We have already discussed about some local culinary in Yogyakarta. But as we promised, the list was not finished yet and we still have several other menus to recommend. Needless to say more, let us just start continuing the previous list. Here we go:
1. Bale Raos Restaurant
Bale Raos is the most unique restaurant in Yogyakarta. The restaurant is located inside the area of Kraton Yogyakarta and it sells only the traditional menu of the Royal Empire. The Royal cuisine is different than the traditional cuisine you will find on random places in Yogyakarta. The menus sold here are the menus that were originally allowed to be eaten by the royal family.
On the ancient time, no commoners have ever got the chance to even cook it, let alone to taste it. But now, the Kraton Yogyakarta (Empire of Yogyakarta) has made it available for public. The recipe is still kept secret to preserve the originality. But everybody is allowed to eat it. This awesome cuisine is available only at Bale Raos Restaurant.
There are many kinds of menus served in Bale Raos Restaurant. You can try the Sultan’s favorite complete course menu which consists of Bebek Suwar-Suwir (shredded duck), Gudeg Manggar, Gadjah Ndekem (warm beverage in a clay pot), Prawan Kenes (snack made from banana and coconut milk), and Tapang Kucing (dessert made from banana and chocolate). Other unique menus are also available.
Bale Raos Restaurant is located on Jalan Manggar 1, at the backyard of Kraton Yogyakarta. The restaurant is very fancy with royal Javanese architecture and elegant lighting. The prices are various but each menu is no more than $7.5 per serving.
2. Sate Klathak
Sate Klathak is a satay of lamb pierced on the iron bars taken from bike’s wheel. The iron bars caused the heat to conduct perfectly into the inner side of the lamb chop. This causes the lamb to taste more savory and soft. Sate Klathak is only available on Yogyakarta.
While usually satay is served with thick peanut sauce and thin soy sauce, it is not like that with Sate Klathak. Sate Klathak is just served with no sauce at all. The flavors have been added to the spices prior grilling. But you can still ask for a soy sauce if you wish. A serving of Sate Klathak consists of two satays of lamb and curry gravy.
The best to eat Sate Klathak:
- Sate Klathak Pak Pong located on Jalan Imogiri Timur KM 10, Bantul
- Sate Klathak Pak Bari located on Wonokromo Village Market, Bantul
- Sate Klathak Pak Jede located on Jalan Nologaten, Jejeran, Sleman
3. Bakmi Jawa
Bakmi Jawa is Javanese noodles. Generally, there are two variants of Bakmi Jawa; a fried Bakmi Jawa and a stew one. The ingredients for both variants are pretty much similar. But the different cooking method results in different taste and texture. Stew Bakmi Jawa is usually softer in texture and lighter in taste. Meanwhile, the fried one is more savory and dry. When the weather is cold, stew bakmi jawa is much preferred because it stays warm for the longer time than the fried one.
Originally, Bakmi Jawa is cooked using traditional clay stove (called Anglo) and charcoal fire instead of modern gas stove. The noodle is cooked with duck eggs, sliced chicken, and several vegetables such as cabbage and carrot. Several spices and chilies are also added to create the flavors. Bakmi Jawa is served with fried minced shallots as toppings and also krupuk (crisp chips).
There are many humble restaurants and street stands that sell Bakmi Jawa in Yogyakarta. It is pretty easy to find one. But we recommend trying it from these legendary places:
- Bakmi Kadin located on Jalan Bintaran Kulon no. 6 and no. 3, Jogja
- Bakmi Jawa Mbah Wito located on Kemoro Sari I, Village of Piyaman Wonosari, Gunung Kidul
- Bakmi Jawa Pak Harjo Geno located on Prawirotaman Traditional Market, Jalan Parangtritis, Yogyakarta
- Bakmi Jawa Mbah Hadi located on Jalan C. Simanjuntak. It is located on the gas station area of Terban, Yogyakarta
Bakpia is the most popular snack from Yogyakarta. It is a kind of stuffed sweet rolls wrapped with flour skin. Traditional Bakpia is stuffed with mashed mung beans. But now, it is common to find Bakpia stuffed with chocolate, cheese, black beans, milk, and even fruit flavored batter. The stuffed batter has sweet taste and the skin has lightly savory taste. Bakpia was adapted from Chinese sweet rolls at the ancient time when Chinese people started migrate to Yogyakarta.
There is a village in Yogyakarta which is the origin place of Bakpia. The village is called Pathok. That is why Bakpia is also famous by the name Bakpia Pathok. Almost every house in Pathok Village is producing Bakpia.
They also sell it on their own shop at the front of the house. If you notice, every brand of Bakpia on Pathok village is named by number. The numbers were actually taken from their own house numbers. Bakpia producers which are not from Pathok village use name instead number as the brand.
There are several brands of Bakpia which are popular and most favored by both tourists and locals. Those are:
- Bakpia 25 located on Jalan Pathok, Yogyakarta
- Bakpia 75 located on Jalan Pathok, Yogyakarta
- Bakpia 145 located also on Jalan Pathok, Yogyakarta
- Bakpia Kurnia Sari located on the Northern Ring Road of Yogyakarta
- Bakpia Merlino located on Jalan Pakuningratan 55, Yogyakarta
- Bakpia Kencana located on Jalan Wates KM 6, Yogyakarta
Each Bakpia shop has different characteristic of taste than other. The prices are different as well. But they are usually ranging from $2 to $3 per box. A box of Bakpia usually consists of 15 to 20 bakpia with the same flavors.
5. Kopi Joss
Kopi Joss is a hot black Arabica coffee served with a block of charcoal soaked on it. The charcoal enriches the bitterness of the coffee and creates unique taste. It is believed that charcoal has the ability to absorb toxic inside your body and neutralize it. Thus, Kopi Joss is considered as healthy beverage. Meanwhile, some others think that charcoal might be carcinogenic and should not be consumed too much. Anyway, it is totally worth it to drink this beverage for at least once during your visit to Yogyakarta.
Kopi Joss (Joss Coffee) is sold on the humble street stands in Yogyakarta. The stands usually open after sunset until late night. Best place to drink Coffee Joss is on Jalan Mangkubumi, nearby the area of Tugu Train Station. The stands also sell several snacks and Nasi Kucing to enjoy with the coffee. Coming to the Kopi Joss stands does not need to bring a lot of money. With only $0.8, you can get a glass of hot Kopi Joss and several snacks enough to fill your stomach.
Yogyakarta is not only rich in culture and historical value, but also is rich in culinary. Tourists from around the world who visit Yogyakarta would not mind to go to humble restaurant or simple street stalls just to taste the real culinary of Yogyakarta. In fact, this is just the unique experience they are looking for.
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