Mie Lethek of Yogyakarta Special Region
What is the reason for visiting the Yogyakarta Special Region? Aside from the natural attractions, culture, and history, tourists want to try all traditional foods and snacks that they can find there. Gudeg is indeed the most famous one, but the region also offers the classic one called Mie Lethek. In terms of name, it means dirty noodles. As the name suggests, it looks pale and ugly. Unlike regular noodles, the color seems unappealing. However, it tastes wonderful and is considered healthier due to the absence of additions and food coloring agent.
Where to Get It
Perhaps many tourists don’t know where to get Mie Lethek when visiting Yogyakarta Special Region. Have no worries. Some good places are available to visit, as long as tourists find a good informant or local guide. This person may tell them regarding the exact location to get the food. Some of the best choices are Mbah Mendes’ and Kang Sum’s. The first one is located in the west part of Maguwoharjo Junction. As for the second reference, it is located near to Imogiri. Thus, tourists only need to choose one which is located the nearest to their area.
More about Mie Lethek
For the information, Mie Lethek belongs to Srandakan People who live in Bantul Regency. However, the business has expanded to other regions over time. The main ingredients are cassavas and tapioca flour. Despite the unappealing color, the taste is great and it is healthier. Also, tourists can get either fried or soup one. Both of them taste unique, so everyone should try them all later. The locals cook it in a traditional way and without any additives. This explains Mie Lethek is healthier than regular noodles.
While waiting for the food to be served, tourists have the chance to witness the process as well. The locals would use a traditional Tungku Anglo, in fact. Somehow, it gives a distinct taste to the food. As for the extra ingredients, these include pieces of chicken, local boiled eggs, various veggies, and special spices. The most common ones are pepper, salt, garlic, and candlenuts. The cooking time is considered moderate, so tourists should wait for a while especially when the customers are many.
The popularity of Mie Lethek is considered excellent. In fact, the former President of the United States Barrack Obama once ate it during the visit in Yogyakarta. Therefore, it is likely tourists would be disappointed if they don’t buy some when spending a vacation in Yogya later. Have no worries. The local guide would help them regarding the best places to buy the food.
- Prambanan Temple
- Parangtritis Beach
- Beringharjo Market
How to Get There
It is true that tourists can get to Yogyakarta City by either land transportation or airplane. For outsiders, though, an airplane service would be the best choice. For the information, a flight from Soekarno – Hatta International Airport may take around 1 hour and 10 minutes. After tourists arrive at Adisucipto International Airport, they can simply visit recommended local eateries to buy Mie Lethek. Actually, it is better to get a local guide service first for a more efficient exploration.
Where to Stay
- Jayakarta Hotel
- Greenhouse Boutique Hotel
- Ambarukmo Hotel
- Garuda Hotel
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