Aside from being well-known for the unique tourist attractions, Yogyakarta, one of the cities in Indonesia, is also popular for it’s culinary. One of the dishes you should try while being in the city is Saoto Bathok Mbah Katro. What is it actually?
Delicious Soto in the Coconut Shell
Soto is one of the featured culinary that you can simply find in many places in Indonesia. It is quite similar to the soup but there are some additional spices to form such a unique but delicious taste. Commonly, Soto is served in a bowl along with the side dishes like tempe, tahu, sate, and the others. However, it seems that Mbah Katro has his own way of serving. He doesn’t use the bowls but pieces of the coconut shells. Well, it can just add the traditional nuance of this modest soto restaurant.
The main menu available in this stall is the beef soto. In a portion of the soto, there are some pieces of ingredients added, they are the tiny noodles, slices of green onions, celeries, and of course the beef itself. Meanwhile, there are also the fried tempe, quail eggs, and chicken satay as the side dishes. They are all cooked by maintaining the original and traditional tastes of Javanese foods. So, those foods are just necessary for you the culinary hunters.
Semi-Outdoor Building with Bamboo Gazebos
What makes Saoto Bathok Mbah Katro is always full of the customers is not only because of the dishes. The stall itself is established uniquely with the back-to-village concept. The area of the restaurant itself is surrounded by the farming area. Meanwhile, although it looks like only a small stall from the front, the building is actually quite large and comfortable. It is a sort of semi-outdoor building made from bamboos that are divided into many gazebos. So, this place is just necessary for you who come in groups with family or friends.
How to Get There
Interestingly, Saoto Bathok Mbah Katro is located in such a strategic place. From the Solo Street of Yogyakarta, you can just go forward until the T-junction of Adi Sucipto Airport has been passed. There is a signpost of Sambisari Temple and follow it until you find the temple. The location of the restaurant is right on the northern area of the temple. Sure, before or after enjoying the soto, you can visit the beautiful Sambisari Temple to learn about history and culture.