Hello delegates! I guess, most of you would stay at a hotel with fancy international food, when especially you go abroad to attend some Model United Nations. This time, let me tell you one or some reason why you should explore traditional cuisine on your surroundings, based on food lover point of view, cause who doesn't? lol
Gudeg (I wish I could provide a proper explanation on how to properly pronounce it) is a native traditional food from Yogyakarta, Indonesia. It is made from unripe young jack fruits and has sweet characteristic. It is cooked by boiling the unripe young jack fruits for several hours with palm sugar and coconut milk as well as several additional spices such as, garlic, shallot, candlenut, coriander seed, galangal, bay leaves, and teak leaves, the latter giving a reddish brown color to the dish.
Generally, as a standalone food it can be considered as a vegetarian food because it uses vegetable as the main source, it will usually be served with steamed rice. However, people mostly consume it along with other complementary food, such as egg and chicken as well as krecek, a stew made of crisp beef skins with spicy taste. Other complimentary includes hard tofu, and tempe (soy bean cake) to name a few.
Where to get it in Yogyakarta? It’s basically can be easily found throughout Yogyakarta at any time, although most likely, it is easier to be found in the early morning or evening instead. For the sake of giving recommendation, I would say, you should choose the night outing activities to eat gudeg, why? It will provide you more sensation and challenge.
One of the best places to visit is Gudeg Pawon. Pawon means kitchen in Javanese language (our local language). It is called so because the food is basically served in the owner’s house kitchen. What makes it special? It is cooked traditionally as well, guaranteeing authentic taste, but the best news is, people would love to wait for 2 hours or more, making a long line only to eat gudeg there.
Gudeg Pawon usually open by 10 P.M (GMT+7) and needs less than 3 hours to sell it out. So prepare yourself to come earlier, at least 45 minutes before its opening to grab your food! As for the price, it is unbelievably cheap. Approximately it will only cost you 1-1,5 USD, drink is included. Yogyakarta is well known to provide high quality food in unbelievably cheap price (it is considered one of the cheapest place to live in Indonesia). Interested to ear Gudeg? Immediately call me to assist you and see you in Yogyakarta!
Pictures of Gudeg Pawon, first second pictures are courtesy of google since my phone took really bad pictures of people queuing, third one is my own picture when I visit them along with friends (we had to wait for 2 hours too)