I thought my search for the best bakso have found its finale when I tasted Bakso Jagalan Surabaya a while ago. I couldn’t be more wrong. There’s a new kid on the block who’s gaining popularity among the Northerners and I trust their taste buds as they are picky beings. Rarely an establishment in PIK is that crowded during lunch hour unless it is that good in pleasing the tongue.
Bakso Aan PIK is a typical Medan-shophouse kind of rumah makan. They put in as many tables as humanly possible to make the most of peak hours. One Ncek or Ncim in plain tees and crocs sandal sits behind the cashier overseeing the waiter and waitress while playing online games or betting on stocks. Minimum A/C. No music to liven up the ambience.
The only sound you’ll hear are the noise of chatter, people slurping the tasty broth and the oooh and aaah they do during mouthgasm.
Despite all the drawbacks, people are willing to pay IDR 35K for a bowl of meatball. I don’t mind too. I’ve been here more than three times in just two weeks time. I guess it’s true that the way to a man’s heart is through his belly.
Bakso Aan PIK serves the important elements right. The soup is wonderfully seasoned, umami-meaty but still relatively light bodied and doesn’t leave you feeling bloated afterwards. The kind that would make you want more and more until the last drop. Not all the meatballs are inspiring though. Their fish ball for instance is mediocre at best, but their bakso urat is one of a kind, great texture and flavor. You’ll see the difference when you slice them in half.
I guess I’ve spent enough adjectives to describe the superiority of Bakso Aan PIK. But in case you are the lazy reader type, and you skimmed through all the paragraphs above, just remember this: you don’t want to miss this one out.
Bakso Aan PIK
Ruko Elang Laut
Jl. Elang Laut Boulevard / Pantai Indah Selatan 1
Pantai Indah Kapuk
(Right next to Pala Adas Restaurant)
Everyday 10AM – 10PM
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