“Kupat Tahu consists of tofu, steamed rice cake, bean sprouts, and cabbage. It is rounded off with a soy sauce dressing and is topped with celery and roasted peanuts.“
Home to Borobudur Temple, Magelang has its fair share of local and international tourists coming in and out of the city on a daily basis. And Yogyakarta, as the closest city in the area, would often be chosen as transit hub for visitors before they make their way to one of the wonders of the world. It is the exact route that I opted to take during my recent trip.
It took about an hour’s drive from my hotel in Yogyakarta to Magelang, but instead of heading straight to Muntilan – where Borobudur Temple is located – I made a quick stop-off to a long-established eatery called Kupat Tahu Blabak Bu Asih in Mungkid, Magelang to sample its well-known speciality. Housed in a small shoplot, it could fit up to 15 pax at one time and a wooden cart is placed at the front-end of the joint, which functions as its kitchen.
As I waited for my food, I managed to throw a few questions to its owner Bu Asih in order to dig up more information regarding her shop. It turns out that her grandfather founded the Kupat Tahu (rice cake and tofu in peanut sauce) business in 1968, when he sold them by using basket that he carried over his shoulder. Bu Asih took over the enterprise around 20 years ago, and she was responsible for opening the current outlet.
Kupat Tahu consists of tofu, steamed rice cake, bean sprouts, and cabbage. It is rounded off with a soy sauce dressing and is topped with celery and roasted peanuts. The soy sauce here is mixed with a sufficient amount of water to reduce its sweetness and thickness. I found a cut of ground garlic in the concoction, which lent an aromatic relish to the whole dish. Fresh and spicy, my taste buds were given the pampering of a lifetime by it.
Jl. Nasional No. 14,
Open from 8am-8pm
Price: Rp.12,000/US$0.90 per person