The mixture of Javanese, Arabic and Chinese cultures made Pekalongan a ‘rich’ coastal city; not only in terms of its cultural and coastal batik patterns–but also in its culinary traditions that are rich in flavor. Pekalongan cuisine is not limited to soto tauto and sego megono, although both are among the most popular. The following…
Located on the north coast of Java Sea, Pekalongan is prone to hot weather, especially when the sun shines brightly and dry season hits. During those times, nothing is more fitting than seeking shelter and enjoying the variety of sweet, cold, and fresh ice desserts of Pekalongan. Which one would you like to try? Pink…
“Let’s have some coffee.” Today, the phrase refers not only to the experience of drinking coffee, but also applies to the act of meeting friends, catching up while snacking, working outside the office, or even just relaxing and enjoying the surrounding atmosphere. For coffee (and coffee shop) lovers, here are some coffee spots in Pekalongan…
Some foods are famous for their exceptional taste. Other snacks are popular because of their unique shape. There is also a type of food that became famous because of the legend behind it. The legend behind this unusual-sized serabi (traditional rice pancake) reminds us of honesty.   Kali Beluk certainly sounds unusual for a name…
What is the most legendary Martabak in Pekalongan? The locals, without a doubt, would reply: Martabak Ibrahim. In fact, the martabak (can be somewhat likened to a thick crepe/pancake) known in Indonesia is slightly different from the martabak abroad. In Singapore or the Middle East, martabak usually refers to savory martabak; or egg martabak. This…
Steaming warm rice spooned into a piece of banana leaf. Shredded young jackfruit, or gori, is added to it. A slice of tempe mendoan and a glass of warm tea as a compliment. How delicious! This is Sego Megono, a typical food of the North Coast of Java (Pantura), including Pekalongan. The people’s rice is…
The chant “Laa ilaaha illallah” wafted beautifully in certain nights in Pekalongan. This city of batik, also known as the city of Islamic students, is indeed thick with its Islamic culture. One of them is Tahlilan ritual–which, consequently, gave birth to a glass of Tahlil coffee. Tahlil means an act of remembering by continuing to…
Steam wafts in the air as the spicy soup got poured into a bowl. The savory aroma of this dark reddish-brown soup will greet you as you set foot in a Tauto stall in Pekalongan. Tauto is one of Pekalongan specialties. A dash of tauco—or fermented soybean, gives Tauto its unique flavor. Tauco makes a…