one of my fave meals at Parakan is nasi jagung. looks like steamed rice but made from corn. served warm with pecel [steam veggie in peanut sauce] and assortments, like fried tofu and tempe and chicken or iwak momo' [jeroan tumis] and peanut crackers [rempeyek].
Favorite Dish: the unique thing: served in banana leaf
soto Parakan or known also as soto Galeh [taken from the name of the river which flowing and divided the town into 2 regions [karangsari up and jubug - wanutengah down]. it's a light chicken soup, different than heavy chicken soup a'la jakartans or betawi. it's more closer to soto Kudus and Bangkong [in Semarang].
Favorite Dish: several famous resto who has excellent soto in Parakan are:
~ sari ayam : intersection jalan raya kedu and bulu
~ soto ani : jalan raya kedu
~ soto galeh : next to the old bridge of Parakan and Ngesti Waluyo hospital
wandering around the city, you will enjoy this horse cart. so called andong or dokar in local lingo. the most lovely thing using andong; you don't have to go only with your own and the driver. you can ask people at andong if you have the same direction. they will be very happy and let you in! something nice and kind that we'll never ever found in such big cities :D
Parakan can be reached from several way:
~ by air: take a flight from Jakarta or Surabaya or Semarang or another places to destination Jogjakarta. continued with bus [from Jombor bus station to direction Magelang, then Temanggung to Wonosobo, stop at Parakan]
~ by train: from Jakarta, Semarang or Surabaya, stop at Jogjakarta, then continued with bus like above
~ by car: entry points:
* Semarang: Pekalongan - Weleri - Sukorejo - Wonosobo - Parakan
* Jogjakarta: Magelang - Muntilan - Grabag - Pringsurat - Secang - Kranggan - Temanggung - Bulu or Kedu - Parakan
** beside bus, you can catch door to door pick up minibus called "travel". try to find one along Jalan Diponegoro, Jogjakarta, next to Malioboro
my family graveyards are situated at Bhraol and Krasak. it's not a place to be seen :) but i want to explain, going here is kinda like trekking. already had tarmac half way and the rest we should passing road in 'number 3 classification' without tarmac. but the scenery is amazing. directly to the slopes of Mount Sindoro and Sumbing.