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Palembang's Legendary Culinary | 13 Recommendations Apart from Pempek

Palembang's legendary culinary delights

Palembang's legendary culinary delight is of course pempek, check out recommendations for other typical foods besides empek-empek, see below!

Palembang's legendary culinary delights – Palembang, the oldest city in Indonesia, has many tourist attractions that can be explored. Palembang, the second largest city in Sumatra after Medan, is famous for its delicious culinary delights. 

The high level of acculturation in this big city differentiates Palembang's typical culinary delights and gives it its own taste. Palembang is famous for more than just its Pempek dish. 

What other typical Palembang culinary delights should you try besides pempek? The following is a list of typical Palembang culinary delights apart from pempek that you can add to your culinary tourism bucket list when visiting Palembang.

Palembang's Legendary Culinary

1. Burgo

Burgo looks similar to kwetiau. Burgo dough is made from rice and sago flour and then fried like a thinly wrapped omelet. After that it is rolled and finely sliced. 

Traditionally, burgo is served with a savory coconut milk sauce seasoned with garlic, galangal, turmeric, coriander and candlenuts. Shredded fish or more celimpungan is often added to add to the taste of this legendary Palembang culinary delight. 

Recommendation: Burgo and Lakso Musadad

Address: Lrg. Swadaya, Lorok Pakjo, District. Ilir Bar. I, Palembang City, South Sumatra 30126

Opening hours: Monday 05.30 – 10.00, 05.45 – 11.00

Price range: Starting from IDR 10.000

2. Celor Noodles 

Palembang also has a special culinary specialty called Mie Celor which uses noodles as the main ingredient. The sauce made from ebi sauce is what differentiates celor noodles.

Palembang celor noodles
Palembang Celor Noodles (Source: Tokped)

Including a complete plate of celor ice noodles, ebi coconut milk sauce, bean sprouts, eggs, green onions and shrimp meat. Because the noodles used in Celor noodles are egg noodles, the texture is different from most other noodle menus.

Another characteristic is that every egg noodle producer in Palembang has a different taste. Usually Palembang residents consume these noodles as a breakfast menu.

Recommendation: Mie Celor 26 Ilir HM Syafei Z

Address: Jl. Merdeka No.54, Talang Semut, Kec. Ilir Bar. I, Palembang City, South Sumatra 30135

Opening hours: Every day 06.00–17.00

Price range: 40k-100k

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3. Tempoyak Sambal 

Sambal Tempoyak is a popular chili sauce in Palembang. This is a classic Palembang chili sauce. Tempoyak Sambal is made from fermented durian and has a sour, spicy and sweet taste which is enhanced by the aroma of durian.

To make it, durian flesh is sauteed with chilies and onions. This chili sauce is suitable to be combined with various other typical Palembang foods. 

You can also try eating the classic freshwater fish dish typical of Palembang and dipping it in tempoyak chili sauce. Guaranteed to make you addicted!

Recommendation: Ibu Tutik's Cooking Shop

Address: 16 Ulu, District. Seberang Ulu II, Palembang City, South Sumatra 30111

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10.00 – 14.00

Price range: Under 16k

4. Tekwan 

Apart from pempek, Palembang is famous for its typical food, namely tekwan. Tekwan, commonly known as typical Palembang meatballs, is made with almost the same spices as pempek. So, if you like pempek you will definitely enjoy tekwan.

Tekwan is served with savory and delicious shrimp broth. Shape the tekwan mixture into small pieces like fish balls. Apart from shrimp sauce, tekwan is also served with fried onions, celery leaves, spring onions, jicama, vermicelli and delicious wood ear mushrooms!

Recommendation: Tekwan Model and pempek2 Mang Hasan

Address: Jl. Sukabangun II No.1, Sukajaya, Kec. Sukarami, Palembang City, South Sumatra 30961

Opening hours: Monday & Saturday open 24 hours. Tuesday – Friday 14.02–22.01, closed Sunday

Price range: Under 16k

5. Diddling 

Celimpungan is one of Palembang's legendary culinary delights, besides pempek. Dishes that usually enliven celebrations Eid Al-Fitr It is made with the same basic ingredients as pempek and tekwan, fish and sago. Celimpungan is different from tekwan because it is bigger.

If Tekwan uses shrimp sauce, celimpungan adds curry sauce as a complement. Celimpungan, one of Palembang's specialties, will be suitable for lovers of savory food.

Recommendation: Acting Celimpungan Mang Harun

Address: Sei Selayur, District. Kalidoni, Palembang City, South Sumatra 30161

Opening hours: open 24 hours, closed Wednesday & Sunday

Price range: starting from IDR 6.000


Model is another legendary Palembang culinary dish that is combined with shrimp broth. Unlike tekwan which is boiled or steamed, the model dough filled with tofu is fried first before being soaked in shrimp sauce.

typical Palembang model
Typical Palembang Model (Source: Female)

This dish is made with mackerel as the main ingredient and combined with Chinese tofu. It tastes delicious, has a crunchy texture, and is definitely very fresh!

Recommendation: Grilled Pempek, Model Cek Yuli, Kalidoni

Address: Jl. Pasundan Jl. Yuka I, Kalidoni, District. Kalidoni, Palembang City, South Sumatra 30163

Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 06.00 – 17.30, closed Sunday

Price range: Under 16k

7. 8 Hour Cake 

As the name suggests, this typical Palembang menu requires 8 hours of preparation time. 

8 Hour Cake is a traditional Palembang dessert with a soft and chewy texture and a very distinctive sweet taste. Often served on holidays such as Eid al-Fitr or other celebratory events.

Recommendation: The Eight Hours of Gold

Address: Jl. Peltu Tulus Yahya Lr. Bersama I No.41, 2 Ilir, Kec. Ilir Tim. II, Palembang City, South Sumatra 30118 

Opening hours: every day 08.00 – 20.00

Price range: IDR 65.000

8. Matsuba

Matsuba is a legendary Palembang culinary dish which at first glance resembles a legit layer cake. The technique for making it is almost the same. 

Matsuba cake has a very sweet taste because it uses sweetened condensed milk. This typical Palembang cake is usually served as a mandatory food during Eid al-Fitr.

Recommendation: Typical Palembang Cake Hj. Checkrum

Address: Jl. Merdeka Lorong Roda No.29, Talang Semut, Kec. Bukit Kecil, Palembang City, South Sumatra 30135

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 09.00 – 18.000, closed Sunday

Price range: starting from IDR 120.000

9. Burgo

Burgo is a legendary Palembang culinary dish made with rolled omelettes made from rice flour. 

The folded omelet is then sliced ​​and sprinkled with coconut milk sauce and other culinary spices. Burgo's savory flavor makes it a great breakfast choice.

Recommendation: Warung Aba

Address: Jl. Dr. M. Isa No.26 /15, Kuto Batu, Kec. Ilir Tim. II, Palembang City, South Sumatra 30118

Opening hours: every day 05.00 – 12.00

Price range: between IDR 10.000 to IDR 30.000

10. Pindang Patin

After pempek and tekwan, Pindang Patin is another legendary Palembang culinary delight. Pindang patin is a culinary dish made from catfish and served with coconut milk sauce. 

Before being served with coconut milk sauce, the catfish is cooked with traditional Palembang herbs and spices. This culinary dish has a sour, sweet and spicy taste. 

This food is best served warm and combined with white rice and Tempoyak chili sauce.

Recommendation: Pindang Musi Rawas Restaurant – Palembang

Address: Jl. Batch 45 No.18, Lorok Pakjo, Kec. Ilir Bar. I, Palembang City, South Sumatra 30137

Opening hours: every day 09.00 – 21.00

Price range: 40k-100k

11. Kojo

Another legendary culinary dish from Palembang is Kojo Cake, which at first glance is similar to Matsuba but has a greenish color. 

This typical Palembang cake is mostly made from duck eggs and butter, as are other Palembang cake ingredients.

The only variation is the addition of suji leaves, which give this classic dish a greenish color and a distinct fragrant aroma.

Recommendation: MBK Mie Bakar Kojo Palembang

Address: Jl. Proclamation, Lorok Pakjo, District. Ilir Bar. I, Palembang City, South Sumatra

Opening hours: every day 10.00 – 22.00

Price range: 16k-40k

12. Malbi 

Previously, most of Palembang's typical culinary delights were produced using fish. However, this dish uses beef as the main ingredient. The appearance is similar to beef stew, but you will feel the difference when you taste this dish.

Malbi contains pepper, nutmeg and sour flavors. The tenderness of the meat combined with the taste of traditional Palembang spices will complement the enjoyment of your Malbi meal.

Recommendation: Martabak HAR Street 

Address: Jl. General Sudirman no. 597A, 18 Ilir, Palembang 30126 Indonesia

Opening hours: Every day 08:15 – 23:45

Price range: 27.500 – Rp. 66.000

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13. Celimpungan and Laksan

Celimpungan and Laksan can be said to be derivatives of pempek. Laksan and Celimpungan are made with the same dough as pempek, and the sauce is made from coconut milk and other spices. Isn't this legendary Palembang culinary interesting to try?

Recommendation: Mei Mei Resto

Address: Comp. Anugerah Hotel, Jl. Gen. Sudirman No.149, Sungai Pangeran, Kec. Ilir Tim. I, Palembang City, South Sumatra 30114

Opening hours: Every day 07.00 – 22.00

Price range: 40k-100k

Have you decided which typical Palembang food you want to taste after reading the various typical food recommendations above? Start planning your legendary Palembang culinary tour in Palembang!


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