Without wanting to exaggerate, I must say that Solo is one of the main spots in the country that features a diverse and wide range of enticing authentic delicacies. It might not have as many long-established eateries compared to other cities in the region such as Semarang and Yogyakarta, yet it still ranks quite high on my list. Take into consideration the level of hospitality and the amount of cultural heritage that it possesses, Solo should definitely be a place that you have to pay a visit to at least once in your lifetime.
If you must choose which from the sea of eateries that you should have a go at first, I’d recommend Warung Bakmi Pak H. Dul and its Bakmi Jawa (Javanese noodles). Before I went, I fired up Google and found a few articles that shone a very positive light on the joint. Some of them even stated that it is President Joko Widodo’s number one choice for Bakmi Jawa. It has been around for around 40 years, but the roadside warung still manages to attract a large number of customers on a daily basis. Lots of people were coming and going while I was there, further justifying its popularity.
It may take some time for your order to be ready, but it’ll be worth the wait. I went for its Mie Godog (noodle soup) and Mie Goreng (fried noodles), and the two offered almost exactly the same in terms of their composition – apart from one being fried, and the other made as a soup: chewy home-made flat noodles, chicken chunks, chicken slices, scrambled egg, kekian (wheat-based cake), and cuts of cabbage. The portions here are quite huge for a warung, and I didn’t find any peppery trace in the Mie Godog at all. Hands down the best Bakmi Jawa I’ve ever tasted.
Jl. Ronggowarsito, Solo
Open daily from 5pm-12am
Rp.20,000/US$1.50 per portion