And there is a food made for royalty, fit for royalty--- they call it GUDEG.
It is no surprise therefore that it is the most popular dish in Yogyakarta. It can be found in every place in city. Actually, Yogyakarta is sometimes referred to as Kota Gudeg or City of Gudeg. Don't be surprised therefore if I keep talking about this food in my Jogjakarta series.
Gudeg is made from young jack fruit boiled for several hours with palm sugar and coconut milk. Additional spices include garlic, shallot, candlenut, coriander seed, galangal, bay leaves and teak leaves. It is also called Green Jack Fruit Sweet Stew. Gudeg is usually served with white rice (nasi gudeg), chicken, hard-boiled egg, and tofu.
There are two kinds of Gudeg. Wet and dry gudeg and there are variations in taste depending on where you are in Java. They also sell it in Solo (more watery with lots of coconut milk) and East Java (more spicy).Yogyakarta-style is sweet. Family friendly. haha!
Nasi Gudeg Krecek Tahu/ Temple --Rp 8,000
Nasi Gudeg Krecek Paha Atas --Rp 23,000
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I find it weird but I though I liked the ordinary gudeg I tried in Prambanan for lunch that same day. Maybe because it was only 10,000 Rupiah that I felt like, if this is 3x more expensive, then it should also be 3x more delicious. It wasn't. It was good, but nothing to wow for. Then again, the becak ride to Wijilan, the relaxed ambiance in the restaurant and the experience of being there was a pleasant experience.
If you ask my other two companions what they think. Well, we ended up eating in McDonalds malioboro and Jco the next day. I guess the Wijilan Gudeg experience made them feel that they already had enough of local dishes at that moment.