I found out about Tengkleng Klewer Bu Edi while I was doing some research on the Internet prior to my culinary hunt in Solo. One article highlighted the popularity of its tengkleng (lamb rib stew), and it told of how a number of out-of-towners have become regulars of the joint.
Having been around since 1971, things got a bit sour when Pasar Klewer – where Tengkleng Klewer Bu Edi was located in – was razed by an inferno in 2014. This forced founder Bu Edi to open up a new outlet over at the parking lot of Masjid Agung Surakarta. After a quick chat with the lady who was manning the counter at the joint, I found out that its old shop was already up and running again, while Bu Edi passed away recently in December 2015. The flagship eatery is now run by her daughter, while the one that I was at is now helmed by Bu Edi’s niece.
A serving of its tengkleng consists of lamb rib and bones as well as lamb broth. Served in a pincuk (banana leaf wrapping), you could also opt to have some lamb innards thrown in to the mix. Its soup is fresh with barely a hint of pungent odour that would usually emanate from a lamb-based dish, while the succulent lamb meat is flavourful thanks to the seasonings being permeated evenly into it. It reminded me of a beef soup that my mum would make back in my hometown called lulut.
Parking lot of Masjid Agung Surakarta,
Jl. Masjid Agung
Solo, Central Java
Open daily from 11am-4pm
Price: Rp.25,000/US$1.90 per person