Yogyakarta has always been close to my heart. That was our first travel destination for my future husband and me back in 2002. We decided to visit the city because of the rich culture, friendly people and the various foods that he can try. Yogyakarta is the place where you can visit the ancient buildings built dating back to the 9th century like the magnificent Prambanan Temple and Borobudur Temple and you also can enjoy the unique shopping experience and urban life at Malioboro street. We travelled by train from Jakarta, which takes about 8 hours. By train he could see the rural life in Indonesia and also see the trees of which he only knew the fruits or the harvest.
Exploring the city with him was not just fun but he also taught me how to be a tourist: enjoying the different culture from my hometown, learning about the history and doing a lot of walking making me realize holiday is not just about shopping and eating! Most of food stalls in Yogyakarta serve the food “lesehan” (meaning sitting on the ground) and eating the food with your bare hand which is something that he wasn’t used to, so going to a restaurant is one of the alternatives to have an easy lunch for him. We couldn’t stop giggling during our “becak” (rickshaw) ride because of the awkward position that we were in as we needed to squeeze ourselves into it. I can’t imagine how shocked was he to see more than three people ride the motorcycle cruising the road.
One of the foods that we tried during our trip is this Ayam Bumbu Rujak; which is a break from the sweet taste of most Yogyakarta signature dishes. Grilled chicken is very popular in Java, and this is one of the kinds that are served in Yogyakarta. It’s almost similar with the one from East Java but using less spices and chilies. I found various recipe on the internet and modified it with the available ingredients over here.