Yogyakarta: Ayam Goreng Suharti

A new travel food series! Just been on a long weekend trip to Yogyakarta since it’s been long on my bucket list to see Borobudur. We did that and caught the sunrise at the monument. Besides that, we also had a taste of the culinary cuisine in Yogya. Yogya cuisine is slightly different from that of other Indonesian cities such as Jakarta and there are some dishes unique to the city that even local Indonesians travel to try!

Ayam Goreng Suharti was recommended by a friend who had also just visited Yogya a few months back herself. Indeed, it seems to be quite a famous fried chicken place in Yogya. Even though there are outlets in Jakarta and Bandung, I’m told that the taste is not quite the same. Yogya is still the place to get their fried chicken fix.


We came here straight after we landed at the airport for a late lunch. One thing we learnt quickly in Indonesia is that here, you write your orders yourself on the bill slip they give you. The waiter just double checks your order when you’re done. Secondly, meat portions are pretty small. One half of a chicken is actually more of like a quarter of a chicken.

First off, the breading on this fried chicken was extremely tasty and somewhat addictive. I guess that this is the secret to what makes this fried chicken so delicious. Top it with the crispy skin and juicy meat, this made for one delicious plate of fried chicken. M said that it tasted even better with the sambal chili.

We also had the deep fried fish which seemed to employ the same recipe as with the fried chicken.

To balance all that fried food, we had some sayur lodeh (vegetable curry) to share.

The highlight here is definitely the fried chicken. The restaurant seems equally popular with locals and tourists alike. Definitely a must try when one is in Yogya.

Add: Jl. Laksda Adi Sucipto 208, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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