anywhere: gudeg: yogya's pride?
gudeg is a popular local dish and omnipresent in any local menu. its closest counterpart in the phils. is ginataang langka or humba in bisaya. while ginataang langka is white and humba is yellow, indonesia's gudeg is brown. i tried it twice but not really impressed. there's no way gudeg can beat out ginataang langka and humba. or is it just a matter of finding the right place for the best tasting gudeg? a curious cat like you may try it and you judge.
bedhot resto: a different experience
soothing relaxed ambience away from the crowded noisy main streets. food is as delectable as the paintings and decorations that perk up a resto mood. you can even request the songs you wanna hear playing. had 3 visits there and requested tracy chapman each visit and they politely obliged. we just love this resto and we had to eat there for the last time before we take the train back to jakarta because god knows if we will still be able to eat there again. ever.
Favorite Dish: satay kambing- 19,000 rupiah (grilled lamb in peanut sauce, rice, cucumber and lettuce)
carrot juice- 6,000 rupiah
avocado in chocolate- 9,000 rupiah
chicken in sweet chili sauce- 19,000 rupiah
beef in steak sauce- 19,000 rupiah
lesehan: dinner by the road
you will find the other side of malioboro st. to be occupied by a string of lesehan. it's got plastic mats spread on the side of the street and you eat like japanese do, receive food on squat legs over a low-lying table. caution though as lesehan is a magnet for street singers so expect to be serenaded (for a fee) while in the middle of your dinner. try it even once. it's a way of immersing yourself in the local custom.
Excelso Café: Yogya's Starbucks equivilent
If you're a coffee addict, chances are, you'll love Yogyakarta. The coffee here is thick, aromatic and typically strong. The locals here drink kopi bubuk or unfiltered coffee. If don't like the grounds getting stuck to your teeth, don't fret. You can pop to their Starbucks equivilent at the modern Marlioboro Mall. Though I am not an advocate for fancy coffee, I do need one after a hair spa session at the Salon (Salon Rudi Hadisuwarno) next door. The lattes, fraps and expressos over here cost a fraction of the original Starbucks so it's worth every caffeinated shot.
Various Mee Bakso Stalls: Noodle Rice Puffs
When you're visiting the various Mee Bakso (Noodle Dumpling) shops in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, you're bound to see those curious noodle-like puffs in a container. They're simply rice crackers and the locals nibble on those while waiting for their Mee Bakso to be cooked. Some of them break them off into tiny pieces and put them in the bowls of noodles. They're exactly like rice puffs- crunchy, tasteless bits that quickly absorb the savoury flavour of the Bakso soup. Yummy!
Local Warong(restaurant): Be adventurous try the local food
If you are really adventurous, try something local when you are in Jogja. The most popular is Soto which is made of rice/vermicelli with soup & meat. The typical local restaurant has no aircond or ceiling fan so it is really hot. The food is cheap and a normal meal per person is less than US$1.00. The local restaurants typically look old and dated, some does not look as clean but so far it didn't give me any problem
Favorite Dish: You should try Soto of any kind(with chicken, beef etc), Es Tomat(Tomato Juice), Es Avocado(Avocado juice). My favorite is (Sop Buntut)Oxtail soup. There is one restaurant in Jogja called Es Ceria which also served local ice desserts which I would recommend.
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Yu Djum: Gudeg Central
Gudeg is Jogja's signature dish. Its jackfruit and what-have-yous cooked into a brown stew. It is said that you have not been to Jogja if you havent tried gudeg.
The best place to have gudeg is at 'gudeg central' --- that's the street next to the Sultan's Palace called Jalan Wijilan. A new found friend from Jogja brought me to Yu Djum restaurant and she swears it serves the best gudeg in town. Coming from a local, it must be true. Yu Djum indeed is popular. People lined up to have their gudeg take-aways, nicely wrapped in plaited bamboo boxes or baskets. I have seen people in the airport carrying the same Yu Djum takeaway baskets. So that speaks tons about the place.
Dining tables at Yu Djum are low and you sit on the floor. Very provincial. I enjoyed it. Order the 'komplit' gudeg, that includes chicken and egg on top of the brown stew. Wash it down with ice cold es jeruk (orange juice). Heaven! Gudeg is now one of my favorite Indonesian dishes, right up there with Sop Buntut.
Favorite Dish: Gudeg gudeg gudeg
KFC: KFC with a different
At Malioboro Mall, u can have a stomach full of meal with this unique combination. For the first time, i have this meal... fried chicken KFC style but not with usual coleslaw & mashed potato but the meal came with white rice and i pay for extra pergedil (local potato friend with minced meat).
Warongs on Malioboro: Sit on the floor!
At night, the stalls on Malioboro (called 'lesehan'), on the roadside north of Malioboro Mall, will turn into sit down stalls complete with straw mats, lights, and low tables. You sit on the floor! It is known for fried chicken, fried burung dara (pigeon?!), nasi liwet (Solonese specialty) and nasi gudeg (Jogja specialt made of jackfruit). It is a more expensive then other budget options, but quite interesting atmosphere. Imagine bringing your date to a roadside stall!
My favourite is a stall outside Ina Garuda Hotel. Facing it, it is to your furthest left ourside a money changer. Try the ayam bakar.
Bakso Mas Kribo: Soto Bakso : The Biggest Bakso in Yogya!
Sometimes, it pays to talk to the locals . Thanks to them, I found out where the best bakso in Yogya was to be had. Well, not only did the bakso turn out to be good, it was biggest one I've tried!
This gigantic thing that I'm holding on my spoon must be the biggest bakso in the whole of Yogya. It was also the yummiest I've ever tasted. Do go to this place and try their soto bakso. It's simply meatballs ( beef) drenched with savoury chicken soup and rice. This delicious dish only cost me 5500Rp.
Gudeg Wijilan Bu Lies: Good, good Gudeg(Jackfruit Curry)
Definition of Gudeg - A gooey spicy concoction of of young jackfruit, coconut milk,garlic, coriander, palm sugar and other weird stuff you might not want to know (teakwood is sometimes added at the early cooking stage for that yummy brown colour). Gudeg is usually served on a banana leaf since the leaf produces a mouth-watering aroma when hot curry and rice is heaped unto it . A buffet of other possiblities accompanies the dish and they are - Chicken curry drenched with 'santan areh’ (rich coconut milk sauce), ‘krecek’ curry (buffalo skin), tofu, tempeh and the humble chili sauce.
Favorite Dish: There's no doubt about it, Gudeg is gooey. One look at it and the Sloppy Joe comes to mind. And like its American cousin of goo, this spicy slop with succulent chunks of jackfruit flesh is delicious, especially when it is eaten with warm, white rice. Still, this is Yogya's hallmark dish. Why else would they called themselves the city of Gudeg? Also, they have an entire street (Sentra Makanan Khas Gudeg) of Gudeg restaurants, each eatery boasting of their version of curried goodness. I've decided that my favourite shop is Gudeg Wijilan Bu Lies.I did a little systematic study of the pots over there and concluded that they were the best since their curry was simmered in a big clay pot and stirred with a wooden spoon. Well, I was right, the gudeg was helluva good.
Street vendor/foodstall: Quick bite
So...you hungry while shopping or touring the city but, no time.?We had a quick bite along the street. Its really cheap, tasty and easy to find. Its all around the city.
Prive range between -INR4000/5000
many food stalls/warungs everywhere: food on the street
It is a pity that I did not dare to eat from a Warung, or any other food store! Unfortunatly I did not have the right guide nor was I brave enough and somehow we always ate at restaurants.
Favorite Dish: Soups, eggs, stir fries, spices, seafood, chix...
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Tante Lies: newsagent and food corner
The restaurant itself seems to exist for ages and the decoration made it kind of special, though the food was nothing in particular. Tante (Auntie) Lies seemed to work herself, and I do not know what guidebook or who recommended it, but it was open for us.
It is also a tobacco shop.
Favorite Dish: we had breakfast, since the one at the hotel was not good.
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Lesehans in Marlioborough Street: Bebek Bakar ( Grilled Duck)
It's not a pretty sight but the black thing that you see in the picture was the most delicious grilled duck I've tasted in the whole of Yogya (Central Java) . Surprsingly, it wasn't bought at an upscale restaurant but in many of the lesehans ( local eateries ) found in Marlioborough Street. The local eateries over here are situated along the pavement and the furniture is spartan, just a couple of mats and a low table. Somehow, it reminded me of eating in Hanoi but this was more pleasant. I got to laze around like a Roman after a particularly satisfying meal of grilled chicken and duck. To cater to the sweet Javanese tooth, the duck was deliberately smeared with oodles of sweet black sauce ( kecap manis) before grilling it on an open fire. The result looks like crap but it tastes heavenly.
Where: A Lesehan, Marlioborough Street, opp KFC
Cost : Each piece of duck cost us USD0.90, the chicken was slightly cheaper at USD0.85, the hot lime drink and tea was about USD0.30 each.
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