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Kupat Tahu Pelopor

Speaking the truth, this is agonizing.

Having to review and revisit every color and pixel of this nothing but tempting treat.

Only to inspect it from outside looking in.

Like an abandoned stray cat straggling around the bushes hoping a stranger would pick it up and take it home.

If only I could relive the experience right this instant…

To expound (and justify) my attachment to this particular fare, long story short, let’s just say I never thought I could relish and respect food I have just met as much as I do kupat tahu.

It’s like meeting someone, falling in love at first sight, and knowing you’re going to be with that person for the rest of your life.

Kupat Tahu Pelopor

Although nothing about this humble setting says “romantic,” I’ve developed my own not-so-secret romance with it. Kupat Tahu is a traditional Indonesian dish made up of ketupat (a type of dumpling made from rice packed inside woven palm leaf), fried tofu, bean sprouts, cabbage, with a peanut sauce and sweet soy sauce. And if Kupat Tahu is what you seek, Magelang is where you’ll find it.

Kupat Tahu Pelopor

 The tahu (tofu) was freshly fried to order, as was the cabbage.

Kupat Tahu Pelopor

Kupat Tahu Pelopor

Tahu Kupat | 8K

Kupat Tahu Pelopor

The red chili is as spicy as it looks.

Kupat Tahu Pelopor

Tahu Kupat Telor | 10K

Like I said, it was only recently (within the last 3 months) that I had my first encounter with kupat tahu. And let me tell you, I fell right into its savory and sweet hands plate. Between the freshly fried to order tofu and cabbage and the perfectly sweet and savory sauce, topped with the hot chili and a kerupuk (fried cracker), there’s just so much love going around. And on top of it all, this deliciousness comes at an extremely economical price in the range of 6-10K ($0.50 – $0.80 – not even a dollar!).

I was in such a tizzy that I even forgot to grab the kerupuk. Thankfully, the Gods (of kupat tahu) whom I knew were watching wanted me to have it. And so I did. The rest was perfection.

Jalan Magelang (Depan Stasiun Blabak, Mungkid)
Magelang, Jawa Tengah 56511

Mon – Sun: 10:30 AM – 9 PM


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