“The mixture comprises cuts of half-ripe star fruits, melons, mangoes, papayas,kedondong, jicama, guavas, cucumbers, and pineapples.“
In 1956, Pak Man started his Rujak (mixed fruit salad) business for the first time by hawking around his concoction using a basket that he carried on his shoulder. Rujak Marem Pak Man finally had its own place when after decades of moving about from one place to another, Pak Man decided to open a small warung on Jalan Karang Anyar near SMA Kolose Loyola Semarang in 1992. His wooden stall now regularly sees hordes of patrons coming and going on a daily basis. A branch in Jakarta at Taman Kemang serves to justify the rewards from his years of hard work.
Only a couple of customers were there when I arrived, both enjoying their Rujak at one corner of the joint. I ordered a Rujak Potong and a Rujak Serut. The main difference between the two is that the fruits in a Rujak Potong come in big chunks, while you will be given thinly sliced fruits in a portion of Rujak Serut. The latter is also a tad more watery compared to its sibling. Both feature a similar composition of fruits, though, and are topped with a sweet-and-spicy peanut sauce. The mixture comprises cuts of half-ripe star fruits, melons, mangoes, papayas, kedondong, jicama, guavas, cucumbers, and pineapples.
The peanut sauce used here was nothing like I’ve ever encountered before. This was the result of Pak Man mixing some Pisang Batu (a type of wild banana) into the sauce to enhance its flavour and enrich its texture – culminating in a rather creamy finish. You can also ask for Pak Man to add more chillies into the peanut sauce to freshen it up even further.
Jl. Karang Anyar,
Open daily from 10am-5pm
Price: Rp.15,000/US$1.10 per person