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…
This old art deco building on Jalan Jetayu 1, Pekalongan, stores 1,149 batik collections from all over the archipelago. The goal is to provide knowledge and experience of being in close contact with batik; ensuring that batik–as a masterpiece that becomes the identity of the Indonesian nation–remains sustainable. The building selected to be Museum Batik…
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…
Along with the waves, the twilight reflections on the sea surface is widening and rising. As if in response to this, the sea breeze caress our face. Good morning from Pekalongan’s marine tourism! Located 4 kilometers from downtown Pekalongan, Pekalongan Marine Tourism becomes the perfect place to relax for a moment. Since its inauguration on…
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…
Old houses with chipped and peeled-off paints are facing one another. Centuries-old gates and windows stand erect, challenging time. Let’s get nostalgic, so they whisper. Entering the Blimbing Road area, which meanders around Pekalongan River, the atmosphere is quiet and still. It is like being pulled back to the past when the street was still…
Coastal batik, or batik pesisir. That’s how people call it. Characterized by its cheerful and striking colors, coastal batik is different from batik from Jogja or Solo–generally dominated by dark colors, like brown and black. Located on the coast of Java, Pekalongan–once a bustling port and trading town–enabled intense interaction between migrants, foreign traders, and…