan, Sumatera Utara 20211

Durian Special!

Southeast Asia’s most famous/infamous fruit, the King of Fruits, Durian awaits you all to come and taste it. A lil’ bit of knowledge, although Durian is aplenty all around the country and at the neighbouring countries, when you test them all, you will find that each of them taste differently from each other. So if you’ve tried one from other areas, don’t think you’ve tried it all (cause I, myself, is still attempting to try all the Durians I can find).

99. Durian Bolang

bolang durian

Nowadays, it is easier to carry durian through the aircraft inspection because the seller would pack them and seal them ’till no durian scent can be smelt anymore. But honestly, how can anyone resist this goodness?

Durian Bolang

Address: No. 75 C-D, Iskandar Muda Street, Babura
Operating Hour: 24 Hour

100. Durian Ucok

ucok durian
Used to look like this.

A Durian haven for the Durian lovers, this spot does not need introduction. Most of the people who come to Medan would definitely visit this spot, that’s how mainstream this place but still, they are trustworthy to bring you good durian.

Durian Ucok

Address: No. 30-32, K.H. Wahid Hasyim Street, Babura
Operating Hour: 24 Hours

Great job! You’ve made through the super long list although there are more in actuality (it’s up to you to make through it…). Here is a map for you to see the whole area to help you with the itinerary.

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