Yogyakarta is indeed a heaven for tourists. But after a day of strolling the town down, how about recharging your energy with meals? If you’re new to the city, and the foods may appear to be alien. Don’t stress and just read on. Listed below are the best local foods that you have to try when you are in Yogyakarta.
Gudeg: Specialty of Jogja
Request Indonesians about the food in Jogja, and they’ll give you one response to your question: Gudeg! It is a dish created by jackfruit stew. Along with coconut milk, palm sugar, and spices (pepper, salt, garlic, etc.), the raw jackfruit [known as gori] is cooked in a clay pot. As the stewing process takes hours, it’s not simple to prepare the dish. However, the final result would be worth the cooking procedure. After boiling, the Gori becomes tender and soft. Infused with spices and the sugar, the work becomes sweet.
Since Greg is cooked for hours, the food won’t quickly go bad, and you may save the meals until the following day. There’s one area named Fijian street where the street is packed with gudeg warung (Indonesian style restaurant, with modest facilities and casual ceremony ) and food stalls. It’s located near Jogja’s main road of Malioboro and Merton (Javanese Royal palace) area.
Our recommendation: Locate Wang Yu Djum. It’s easy to find since it has a big banner displayed on its own facade. Why? Warung Yu Djum started since 1950, is the most adorable gudeg warung (a type of little family-owned company ) on the street. It is not without a motive. They cook the gudeg atop stove fed with firewood rather than the gas stove, which makes the process longer and as a result, the food becomes more tender along with the seasonings that seeped throughout the meal. Another thing is, rather than a chicken egg, this warung utilizes duck egg using the gudeg (it is chewier!).
Brongkos: The yummy dark beef
The next food that you’ve got to try while is Brongkos. The main ingredient with this tasty dish is beef. Like gudeg, bongos are served with white rice and best appreciated while it’s hot. For the very best Brongkos, go to Warung Handayani. Located at Yogyakarta’s Alun Alun (town square, southwest of Yogyakarta, about 2 kilometers from Malioboro street), it’s, but one of the earliest warung that sells Brongkos and the company is always good all week long, providing you a fantastic signal that this really is the best in town.
Sego Pecel: Greatest for vegetarians
Another must-try among the list is Sego Pecel. The vegetables are cooked, and the sauce dressing is spicy because it is tasty, although pecel is like salad. Spinach, bean sprouts and green bean are boiled in water, drained and served with peanut sauce.
This is a perfect food for vegetarians! If you don’t know where to find a good pecel, visit Yogyakarta popular warung pecel called Bu Wiryo near the university in Jogja, Gajah Mada University that is located in the east of Jogja. For 9,000 IDR (0.70 USD) you may get a large portion of veggies with sweeter and thicker peanut gravy. You can not possess the chili sauce separate from the dish, as it’s contained in the food, so be ready for the spice!