The icon of this cultural city is represented by the Sultanate of Yogyakarta. The Yogyakarta society is really respect & love their Royal Family of Sultana. As a cultural centre, the Sultana Palace (we usually called it as: Kraton) describing the history, the tradition and also the mystical part of Nyi Roro Kidul, the legendary Indonesian spirit, known as the Queen of the Southern Sea of Java. Sometimes she is referred as one of the spiritual queens or wives of the Sultan of Yogyakarta. Her literal positioning is considered as corresponding to the Merapi-Kraton-South Sea axis in Yogyakarta Sultanate.
GKR Hemas, the Queen of Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X, who is reigning today, want to conserve the richness of Kraton culinary & open the access to the society to know about the Royal Palace dishes. This is the vision of the establishment of Bale Raos.
Located at the Kedaton area, with the structure of Joglo architecture and Kraton ornament, added the viscosity of their culinary. The restaurant has an open air concept, no air conditioner (AC) provided at all plus the heat of sun at this season; that combination is really make me sweat all over my body. I hate it!
I straightly go to this restaurant from the airport. It’s already 2 PM, and I really feel so starving! For beverage I tried Hot Secang. Price 8 K. It’s made of secang wood shaving which produce red dye in combination with ginger, clove & citronella. Taste so sweet with the exotic & warm flavor.
For veggies, I order Oseng Daun Pepaya (papaya leaves sautéed with chili). Price 13.5 K. The papaya leaves taste not too bitter, the seasoning also is not too spicy, more likely to feel sweet. Fyi, the central java cuisine is preferred to taste sweet. Quite good.
For first main course, I order Bestik Djawa. Price 45 K. It’s a Javanese chop beef steak at light sweet soy sauce served with mash potato grilled and buttered veggies. The chop beef steak is savory, blended well with the sauce. Taste okay!
Second dish: Bestik Lidah. Price 45 K. That’s a plate of beef tongue steak in mushroom sauce, granulate butter steamed potato and mixed chopped veggies in dressing milk. The beef tongue is tender, the sauce is too sweet for me, but it’s taste good if I combine it with the dressing milk’s veggies.
The last dish is Urip Urip Gulung. Price 25 K. That’s 5 pieces of fry and grill catfish roll served with turmeric gravy in light spicy taste. They give the sweet soy sauce on top, eat it with its gravy sauce and combine it with the spiciness of cayenne chili. You have 3 flavors in one bite: sweet, salty & spicy! It will be perfect if they remove the barbs of the catfish.
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