Going on vacation is certainly not complete without a typical local culinary tour. When you go holiday in Solo, Central Java, between visiting tourist attractions or hunting batik, take your time to taste the following foods:
Tengkleng is a typical Solo dish that similar to goulash and contains goat meat. It consists of white rice which is served with innards of lamb and meat bone, then doused with yellow sauce. The taste that comes out is a mixture of fresh, savory, and slightly spicy. In the past it was identical to the food of the poor because it was only a bone with a little meat. But now it’s becomes a favorite food of various levels of society.
One of the most popular tengkleng stalls in Solo is Tengkleng Bu Edi, and has been established since 1971. Located in Pasar Klewer, Dr. Radjiman Street, in the northern part of the market gate and open from 2 pm but many customer have arrived since 1 p.m. because in just a few hours the dishes have been sold out.
Another famous stall is Tengkleng Pak Manto on Honggowongso Street. There are also other menus here such as gulai, satay buntel, lamb satay, and others.
- Lamb Satay/Satay Buntel
Lamb satay menu is popular in any city. Thus it is also a favorite culinary in Solo. Warung Mbok Galak which provides a variety of satay, curry and tengkleng lamb menus. The favorite menu here is satay buntel, minced mutton wrapped in lamb fat, then grilled. The grilling wrapping fat also adds a tempting aroma to satay buntel.
The satay served with soy sauce seasoning thick with fresh red onion slices in it. In addition, there are also slices of cabbage leaves, lime, and whole cayenne in a separate dish. Located on Mangunsarkoro 122 Street, Banyuanyar and open at 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There is also a Pak Mesran Lamb Satay which is open in the morning and evening. The stall opens at 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Juanda Street and at 6-11 p.m. on Kapten Mulyadi Street (next to BRI Office Beteng Office). They served lamb satay, lamb soup, tongseng, and krengseng, in spicy and sweet taste. The favorite menu is lamb satay which uses young lamb meat, so the meats are tender, and don’t smell bad. Sate buntel is also served here.
- Nasi Liwet
Nasi liwet cooked with coconut milk, added with pumpkin vegetables, chicken and eggs, so it really has a distinctive taste. The deliciousness of this dishes makes a portion feel less. It is very popular in Solo so we can find it in almost every corner of the city.
One of the famous ones is Warung Nasi Liwet Wongso Lemu on Teuku Umar Street, Keprabon, which has been established since 1950. Open from 4 to 10 p.m., this stall is very crowded.
There is also Bu Sri Liwet Rice on Honggowongso Street, Sriwedari, Laweyan. Formulated with pumpkin vegetables, shredded chicken, tofu yellow spices, coconut milk pulp and additional side dishes to choose such as chickens liver, chicken’s head, chicken’s wings, chicken’s feet, or eggs.
- Selat Solo
Often referred to as the Indonesian steak version. This dish contains stews of steamed beef, galantine, boiled eggs, and sliced onions. Fresh gravy and mustard made from vinegar and a mixture of egg yolks, vinegar to soy sauce. This dish appears tempting with the addition of beans, tomatoes, lettuce, cucumber, cabbage, broccoli to carrots and French fries.
As the name implies, Solo is the right place to hunt for this dish. One of the most famous is Warung Selat Mbak Lies located on Veteran Gang II/42 Street, Serengan. Also at Kusumasari Selat Solo on Slamet Riyadi 111 Street, Kemlayan.
- Soto Gading
Breakfast with soto can indeed be uplifting. Especially if it tastes very delicious. Like Soto Gading on Brigjen Sudiarto 75 Street which is open from 6 a.m. One portion of soto consists of rice, vermicelli, shredded chicken, and potatoes which are doused with clear gravy. Other side dishes are also available such as chicken’s liver, gizzard, intestine satay, and quail egg satay.
Soto Gading has become a favorite culinary tour of the city of Solo because they served delicious taste, making the state officials becomes loyal customers. On the wall were photos of the Presidents of the Republic of Indonesia who had stopped by and eat here. No wonder the food stall is always full.
Timlo is a type of clear broth soup served with shredded chicken meat, chicken’s liver, gizzard, solo sausage, and sliced pindang eggs. Served with rice, chili sauce and lime to make it taste more delicious.
One of the places to enjoy it is at Warung Timlo Sastro in the crossroad area of Pasar Gede Street, open from 6 a.m. until 15.30 p.m. It has been established since 1952. There is also Timlo Kwali Mangkunegaran near Pura Mangkunegaran, on Raden Mas Said 9 Street Keprabon, Banjarsari.
- Serabi Notosuman
Established since 1923, Serabi (pancake) Notosuman on Mohammad Yamin 28 Street is known as one of the legendary Solo culinary. Made from rice flour and coconut milk dough, the pancake here has a soft texture with crisp edges. All pancakes are also traditionally cooked, which is cooked on small round molds using a traditional stove.
There are two variants of pancake that can be bought at Notosuman, plain and chocolate. One portion of pancake consists of ten pieces Rp 20,000 for plain pancakes and Rp 25,000 for chocolate pancakes. Besides eating there, you can also take it home. Open from 7 a.m.
- Restaurant Rasa Mirasa
Want to eat with family or friends in a more spacious place when visiting Solo? Less comfortable if you want to linger chatting in a food stall that is always full, there are several representative restaurants that you can choose.
One of them is Rasa Mirasa which is located at Jenderal A.Yani 327 Street. Various Indonesian dishes and of course Solo specialties can be enjoyed here.
- Kayu Manis Coffee
Want to have coffee in the evening? There is a cool place in Solo, precisely on Slamet Riyadi No.158-162 Street, Kayu Manis Coffee (Cinnamon Coffee). It’s retro that it feels comfortable like visiting grandma’s house.
As the name implies, the signature coffee here is cinnamon coffee. They served in two unique shaped glasses consist of a mixture of espresso and cinnamon for one glass, while the other glass contains fresh milk. Because it uses a mixture of cinnamon, this coffee has a nice and special aroma.
More than 20 types of coffee variants offered, as well as a variety of foods. Open every day from 8 a.m. to midnight.
- Abon and Serundeng Mesran
Shopping for souvenirs is a pleasure when going on vacation. Mesran food souvenir center on Kalilarangan Street can be an option because it is quite complete and very well known for its abon and serundeng products. Mesran’s name was taken from the name of the shop owner, Mesran Mistopawiro, and with his wife, Wagiyem, founded this business in 1987.
Serundeng, a side dish made from fried grated coconut, is the first product sold in this shop. Whereas Abon, a food made from meat fiber, is Mesran’s most sought after product. Abon Mesran is available in savory and sweet spicy flavors, also in the form of beef and chicken.
- Toko Orion
Still about food souvenirs, don’t forget to stop by Orion Shop, Urip Sumoharjo 80 Street, not far from Pasar Gede. This is one of the legendary shops in Solo that was founded in 1932. Open every day, from 7.30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
A distinctive feature of the past from the Dutch colonial period can be seen from the ceramic wall and the yellow semicircular canopy. You can find various pastries or cookies, cakes, bread, traditional snacks and imports.
The most famous one from Toko Orion is of course the Mandarijn layer cake. Mandarijn Orion is a wet cake with a middle layer covered with pineapple jam. Similar to Surabaya layer cake, but with a different flavors that become their trademark. There are three types of Mandarijn: Ordinary Mandarijn Orion, Mandarijn Orion Kismis, and Mandarijn Orion Spesial with a range of prices ranging from Rp 75,000 to Rp 180,000.
- Kawasan Kuliner Galabo
Tak punya banyak waktu di Solo untuk mengunjungi satu persatu tempat-tempat kuliner legendaris? Anda bisa datang ke kawasan wisata kuliner Galabo (Gladak Langen Bogan) yang berlokasi di Kedung Lumbu, Pasarkliwon, halaman selatan Benteng Vastenburg, buka pukul 17.30-24.00 WIB.
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