Solo, a city in Central Java, Indonesia, is known for its unique and flavorful dishes such as timlo, serabi, and nasi liwet. However, one dish that is closer to the community than the tourists is goat satay. Even though it is not an iconic food of Solo, goat satay stalls can be found on almost every big street in the city.
Many residents of Solo are not sure why there are so many goat satay stalls in the city. However, deeper research reveals that the Arab community that inhabits the Pasar Kliwon area played a significant role in the development of this culinary culture. Since the Dutch began implementing segregation policies in 1863, the Arabs were placed in the Pasar Kliwon area, where Arabic cuisine was brought to life, and goat meat became one of the most loved dishes by members of the community. Over time, workers in Arab stalls learned a lot about goat satay from their bosses and started opening their own goat satay stalls all over Solo.
This passion for goat meat gave birth to another Solo specialty, tengkleng. Tengkleng is a dish made from goat remains such as bones, viscera, ears, heads, and their contents, which are processed using various spices. The name tengkleng itself comes from the sound of "kleng-kleng" when the bones collide with zinc plates used by the lower community. Tengkleng has risen in degree and is now served on the finest ceramic plates.
In conclusion, goat cuisine is rich and flavorful in Solo, and goat satay and tengkleng are two dishes that are worth trying. While goat satay may not be an iconic food of Solo, its history and development are a testament to the diverse cultural influences that shape the city's culinary scene.