Preserve and Promote Indonesian Cuisine
A mesmerizing city view of Solo in Central Java. (Antara/Maulana Surya)
Known as a city of diverse culture and genial citizens, Solo is also home to delicacies that will tempt your palate. The following are a number of eateries that will make you fall even more in love with Solo.
Nasi Liwet Bu Wongso Lemu
'Nasi liwet' from Nasi Liwet Bu Wongso Lemu.(Good Indonesian Food/File)
A traditional Solo dish, nasi liwet (rice cooked in coconut milk, chicken broth and spices) is easily obtainable across the city. One nasi liwet food stall that you must try is Nasi Liwet Bu Wongso Lemu. I’m sure that you will go gaga over its delicious and velvety nasi liwet from the first bite.
Jl. Teuku Umar, Solo, Central Java
Open daily from 5 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Tengkleng Klewer Bu Edi
'Iga kambing' on offer at Tengkleng Klewer Bu Edi.(Good Indonesian Food/File)
The iga kambing (mutton ribs) on offer at Tengkleng Klewer Bu Edi is served with a refreshing, savory sauce. The meat is tender and fragrant and might just be the finest I’ve ever tried – especially since I’m not too much of a fan of mutton due to its strong odor.
Lapangan Parkir Masjid Agung Surakarta, Jl. Masjid Agung, Solo, Central Java
Open daily from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
'Soto daging sapi' at Soto Triwindhu.(Good Indonesian Food/File)
Soto Triwindhu is where you can find one of the best soto daging sapi (beef soup) in the country. Its translucent broth enhances the flavor of the silky smooth beef, making for a satisfying experience for your taste buds. One important note: make sure you come early before this signature dish runs out.
Jl. Teuku Umar No. 43, Solo, Central Java
Contact: 0271 646 006
Open daily from 5:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
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Bakmi Jawa Pak H. Dul
Bakmi Jawa Pak H. Dul, a favorite of President Jokowi.(Good Indonesian Food/File)
This roadside warung has been spoiling the people of Solo with its various tasty delights for 40 years now. Bakmi Jawa Pak H. Dul apparently is a favorite of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo for noodles. The must-try dishes here are its mie godog (boiled noodles) and mie goreng (fried noodles).
Jl. Ronggowarsito, Solo, Central Java
Open daily from 5 p.m. - 12 a.m.
A bowl of 'timlo' soup at Timlo Sastro.(Good Indonesian Food/File)
You may have heard of Timlo Sastro before. The pride and joy of the city, its tantalizing and refreshing creations ensure that this shop is always crowded with customers. Founded in 1952, it now has a branch at Jl. Dr. Wahidin No. 5 that opens for longer than its flagship joint in Pasar Gede.
Pasar Gede Timur No. 1–2, Solo, Central Java
Contact: 0271 654 820
Open daily from 6:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Selat Solo Mbak Lies
Taste the unique 'selat Solo' at Selat Solo Mbak Lies.(Good Indonesian Food/File)
A must-visit place for both local and foreign tourists who make their way to Solo, besides its renowned selat Solo (braised beef tenderloin in watery sauce with egg, vegetables and potato chips), Selat Solo Mbak Lies also features a rather unique concept that encompasses its interior decor all the way to the staff uniforms.
Jl. Serengan, Gang II/42, Solo, Central Java
Contact: 0271 653 332
Open daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Es Dawet Telasih Bu Dermi
The legendary Es Dawet Telasih Bu Dermi.(Good Indonesian Food/File)
This legendary es dawet (iced beverage with rice flour jelly, palm sugar and coconut milk) purveyor is one of the longest standing of its kind in town. Established in the 1930s, Es Dawet Telasih Bu Dermi is still the number one choice for es dawet for the locals. What started out as a small stall in the middle of Pasar Gede Hardjonagoro Solo now has a number of outlets across Solo. (kes)
Pasar Gede Hardjonagoro Solo, Jl. Urip Sumoharjo, Solo, Central Java
Open daily from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
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