Yogyakarta has a lot of options for local foods. These two local foods are a must-try when you’re in Yogyakarta.

Gudeg — Gudeg Mbah Lindu Sosrowijayan

Mbah Lindu has hunched over her pots, cooking her Gudeg daily for more than 80 decades. She walks for 4 kilometers every morning from her home to the same spot where she sells gudeg to her customers and tourists. Now, you can spot her daughter taking over the reins at her booth, even though it is stated that Mbah Lindu still cooks the Gudeg herself. It’s incredible to find that the family business is still going strong.

Coming to Gudeng Mbah Lindu is perfect if you’re looking for breakfast. The gudeg is sweet, the sauce is creamy and spicy, chicken is soft and falls apart quickly, and the egg is boiled to perfection. You can eat on the spot by sitting on their plastic stools by the roadside, or you could choose for takeaway — they will pack your takeaway in a banana leaf for you.

Oseng Mercon — Oseng Mercon Bu Narti

If you are here to challenge your spiciness level intake, go for Oseng Mercon Bu Narti! Oseng Mercon is a meat dish with a lot of chilis. You may want to ask for a plate of rice, just in case you cannot take on the spiciness level. Get ready to be greeted by people with jagged eyes while eating, sweating, but don’t be scared — bring along plenty of milk or water bottles!

Yammie — Yammie Pangsit Pathuk

Influenced by Chinese cuisine, the chicken noodle soup in Yammie Pangsit Pathuk is a heartwarming meal if you’re tired of all the dishes around the city! Your noodle bowl is served with delicate dumplings; chicken balls in addition to grilled chicken. It is a simple recipe that’s savory to all. The place also serves other snacks if you want some curry puffs or fried wonton for starters!

Soto — Soto Bathok Mbah Katro

Soto Bathok Mbah Karto serves their Soto in a coconut shell bowl. The soup is filled with tender pieces of beef — that the recipe is complemented with eggs in addition to fried tempeh, intestine satay! Besides the heartwarming dish, this eatery lets you have an authentic Indonesian ambiance with views over rice paddy fields as you sit on floor mats like the locals. You can say you have been to Yogyakarta! We know it takes a spirit to try some of those recipes served by locals on the roadside so that this is a choice to consider if you are looking for a local dish that is mouthwatering.