Gudeg has always been considered to be the special food of Yogyakarta. The sweet taste makes many people remember the dish.
However, besides gudeg, Yogyakarta also has a number of special foods that should not be missed by people when visiting the university city. It starts with satay, spice, to cake. Here are 5 of the top special foods you’ll find in Yogyakarta that should not be missed when visiting the ancient city.
Krecek is a special sambal from Yogyakarta which is loved by everyone. Krecek Sambal is usually served with warm gudeg; it has a sweet taste so that it might increase your appetite and help you to appreciate the sensation of Yogyakarta’s culinary specialities. Krecek Sambal itself has a delicious taste that is spicy and savoury. However, people can adjust the taste according to the preferences. You can find Krecek Sambal in almost every culinary shop in Yogyakarta.
This food is originally from Bantul, one of the towns in Yogyakarta. Satay Klatak is made from cutlet of young goat that has been seasoned with salt and is barbecued on top of charcoal. One thing that makes this dishunique is that the skewer uses bicycle spokes and it’s is served with curry broth. The name of klatak itself comes from the sound of “klatak klatak”, what you hear when the flesh touches the charcoal.
Geplak a type of traditional cake originating from the city of Yogyakarta. This cake is made from grated coconut flesh, flour, and sugar which is then processed to produce sweet and delicious food. Geplak cake is small and has a colorful appearance, so as to make people curious and interested to taste this food.
Sayur Lombok Ijo
The specialty of Sayur Lombok Ijo lies in its savoury and spicy mix. We can taste the savoury flavour because the coconut milk sauce is quite thick with additional seasoning added in the form of sauteed shallots, ginger, hazelnut, galangal, and several other spices. In addition, tempeh is used as a supplement, but only tempeh from selected soybeans. Tempeh is made in the traditional way, which means being wrapped using banana leaves, or sometimes selected teak leaves.
Fried grasshopper is a typical food of Gunungkidul, to the south of Jogja, that you need to try. Some people find it funny eating this food. Fried grasshopper is processed into dishes that have a lot of nutrition. Wood grasshoppers are high in protein which is good for growth. You can challenge yourself to taste this food when visiting Yogyakarta.