Simple Romanticism of Angkringan Jogjakarta

Calling the city of Jogja will definitely remember Malioboro, Tugu, Parang Tritis beach. There is another uniqueness that makes Jogja so missed, namely angkringan. Angkringan is a wheelbarrow that serves a variety of foods, drinks and hangout locations on the edge of the road. The angkringan wagon has almost the same shape structure, equipped with a plastic tarp, a wooden long chair that holds about 8 people. Equipped with light beam or traditional lighting lamps that are very simple because usually angkringan stalls start operating late in the evening until the evening, but along with the development, not a few are open from morning to evening.

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Foods that are sold are also very simple, there is cat rice stuffed with anchovies or stir-fried, marinated tofu, intestine satay, quail egg satay, chicken feet, chicken head, fried food, coffee drinks, hot tea, oranges, ginger wedhang, milk and many more more variants are presented. The price is fairly cheap and consumers who come from various backgrounds, from pedicab drivers, construction workers, office workers, students, students, artists, even officials and executives. The atmosphere in the angkringan is also so familiar, between buyers and sellers often engage in casual chat in a family-friendly atmosphere without discriminating social strata. While enjoying food, wedhangan, free to talk until late at night even though they do not know each other and sometimes discuss topics that are seriously interspersed with laughter.

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The early history of angkringan in Jogja is said to have begun in the 1950s by Mbah Pairo, a native of Cawas, Klaten. Because at that time the Cawas region, Klaten was a barren and infertile area so that no one could be expected to make a living Mbah Pairo finally went to look for his fortune in another area and arrived Pairo mbah in Jogja City. This figure is the pioneer of Warung Angkringan in the city of Jogjakarta. Finally, with a pick up as a tool because at that time there were no wagons as there are today, he began peddling rice which is now more popularly known as Cat Rice. From here the history of the Cat Rice Stalls or Angkringan Jogja begins. Located in the emplacement of Tugu Station, Mbah Pairo held his wares. At that time his angkringan was known as Ting-Ting Hik (read: Hek) because he always shouted "Hiiik ... Yuck" when peddling his wares. The term HIK is a name now known in Solo as we described earlier. Angkringan Mbah Pairo was growing and in 1969 was continued by Lik Man, son of Mbah Pairo.

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Until now Angkringan has increasingly mushroomed along the streets of the city of Jogja to remote villages and built with a variety of concepts, both modern for those who have capital and simple basic concepts as in the beginning. But still, angkringan will never be separated by its wooden wagon as a symbol of hospitality culture, friendly among people.

December 15, 2019
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