Menikmati Jenang Suro di Pasar Triwindu

Patung Loro Blonyo yang menyimbolkan Dewi Sri dan Raden Sardono yang mendatangkan kemakmuran.

Pagi tadi aku telah menyambangi keramaian Pasar Gede Hardjonagoro. Dan sore ini, aku akan berkunjung ke sebuah pasar lagi. Pasar memang menjadi daya tarik tersendiri ketika berkunjung ke Kota Solo. Ada sisi keunikan dan kekhasan tersendiri di setiap pasar yang terletak di beberapa penjuru kota itu…..

Aku terperanjat dan melompat dari salah satu twin bed milik Amaris Hotel Sriwedari ketika Rahadian membangunkan tidur yang tak pernah kusengaja. Terlelap dengan pulas selama satu jam, membuat mataku begitu cerah lepas dari kekusutan yang menimpa selama menjalani survey lokasi di Kota Batik.

Sudah jam setengah lima sore, aku dan Rahadian bergegas menuruni lift dan menaiki taksi online yang sudah menunggu kami sejak lima menit lalu di area luar lobby. Walau sebetulnya lokasi yang kutuju tak jauh dari hotel, berkisar satu kilometer, tetapi aku tak akan pernah mengambil resiko kegagalan untuk menyambangi destinasi ini.

Keluar dari hotel, menyusuri Jalan Honggowongsi, bersambung ke Jalan Moh. Yamin dan kemudian menikung di ruas Jalan Gatoto Subroto. Berlanjut memotong jalan protokol kota, taksi online kemudian berhenti di salah satu sisi Jalan Diponegoro….Sampai.

Kini aku sudah menginjak halaman Pasar Triwindu dan tekun memandangi arsitektur pasar itu dari sebelah Patung Loro Blonyo yang patah tangan kanannya. Tampak ornamen wayang menghiasi sisi atap pasar. Dapat kubaca dengan sangat jelas “Selamat Datang di Pasar Triwindu, Pusat Penjualan Barang Antik dan Klitikan”.

Dahulu bernama Pasar Windujenar.
Halaman Pasar Triwindu.
Kios di bagian luar pasar.

Sebelum benar-benar memasukinya pun, sudah bisa terlihat sebuah baju zirah milik prajurit Keraton Solo terpajang gagah di salah satu lapak. Arca-arca berukuran kecil dibariskan rapi di atas lantai. Maka aku tak sabar memasukinya segera.

Kuputuskan mulai menjelajah dalaman pasar hingga menemukan banyak koleksi topeng pewayangan, piring lebar berbahan keramik khas Negeri Tiran Bambu, lampu-lampu gantung antik, bahkan almari berbahan jati tua dijadikan etalase untuk mendisplay setiap barang yang diperjualbelikan. Menjadikan suasanan di pasar terasa magis dan membuat berdiri bulu kuduk.

Aku sempat membelikan beberapa koleksi arca mini sebagai pesanan dari teman sekantor yang juga penggila barang-barang unik. Selebihnya aku hanya menikmati benda-benda penuh seni itu di sepanjang koridor pasar. Pantas saja jika kolektor luar negeri banyak berburu barang antik di sini.

Aku kembali berputar sebelum akhirnya menemukan sebuah keramaian kecil di sekitar pintu pasar. Tampak empat perempuan setengah baya sibuk membuka lapak makanan dan memasang spanduk bertuliskan “Jenang Suro”. Suro adalah pengganti nama Bulan Muharram di Kota Solo. Jadi bisa dipastikan, aktivitas ini ada kaitannya dengan Tahun Baru Islam. Aku mencoba mendekat dan seorang dari mereka melambaikan tangan penuh senyum.

Bagian dalam pasar.
Bagian dalam pasar.

Sini, Mas!”, ucapnya.

Wah ada apa, Bu. Kok ramai?”.

Ini Jenang Suro, mas. Cuma-Cuma. Untuk memperingati tanggal satu Suro”, jelasnya. Benar firasatku, peringatan Satu Muharam.

Mari, Mas dimakan, ini buatan para ibu-ibu pedagang di sini, lho. Pasti enak”.

Jenang Suro gratis.
Hmmh….Super enak.

Sore itu aku menikmati bubur panas, bertabur “sambel tumpang” berpadu dengan lembutnya kacang tolo, kikil kulit, potongan omelet dan tahu dalam siraman rempah yang sedap. Bahkan aku menghabiskan dua pincuk kertas saking nikmatnya.

Semua kesan yang kudapat, akhirnya membuatku memutuskan bahwa Pasar Triwindu ini layak untuk dijadikan salah satu destinasi pada acara Marketing Conference nanti.

Enjoying Sambal Tumpang at Triwindu Market

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Loro Blonyo statue symbolizes Goddess Sri and Raden Sardono who bring prosperity.

This morning I have visited the bustle of Gede Hardjonagoro Traditional Market. And this afternoon, I would go to visit a market again. The market was indeed the main attraction when visiting Solo City. There was a side of uniqueness in each market which was located in several corners of the city …

I was aghast and jumped from one of Amaris Hotel Sriwedari’s twin beds when Rahadian woke me up from a sleep which I never intended to. Soundly asleep for an hour, making my eyes so bright, free from the tangles which hit me during a location survey in Batik City.

It was half past five in the afternoon, Rahadian and I hurried down the lift and got into an online taxi which had been waiting for us from five minutes ago outside the lobby. Even though the location where I wanted to go to was not far from hotel, around one kilometer, I would never take the risk of failing to visit this destination.

Exit the hotel, drove along Honggowongso Street, continued to Mohammad Yamin Street and then turned a corner on Gatoto Subroto Street. Continuing to cut the city protocol road, the online taxi then stopped on one side of Diponegoro Street….I arrived.

Now I have stepped on Triwindu Market courtyard and I was diligently staring at market’s architecture from next to Loro Blonyo Statue, whose its right arm broke. There were “wayang*1” ornament adorning the market roof. I could read very clearly “Welcome to Triwindu Market, Center for Antiquities and Klitikan Sales”.

Formerly called Windujenar Market.
Triwindu Market courtyard.
Stall in out of market.

Even before entering it, I could see a armor suit of Surakarta Sunanate soldier which was displayed in one of stalls. Small statues neatly lined up on the floor. So I couldn’t wait to enter it soon.

I decided to start exploring market inside until I found a large collection of “wayang” masks, wide plates made from China typical ceramics, antique chandeliers, and even a cupboard which made from old teak as a display case to show every item being traded. Made the atmosphere in the market felt magical.

I bought some mini figurine collections as an order from a colleague who was also a fan of unique items. Then, I just enjoyed the art-filled objects along market corridors. No wonder if foreign collectors hunted a lot of antiques here.

I turned around before I finally found a small crowd around market door. Four middle-aged women were seen opening a food stall and putting up banner which reading “Jenang Suro”. Suro was a substitute for the name of Muharram Month in Solo City. So I could be sure, this activity had something to do with the Islamic New Year. I tried to get closer and one of them waved to me with a smile.

Market inside.
Market inside.

Come here, Sir!“, She said.

Wow, what is it, Mom?. Very busy “.

This was Jenang Suro, Sir. It’s just. To commemorate the First Suro”, She explained. My hunch was true, commemorated First Muharram.

Come on, Sir, eat it, this is made by all seller women here, you know. Definitely delicious“.

Jenang Suro for free.
Very delicious.

That afternoon I enjoyed hot porridge, sprinkled with “sambal tumpang*2” combined with soft black-eyed pea, kikil*3, omelette slices and tofu in a splash of delicious spices. In fact, I spent two plates so deliciously.

All the impressions I got, finally made me decide that Triwindu Market was worthy of being one of Marketing Conference destination later.

Note:

*1. Wayang is a traditional form of puppet theatre play originally found in the cultures of Java, Indonesia.

*2. Sambal Tumpang is spices which come from Central Java and East Java.

*3. Kikil is a popular street food in East Java especially Surabaya and surrounding areas.

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