As you wander through the enchanting realm of Candi Borobudur in Indonesia, there’s a culinary gem awaiting your palate just around the corner. Nestled within this historical enclave lies The Joglo Panglipuran, a dining haven that promises an unforgettable gastronomic journey. Among its esteemed offerings, one dish stands out in particular – the delectable Mangut Beong.

However, The Joglo Panglipuran isn’t merely renowned for its Mangut Beong; it boasts an extensive menu featuring a myriad of Javanese delicacies. From succulent chicken and beef to fresh fish and other authentic Javanese specialties, there’s something to tantalize every taste bud. What’s more, these culinary delights come at a pocket-friendly price, ranging from IDR25,000 to IDR42,000.

Yet, it’s the tantalizing allure of Mangut Beong that truly steals the spotlight at this traditional Joglo house restaurant. Picture yourself amidst the rustic charm of these Joglo houses, savoring spoonfuls of rich, flavorful Mangut – a dish that epitomizes the essence of Magelang cuisine.

*International guests savoring the essence of Indonesian cuisine, select their main dishes in the vibrant ambiance of the restaurant

Adding to the ambiance are the whimsical adornments adorning the walls, featuring humorous anecdotes in both Latin and ancient Javanese script.

One such inscription reads, “Kuwat Dilakoni ora kuat ditinggal ngopi. Ngopi iku ngolah pikir, sepahit pahit kopi isih bisa digawe legi,” translating to “Strength lies in perseverance, not in skipping coffee. Coffee, a catalyst for contemplation, transforms the bitterness into sweetness.”

Mangut Beong

Mangut Beong with Rice

For many, the mention of Mangut Beong might sound unfamiliar. Mangut is a type of dish akin to curry but with a thinner consistency and a spicy kick. Typically, freshwater fish is used to prepare mangut. The Beong fish itself is an endemic species found only in rivers.

In Kabupaten Magelang, these unique fish can be found in the Progo River. Resembling catfish in appearance but larger in size, Beong fish boast plentiful meat, particularly in their heads. It’s no wonder they are a prized ingredient in local cuisine.

When in Kabupaten Magelang, locating a serving of Mangut Beong is a breeze, especially in Borobudur District. One of the finest places to indulge in this delicacy is at The Joglo Panglipuran restaurant.

Yet, a single portion of Beong fish might not suffice. Served in a small pan resembling a plate, each portion typically contains a single piece of this Progo River delicacy. Diners have the option to choose from the head, body, or tail, or indulge in the whole fish – a choice sure to satisfy even the most discerning palate.

A typical Beong fish measures around 20 cm in length, offering a satisfying meal. With the first spoonful, diners are greeted with the flavorful broth, infused with a delightful hint of spice.

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Sambal Dabu-Dabu *Spicy

As the meal progresses, the thick, succulent meat of the Beong fish only enhances the dining experience. Enjoyed under the afternoon sun, accompanied by the melodic strains of traditional Javanese music, each bite becomes a symphony of flavor, guaranteed to tantalize the taste buds.

Yet, amidst these charming musings, the true delight lies in savoring the Mangut Beong, a dish that embodies the essence of Magelang. With each bite, you’re transported on a culinary odyssey through the rich tapestry of Javanese flavors, leaving an indelible impression that lingers long after the meal is over.

So, dare to delve into the culinary wonders of Borobudur and embark on a journey of taste and tradition. With each bite of Mangut Beong, you’ll discover a harmony of flavors that celebrate the rich culinary heritage of Indonesia’s heartland.