“Pak Nardi’s Rujak Es Krim features a crunchy texture and a sweet-and-sour flavour that comes from the thinly sliced fruits. Combined with the velvety ice cream, it tasted like heaven on my palate.“
If the swarm of people in the area doesn’t get to you when you’re wending your way across Jalan Malioboro in the heart of Yogyakarta, then the heat and humidity will. It can be quite a struggle as you try to maintain your composure whilst fighting off the mugginess and the throng of your fellow pedestrians as they bump into you more than once. Instead of torturing yourself, my advice would be to hop on a Becak (pedicab) and head to Pakualaman Yogyakarta, which is just a few blocks away, to treat yourself to a reinvigorating bowl of Rujak Es Krim (mixed fruit salad with ice cream).
Several Rujak Es Krim stalls operate in the area, but the granddaddy of them all is Rujak Es Krim Pak Nardi, which can be found just outside of the western wall of Pura Pakualaman. Founded in the 1980s by namesake Pak Nardi, his roadside-docked wooden cart would normally have the highest amount of customers during lunchtime, as I discovered to my chagrin during my visit. It was 1pm, and I had to enjoy my Rujak Es Krim in the comfort of my car as there wasn’t an empty seat available at the joint.
Consisting of jicama, pineapple, cucumber, papaya, and kedondong – topped with home-made ice cream and a watery brown sugar-based sauce mixed with garlic to enhance its aroma – Pak Nardi’s Rujak Es Krim features a crunchy texture and a sweet-and-sour flavour that comes from the thinly sliced fruits. Combined with the velvety ice cream, it tasted like heaven on my palate. Call me a glutton if you will, but I went for a second serving and I have no regrets. Rujak Es Krim Pak Nardi is open daily from 8am but it would usually close at around 3pm or 4pm, which is when the stall runs out of stock.
Jl. Haryowinatan Purwo Kinanti Pakualaman,
Open daily from 8am to 3pm
T: 0857 2856 6266
Rp.8,000/US$0.60 per person