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Culinary Journey around Borobudur and Prambanan

By K. Wardhana in Culinary

Jan 19, 2021

Search Around to Taste the Culinary Delights from Jogja! After stepping into the wonders lost in time, Yogyakarta (or Jogjakarta, as they say) never strayed from its hubbub filled with an assortment of locals and tourists alike passing through the historic streets of the city.

The big city lies in Borobudur and Prambanan’s hubs known for classical Javanese arts and culture—such as batik textiles, notable literature, traditional music, and wayang puppetry. This is also where most of the culinary delights in the area are found.

First, after a long day of exploring the temples and the plains, you are bound to get hungry for some food. Outside of the Borobudur and Prambanan Temple area, a dish called “Mangut Being” is essentially a Red Tail Catfish, usually found in Magelang’s Progo River. It has a soft and gentle meat texture. Another delicacy you could enjoy outside the temple is Javanese noodles, commonly known as “Mie Jawa” or “Mie Godok”, which are essentially boiled soup noodles with an assortment of vegetables and chicken on top. This noodle-making style is a delicacy popular in Java Island, making it a staple craving in the area. This is best served during a cool day, but you couldn’t miss the dish’s flavour as it is served in front of you.

Another staple that you couldn’t miss while travelling in the area is Gudeg. Gudeg is a type of vegetable, and it is usually served with chicken and gravy rice, a boiled egg, tempeh and krecek, a type of spicy stew dish. Usually, to have some assortment, tempeh can also be steamed into becoming tempeh bacem, another type of delicacy from the area. This is a staple to eat while travelling in Yogyakarta, Borobudur and Prambanan. It definitely is unique to the area, and it is the most well-known dish.

Usually, when coming back from a trip, you can buy food as souvenirs. A well-known souvenir snack to buy and eat is Bakpia Pathuk, a sweet roll made of an assortment of flavours, such as green bean, cheese, chocolate or vanilla, baked with a wrap of flour and sugar.

Another souvenir snack that you should taste is Geplak Cake, a colourful assortment made from coconut cravings, flour and sugar. These are a few recommendations of food to eat while in the area of Yogyakarta. As you immerse yourself in the city’s culture and its outskirts, it is best to end the day by eating the homemade-style food the city can bring you. These can bring the ambience of Javanese Island while immersing yourself in travelling your way in the area.