Sate Klathak Pleret of Yogyakarta Special Region


Consisting of many historical sites and interesting vacation spots, Yogyakarta Special Region is always popular. Actually, one of the allures is the presence of several unique traditional foods like Sate Klathak Pleret. This skewer is different than others due to a unique way to serve the foods. Instead of using bamboo or wooden sticks, the cook use iron bars instead! When eating, the customers’ mouth makes a certain sound “klatak”. This is the history of the name. As for Pleret, it derives from the location where this food is originated, which is Pleret Sub-District at Bantul Regency.

Where to Get It
So, where can tourists get the food? Even though some sellers have been operating in almost all parts of the Yogyakarta Special Region, it is recommended to visit Pleret Sub-District to try the original one. Both the taste and nuance is different, for sure. The problem is first-timers or outsiders don’t have the information. Have no worries. Some recommended places to visit are Wonokromo, Jejeran, Gondowulung, Ringroad Crossroad, and Imogiri Timur Street. For a more efficient way, tourists should consider hiring a local guide later.

More about Sate Klathak Pleret
Aside from the iron bars, Sate Klathak has other differences as compared to the regular ones. For example, it is related to the seasoning. Instead of using lots of soybean sauce and peanut dressing, this one only includes a small amount of pepper and salt. The main ingredient is lamb meat and the texture is soft, due to the young age of the lamb. A portion consists of about 2 or 4 skewers and it features a curry broth as well. Not to mention tourists can eat it along with rice!

The question is why the locals use iron bars instead of bamboo or wooden ones. According to them, the purpose is to help to reach the complete doneness of the meat. The heat of the iron bar helps to cook the inner part of the lamb meat, after all. Due to the presence of curry broth, the taste is both savory and spicy. The meat tastes wonderful despite the minimum seasoning, in fact. What about the price? Well, it depends on where and when tourists get the food. During big holidays, the price would go up for sure.

Aside from enjoying Sate Klathak Pleret, tourists can order other menus in those local eateries. These include lamb fried rice, tengkleng, tongseng, and curry. All of them taste great, indeed. Here is the tip. Everyone should come early in order to avoid the queue. After all, the sellers would run out of stocks already in the afternoon due to the high number of customers!

Nearby Attractions

  • Kaliurang
  • Prambanan Temple
  • Parangtritis Beach
  • Malioboro
  • Beringharjo Market

How to Get There
The simplest and fastest way to reach Yogyakarta City is indeed by airplane. Those who come from Jakarta City only need to get an airplane service at Soekarno – Hatta International Airport and head to the destination right away. This flight may take about 1 hour and 10 minutes, actually. After arriving at Adisucipto International Airport, tourists can simply find a local guide who can show the best eateries to get Sate Klathak. Somehow, they must visit Bantul Regency where this food is originated.

Where to Stay

  • Ambarukmo Hotel
  • Jayakarta Hotel
  • Greenhouse Boutique Hotel
  • Garuda Hotel


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