Roti Kecik Ganep has been a staple in Solo’s lexicon of light bites for over a hundred years now. Basically local breadsticks made out of glutinous rice flour, its parent company Roti Ganep was first established in 1881. It currently has three spacious outlets in the city, and during my visit, I made sure to drop by its flagship shop on Jalan Sutan Syahrir in the Tambak Segaran neighbourhood to snap up a box.
A crowd of fellow tourists were crammed inside the joint while I was there, but it did not deter my desire to fulfil my objective. Besides Roti Kecik, the shop also offers various titbits and freshly baked bread and cakes, which somewhat put me in a spot as now I had more options to choose from. Fortunately one of the employees simmered me down as she assured me that Roti Kecik has been the most sought-after item at the place for decades.
What began as a brief Q & A became an enlightenment session as she continued to fill me in on the story behind the establishment, such as how it all began at the very location where I was stood. Back to its Roti Kecik, it might possess a similar texture and taste to its counterparts, but it’s not as sweet as the rest of them, which is just perfect to complement an afternoon cup of tea or coffee.
Jl. Sutan Syahrir No. 176,
Solo, Central Java
T: 0271 647 559
Open daily from 6am-9pm
Price: Rp.15,000/US$1.10 per package