[Jakarta] If Beijing has Peking duck, then Bali has Crispy Duck.
The dish was originated in the area of Ubud, Bali where each duck is carefully seasoned, steamed or boiled then deep-fried, served with jasmine rice, vegetable and sambal(s) condiments.
It was so well known locally (even internationally) that it did not take too much time for Balinese Crispy Duck to reach Jakarta’s shore.
Chains of Balinese Crispy Duck eateries soon began to pop up throughout the city.
My personal favorite place to get this duck is at HolyDuck – a casual Balinese restaurant which specialize in crispy Balinese Duck of Bebek Goreng.
HolyDuck can be found at the second floor of Holywings in PIK (Pantai Indah Kapuk) area, North Jakarta.
The restaurant interior is done up with Balinese vibes, added with some murals and Indonesian instrumental songs playing in the background.
One bite is all it takes, and I knew right away why they called themselves Holy Duck.
The Signature Crispy Duck (IDR 88k, SGD8.80) was fried just right, complete with soft texture of the meat and seasoning that got up to the bones.
The crispiness was … seductive.
Even some of the boney parts were crispy, cracked ever so lightly and not too greasy.
Served with rice, Balinese Urap and three sambals condiments, the sambals truly add another factor to the duck itself.
Without any doubt, I dare to say that their crispy duck is the best in town. Highly addictive.
If you need more spiciness in your life, then order the “Bebek Lombok Ijo” (IDR 88k, SGD8.80) aka “Duck with Green Chilis”.
The crispy duck was served with rice, urap and sambals condiments, with the eye-catching green chilies spread on top of the duck.
Four different sambals condiments to complement the duck to ensure a spicy treat.
If you don’t fancy a duck, fear not as they do serve up chicken dishes.
I ordered their grilled chicken Ayam Bakar (IDR 72k, SGD7.20) – tender and well marinated.
The Balinese traditional satay Sate Lilit (IDR 35k, SGD 3.50) consisted of fish and chicken meat, wrapped around lemongrass stick, served with fragrant Balinese spices.
Although not their specialty, this Sate Ayam Tabanan (IDR 30k, SGD3) did impress me.
The chicken meat was seasoned well till sweet and savory, served with peanut sauce and kecap manis (sweet soy).
To soothe myself from the ‘heaty’ sambals, I ordered the Es Cincau (IDR 22k, SGD2.20), a glass of grass jelly drink top with rose syrup.
Definitely a refreshing drink to finish off the meal.
If you are craving for some Balinese crispy duck, then Holy Duck is the right place to get your craving fixed, with reasonable pricing, fresh ingredients, and fast service.
Ruko Crown Golf Blok B No. 52-56 Lantai 2, Jalan Marina Indah, Pantai Indah Kapuk, Jakarta Utara 14460
Tel: +62 811 885 1186
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm (Mon – Sun)
Google Maps – HolyDuck
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* Written by DFD͛’s Jakarta Food Correspondent @iknowhowtoeat who loves exploring NEW food places in both Indonesia and Singapore. DFD pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.