Semarang is the capital and largest city of Central Java, and was a major port during the Dutch colonial era. The famous 15th century Chinese explorer, Admiral Cheng Ho set foot here on Java, paving the way for the city’s maritime heritage. From the 17th century, Semarang became an entrepot for the spice trade, and continued to flourish as a port city right through to the 20th century. As a result of its rich legacy, Semarang is a melting pot of Chinese, Indian Arab and European cultures. If you’re looking for a mix of old-world charm and colourful culture, Semarang serves up a good flavour of Indonesia’s past and present.
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Sample Lumpia Semarang, a popular local snack. Originating from Chinese immigrants, this version of the spring roll typically comes deep fried or unfried, stuffed with dried shrimp, cooked chicken or prawn and bamboo shoots, and served with a sweet chilli sauce made from dried shrimp, coconut sugar, red and bird’s eye chili peppers, tapioca and baby shallots, among ingredients. Also worth a try is Wingko Babat, a sticky sweet rice cookie bar.