Like other cities, Jogja, my hometown, has one of the most unique selection of culinary with its distinct sweet and slightly spicy flavor. I’ve decided to compile top ten ‘Must Taste’ food if you are going to visit Jogja.
1. Nasi Gudeg
This is probably one of the most popular dish in Jogja. A plate of warm rice is served with a variety of dishes (including chicken, boiled egg, tofu, tempe) cooked in thick coconut sauce, very sweet and slightly spicy. Very Jogja and must taste. For added flavor, gudeg rice is served with Sambel Goreng Krecek, which is very spicy and hot.
2. Nasi Langgi
Another unique food. This dish is basically a serving of warm rice with Empal (Fried Beef), Abon (Preserved & Sweetened Beef), Perkedel (Potato Cake), Rolled Omelette and Sambal. Wrapped with banana leaves using special type of wrapping method, this dish gives you the ultimate culinary experience.
3. Mie Goreng Jawa (Javanese Fried Noodles)
Tired of Chinese style Fried Noodles? Give Javanese Soft-Fried Noodles a try. Unlike Chinese Fried Noodles with its fish and pork flavor, Javanese Fried Noodles is lighter but sweeter with dominant shallot flavor.
4. Ayam Goreng Kalasan (Kalasan Fried Chicken)
This popular dish is also known as Ayam Goreng Mbok Berek (Mbok Berek’s Fried Chicken). Garlic and coriander flavored and served with the crunchy kremes-kremes. Another must taste food if you visit Jogja.
Light and and apetiting, this type of soup is perfect as breakfast. Often served with Tempe, Perkedel (Potato Cake), and Liver Satay. Add a few drops of lime juice for extra flavor.
6. Kipo Kotagede
This infamous snack can only found in Kotagede, the original capital of Ancient Mataram Kingdom. This bite-size delicacy is made of grated coconut, sweetened with coconut sugar, wrapped with pandan-green colored tapioca dough and baked under warm coals.
7. Bakpia Pathuk
Another popular delicacy. Originated by chinese settlers, Bakpia is basically a baked sweet green bean wrapped with special wrapping. There are another variant of this snack where the green bean is substitued with black bean. Both are very tasty.
8. Jadah Kaliurang
Don’t miss this if you are visiting Kaliurang. A sweet and spicy flavored Tempe, sandwiched with cake made of rice and ketan. Unique and filling!
9. Wedang Ronde
Often served at night, this warm ginger flavored drink is mixed with peanuts, tapioca cake, and kolang-kaling. Great for extra warmth at night.
10. Wedang Bajigur
Although bajigur is a Javanese swear word, don’t let this stop you from tasting this warm drink. This unusual drink is made of sweet coconut milk with mild ginger flavor mixed with breads and preserved fruit.