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Warung Nasi Bu No: A Bondowoso Culinary Gem for Years

Jumat, 01 September 2023 - 11:00 | 72.18k
One of humble menu you could find at Warung Nasi Bu No. (Photo: Moh Bahri/TIMES Indonesia)
One of humble menu you could find at Warung Nasi Bu No. (Photo: Moh Bahri/TIMES Indonesia)

TIMESINDONESIA, BONDOWOSO – In the heart of Bondowoso, there exists a culinary treasure known as Warung Nasi Bu No. This establishment may be familiar to the locals, especially among students, employees, and civil servants. Despite offering just one menu item, the distinctive flavors and unique blend of seasonings have endeared Warung Nasi Bu No to its customers, allowing it to thrive for decades.

Warung Nasi Bu No's menu is refreshingly simple, consisting of white rice paired with an array of accompaniments: egg, tofu in sweet soy sauce, skipjack tuna, noodles, and chili sauce. However, what truly sets Nasi Bu No apart is its exclusive blend of seasonings and chili sauce that cannot be found elsewhere.

A Diverse Patronage

Customers come from various walks of life, including students, employees, and civil servants. It's even known as a "warung plat merah," signifying its popularity among government employees. Located on Jalan Ahmad Yani, right across from the Samsat Bondowoso office, Nasi Bu No has been a local institution since its inception in 1994, surviving for nearly 29 years amidst the ever-expanding culinary scene.

It is not just a place to eat, it's a part of Bondowoso's culinary heritage. Its enduring popularity is a testament to the timeless flavors that keep patrons coming back for more. For travelers seeking to taste humble local dishes that have stood the test of time, Warung Nasi Bu No is a hidden gem worth discovering.

In addition to serving rice, Bu No's Warung offers a variety of fried snacks, including stuffed tofu, fried bananas, and fried tempeh. For many, these snacks serve as perfect complements to their flavorful meals.

Affordable Dining for All

The owner of Warung Bu No, Ibu Sofi, reminisces about the early days when a serving of Nasi Bu No cost around IDR 2,500. As time passed and ingredient prices increased, the cost per serving rose to IDR 8,000. Despite its humble surroundings and straightforward offerings, what truly sets Nasi Bu No apart is its extraordinary seasoning.

Abror, an office worker, has been a loyal customer of Nasi Bu No since his college days in 2016. He praises not only the delicious taste but also the affordability of Nasi Bu No. "it were as low as IDR 5,000 back then, making it a go-to spot for students on a budget. I always cherishes the memories the food, the atmosphere, and everything," he said.

With its affordable prices and unique seasoning, this humble warung has left an indelible mark on the hearts and palates of its customers and offers a genuine taste of the region's culinary traditions. Whether you're a student on a budget or a curious traveler eager to explore the local flavors, Warung Nasi Bu No welcomes all to savor its delightful offerings and experience the essence of Bondowoso's culinary culture.

Timeless Flavor

The unique flavors of Nasi Bu No have remained unchanged throughout the years. Its savory and slightly sweet taste is a hallmark that distinguishes it from other eateries in the area. According to Abror, "It's one-of-a-kind, and you won't find this taste anywhere else."

Nasi Bu No isn't limited to takeout; customers can also enjoy their meals on-site. Adding a salted egg side dish can elevate the price to IDR 11,000. The majority of Nasi Bu No's customers are civil servants, especially given its strategic location in the heart of the city, within proximity to government offices.

The nickname "warung nasi plat merah" has become even more apt as Bu No only opens during weekdays, catering primarily to civil servants, who form the core of its clientele. On weekends and public holidays, Nasi Bu No takes a break, allowing the owner and staff to rejuvenate.

Warung Nasi Bu No is not just a place to eat; it's a part of Bondowoso's culinary heritage. Its enduring popularity is a testament to the timeless flavors that keep patrons coming back for more. With its affordable prices and unique seasoning, this humble warung has left an indelible mark on the hearts and palates of its customers. Whether you're a student on a budget or a civil servant seeking a taste of tradition, Warung Nasi Bu No welcomes all to savor its delightful offerings.

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