Ready for a culinary trip? Solo is ready for any time you like 24/7. Locals state Solo is referred to as the town of “Goyang Lidah” or translate to wiggles your tongue (well your tastebuds). It surely wiggled ours, but sadly 24/7 remains not enough time to try all of the food delights that Solo City has to offer you.
1. Nasi Liwet
Possibly Solo’s most well-known specialty is Nasi Liwet. A straightforward cuisine of rice cooked in coconut milk and chicken broth traditionally made in a clay pot over a wood fire. Then, it is served with poultry, egg, and a thick coconut lotion known as Kumut. Like most dishes from Central Java, it can be delightful. Jalan Teuku Umar is Solo’s “Nasi Liwet road” stalls available around 4 pm until late.
The very famous stall within this particular strip is Nasi Liwet Bu Wongso Lemu Asli that has been dishing up her favorite recipe since 1950. She’s considered pricey by local standards, with costs around IDR27,000-IDR35,000 for an average serve. This is a sit on the ground affair, and the food will arrive before you have made your choice. If it’s busy, move to one of the many others in the street, with variations of the same dish.
2. Soto Triwindu
If you are in precisely the same area earlier in the day, head around the Soto Triwindu. Initially opened in 1939, this small magical warung includes a set up that looks like school desks–school desks from 1939. Patrons seem like they are sitting down to an exam instead of a meal! Glass and wooden cabinets sit long seats filled with self-service accompaniments for this beef soup. The steaming bowls of Soto Triwindu utilize a rich stock, adding glass noodles, bean sprouts, and thin pieces of beef along with a sprinkling of chives. Spoon over the sambal and a squeeze of lime from the glass cupboard and slurp it down! Soto Triwindu will set you in cost IDR14,000. Open early to get a tasty breakfast.
3. Galabo (Gladak Langen Bogan)
If you’d like to try some of Solo’s famous road food but are not quite sure where to start, head over to Galabo (Gladak Langen Bogan). The stall is located on Jalan Sunaryo, where nightly stalls sell all kinds of Solo’s culinary joys set up shop. There are covered seats with tables and chairs with overflow to mats around the street. Explore the long row of stalls and try a few–most dishes are under 20,000 rupiah.
4. Resto Pecel Solo
For conventional fare in a more upmarket, yet quite traditional Javanese”Insta-ready” setting, try Resto Pecel Solo. This multi-story museum-like restaurant shows a selection of dishes on the floor. Take a look, then head upstairs to the balcony on the third floor where you could order from the menu. The menu provides photographs that will help you decide from the very long list of local specialties.
5. Omah Sinten
In a similar style, Omah Sinten offers classical Javanese cuisine in a beautiful traditional setting either in a large open-air Joglo. The place is also within their air-con restaurant reverse Puro Mangkunegaran. Their menu features profiles of renowned folk and their favorite food–so that you can eat like a king, as some local royalty appear. Detailed descriptions of every Javanese dish are clarified in Indonesian and English with a little history too.
There’s Mangkunegara VII’s favorite dish, Garang Asem Bumbung: boneless poultry, belimbing wuluh (a sour fruit), and coconut milk steamed in a bamboo tube (IDR35,000). And also, a royal favorite from precisely the same palace, try Manuk nom (IDR19,000) for dessert.
Literally “young bird,” named for how it makes you feel rather than the components. This green colored Dutch-style rice custard pudding is given a Javanese twist with salty crackers. If you eat so much you can’t proceed, check into one of their lovely rooms in this heritage hotel and restaurant.
Yummy! Can’t wait to try it, right? Let’s visit Solo, and to know more information about Solo, please visit Wonderful Indonesia!