Another city in Indonesia that is famous for having unique culinary is Bogor city. Located on West Java, Bogor has various foods and beverages. They mostly are heavy snacks or light meals. So you could stuff much of those in one day. Now for your reference, here are several menus that you can try out while you are in the city.
Soto Mie is a noodle soup dish. In Bogor, this is indeed the most favored food. You can eat it as meal or heavy snack, depending on your stomach capacity. Soto Mie has a delicious savory flavor that came mostly from the beef broth on the gravy.
A serving of Soto Mie consists of noodles (made from flour and egg), rice vermicelli, beef tendon, sliced risole (spring rolls stuffed with rice vermicelli and vegetables), tomato, cabbage, potato, celery, fried shallot sprinkles, and beef broth. While serving it, the vendor usually also provide some extra condiments for you to add if you like. The condiments are sambal (chili paste), lime, soy sauce, and ketchup sauce. Soto Mie is also usually served with emping (chips made from Gnetum gnemon).
Soto Mie is the most common dish to be found in Bogor. If you go around the city, you can easily find plenty of Soto Mie vendors with humble stalls or stands lining up at the side of the streets. Some of the popular vendors are:
- Mang Ohim on Yasmin Area
- Super Soto on Jalan Artzimar
- Soto Mie Agih on Jalan Suryakencana
- Saskatoon on Ruko Sentra Eropa Blok F 37
Cungkring is a traditional dish similar to satay made from cow’s foot or head. Unlike satay, cungkring is not grilled. Instead, the meat is first cooked with turmeric and other spices until it turns yellow and the texture is rubbery yet soft. The meat is then skewed on a stick, like satay. It is then poured with sweet and savory peanut sauce on top of it.
Cungkring is usually served with steamed rice or lontong (rice cake with bland flavor). To complement it, you can also have some side dishes such as fried tempeh or oncom. It can also be served with steamed glutinous rice with grated coconut. Similar to Soto Mie, Cungkring vendors can mostly be found on the street stalls. If you buy cungkring from the street stalls, the dish will be served on banana leaf instead of plate. Sometimes, cungkring is not skewed like satay but you will be given a stick to help you eat the meat using your hand. In Bogor, the most popular Cungkring vendor is Pak Jumad on Jalan Suryakencana. Be there on the morning as he runs out of Cungkring pretty quickly.
Toge Goreng means Fried Beansprout. The dish indeed consists of beansprout, but it isn’t fried. Instead, the beansprout is boiled. The beansprout is then served with diced fried tofu and egg noodles. The serving is then poured with a unique sauce made from peanut, shallot, garlic, tauco (sauce made from fermented soy), oncom (sweet fermented tempeh), scallion, tomato, and soy sauce.
Toge Goreng is rich in flavors. It is savory and rather sweet and sour. If you like spicy food, you can also ask the vendor to add some chili. Spicy Toge Goreng is more popular as it matches perfectly with the savory taste of it. This dish can be enjoyed as snacks or as meal. If you want to eat it as meal, you can ask the vendors to add ketupat (rice cake with bland flavor) on your serving as the source of carbs.
There are many Toge Goreng vendors with stall along the streets. You can also visit some stands that are already popular in Bogor such as:
- Toge Goreng Pak Inin on Jalan Juanda
- Mang Gebro Putra on Jalan Pengadilan
- Pak Iwon on Jalan Pajajaran
- Ibu Omah on Jalan Sudirman
- Ma Evon on Jalan Suryakencana
Doclang is a ketupat dish that is similar to Kupat Tahu from Bandung. Instead of ketupat, Doclang uses lontong as its source of carb. Basically, both of them are the same. The difference is just the shape and wrapping. On Doclang, the serving includes lontong, potato, fried tofu, hard boiled eggs, and kerupuk (chips). It is then poured with sweet savory sauce made of roughly mashed peanut and spices. You can customize the flavors a little bit by adding soy sauce and sambal (chili paste) as extra condiments.
Mostly, Doclang is consumed as breakfast. If you go around the city of Bogor in the morning, you can spot many vendors walking around offering Doclang to the people passing by. Some Doclang vendors stay on the same spots. For your reference, here are some popular Doclang stands in Bogor:
- Doclang Pak Odik on Jalan Pasir Kuda
- Doclang Ole2 Bandung on Jalan Mantarena (Jembatan Merah Area)
- Doclang Pak Acim on Jalan Raya Bogor Leuwiliang
We already have four heavy snack or meal menus from Bogor. Now, it is time for something lighter. Asinan Bogor is a salad-like dish with sour and spicy taste. The word “asin” itself means “salty”. So indeed, the dish is a little bit salty too.
There are two kinds of Asinan Bogor; fruits and vegetables. Fruity Asinan Bogor usually consists of raw mango, papaya, water apple, nutmeg, and pineapple. Meanwhile Veggie Asinan Bogor usually consists of beansprout, cabbage, carrot, fermented mustard greens, cucumber, and radish. Both Asinan will be poured with sour sauce and sprinkled with fried peanuts. If you like spicy food, you can add some chili paste on it.
Asinan Bogor is not recommended for breakfast as the sour and spicy taste might cause stomachache. It is best to eat it on the late afternoon or as a dessert after lunch. The flavor of this dish could really refresh your mind and boost your mood to continue your day. Recommended places to get Asinan Bogor:
- Asinan Sedap Gedung Dalam on Jalan Siliwangi
- Asinan Ny. Yeni on Jalan Binamarga
- Asinan Dewi Sri on Jalan Padjadjaran
Now is time for the most refreshing beverage in Bogor; Es Pala (Nutmeg Ice). Simple as its name, the beverage uses nutmeg and ice as main ingredients. The serving consists of sliced nutmeg, ice blocks, sugar, water, and a little pinch of salt. The nutmeg gives unique aroma of the beverage that makes you drool, especially if you buy it on a hot sunny day.
This beverage does not only taste delicious and refreshing, but it is also healthy. As you might have known, nutmeg is effective to cure insomnia, smoothen up digestion system, and even reduce menstruation pain. Modern version of Es Pala is available on a packaged plastic on supermarket. But if you want the natural one, you can simply visit one of these stands:
- Es Mangga dan Pala Aming on Jalan Suryakencana
- De’Leuit Restaurant on Jalan Pakuan
- Es Pala Pak Ujang on Jalan Suryakencana
Hunting for culinary in Bogor city is very easy. Almost on every major street, you can find plenty stalls lining up, offering various kinds of foods or beverages. The prices are incredibly affordable so you could totally go crazy about it.
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