21 June 2021 is the birthday of the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, who is 60 years old. President Jokowi was born to Noto Mihardjo and Sudjatmi on June 21, 1961 in Surakarta, Central Java. Want to give him a gift? Try with Jokowi’s Favorite Dish.
Looking at the history of his birthday celebrations, President Jokowi admits that he has never felt the ambience of a celebration. “I have never celebrated a birthday, so no one should repeat it,” Jokowi said with a smile, as quoted from Detik.
So, at the moment of his birthday, here we summarize some of Jokowi’s favorite dish delights, as well as for reference, if you are confused about choosing delicious food in Indonesia, especially in Solo, Central Java. Check this out!
1. Soto Triwindu
The phrase “Breakfast in Solo, soto Triwindu it is” is commonly uttered by residents of Solo. This restaurant’s reputation precedes it, and President Jokowi is rumored to be a regular diner there. This is one of Jokowi’s favorite dish. Since 1939, a family named Muwarni has overseen the business of selling and making delicious fresh soup. Muwarni claims that the original soto Triwindu was sold in the area around the Triwindu market, hence the name. In the past, Soto Triwindu was carried around for profit on the shoulders of his sellers. Wow, if you go to Solo, Kawanjo, this might be what you have to eat for breakfast every day.
Despite being made with beef stock and a number of spices, the soup broth remains rather clear. The broth has a rich and satisfying flavor. Kawanjo, the soup’s broth, is just as important as the contents when evaluating the dish.
2. Mbah Karto’s Fried Chicken
The second on our list of Jokowi’s Favorite dish is Mbah Karto’s fried chicken. When done right, fried chicken, or “ayam goreng kampung” as the locals call it, is undeniably tasty. Mbah Karto was able to achieve his goal of making the chicken tender, Kawanjo.
Similarly renowned is Mbah Karto Tembel’s fried chicken. Ever since it opened in 1960, Mbah Karto’s Fried Chicken has become a household name in Sukoharjo. President Jokowi never passes up the opportunity to enjoy Mbah Karto’s local fried chicken.
Chicken fried in sambal blondho (black chili sauce) is a staple on Jokowi’s menu. Piece sizes begin with 1/4 and you can choose whatever organs you like. The local chicken is not eaten until it is three months old, which is the secret to its delicate flavor. Chicken is marinated in bacem, garlic, and spices, then roasted over an open fire, before being fried. Excellent!
3. Timlo Maestro
You can find timlo in any supermarket near the soup and gravy section. One of the nighttime treats that Solo residents enjoy is timlo. Chicken broth from the Timlo Maestro is commonly combined with bean curd, eggs, offal, and meat. Timlo Maestro can be found in the Keprabon neighborhood at 60 Jalan KH. Ahmad Dahlan. C’mon let’s try this one of Jokowi’s favorite dish.
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4. Bu Haji Bejo Goat Satay
Bejo and his wife used to travel throughout Solo in the ’70s selling satay from a cart they pushed with their feet. Mrs. Haji Bejo’s Goat Sate is highly anticipated because of the lasting impact the satay leaves on diners’ palates. You can tell the mutton is tender and odorless because of the quality of the meat there.
Try it out right away, you’ll see why Jokowi wants to be one of the loyal customers. Sate Kambing Bu Haji Bejo is currently located in a building in Solo’s Pasar Kliwon’s Lojiwetan neighborhood. This eatery offers a wide variety of satay-related dishes, including sate buntel, tongseng, tengkleng, and gule. So, sate lovers, when will you try Jokowi’s favorite dish?
5. Gudeg Ms. Yus
Gudeg Mbak Yus, one of Jokowi’s favorite dishes may at first glance be the same as other gudeg. However, it has a distinct and authentic flavor. The gudeg is especially delicious when doused with a fiery chili sauce. You’ll have to wait if you’re in Solo, as Mbak Yus’ warm shop doesn’t open until 21:30 and doesn’t close until 2:00 in the morning. And that’s not all; there are never-ending waves of people waiting in line.
Rice, opor chicken, flat-shaped tofu, boiled egg, krecek, boiling cassava leaves, and heated jackfruit are all part of the ingredients list for Nasi Gudeg. The chicken is a winner, with tender meat and a tantalizing flavor profile. In particular, the hard-boiled eggs. Spicy foods are highly addicting.
6. Ivory Soto (Soto Gading)
President Jokowi has been a Soto Gading eater ever since he served as Solo’s mayor. Yep, Soto Gading is one of Jokowi’s favorite dish. He does not hesitate to bring his family to the Soto Gading store on a regular basis. Since 1974, Soto Gading has been owned and operated by Siswo Martono. Other Indonesian presidents that enjoy a bowl of Ivory soup include Gus Dur, Megawati, and Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, in addition to Jokowi.
The foundation of Soto Gading is a hearty soup of vermicelli, shredded chicken, fried shallots, and sliced celery leaves cooked in a rich chicken broth. The flavor is mild because the fresh broth is the primary ingredient. Tofu, tempeh, intestine satay, beef satay, empal, and pastries round out the selection of tasty accompaniments.
That’s an indirect set of suggestions from President Jokowi, as Mr. Jokowi’s favorite dish. Intriguing, eh? Let’s hope the pandemic has passed so we can do another trip. Solo cooking can be just as thrilling. You can learn as much as you can from local guides if you’re looking for interesting yet off-the-beaten-path dish treats. If you’re lost and need some suggestions for reliable local guides, this is the place to look. The different fascinating and reasonably priced tour packages offered should not be missed. Enjoy your time off!
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