Gudeg Bu Yu Djum
The city of Yogyakarta, or Jogja as Indonesians call the city, is known for a few unique delicious dishes, but its most famous is probably called gudeg, a dish created from young jackfruit stewed with palm sugar. Gudeg is often eaten with various kinds of complements such as warm rice, opor ayam (a sort of chicken curry), a hard-boiled egg, spicy buffalo skin or krecek, and tofu. Gudeg may not be the prettiest dish around, but it is awfully tasty. It’s also quite sweet, so people often found that a nip of fresh chili paste or sambal taken with each spoonful lends to a nice savory-spicy balance which will make your tongue asks for more. Although there are many Gudeg dish variations in Indonesia, you won’t find the best gudeg until you try one of Jogjan’s gudeg. Gudeg can be found in every place in Yogyakarta, but Wijilan and Barek are the most famous areas known as Gudeg center. Wijilan is located not far from Keraton Yogyakarta (the Palace of Yogyakarta) and can be reached by becak (pedicab) or 10 minutes walking. Although there are many restaurants that offer gudeg dish, only a handful some really serve delicious gudeg, especially those that were made by Bu Yu Djum.
Gudeg Yu Djum is one of the most famous restaurants in the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta. It’s not fancy – there are no stars or hats or pretensions associated with it. But it’s known across the city for doing one of the region’s most popular dishes well. It is quite popular among the local people and it had several branches in different locations such as in Jalan Kaliurang Km. 4, Jalan Adi Sucipto, and Jalan Wijilan. Many people – form foreign tourists to local students have expressed their satisfaction towards Guged Yu Djum, because the gudeg here has a very delicious taste that is different from other gudegs and it is reasonably priced. It is open from 06.00 AM to 22.00 PM. Price per serving menu is Rp. 8.000,- (USD 1) for Gudeg, Rice, and Egg, Rp. 9.000,- (USD 1) for Gudeg, Rice, Egg and Tahu orTempe, Rp. 11.000,- (USD 2) for Gudeg, Rice, Egg, Ayam Suwir (shredded chicken), and Rp. 75.000 to Rp. 145.000,- (USD 8 – USD 16) for Gudeg Kendhil. For those looking for a unique and cheap souvenir in Yogyakarta, Gudeg Kendhil menu of Gudeg Yu Djum could be the answer, as it is essentially a complete Gudeg package which is presented in a kendhil (a type of clay pottery) and wrapped in cardboard. Gudeg Kendhil specially served for visitors who want to bring this menu to their home as a “take away”.
Gudeg Yu Djum also provides the opportunity for both foreign and domestic tourists to directly see the process of making gudeg dish, or even involved personally in the cooking process. Yu Djum’s gudeg and its accompaniments are prepared behind the eatery’s second shop in kitchens that wouldn’t have changed much since the founder, Ibu Yu Djum, started her business decades ago. Everything that Gudeg Yu Djum has on its menu is cooked in the kitchen that most of it used wood as firing. It would provide a unique experience where you can see and learn personally the cooking process of this hallmark menu of Jogja.