“I took a bite out of one after I bought it, and I could really taste the sweet and delicate green bean filling.“
Travellers carrying boxes of Bakpia Pathok (Pathok sweet roll) at Adisucipto International Airport in Yogyakarta is a common sight to behold, since the sweet treat is very much an iconic local snack of the city and a choice souvenir to bring for loved ones back home. Of all the many brands that produce Bakpia Pathok – each differentiated using numbers – the most prominent one for years has been Bakpia Pathok 25.
Originating from China, where it is known as Tau Luk Pia (green bean sweet roll), it was first introduced to the locals in 1948 by those of Chinese heritage from a village called Pathok on the outskirts of Yogyakarta. Back in the day, they were packed in besek (rattan container) and distributed in traditional markets. Nowadays, however, Bakpia are packaged in proper carton boxes that contain either 15 or 30 pieces each.
Bakpia Pathok 25 itself was patented in the 1980s. It has several outlets spread across the city. During my recent short stop to Yogyakarta, I dropped by its factory – also functioning as its flagship shop – on Jalan Aip II KS Tubun prior to leaving town. I picked up a box of the original green bean Bakpia to go, and it was still warm and fresh. I took a bite out of one after I bought it, and I could really taste the sweet and delicate green bean filling.
They also have a selection of flavours available, ranging from chocolate, cheese, and pineapple to durian and black beans. They do not use any preservative substance, so make sure you finish them in less than a week after purchase.
Jl. Aip II KS Tubun NG 1/504, Ngampilan,
T: 0274 513 904
Open daily from 6am-11pm
Price: Rp.30,000/US$2.30 per pack (small)