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Yogyakarta: Oseng-Oseng Mercon

Yogyakarta: Oseng-Oseng Mercon


“Moments after I made short work of my first spoonful, the spiciness kicked in, ravaging through my mouth and tummy as if I had just ingested a string of firecrackers.

To my ignorance, I have been pigeonholing that all Javanese dishes – including those that originate from Yogyakarta – taste sweet for most of my life. That is until I went on a short trip to Yogyakarta not too long ago. It took me a bite of Oseng-Oseng Mercon (spicy fried cow’s feet) to prove that I was wrong this whole time and that there are authentic hot-and-spicy dishes in the city.

There are plenty of hawkers along Jalan KH Ahmad Dahlan that specialise in Oseng-Oseng Mercon. I made my way to a stall in a green-coloured tent called Lesehan Bu Narti, which is renowned for being the innovator behind this delicacy. It was still closed when I got there, so I had to wait until it opened at around 5.15pm. By the time I was placing my order at the counter, a queue of four customers had already formed behind me. It looks like this is one very popular joint.

Its menu contains various selections of dishes – ranging from duck, chicken and pigeon to quail and catfish – which customers can choose either to have their selection fried or grilled. Since the main reason why I was there was to give its famous Oseng-Oseng Mercona try, I turned a blind eye to the rest of the victuals on the list. After being handed my food, I sat down on a mat underneath the tent.

Besides the chewy cow’s feet – or kikil, as we Indonesians call it – I found tender slices oftetelan (beef parts that stick to the bone) in the concoction. Moments after I made short work of my first spoonful, the spiciness kicked in, ravaging through my mouth and tummy as if I had just ingested a string of firecrackers. I could only down a couple more bites before I had to call it quits. It was just too much even for a lover of spicy food like me.

On my way back to the hotel, my local driver Pak Roni cheekily tried to entice me into having a go at another stall he reckoned serves an even spicier Oseng-Oseng Mercon that the one I just had. After experiencing first-hand the damage that it can do, I told him to shove it.

Jl. KH Ahmad Dahlan,
Yogyakarta
T: 0819 1555 4472
Open daily from 5pm to 12am
Rp.15,000/US$1.10 per person


A die-hard fan of authentic Indonesian delights who loves the idea of travelling to the cradle of those enticing local treats. Yet, you might often find this young lad busy with his guitar – be it alone in his room or, sometimes, on stage.

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