Semarang Culinary Tour

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Semarang can be a heaven for foodies. A culinary tour is a must thing to do when you’re visiting there. Here are some places where you can go for a culinary tour in Semarang.

Weekend Chinatown: Pasar Semawis

Starting on Friday nights, the alleys of the Semarang’s Pecinan district have been closed from 6pm to 10 pm throughout the weekend to make way with this road food block party.

Originally for Lunar New Year night markets, Pasar Semawis was a weekly event in Semarang because of 2004. From traditional Chinese to modern-infused local dishes, Pasar Semawis is a paradise for food lovers. Treats vary from green bananas to steamboat feasts!

Just like any night economy, you can never really predict what you’ll find. Expect to see toymakers, traditional jewelry vendors, and street artists as you stroll along!

The mythical boneless milkfish: Bandeng Presto

Do you agree that separating meat from the bone is too much of an attempt when eating fish?

Well, someone had already put together a solution to empower you to enjoy bass without fussing over tiny bones!

In 1977, Hanna Budimulya made a discovery that by pressure cooking the Bandeng fish, which is known for its large quantity of sharp little bones, the bones become soft and edible. This rapidly became Semarang’s signature dish!

Wrapped in banana leaves, the smooth combination of garlic, turmeric, and salt, the Bandeng will leave a delicious sensation on your tastebuds. Enjoy it together with sweet and spicy sambal, and you have the ideal combination!

Even though lots of restaurants have started producing this dish, also should you would like to get the original taste, head to Pandanaran Street for Hanna Budimulya’s recipe in Bandeng Presto.

A famous brand for a packaged version that you could bring home is Bandeng Juwana found in almost every souvenir shop in Semarang.

Juicy spring rolls: Lumpia Semarang

Introduced to Semarang by early Chinese traders, Semarang’s lumpia (also known as spring rolls) has undergone generations of adaptation before arriving in its distinctive taste today.

Bamboo shoots, poultry, and shrimps are wrapped up and therefore are fried (for a crispier taste) or not (for a delicate flavor). Similar to any other Indonesian dish, then it is served with its own sweet and spicy sauce that just melts in your mouth!

You’ll find that this dish in several restaurants, some with their own variations such as the Vietnamese-style Lumpia Basah. One favorite restaurant would be the Lumpia Gang Lombok near the Pecinan district.