Fried Crispy Catfish (Pecel Lele) at Permata Mubarok 1 | Indonesian Street Food in Jakarta

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One for the many famous Indonesian foods, especially common at warungs and street food stalls is pecel lele, which is deep fried catfish. The catfish are usually pretty small, and they are lightly seasoned before being deep fried to a complete crisp.

In this video I met up with Theresia (check out her videos: and we went to a warung in the neighborhoods of Western Jakarta, a place called Permata Mubarok 1. It was a little bit of a distance from Central Jakarta, but it was located in a nice quiet little neighborhood area.

Permata Mubarok 1 specializes in all sorts of deep fried things, and pecel lele is just one of them. They also had deep fried chicken and organs, and even deep fried napa cabbage – something that I had never eaten like this before. We ordered up a selection of different deep fried items, including some pecel lele, the deep fried catfish. And you could either order plain rice or nasi uduk, which is coconut fragrant rice, and I went with nasi uduk.

Finally, pecel lele wouldn’t be the same without sambal (chili sauce). They had a couple different versions of sambal, one was more sweet and the other was more just straight up chilies and garlic pounded into a beautiful condiment.

You’ll find pecel lele all over Jakarta and Indonesia and it makes a popular and pretty tasty meal.

Permata Mubarok 1
Address: Komplek Permata Buana, Jalan Puri Kembangan, Puri Indah, Jakarta
Open hours: 5 pm – 10 pm daily
Prices: 125,000 IDR ($9.41) for 4 people.

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