“I ordered the Bihun Nyemek (Javanese rice vermicelli with soup), and just like any other of its kind, the soup featured a texture that was just perfect – not too thick, yet not too thin.“
Bakmi Jawa is a must-have for any visitors to Yogyakarta looking to sample the culinary delights of the city. Two places that would get ringing endorsements from locals are Mbah Mo and Pak Rebo. An interesting trivia that we learned during our time there was that Pak Rebo – who founded his shop in 1940 – was the person who taught Mbah Mo how to cook a mean bowl of Bakmi Jawa. With the purpose of discovering the truth behind said alleged fact – and to sample Pak Rebo’s supposedly authentic Bakmi Jawa – we went to Jalan Brigjen Katamso, where its green-coloured shop is located in the centre of the city.
A cart and a charcoal brazier can be found right in front of the joint. The charcoal brazier is not for show, and is in working order. It is used primarily to cook their Bakmi Jawa, which we found out was the reason why there was a pleasant smoky aroma coming from the dish when we ate it. Expect to wait an hour or two for your Bakmi Jawa to be ready, though, as they cook it one by one using a single stove. I ordered the Bihun Nyemek(Javanese rice vermicelli with soup), and just like any other of its kind, the soup featured a texture that was just perfect – not too thick, yet not too thin.
The rich chicken broth went off like fireworks in my mouth, complemented by the perfectly cooked rice vermicelli. Overall, I had a very enjoyable dining experience at Bakmi Jawa Pak Rebo, although I was a tad disappointed that we couldn’t confirm the veracity behind the story that links Mbah Mo and Pak Rebo because Pak Rebo’s son had his hands full tending to a crowded restaurant. If you’re not the adventurous sort and would like to avoid veering too far away from the city centre, then Bakmi Jawa Pak Rebo should be more than sufficient to satisfy your taste buds. Trust me when I say it’ll be worth the two-hour wait.
Jl. Brigjen Katamso
T: 0817 541 0904
Opening hours 5pm-11pm