Nasi Goreng (fried rice) is one of my most favourite dishes, so to be notified of a renowned fried rice purveyor in Yogyakarta piqued my curiosity – especially one as popular as Nasi Goreng Beringharjo.
Founded in 1968, the joint was first located nearby the traditional market whose name was adopted for its moniker. Due to a clean-up of hawkers in the area, the eatery had to be relocated to its current site.
There are only two fried rice variants on offer here: Nasi Goreng Ayam (chicken fried rice) and Nasi Goreng Babi (pork fried rice). Despite the limited choices, this warung is never empty. Pak Yoestinus Sutrisno – better known as Om Yoes Nasgor – is the third generation of the founder’s family who runs the place, and he has maintained the use of his grandfather’s recipe to preserve its mouth-watering flavour.
While your ordinary fried rice seller would usually tailor their dish according to the customer’s wants, the fried rice here are cooked in a large wok on a wood-burning stove that has to be fanned to avoid the flames burning out. This means that punters need not worry about waiting for long periods of time for their order when the place is overloaded. Pak Yoes is assisted by Pak Sukijo, who would usually trade pleasantries with patrons while cooking.
Although unremarkable in its appearance – despite the addition of fried egg, chicken meat shreds, and cuts of cabbage – the saying “Never judge a book by its cover” has never applied more aptly here. Not as oily as your common fried rice, it packs a flavourful punch that is perfectly savoury and is served in a substantial portion at a fairly affordable price.
If you wish to sample its fried rice, it is recommended to make your way here at around 6pm before the dinner crowd descends upon the eatery.
Jalan Mayor Suryotomo No. 7, Gondomanan, Kota Yogyakarta
T: 0812 2747 1638
Open daily from 6pm-11pm
Rp.15,000 per person