The vegetables used in pecel might vary, and the peanut sauce's recipe might slightly different among regions in Java. The origin of pecel is still unknown, but most likely it is originated from the town of Madiun or Ponorogo in East Java, since it has the most famous pecel variant, and also because sate Ponorogo used the same kind of peanut sauce that is normally used in pecel. Nevertheless pecel can be found in most of Javanese villages and cities. Pecel can be home made or served in Javanese restaurants, humble warung, to travelling Mbok bakul pecel, a travelling pecel-seller woman that carry pecel ingredients in woven bamboo basket and frequenting residential areas selling her wares. This travelling selling method is also similar to Mbok jamu gendong that sells jamu herbs traditional medicine instead.
Solo pecel, served in a restaurant in Solo, Central Java