Each city in this country has its own signature local delicacy. Jakarta is known for its Soto Betawi (Betawi beef soup), while Loenpia Semarang (Semarang spring roll) and Gudeg (jackfruit stew) are indigenous to Semarang and Yogyakarta respectively. Solo, which I visited recently, has Timlo (chicken liver-and-gizzard soup), and I made sure to drop by the most celebrated Timlo shop in town whilst there: Timlo Sastro.
To illustrate how intrigued I was regarding the place, I went to the 64-year-old shop immediately after I checked in at my designated hotel. Located at Pasar Gede, I arrived there half-an-hour before it was about to close at around 3pm, yet the place was still packed with customers. It can be a bummer for those who would want to enjoy its Timlo for dinner, but its branch on Jalan Dr. Wahidin No. 5 is open until 9.30pm, so lucky you.
I ordered a portion of its Timlo once I sat myself down, and got my food after a minute. It consists of chicken liver and gizzard, boiled egg slices, and cuts of sosis Solo (Solo spring roll) – all dunked inside a bowl of chicken broth. The soup was a bit peppery, similar to Bakmi Jawa (Javanese noodles), although this was much clearer in texture and fresher in taste. The chicken liver, gizzard, and sosis Solo were all very savoury and delicate, and you can also add in the soy-sauce sambal that’s served on the side as well.
Pasar Gede Timur No. 1-2,
Solo, Central Java
T: 0271 654 820
Open daily from 6.30am-3.30pm
Price: Rp.25,000/US$1.90 per person