“For someone whose palate favours spicy and salty flavours, this Nasi Pecel was definitely right up my alley.”
In the Javanese culinary lexicon, Pecel (steamed vegetables with peanut sauce) ranks high up there as one of the most loved out of all. One can find it anywhere on the island of Java; from a woman who carries them in a bamboo basket by the side of the road to a swanky restaurant in a metropolitan area.
With that in mind, it was clear to me that I had to include the revered SGPC (Sego Pecel) Ibu Wiryo on my list of dining joints to visit whilst on my trip to Yogyakarta. Established back in 1959, the eatery is located quite close to Universitas Gajah Mada (UGM) – one of the top universities in the country. The establishment occupies a sizable area that looks more akin to a garage, giving its loyal patrons a spacious and comfy place to relax and enjoy their meal.
There are no waiters or menus here. Implementing a self-service system, I had to make my way to the counter to get my hands on its legendary Nasi Pecel. There were a few fried delights that I could have with my meal – including tofu, tempeh, and egg – but I opted to not indulge my unlimited appetite for food for the sake of my body weight.
A generous amount of peanut sauce covered the top of the rice and vegetables, with the latter comprising spinach, bean sprouts, and long beans. I gathered everything on a spoon and shoved it in my mouth. The first flavour to be detected by my taste buds was a sweet tang from the dressing, which was then balanced by the spicy aftertaste. For someone whose palate favours spicy and salty flavours, this Nasi Pecel was definitely right up my alley.
SGPC Ibu Wiryo is a must-visit joint if you fancy a healthy Javanese meal. Since it caters mainly to students, the prices here are easy on your wallet as well.
Jl. Agro CT VII, Klebengenan,
T: 0274 512 288
Open daily from 6.30am-9pm