“Consisting of spinach, cabbage, cucumbers, long beans, bean sprouts, bakwan (vegetable fritter), steamed rice cake and peanut sauce on top, all the vegetables were slightly boiled – except for the fresh cabbage – which made for a delightfully zesty combination.“
Yogyakarta is home to countless eateries that serve authentic local food, making finding a good meal in this city as easy as ABC. From Gudeg (jackfruit stew), Soto Ayam (chicken soup) and Siomay (steamed fish dumpling) to Bakmi Jawa (Javanese noodles) and Mie Ayam (chicken noodles), you’ll be spoilt for choice here. One particularly unique local dish that you can try while you’re here, though, is Lotek (Sundanese vegetable salad) – a native Yogyakartan dish that has its roots in West Java.
One eatery in the city that has carved a glowing reputation due to its first-rate expertise on churning out top-class Lotek is Lotek Bu Bagyo. Founded by its namesake in 1986, this eatery now has several outlets scattered across town. The business, however, started off in the form of a warung on Jalan Colombo, which has led to many locals referring to it as Lotek Colombo Bu Bagyo. I went off in search of its flagship shop on that exact street, but came away empty-handed. Rather than giving up on my quest entirely, I instead headed to one of its branches on Jalan Kompol Bambang Suprapto.
The place was buzzing when I got there, with customers packing it to the rafters. I walked over to the counter and placed my order before jostling my way through the crowd to a table inside. And then my Lotek duly arrived.
Consisting of spinach, cabbage, cucumbers, long beans, bean sprouts, bakwan (vegetable fritter), steamed rice cake and peanut sauce on top, all the vegetables were slightly boiled – except for the fresh cabbage – which made for a delightfully zesty combination. The peanut sauce tasted sweet and savoury, with a peppery aftertaste for good measure. As the dressing is prepared upon ordering, besides getting a freshly made mix, you’ll also be able to request its level of spiciness to suit your liking.
Jl. Kompol Bambang Suprapto,
T: 0274 855 5864
Open daily from 8am-4pm
Price: Rp.15,000/US$1.10 per person