I’ve heard about this place in ITC Mangga Dua that sells a delicious but pricey rujak (Indonesian spicy fruit salad) called Rujak Kolam. Apparently, it’s a rujak seller that came from Medan (North Sumatra). It was said that he used to sell rujak at Kolam Raya Medan in front of Istana Maimoon, thus it was known as Rujak Kolam.
Since I rarely went to Mangga Dua area, I kind of wandered and asked around a bit before I managed to find the place. Luckily, I accidentaly met a food blogger friend who told me the exact location of the place. It was quite crowded, but luckily we can still get a table. I ordered a portion of rujak (regular) for 26K. You can also add more kacang mete (cashew nut) or order special requests for an additional price. A special order with additional cashew nut costs about 45K per portion. Quite pricey, don’t you think?
So after a while, my order arrived. It consisted of assorted tropical fruits like pineapple, jambu air, mango, kedondong, jicama, cucumber, guava and young raw sweet potato. I have never eaten rujak with young raw sweet potato, so it’s a bit unusual for me, but the sauce was very good. It was made with palm sugar, chili, Medanese terasi (fermented shrimp paste), tamarind juice and generous amount of fried peanuts bits. It has the right consistency, spicy, sweet and yummy. The sauce is available for sale in various bottle sizes and various spicyness levels.
Besides Rujak, Warung Kolam also serves gado-gado (vegetable salad with peanut sauce), tahu goreng Medan (deep fried bean curd and assorted vegetables served with spicy sauce) and a range of Indonesian delicacies. I think I’ll be back for lunch next time, so I can try their other menu along with the rujak.
ITC Mangga Dua
Lt 3 Blok D No 20/95
Jl. Mangga Dua Raya, Mangga Dua
ph. +62(21) 70028600, 6823 5576