Semarang Cuisine

Posted on February 22, 2018

The food in Central Java is influenced by the two ancient kingdoms of Yogyakarta and Surakarta (also commonly known as Solo). Most of Central Javanese dishes are indigenously developed, however in coastal cities such as Semarang and Pekalongan, notable Chinese influences can be seen, such as lumpia (spring roll) and bakmi Jawa. While in royal court of Surakarta, the European influences can be seen, such as bistik Jawa and selat Solo. Many of Central Java-specific dishes contain the names of the area where the food first became popular

On vacation or on a business trip in Semarang? Let’s follow the culinary trip guidance below.[/vc_column_text]

Lumpia Semarang
Originally made by Chinese immigrants, this lumpia is filled with bamboo shoots, dried shrimp, chicken, and/or prawns. It is served with a sweet chili sauce made from dried shrimp (optional), coconut sugar, red chili peppers, bird’s eye chili peppers, ground white pepper, tapioca starch, water, and baby shallots. Lumpia Semarang is served either deep-fried or unfried, as the filling is already cooked.

Lumpia Semarang: fried or steamed spring rolls. The filling varies, but consists mainly of meat and bamboo shoots. It is served with sweet fermented soybean sauce (tauco) or sweet garlic sauce. Another accompaniment is acar (Indonesian-style sweet and sour cucumber pickle) and chili.

  • Lumpia Gang Lombok : Jalan Gang Lombok, No. 11, Semarang (+62 816-4881-194)
  • Loenpia Mbak Lien : Jl. Pemuda Gang Grajen No.1, Semarang (+62 24 3580734)
  • Lumpia Mataram : Jl. Mataram Semarang (+62 24 70146113)
  • Lumpia Express : Jl. Gajah Mada No 142 AA Semarang

Tahu Pong
Tahu pong in pretty popular in Semarang, it’s a lot of place selling this food. One portion of tahu pong is contain of fried tofu, fried boiled egg and “gimbal” (fried cake with shrimp on the top).

  • Tahu Pong Gajah Mada : Jl. Gajah Mada No. 63B Semarang (+62 24 3556440)

Wingko Babat
Wingko, which is sometimes called Wingko Babat, is a traditional Javanese pancake-like snack made from coconut. It is a kind of cake made mainly of coconut.

  • Wingko Babat Cap Kereta Api: Jl. Cendrawasih No 14 Kota Semarang (024 3542064)
  • Wingko Babat NN. Meniko :Jl Pandean Tamanharjo 83 Semarang (024-3561956)

Nasi Pecel
Pecel is a traditional Indonesian salad from Java, consisting of a mixed vegetables in peanut sauce dressing, usually served with steamed rice or sometimes.

  • Pecel Bu Sumo Jl. Kyai Saleh Semarang
  • Pecel Mbok Sador area Simpang Lima Semarang
  • Pecel Gandekan JL. Gandekan Semarang (+62 24 3565486)
  • Pecel Yu Sri area Simpang Lima Semarang
  • Pecel Yu Surip Jl. MT. Haryono Semarang

Mie Jowo
Boiled noodles (Javanese: Bakmi godhog) cooked with spices typical Javanese recipe. Most Javanese noodles are boiled noodles, so abroad (Malaysia and Singapore) Javanese noodles known as Mie, but in fact there are variations of noodles fried noodles Java.

  • Bakmie Jowo Pak Gareng : JL Wot Gandul Dalam, No. 173 Semarang (+62 24 3560708)
  • Bakmie Jowo Pak Doel Noemani : JL. Pemuda No. 107, Semarang (+62 813-2920-3448)
  • Mie Jowo Pak Har : Jl. Pringggading Semarang

Soto is a traditional Indonesian soup mainly composed of broth, meat and vegetables. Many traditional soups are called soto, whereas foreign and Western influenced soups are called sop.

  • Soto Bokoran : JL. Plampitan, No. 55 Semarang (+62 24 3567402)
  • Soto Mbak Lin : Jl. Kh Ahmad Dahlan 39 Semarang
  • Soto Ayam Pak Man : Jl. Kh Ahmad Dahlan 39 Semarang
  • Soto Ayam Bangkong : Jl. Brigjend Sudiarto Semarang

Nasi Ayam

Nasi ayam is a succulent rice dish cooked in coconut milk, chicken broth and spices. Common steamed rice is usually cooked in water, but nasi liwet is rice cooked in coconut milk, chicken broth,salam leaves and lemongrass, thus giving the rice a rich, aromatic and succulent taste. Nasi liwet is a traditional Javanese way of cooking rice in coconut milk.

  • Nasi Ayam Bu Wido : Jl. Melati Selatan, Semarang (+62 24 3548206)
  • Nasi Ayam Yu Nah : Jl. MT Haryono 513 Semarang (+62 813-2546-6075)
  • Nasi Ayam Simpang Lima Semarang


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