“We actually work with vendors who supply them. That’s how my mother ran the shop, and that’s how I’ve been conducting the business ever since.”
Toko Cokro would always be the go-to snack shop in Solo for visitors. Founded in 1973 by Ibu Cokro, the shop is known as a one-stop joint for people to rummage through a wide array of snacks, ranging from kue basah (traditional cakes), Intip (Javanese crackers) and spinach chips to Bakpia (bean-filled cookies). Having been on our radar for quite some time, we decided to swing by the place during a quick visit to the city. We engaged in a confab with Ibu Nining, Ibu Cokro’s daughter, as she lets us in on the story behind this famous snack parlour.
Tell us more about Toko Cokro.
My mum first opened Toko Corko back in 1973, and I’ve been helping my mother at the shop since I was a wee lad. When she left this mortal coil in 2002, I was left in charge of Toko Cokro.
There’s a wide array of traditional snack selections available here – did you make them all on your own?
No, we actually work with vendors who supply them. That’s how my mother ran the shop, and that’s how I’ve been conducting the business ever since.
As someone who sells traditional snacks, would you let us in on your favourite traditional snack of all time?
That’s quite a tricky question. I guess it would be anything, as long as it contains cassava. As a true-blue Javanese, I just can’t resist cassava. There are loads of snacks that are made from cassava, such as Getuk.
Pasar Jongke, Jl. Dr. Rajiman No. 603
Laweyan, Solo, Central Java
Open daily from 6am-8pm
Price starts from Rp.2,000/US$0.15 for one piece of traditional snack