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Royal Cuisine

The Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat Sultanate has various unique foods provided by Royal kitchen even each sultan has different favorite food for his daily consumption. For example, Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX is very fond to eat unique dishes namely Bebek Suwar-Suwir, the sliced duck meat with thick ambarella sauce. The former Vice President of Republik of Indonesia was also like Singgang Ayam, similar with chicken satay but it is eaten along with thick sliced rice cake and Padang-style sauce. For drinks, Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX has favorite drink namely Royal Secang. This traditional drink made out from ginger, cinnamon, and also secang wood shaving which makes this drink turn to red.

Different with Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX, the favorite food for Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono VII was kind of snacks, namely Bread Jok. It is apem (a cake) eaten with chicken stew. He has also liked Tapak Kucing and Manuk Nom. Tapak Kucing is kind of meal with raw bananas, while Manuk Nom is pudding from tape that tastes really strong in the mouth. On the other hand, Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono VI liked to eat snacks made out from steamed sponge cake, namely Buderdeg.

Most of the Sultans tend to like Blawong Rice. Historically, the story behind the Blawong rice is from the plates for serving the dishes which were imported from Netherlands with the motif of Delft Blauw. Its name was in Dutch but it was commonly pronounced as Blawong in Java language. When it used in reception, it usually puts in the middle of the plate some pink rice; tasty rice which its main recipe is red onion. Beside the effect to make dishes look fresh, this red onion is actually made the rice which was originally white changed to pink. While for side dishes are crispy fried chicken, lombok kethok beef, and fried eggs evaporation.

Other dishes which become favorite food in the Sultanate are Daging Sanggar, Pastel Krukup, Untup-untup Sayur, Sayur Klenyer, Pandekuk, Rondo Topo, Buderdeg, Prawan Kenes, and many others. Here are some recipes and how to make those special foods in Palace:


Singgang Chicken

Singgang Chicken is chicken satay which one of the typical dishes in Palace. Satay may consist of diced or sliced chicken or other meats which burned. But especially for Singgang Chicken in Royal cuisine it consists of chicken breast meat.


  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Cooking oil
  • 1 citronella which crushed
  • 1 satinash leaves
  • 1 small galangal
  • 2 lime leaves
  • 500 cc coconut milk
  • Some skewers
  • Some Banana leaves

Spice seasoning mixes are:

  • 5 pieces of red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 pieces of red chilies
  • 1 point hazelnut
  • 1 segment ginger

How to make:

  • Cut the boneless, skinless chicken breasts to be shaped dice and then thread it.
  • Heat the oil and fry the spices along with citronella, galangal, and lime leaves until smell nice.
  • Add the chicken meat then coconut milk and stirring constantly until it absorbed and cooked, then remove and leave to cool.
  • Make every 3-4 pieces of chicken meat with a skewer and set aside seasoning spices.
  • Burn over charcoal embers and stirring while pouring the remaining seasonings. Back and forth until cooked, then lift and wrap it with banana leaves.
  • Serve with thick sliced rice cake and add the special Padang sauce. It can be served for 4 portions.


Buderdeg (Special Royal Cake)

Buderdeg or also known as Bolu in java language is the favorite cake for Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono IV. Bolu is a steamed cake which tastes really tasty but turned to sweet gradually.


  • 10 eggs
  • 250 grams of butter or margarine
  • 500 grams wheat flour
  • 1 packet (11 grams) instant yeast
  • Sugar

How to make:

  • Mix the eggs with butter/margarine until fluffy. Add the wheat flour and yeast and stirring briefly until blended.
  • Pour the batter into the pan round which has the hole in the middle. Steam it until it cooked. Wrap it with towel so that the moisture does not drip.
  • Once it was cooked, lift it and let it cool.
  • Slice according to taste, basting with butter and sugar. It can be served for 8 portions.

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yanti October 19, 2011 15:20

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