Market Feature #4 : Pasar Modern – Bintaro’s Fresh Produce Market

indonesian cooking staple ingredients
Moving to a new city is difficult at the best of times and establishing where to source quality produce was on the top of the list for both Liz and myself (along with finding a good medical clinic, dentist, hairdresser….oh that list was long!!!) Anyway, when a friend of ours, who we shall refer to as ‘KA’ mentioned that she regularly shopped at Bintaro’s Pasar Modern, our ears pricked up. ‘Tell us more!’ we beckoned. You see, the best advice will usually come from others who have been out and about exploring and as KA had been in Jakarta for a year or so longer than us, she was the master and We..? her apprentices.

KA knew how to use her time with efficiency. Her daughter attended a school in Bintaro (south-west Jakarta) and each morning KA would accompany her to school. Rather than battle the return traffic, KA would head straight to Pasar Modern to do her shopping. By the time she had finished and grabbed a take away refreshment (we suggest nearby Lot 9 for fantastic coffee), the traffic had thinned out and she returned home with minimal delay (by Jakarta standards, anyway!)

So today we visit the fourth pasar in our ajb Market Feature SeriesIn the spirit of ‘a picture tells a thousand stories’, herewith is Pasar Modern. We hope you enjoy.

selection of sayur-sayuran segar
A selection of the fresh western and traditional fruit and vegetables on offer at Pasar Modern, Bintaro

 

A morning shopper inspects the freshness of the produce
A morning shopper inspects the freshness of the produce

 

Sayur-sayuran segar (fresh vegetables), including snake beans
Sayur-sayuran segar (fresh vegetables), including snake beans

 

Terong (egg plant) and Oyong
Terong (egg plant) and Oyong are some of the vegetables regularly featured in local dishes

 

jambu merah (guava) dan jambu air (rose apples)
Pisang (bananas), Alpokat (avocados), Jambu merah (guava) and Jambu air (rose apples)

 

Jack fruit (or 'nangka' or 'gori' in Javanese)
Ripe jackfruit (nangka or gori‘ in Javanese) is either eaten unaccompanied or sliced and mixed with shaved ice as a dessert. It can also be dried and fried as a snack. Young jackfruit is often added to curries.

 

Cassava (or in Bahasa Indonesia, 'singkong')
Cassava (or in Bahasa Indonesia, singkong)

 

Kenalkan Pak Sofian (say hello to Mr Sofian) who will be keen to tell you all about his fresh produce
Kenalkan Pak Sofian (say hello to Mr Sofian) who will be keen to tell you all about his fresh produce including how to use the papaya flowers (stored in the plastic bags overhead).

 

Liz and I delighted in his chatting to this vendor. He told us that this dried, salted fish was from London. A great sense of humour!
Liz and I delighted in chatting to this vendor. He told us that this dried, salted fish was from London. You’ve got to love a great sense of humour!

 

Dried, salted fish
Dried and salted fish and prawns (ikan dan udang asin)

 

Fresh squid (Ikan cumi-cumi)
Fresh squid (Ikan cumi-cumi segar)

 

Shimmering mackeral
Shimmering mackerel

 

black rice
Black rice (beras hitam) is just one of the many varieties of rice available

 

KA’s recommendations at Pasar Modern
Fresh fruit and vegetables
Fresh salmon (get in early for guaranteed freshness)
Siomay* and pastels* (from Pastellia – details below)

This is a must stop! This is where KA would buy all her pastels and siomay (and a selection of traditional cakes too)!
This is a must stop! Toko Pastellia is where KA would buy all her pastels* and siomay* (and a selection of traditional cakes too)!

 

Don't forget to grab a selection of traditional Indonesian cakes on your way out at 'Pastiella' located in the entrance to Pasar Modern
Don’t forget to grab a selection of traditional Indonesian cakes on your way out at Pastellia –  located in the entrance to Pasar Modern

Our impression of Pasar Modern Bintaro
Pasar Modern in Bintaro is bright and welcoming. As a single level market, it is easy to work your way along the wide aisles without having to negotiate steps. Liz and I visited mid-week (mid-morning) and the pasar was far from crowded. Vendors were keen to chat and some looked at us with a sense of curiosity (in a friendly way), inviting us over to find out why we were photographing everything within lenses-reach. Surrounding the pasar are individual shops selling everything from children’s ware to homeware & specialist cookware as well as a plethora of local bakeries. Plenty of parking is available around the perimeter of the pasar.

Our verdict? Pasar Modern is a clean and very accessible market. It is well worth a visit.

 

We have been out and about exploring Jakarta’s pasars. Check out our other Pasar feature posts by clicking below. If you have visited any of them, please let us know in the Comments section at the bottom of each post. We always love hearing from you!

Pasar Santa – close to Senopati, South Jakarta
Pasar Mayestik – Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta
Pasar Pagi – located in Glodok area in north-west Jakarta

Advice when visiting local pasars
1. Wear light, cotton clothing that covers your shoulders
2. Wear closed-toe shoes (especially important as the floors can be wet)
3. Drink water as the markets are rarely air-conditioned and can be hot
4. Go with a friend and share the adventure – together you can bargain more effectively and be a support to  each other
5. Take time to walk around and check out which stalls are selling the best quality product. If you become a loyal customer, the vendor will reward you with even better service, good quality product and a more flexible price point
6. Be friendly and engage in conversation with the vendors as they will be keen to have a chat! Try using your Bahasa Indonesia – even if you only have a little (check out our Useful words and phrases in Bahasa Indonesia)
7. Don’t be afraid to ask about unfamiliar produce and how it can be used
8. Smile! Don’t screw up your face if things look different, smell different etc. It’s all part of the adventure!

A smiling vendor prepares the sate for gado-gado using a traditional mortar & pestle (cobek ulek-ulek)
A smiling vendor prepares the peanut sauce for gado-gado using a traditional mortar & pestle (cobek ulek-ulek)

 

*pastel: An Indonesian pastel is a type of savoury snack consisting of thin pie pastry filled with meat (usually chicken), chopped carrot and beans, rice noodle and sometimes egg. It is then deep fried. Pastel are generally consumed as a cold snack and commonly sold in Indonesian traditional markets.

*siomay: an Indonesian steamed dumpling, and although ubiquitous throughout Indonesia, the most famous siomay are from Bandung in West Java. Siomay can be found in street-side food stalls, kaki-lima*, bicycle vendors, and restaurants. Siomay are similar to Chinese dim sum and like lumpia and bakso, their origin can be traced back to Chinese cuisine.

*kaki-lima: travelling food carts

Pasar Modern Bintaro Jaya
Jl. Jendral Sudirman
Pusat Kawasan Niaga Bintaro Jaya sektor 7
Pondok Aren, Banten 15224, Indonesia
Open hours: 4am – 5pm
Phone: 021 7453322

How to get to Pasar Modern in Bintaro
From South Jakarta: Take Jakarta Outer Ring Road Toll towards Jakarta-Serpong Toll Road, then take the Exit 04 Pondok Aren/Bintaro. From North Jakarta & North Tangerang: Get on Jl. Tol Prof. Sedyatmo and take the exit toward Kamal to merge onto Jakarta Outer Ring Road towards Jakarta – Serpong Toll Road. Take the Exit 04 Pondok Aren/Bintaro.

Pastellia – Siomay and Pastel Shop
Pasar Modern Bintaro Jaya
Jl. Bintaro Utama, Pondok Raya
Pondok Aren, 15224 Tangerang
Banten

Lot 9 Coffee
No 15229
Jl. Bintaro Utama No.48, Pd. Aren
Tangerang Selatan
Banten
Phone: 021 22210455

 

Words: Jo    Photography: a journey bespoke

 

 

Comments

    • ajourneybespoke says

      It was Helen. We know that you appreciate quality produce, so it would be worth your while visiting this pasar when you are next in Jakarta. The amazing variety of fruits and vegetables is a visual delight.

    • ajourneybespoke says

      Hi Grant, after KA recommended the pasar to us, we were particularly happy to find the produce to be as fresh as KA had suggested. It’s nice to know that there are many pasars in Jakarta that offer consistently good produce. Thanks for the feedback on the pics too 🙂

  1. Leesa says

    Thank you for your reviews on the pasar! I’m migrating together with my husband and 2 boys to Jakarta this December 2017. The boys will be going to British International School in Bintaro … i guess it’ll be good to stop by to do some marketing before going back to our house in Pondok Indah? 🙂

    • ajourneybespoke says

      Hi Leesa! How exciting that you’ll be joining us in Jakarta soon. Hopefully you love it as much as we do. Yes, definitely Pasar Modern is a great place to shop when you’ve dropped your boys at school. It’s a clean and friendly market where you will access lots of fresh produce (and be able to practice your Bahasa Indonesia as well). Best wishes as you prepare for your imminent relocation. 🙂

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