“Its overall flavour is a combination of savoury – stemming from the sticky rice – and sweet, which originates from the tempeh.“
A highland region in the northern side of Yogyakarta, Kaliurang is a fascinating tourist destination indeed. Quite a number of travellers make their way here year after year, with attractions such as the Merapi Museum or the off-road Merapi Tour on hand to be enjoyed. On top of all that is a long-standing eatery that offers the unique local dish that is Jadah Tempe (sticky rice with marinated tempeh): Jadah Tempe Mbah Carik.
Mbah Carik began peddling Jadah Tempe by carrying them on a rattan basket in Telaga Putri Kaliurang in 1950. With the business going well, Mbah Carik was able to gather enough money to open up a permanent shop on Jalan Astamulya Kaliurang 18 years ago. Today, local tourists would drive all the way here just to grab a pack or two of Jadah Tempe. While I was there, I bumped into an elderly couple who came from Semarang just to do so. Their dedication is admirable, to say the least.
Jadah Tempe basically consists of sticky rice and marinated tempeh, and is served on a rattan plate. Its overall flavour is a combination of savoury – stemming from the sticky rice – and sweet, which originates from the tempeh. If your taste buds prefer a bit of spiciness, then you’re in luck as they provide a few pieces of bird’s eye chillies on the side.
While I was on my way to the shop, I actually saw a Jadah Tempe Mbah Carik outlet on Jalan Kaliurang KM 15. After asking one of its employees, it turns out that the one that I passed by earlier is run by Mbah Carik’s son. Despite the familial connection, they are not of the same business entity as Mbah Carik’s offspring utilises his own recipe to makeJadah Tempe.
Jl. Astamulya Kaliurang,
T: 0274 446 4277
Open daily from 7am-6pm
Price: Rp.8,000/US$0.60 per pack