For my last night in Yogyakarta, I went with a group of friends from the home stay where I fist stayed to a restaurant called Kobra Imperial Kitchen. As implied by the name, the restaurant serves cobra, along with other interesting foods such as pigeon, frog, turtle, and sea cucumbers. We went for the cobra!
We order 20 cobra satays and a dish of black-peppered cobra. It was delicious! I would describe the texture as very tender and similar to chicken fat. The taste is a bit smokier but still very mild. The satays were great!
After our adventurous and delicious dinner, we went over to Bentara Budaya for Jazz Mben Senin, or the weekly Monday night jazz jam. I had gone once a few weeks before and really enjoyed the jam so I was happy to go back again.
To my understanding, the jam is run by the musicians in Jazzing Java, a jazz group in the area. They set up a sound system and invite the local musicians to come up and play jazz standards and some pop arrangements. Overall, I was very impressed with the quality of musicianship and knowledge of jazz. I always find it very interesting different culture’s interpretations of jazz. They played common standards like Satin Doll, Billy’s Bounce, some Miles Davis tunes, but would also play American pop music in jazzy arrangements like some Alicia Keys sings and a few others. They were great musicians and if I return to Yogya, I will definitely sit in!
It was a wonderful way to spend my last night in Yogya and I will definitely miss being here. The whole month has been an incredible experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything. Being able to visit temples, learning how to speak Bahasa Indonesia, playing gamelan with locals, making my own batik, seeing wayang kulit, eating durian and snake, and going cave tubing! I couldn’t ask for anything more!