“Made up of rice, chicken slices, herbed boiled egg, Gudeg and krecek (cow’s skin), the savoury concoction suited my taste buds to a T.“
Any traveller who has a penchant for trying out authentic dishes at their destination of choice will most likely try out a portion of Gudeg (jackfruit stew) when he/she is in Yogyakarta. In fact, it’s common to see visitors bringing home boxes of the delicacy for their family and friends. Among the many Gudeg eateries in the city, Gudeg Mbarek Bu Hj Amad has long been a favourite of both locals and out-of-towners.
Located at the north end of Universitas Gadjah Mada, Gudeg Mbarek Bu Hj Amad was founded in 1965 by Hj Amad and has several branches scattered all over the city. The majority of the flagship outlet’s customers comprises the university’s students and staff – the main culprits who have been instrumental in spreading word of its delicious menu over the years. The joint specialises in dried Gudeg, which can last longer and is similar to those that are served at Gudeg Yu Djum. My local driver told me that local tourists prefer Gudeg Mbarek Bu Hj Amad than its counterparts because its Gudeg is not too sweet.
Stacks of besek (rattan container) filled with Gudeg were set on one of the tables by a staff member as I made my entrance to the establishment. Quite a long line has formed at the counter, consisting of customers who were ordering to go. With various sets available to choose from, I went with the Ayam Suwir (chicken slices) and Egg set. Made up of rice, chicken slices, herbed boiled egg, Gudeg and krecek (cow’s skin), the savoury concoction suited my taste buds to a T. To add to my enjoyment, they also threw in some bird’s eye chillies into the mix.
Jl. Kaliurang KM.4.5,
T: 0274 520 049
Open daily from 5am-9pm
Price: Rp.25,000/US$1.90 per person