First meal in Yogya@Gadjah Wong, Yogyakarta

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My first meal upon my arrival was at Gadjah Wong, a traditional Javanese home converted into a dining place.

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Throughout our meal, these old folks, experts in Javanese traditional music were jammin’ away. They looked so adsorbed into the music like trance.

What I found really intruiging was how different cultures fuse together and form another new one. Some musical instruments resembled the chinese, with dragon carvings, while some appeared to resemble the malay. Indonesia is really a land rich with history and diverse culture.

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The waitress said that the top choices by patrons who dine here are their steaks and bebek (fried duck). She did a good job at selling and I went for the steak, thinking that I would be having indon food for the next few days anyway.

Boy oh boy, I surely made a mistake. The sirloin was very, very ordinary. It felt like was just trying to fulfill my daily protein intake rather than truly enjoying every single slice of it.

Colleagues from other tables who ordered the bebek on the otherhand, complemented so much on it…apparently the bebek was really delicious. Awh! Sigh. Missed it.

Oh well… it’ll be okay. Every foodie experience is a roller coaster adventure! I’ll find a better bebek in future!

Address: Affandi Street (Gejayan) 79D, Yogyakarta

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A quick trip to the Prambanan temple before we flew back home. This temple is listed as one of the unesco heritage sites and 1 of the most popular places to visit in Yogyakarta. Carved and built with black stones way back in 800AD. It is gorgeous both during the day and….

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Also by night!

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We even managed to catch a glimpse of the active volcano of Bandung on the plane. This was my first ever time seeing this from high up here.

This trip was truly an eye opener to me, rich with diverse culture both in places, people and food!

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Fried chicken the Yogya way@Ayam Goreng Suharti, Yogyakarta

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The recent meeting in Yogyakarta proves to be fruitful in terms of learning and also interesting culinary wise. On our final day of the meeting, we had several hours to kill before catching our flight.

Our local colleagues recommended us to try Yogya’s famous fried chicken by Suharti, popular amongst locals and tourists and the best part of all was that the restaurant was located nearby our hotel, Sheraton Mustika.

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We ordered half a chicken and half a duck, for 4 pax sharing.

The local chicken served in Yogya is the ‘kampung’ chicken (bred without closed captivity, where it is allowed to roam freely hence more lean). Although it was half a chicken, the portion was just nice for us to have an enjoyable munch and nibble.

The outer batter was crunchy, yet when in the mouth, the crunchy bits would melt in your mouth. The meat was also tender, as if the chicken was cooked in a pressure cooker before being deep fried.

It was a little salty, but once added with the sambal….boy, kaboom sizzles!

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The half duck portion looked even smaller than the chicken’s. Not sure if the duck was ‘kampung-ed’ bred or not but this duck..phew, the meat was so tender it just crumbled down once we used the spoon to take some portion out.

The picture explained it all. The duck is the winner to me although Suharti is famous for its fried chicken.

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This little bugger…is the source of all the adrenaline rush in our meals for the 4 days here…and also the source of a good bowel movement. (A bit too good on some mornings!) The local indon sambal terasi is just spectacular. And all sambals are freshly home made in most restaurants.

Total damage for 2 half chicken+duck: about RM 24. Pretty worthy try without burning a hole in the pocket. Suharti also specializes in packing for takeaways but I reckoned if I buy home, it might not be as crunchy as how we had it at lunch.

Location: Jalan Adisucipto 208. Near the Carrefour Express.

P/S: just by the entrance of the restaurant, there was a band playing live jazz music, folk and local indon pop songs, and they were good! Good meal with good music. A great ending to a fruitful trip!

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Nearby, we saw a giant caged area filled with deers and dry parsed land. The deers looked extremely malnourished and in constant hunger. We bought some vegetables from a guy in a scooter conveniently parked just by the road and fed them. Sadly, the mighty alpha males were the ones that get most of the food. They even chased away some of the younger female deers by bulldozing through using their big sharp antlers…poor deers… animal injustice!

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