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Jakarta Post

‘Gudeg’ unwrapped

  • Indah Setiawati

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, October 28 2012   /  02:05 pm

Gudeg (jackfruit stewed in coconut milk) is an everyday dish for people living in Yogyakarta. Visitors to the city will usually go and search for the signature dish to satiate their palates or simply to put an end to their curiosity.

I was among those people who took gudeg for granted, eating it without realizing the arduous cooking process. I spent four years studying in Yogyakarta and often had this dish for breakfast or dinner. Gudeg komplit (gudeg with various side dishes) would be considered a lavish dinner for a poor student like me.

All grown up, I thought it was the right time for me to learn how to cook gudeg properly. For me, it was like a mission considering that this is a culinary heritage and my favorite dish. Searching for a mentor. I connected with Ibu Hartati, who has been making gudeg since 1982.

Hartati, now 61, used to have a successful restaura...