6 most memorable food in Yogyakarta

In the beginning of the year, I spent 5 days in Yogyakarta. I am grateful to Aggy and her parents’s hospitality. They took me in, take time off to show me all around the city, brought me to eat delicious food ensuring I will never go hungry and shared with me on their culture and insights into their lives and of course not forgetting their 5 beautiful dogs and 2 adorable puppies.

Yogyakarta is also known as Jogjakarta or Jogja for short. Food is the best and most convenient way to experience a place so I will dedicate this post to the food that made an impression on me during the trip.

While others may worry about Indonesian food being too spicy, I know my wicked Asian taste bud will be well satisfied.

1) Nasi Gudeg


Yogyakarta is also known as the city of Gudeg as it is the city’s speciality. Domestic tourist from other parts of Indonesia will definitely have this dish when they visit this city.

Nasi means rice and Gudeg is actually jackfruit. A plate of jackfruit rice consist of white rice, kampong chicken, beef skin in spicy bean sauce and a scoop of sweet soy jackfruit.

As much as I like jackfruit, mixing it with a plate of savoury dish just taste odd. You would need an acquired taste to enjoy it but hey, it is the speciality so give it a go!

Where to find?

RM. Gudeg Sagan located at Jl. Prof. Dr. Herman Yohanes No. 53 (Sagan), Yogyakarta, DI Yogyakarta 55121

This is one of the best restaurants to try this dish. This restaurant started selling Nasi Gudeg from a street food store and because business was so good, they begin to expand to a proper restaurant today. 

2) Tempe


This is a popular food that originates from Java, it is made of soybeans and through fermented process, it bind soybeans together turning it into a staple source of protein known as tempe.

The one I had in the picture above is known as tempe bacem. It is tempe boiled with palm sugar and spices, then deep fried for a few minutes to achieve the sweetness. I ate it together with glutinous rice, it was pretty good. If you want that bit of spiciness to go with it, eat it together with some raw green chilli. It can be eaten as a main dish during meal time or as a snack on its own.


Ordered a pot of traditional Javanese tea to go with the snack while sitting down on mats provided is such a Javanese way of life. Definitely a great experience.

Where to find?

Jadah Tempe Mbah Carik located at Jalan Astomulyo (Kaliurang, Pakem), Sleman, DI Yogyakarta 0274

It is a pretty common snack to find along food stalls. 

3) Leker


Leker is thin layer of crispy pancake with your choice of fillings inside. You can choose from fillings like chocolate, bananas, strawberries, condense milk.

The one I ate was filled with chocolate and sliced bananas. It was absolutely yummy! Such a pity I only had one because it was a pre-dinner snack and that I was afraid I will be too full to try other food. I wish I can go back and eat more of this!

cannot resist taking selfie while having leker

cannot resist taking selfie while having leker

Where to find? 

You can find this easily along the busy street food stalls. 

4) Mushroom restaurant

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If you are a mushroom lover, you gonna love this restaurant! Every dish in the menu (except drinks and desserts) are made of mushrooms. Yes, those photos you see above are all made of mushrooms! We ordered fried mushroom, spicy mushroom soup, mushroom spring roll and mushroom penyat.

Ok, you can tell I am a mushroom lover right? (Think Super Mario) My favourite of those dishes has got to be the mushroom satays. It has the exact smell and taste of grilled satays except that when you bite on it, the texture is well, mushrooms.


The food is rather affordable and best of all, it is delish! Go for it Super Marios!

Where to find? 

jeJamuran located at Niron Pandowoharjo (Sebelah Utara Perempatan Beran), Sleman, DI Yogyakarta55512

Apparently there are more than one mushroom restaurants in Yogyakarta but this is the best of them all! 

5) Bubur Campur


Bubur Campur is also known as mixed porridge. Sticky rice are mashed up and ingredients are added to them creating different flavours and colours. It is usually eating in the morning as breakfast.

Some of the them are sweet, some are slightly salty. Since it was my first time trying, I had no idea how different each of them taste so I decided to be adventurous enough to ask for whatever that is available so I had 5 different kind of porridge added into my bowl.


This is how it was being sold. The woman will scoop the porridge out from those big pots.

selling out fast!

selling out fast!

Honestly, I was quite doubtful about a mashy bowl of sticky rice known as porridge, I was not sure if I will like it. I am glad I gave it a shot because it was flavoursome and I enjoyed it! It was sweet with a tinge of saltiness. I do not mind a second serving in fact! :p

Where to find?

Murni Bakery located at Jl. Bintaran Kidul No. 30, Yogyakarta, DI Yogyakarta

6) Wedang Uwuh


Technically this is not a food but I think this drink is worth mentioning!

Wedang uwuh, in Javanese is essentially translates to trash hot drink. Trash? It only sounds trashy but it is a Javanese health drink. I know, I was just as skeptical in the beginning.


Taking a closer look at the ingredients inside the drink. There is a piece of ginger, some clover barks and cinnamon leaves. Sweeten it with with palm rock sugar gives you wedang uwuh.

The colour of the clover leaves turn the hot water red and the taste of ginger will tend to overpower the taste of cinnamon while palm sugar gives a hint of sweetness in the drink.

I like the taste of ginger and telling me that it has some health benefit will make me want more! It was definitely an interesting drink you should try!

Where to find?

I drank it at one of those standalone traditional Javanese food restaurant at Warung Makan Lombok Iko “Mbah Wiji” located at Jalan Pakem Turi Km. 1 (Mangunan, Harjobinangun), Pakem, Sleman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia 

I also found a bakery shop that sell the pack of ingredients, all you need to do is to add hot water into it and viola, you have your own cup of trashy tea! You can probably ask around in Javanese restaurants. 

These are my 5 most memorable food in Yogyakarta. What food/ restaurants have you tried in Yogyakarta that is memorable to you and would you recommend them?

4 thoughts on “6 most memorable food in Yogyakarta

  1. I am so happy to see you were enjoying the local food with Aggy. She must have been the beast food guide ever. I can just imagine. All of these dishes look extremely yummy and I know how good they can taste as I was in Indonesia as well. My favourite dish was leker and martubak (I don’t know if I spelled it correctly). Martubak was a sweet pancake sold in the street. So freaking yummy and cheap!

    • Hello Agness… Yes, you bet! The only thing I worry when I am there is my waistline! :p
      Oh yes, Although I never got to tried it in Indonesia, but I ate Martabak here in Singapore before, it was good but I believe the price definitely looks better and much more attractive in Indonesia. :D

  2. I’ve not read this post! Woohoo! I am so glad you loved your food experience in Yogyakarta :)
    You sure are an adventurous eater, my parents were happy you were happy to try anything served in front of you haha! Still so many places to visit Pam, must come back here again :D

    • Are you luring me back with the food?? I would love to try the street food proper the next time I go and I want to stay in the retreat place which you mention, away from the city and going back to the very basic!

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