I had one of the best dinners I’d ever had in Indonesia today at Jogjakarta’s legendary Ayam Goreng MBok Berek – yes, *THE* restaurant which purportedly started the Jogja fried chicken craze. Today, it’s run by the original MBok Berek (Ronodikromo)’s great-great-grandson, Agus Setyanto, a friendly, genial host who took a genuine interest in his clients.
What we had today:
- Jogja-style fried chicken, which were free-range (“kampung”) chicken which had been simmered in Javanese “bumbu” spices first, then deep-fried to a crisp upon order. The fried chicken was topped with crisp tapioca flour-spice mix to form a delicate lacy golden-brown crust.
- Golden crisp-fried “gurame” freshwater fish, which was actually the tastiest dish we had this evening.
- Deep-fried tempe. This was okay, but not as tasty as the version one gets in Malang, East Java.
- “Nasi goreng” (Indonesian fried rice) – extra-spicy version served up here with a fried egg and a piece of fried chicken.
- “Bebek bakar” - barbecued duck, basted in sweet dark soysauce. It was pretty tasty but chewy.
- “Sop asem” – spicy sweet-sour vegetable soup. Unfortunately, we found out that MBok Berek actually made tepid, one-dimensional “sop asem”. Not recommended here.
Liked the keropok (prawn crisps) though - fresh, and don't have the floury, mealy taste of inferior quality ones. Definitely a must-visit for any foodie to Indonesia.
Ayam Goreng MBok Berek
Jl Raja Magelang Km 9
Jawa Tengah, Indonesia
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