After having our Sate in the car, we still feel hungry, of course hungry, I only had 3 sticks of Sate. Round and round looking for food in Solo..eating at nearest warong or rumah makan, a NO NO for my friends who had experienced stomach upset eating roadside food in Hanoi. I am having a lot of fast food in Jogja and Solo.
Favorite Dish: Come to McDonalds then :-))
I had Spicy Chicken Burger with Fries and Coke
Mr Obama (our driver) took us here for Sate Kambing, well, he knows the best where to eat in Solo. While waiting for the Sate kambing to barbeque, he had Gule Kambing with white rice.
Must be the best Sate Kambing in Solo because I ate it and its very good (for someone who don't eat Goat, haha) No awful smell of goat on the meat and the sate is served with kicap manis with cut onions, cabbage and tomatoes. Simply lovely..
Nasi Liwet (Liwet Rice) maybe is the most popular original cuisine from Solo, its known almost everywhere, and has been listed as a menu on a major hotels restaurant at a big city across the nation. In Solo itself, Nasi Liwet was very popular and very down to earth, so you can find it easily almost anytime and everywhere. If one likes to taste this cuisine, there are a lot of choices.
operating hours: 17.00 - early morning
Favorite Dish: Nasi Liwet made of hulled rice cooked with coconut milk and chicken consomme, to produce delicious flavored and tasty rice. The rice then mixed with hot and spicy cooked gourd, boiled egg, shredded chicken, and kumut (sauce made of creamy and thick coconut milk). As an addition, one could also add chicken liver, intestine, bacem (sweet cooked tofu or tempe) or rambak kulit (crackled water-buffalo rinds). Another thing that made it interesting is that it's not serves on plate, but on a pincuk (banana leaf folded to form a plate).
If you love culinary travelling and you have an opportunity to try ones, there is one thing you should know, one portion of sate buntel is not consist of 10 sticks of satay as usual. The size of sate buntel is big, one portion of its usualy enaugh for two persons to eat. But if you are not sure about it, we suggest you to ensure the size of this satay before you order, it will ensure you not to get more or less then what you should get.
operating hours: 12.00 - 21.30
Favorite Dish: Sate Buntel is Solo unique lamb satays. It is definetely different from any other lamb satay, its definetely one of a kind. Sate Buntel made of a chopped lamb, seasoning with onion and pepper, and then wrapped with lamb fat. As we know, lamb satay itself is delicious, moreover when the lamb is chopped and then wrapped with lamb fat before its grilled directly on a charcoal fire and served with soy ketchup sauce, sliced chilli, red onion, tomato, sliced cabbage and pickle cucumber. It's great and delivious, it will make your tongue tingling all over your mouth.
One more food that is categorize as a must try and again its very unique and could only be found in Solo (even other region also has the food with the same name but with the different content) is Sate Kere (Satay of the poor).
Just like soto, no region could claim satay as its origin, but for this delicious kind of satay, indeed it really is comes from Solo. You have to come to one of Sate Kere kiosk when visiting Solo, it's a must try.
operating hours: 11.00 - 20.00
Favorite Dish: in Sate kere kiosk will find sate tempe gembus (tempe made of soy, as a residue from a tofu creation process), beside the ordinary beef and cow innards as usual. But usually tempe gembus is dominating the presentation. That's why, this food then called sate kere (sate of the poor), because gembus is very cheap. So people with heart desease or hypertension, may not worry and avoid the satay kiosk. As long as you don't order cow innards satay as lung, spleen, heart, kidney or testicle.
Tempe gembus cooked with the same seasoning as the one use for cow innards. And after burned upon fire, it serves with nut seasoning. Its taste is lighter because it consist of less nut than any others satay seasoning as usual.
What is tengkleng? Lamb gulay maybe the nearest example to describe Tengkleng, for those who never taste it. The main difference is ofcourse in its taste and sauce. Lamb gulay use coconut milk in its sauce, while Tengkleng is not. So, one of cholesterol source is eliminated!
Beside, Tengkleng consists of lamb bones with only a little chunk of meat attached on it. As an additional, one could add lamb satay, chicken intestine satay, lamb innards satay, lamb brain, and many other parts of lamb that cooked together with the bones, like eyes, cheek, ear, and lamb womb (Javanese use to call it klepon).
The delicious taste of Tengkleng come when you bite and discovering the bone to get a litle chunk of meat from it or when you suck the bone to enjoy the inner liquid on the spinal cord.
opening hours: 13.00- 15.00
Timlo, is one of Solos original cuisines. Timlo Solo is not containing a soun (thin rice noodles) and merang mushroom (mushroom planted on rice straw). Timlo Solo looks like a soup, served with thin chicken consomme, consist of chopped chicken sausages, a sliced pindang eggs and chicken liver.
operating hours: 06.00 - 16.00
Waroeng Tempo Doeloe Pecel Solo. The name itself is not so special and it's a commonly used name, but one will soon feel the exotic Javanese ethnic athmosphere by the time they made their first step toward the restaurant terrace
operating hours: 06.00 - 16.00
Favorite Dish: Pecel ndeso: using red rice, a sort of rice that's hard to find right now. And the pecel itself is using a various vegetables such as jantung pisang (core of banana flower), bayleaf, papaya leaf, turi flower and string bean. There are two choices of spicy sauce, nut spicy sauce as usual or sesame spicy sauce with two choices, black sesame or white sesame.
temulawak, and gula asem (kind of Javanese traditional beverages), ready to drink.
snacks in solo is delicious. there are so many choices and it's easy to pick your own favourite. can be sweet or savoury. locals like to buy snacks at traditional market and street vendors also provided many items to be chosen. usually solonese snacks are served in the morning with hot tea and the evening with tea or coffee. but in special occasion, snacks will be put into a box to be brought home. let's say for birthday and "selapanan" [40 days after a baby has born].
Favorite Dish: it's so various snacks you can choose by your own. and my choice goes to the savouries. and here i included a list of several famous snacks from solo:
- serabi solo. thin pancakes enriched coconut milk, with various topping, like piece of banana, granulated chocolate or muisjes in dutch, cheese [counted as modern item] or green serabi [coloured by leaf traditionally called 'daun suji']
- semar mendem [the drunken semar puppet]. it's sticky rice filled with minced beef or chicken and wrapped into super-thin omelette
- sosis solo [solo sausage]. minced beef wrapped into thin omelette and deep fried served with fresh chili
- klepon. glutinous flour balls, filled with palm sugar and put into shredded coconut
- bolu kukus. steamed cake made from rice flour, sugar, carbonated water and pandanus leaf
amongst local travelers and tourists who take culinary trip as specialities, visit warung nasi liwet wongso lemu is a must. so do i whilst in solo ;)
wongso is the name of the owner, an old lady. and 'lemu' is added into her name according to her fat body. but for locals, it's not a joke or something rude. this is the way how we memorizing about a person closer to the heart. and lady wongso lemu is indeed .... showing her excellent ability in providing local eateries called "sega liwet" or "nasi liwet" or known as steamed rice with coconut filling in english.
there's not a big surprise, if jogjakartans or local travelers who stay or travel in jogjakarta are trying to visit the hawker stall of wongso lemu by an hour ride enroute jogja - solo - jogja. i did too if i pay a visit to jogjakarta ;) since name "wongso lemu's sega liwet" is hardly to refused!
Favorite Dish: the portion of this eateries is excellent. a 'bowl' made from banana leaf with steamed rice and assortments like diced steamed chicken, boiled egg, tofu and vegetables, enriched with coconut milk.
so delicious. so "solo". so trade-mark of a lovely city! a culinary icon :)
Like all the colourful desserts in Asia, the ones in the Solo, Java are no different. They're made of some starchy material, florid like a psychedelic dream and shot with enough sugar to propel you to the moon. Apparently, there is no one over here on the Atkins diet.
That artistically-arranged set-up that you see over there was shot in the market and yes, every dessert that you see there is made of rice/tapioca flour and coated with coconut. Having greedily tasted everything there, I must say that the little green balls that you see on the right there is my favourite. Just for info, they're called "Klepon" (glutinous rice balls stuffed with palm sugar and coated in coconut shavings).
Definition of Ayam Goreng: Breaded, Spiced Chicken fried to a golden crisp and eaten with crisp selections of choice winged beans, cucumber or lettuce to cut thru the sodium high. The Chicken found in Solo are free-range so they're skinny as hell. Yes, it's possible for one diner to finish an entire chicken by himself.
Favorite Dish: After backpacking in Java for over a week, my body was wrecked with pains and the last thing on my mind was food. I booked a massage at Novotel and while the masseuse worked out the kinks on my poor shoulders, I murmured to her how I ate my way through Java. Well, this only got the masseuse all charged up and she immediately asked me if I've tried the wonderful Fried Chicken in town? Well, actually, I hadn't.
Immediately, my masseuse rattled off 2 of the best eateries in town while she pounded me like a piece of battered breaded poultry. After the assault, I tried to recover whatever remaining senses I had and made my way to the 2 eateries. Fortunately, my taste buds were still intact, the chicken was indeed delicious.
Ayam Bakar Malioboro
This joint is just opposite the market that sells junk (Pasar Triwindu). While Ayam Bakar does sell fried chicken, grilled chicken is their specialty. There is something about the grilled birds at Marlioborough. Once the vendor starts to grill the little suckers, an unmistakable sweet scent fills the air and everyone in the eatery will start licking their lips. I kid you not, it happened to me too and the waiter, upon seeing my hungry dog expression, led me to the back and allowed me to photograph him grilling the chicken with a metal clasp. What a nice chap. But perhaps he knew that after photographing him, I would be tempted to order a grilled drumstick. I did.
Ayam Goreng Widuran
Ah, hot, crispy, utterly artery-clogging goodness. What more can I ask for? I could even smell the spices and herbs that go into Javan Ayam Goreng - corriander, nutmeg, indonesian bay leaf, lemongrass, shallots and garlic, garlic and garlic. I should return home and ask my Javanese housekeeper to replicate this dish so that I can have eternal bad-breath.
Here's a recipe for a really refreshing soda I tried in Solo. The lemongrass soda combines homemade lemongrass syrup with Fanta Ice-cream soda and a slice of fresh lime for a light but tart drink.
Recipe for Lemongrass Syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 lemongrass stalks (core only), sliced
2 lemongrass stalks
1.Combine sugar, water, and sliced lemongrass core in a small saucepan. Simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring to dissolve sugar.
2. Remove from heat and cool. Fill a jar with a few lemongrass stalks. Strain syrup into jar. Cover and keep in the refrigerator.
Honestly, if you haven't eaten Serabi Solo, you haven't been to Solo. This region is famous for the glutinous rice pancake that is soft, sweet and crisp at the edges.
Favorite Dish: I struck up a conversation with a local vendor near the Pasaraya and he convinced me to try his sarabi. It was so good I was convinced to buy 2 at once. He wrapped 2 pancakes deftly, in a banana leaf so that I could take it back to the hotel to eat. And when I opened the leaf, it emanated a lovely fragrance. Ah, the pancakes were heavenly soft. The ones flavoured with Nangka ( Jackfruit ) were delicious. Somehow, the soft, sweet flesh of the jackfruit complemented the floury pancake well. The one with choc chip came to a close second.