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Hi everyone! In the previous article, we have talked about land travel from Jakarta to Bali. At the time, I also mentioned about Yogyakarta Special Region and the midnight culinary in its capital city. Therefore, I wrote this article to provide you some detail about Yogyakarta’s late-night culinary too.
Why should there be a “late-night?” Because, if you travel with the same timeline as the timeline I’ve made on that article. Then you should arrive in Yogyakarta at night-time.
Now, let’s see what kind of foods you should try while in Yogyakarta. 😀
1. Gudeg Pawon
Gudeg is a traditional food from Yogyakarta and most of Central Java. Generally, people will enjoy Gudeg with white steamed rice, that’s why many people refer to Gudeg as Nasi Gudeg (Gudeg Rice). Gudeg made from an unripe jack fruit stewed for several hours with palm sugar and coconut milk. Plus some extra spices such as garlic, shallot, candlenut, coriander seed, galangal, bay leaves, and teak leaves which makes the dish looks reddish-brown.
As a complement, Gudeg also usually served together with fried chicken, chicken curry, boiled eggs, and other side dishes such as tofu and tempeh. And one more thing you can’t miss while enjoying Gudeg, Sambal Krecek! I won’t explain about this Sambel Krecek, just come and taste it yourself. 😆 😆 😆
There is one place to eat Gudeg in Yogyakarta, which is very well known and widely recommended, named Gudeg Pawon. Located on Janturan Street, Warungboto, Umbulharjo, this Street Food Stalls usually open at 10 PM. The price is quite affordable, one portion will only cost you around Rp. 20,000 or less than two bucks. The only “not so good” news to hear is there are many people come to visit this stall every day, so you better get ready to wait in line.
2. Mi Ayam Grabyas
Mie Ayam (or Chicken Noodle) Grabyas located on Malioboro Street, precisely in front of the Inna Garuda Hotel. One thing that makes this chicken noodle became so special is the topping that they use on the noodles. They sprinkle the noodles with Grabyas, a crispy fried chicken skin. So when you eat it, you will get a crunchy sensation.
3. Ronde Mbah Payem
Nah, this is my favorite one of all the foods in this article, Wedang Ronde. In Javanese, Wedang means hot drink made from sliced fresh ginger and brown sugar mixed into hot water. While Ronde is a kind of dessert made from glutinous rice flour mixed with a little water and formed into small balls, boiled, and served with gravy. So, when it comes to Wedang Ronde, then we talk about Ronde that served with a Wedang as its gravy.
Well, Mbah Payem’s Ronde is well-known as one of the best in Yogyakarta. Even the 2nd President of Indonesia, Suharto, is one of her loyal customers. Usually, Mbah Payem sells Ronde at the east of the Kauman intersection, Yogyakarta City, about 100 meters to the west from the North Square of the Yogyakarta Palace.
4. Soto Sampah (Garbage Soto)
And here it is, another food with hilarious names ever! Garbage Soto! 😆 But don’t get fooled by the name, because later you will realize that this Soto is so tasty.
Soto Sampah located on Kranggan Street and open at 10:00 PM. The price is only Rp. 7,000 per portion, or less than 1 bucks in USD.
5. House of Raminten
A modern restaurant with a thick Javanese atmosphere, maybe that was the first impression of the average visitor who enters this restaurant for the first time. Maybe this is the only restaurant in Yogyakarta that carries this concept. Some culinary tourism websites even said that visiting Jogja will only be complete if you have visited the House of Raminten.
All menus that offered at the House of Raminten are adapted from the Street Food menu, but packaged nicely and given a little touch so that it looks more elegant, and of course at a very affordable price. One of the favorite menus in this restaurant is Nasi Kucing or Sego Kucing in Javanese and Cat’s Rice in English. Please don’t get it wrong because there is no cat meat at all, the reason why this food named that way was because of the very small portion size of it, just like a cat’s portion size.
The House of Raminten has several branches, and one of the branches located on FM Noto Street, Kotabaru, not so far from Malioboro Street. This restaurant is open 24 hours, so there is no reason you will get starve while in Yogyakarta. The price starts from Rp. 5,000.