When I was a kid, my dad used to bring home packs of Wingko (pancake with grated coconut) whenever he came back from Semarang. Mind you, I didn’t really enjoy them as they were too sweet for my liking. That was then, however. After my recent trip to Semarang, I now realise how amazing they are. And it was all because I dropped by Wingko Babad Cap Kereta Api.
One of the most famous Wingko joints in town, Wingko Babad Cap Kereta Api was founded by D. Mulyono back in 1946. During that time, he touted his Wingko at Semarang Tawang Train Station – the mode of transportation that provided the inspiration for the name of his Wingko, as well as its train logo. These days, scores of sellers across the city have used the logo without permission and plastered it on to their own Wingko. You can only get the original at its shop on Jalan Cendrawasih.
Several choices abound here apart from its standard coconut flavour, ranging from chocolate and banana to durian and jackfruit. The curious glutton that I am, I tried out each and every one of them except for the durian-flavoured ones because they were sold out by the time I got there. Impressively, they use real banana and jackfruit to come up with the flavours. For the chocolate Wingko, they mix the chocolate along with the dough, resulting in a dark brown-coloured pancake. If you decide to have them to go, please note that they have a lifespan of three days before they expire.
Jl. Cendrawasih No. 14,
Semarang, Central Java
T: 024 354 2064
Open daily from 7am-6pm
Price: Rp.4,000/US$0.30 per piece