“Pindang tetel is made of ‘pindang’ fish, right?” Indeed, this question often arises when we mention ‘pindang tetel’. In Indonesia, ‘pindang’ is commonly used to refer to a cooking method where fish is salted and seasoned, then smoked or boiled until dry for preservation. However, the answer to the question above is: no. Although the…
The sweetness was immediately replaced by the spicy kick that took over after the first bite. Yes, Botok Setan’s faint spiciness on its first mouthful is known to have a shocking effect, as well as making us addicted to it. A sweet taste that ends in such spiciness. Herein, lies the pleasure of enjoying a…
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…