15 Top Javanese Foods You Need to Try!

Because it is rich in spices and variants, Javanese food is very popular in various parts of Indonesia. From the savory, sweet taste, to the bite of Javanese chili sauce, you may be confused about which Javanese dish to choose. Javanese cuisine is also often a tourist attraction for international visitors to Indonesia. Like some Indonesian foods such as tempeh and tofu which are quite popular in Germany. Here are 15 Javanese foods that you must eat at least once!

1. Rawon

You can immediately identify this Javanese food by the black sauce and a pinch of bean sprouts on the surface. The unique black color of Rawon comes from Kluwek. And, to get the most delicious taste, you can eat Rawon with white rice and crackers. You can also add complementary side dishes such as salted eggs or crackers.

2. Tahu Petis

Tahu petis - Javanese food
Souce: Tahu Petis

Another Javanese food that you must try is tahu petis. This processed tofu comes from the city of Semarang. Fried tofu pong with petis seasoning inside is what tahu petis is. There is also a variant of fried tofu doused with petis sauce. Fish or shrimp stew is the main ingredient of the sauce.

3. Tongseng

Source: Tongseng

For spicy food fans, you must taste the tongseng. This Javanese dish is made from cooking meat that is still attached to the bones, especially the ribs and spine. Tongseng generally uses goat meat, although there are also beef and buffalo tongseng. Vegetables such as cabbage, garlic, tomatoes, and soy sauce compliment this Javanese traditional food.

4. Soto Kudus

Source: Soto Kudus

As can be guessed from its name, Soto Kudus is a typical Soto from the Kudus area. This soup initially uses buffalo meat as the main meat. Gradually chicken meat replaces the buffalo meat. Because chicken meat is more tender and can be cooked quickly. In the dish there are also sprouts and boiled eggs as the main complement.

5. Garang Asem

Garang asem - javanese dishes
Source: Garang Asem

As the name implies, this Javanese dish is sour-spicy dish with coconut milk and wrapped in banana leaves. Some variations do not use banana leaves, but on a plate so that they can be eaten immediately.

6. Pecel Lele

Source: Pecel Lele

Pecel lele stalls are available in almost every area of ​​Indonesia. Thanks to its taste that matches Indonesian tastes and affordable prices, it is not difficult for pecel lele to become everyone’s favorite Javanese dish. Pecel lele itself generally consists of spicy chili sauce and fresh vegetables, making it suitable as a daily food for many people.

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7. Mie Lethek

Mie lethek - javanese food
Source: Mie Lehtek

Because of its messy shape, these noodles are also often referred to as dirty noodles. However, this noodle is so delicious that it became one of President Obama’s favorite dishes in 2017. These noodles main ingredients are cassava and tapioca flour. Those ingredients give the noodles a soft texture so that they can be processed into fried noodles, boiled or processed with rice. These noodles can be enjoyed with eggs, chicken, lentils, celery, and carrots.

8. Gudeg

The next Javanese food is Gudeg. The main ingredient is jackfruit and coconut milk. The cooking technique requires hours to produce deep flavour. Sayur krecek, seasoned egg, tofu, ayam kampung, and coconut milk commonly complements Gudeg.

9. Rujak Cingur

Source: Rujak Cingur

Cingur means cow’s mouth, and just like the name, the main ingredient is cow’s mouth. The dish also contains fruits, vegetables, and rujak cingur sauce. The sauce ingredients are chilly, brown sugar, petis, garlic, and fried nut.

10. Lodho Chicken

Source: Lodho Chicken

This dish is made from processed free-range chicken that is burned and then cooked again with coconut milk and spicy spices. Lodho chicken texture is very soft and tender. Lodho chicken has a biting spicy taste thanks to the spices and chili.

11. Tahu Tek

The name of this dish comes from the sound of scissors tapping on the plate, causing a ‘tek-tek-tek’ sound. This tofu is processed with a lot of seasoning, rice cake, small bean sprouts and sprouts as the main ingredients. Tofu is half cooked and doused with petis seasoning. Some variants add french fries, bean sprouts, and cucumber slices.

12. Gandul Rice

ayam lodho - javanese food
Source: Gandul Rice

This rice is served on a banana leaf with a side dish of beef smothered in fresh gravy. The rice in this dish is cooked savory with pandan leaves. Besides, this dish can also be accompanied by eggs and spicy gravy.

13. Dawet Ireng

This Javanese food can actually also be classified as a drink with black dawet from straw ash in the process of making cendol. The sweet taste of dawet is very suitable to be eaten in hot weather.

14. Sate Bundel

This dish is prepared with minced mutton wrapped in a thin layer of fat and grilled. This satay is then added with soy sauce seasoning, sliced ​​shallots, and cabbage leaves, as well as lime and cayenne pepper to create the best taste when served.

15. Wajik Cake

With the basic ingredients of glutinous rice cooked with a mixture of brown sugar, generally, the diamonds have a brown color. Now these snacks have developed a variety of more attractive colors, so they are often used as souvenirs and afternoon snacks.

If you have never tried the Javanese dish as above, it’s time for you to order a serving of Javanese food to experience the delicacy of Javanese cooking for yourself. Some of the foods above are suitable to eat when it rains considering that Indonesia is currently entering the rainy season. Happy dining!

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