As the main gateway to East Java, Surabaya calls itself the capital of enchantment. The second largest Indonesian metropolis, famous for its culinary sites, allows travelers to make a deeper exploration into the local foods. Besides, Surabaya has an incredible food heritage that has been legendary for many decades. Although the city is situated near the coast where seafood should be the highlight, there is a wide variety of other good foods. Find out why the City of Heroes has worthwhile foods to try by reading the following list.
1. Sate klopo
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Are you fan of satay? You better try Sate Klopo on Ondomohen alley. What makes it special is the tasty grated and sauteed coconut called “poya” or “serundeng” covering the sate. The meat skewed and grilled over a charcoal fire is beef, organs, and fat. Besides, peanut sauce, which is spicy and sweet creates an incredible taste. Sate klopo is devoured with rice or lontong (a rice cake).
Sate Klopo Ondomohen Bu Asih
Address: Jl. Walikota Mustajab No. 36
Price: from 2.2 USD to 2.6 USD
Contact: +62 (031) 5474575
2. Nasi krawu
If you are craving a different style of rice, you should try nasi krawu. The colorful nasi krawu consists of steamed rice, shredded beef, offal, “serundeng” (grated and sauteed coconut), and “sambal petis” (chili paste combined with the local spice named “petis”). There are two types of “serundeng” differing in color: red and yellow serundeng. It’s uniquely served in a banana leaf creating an amazing aroma.
Nasi Krawu Buk Tiban
Address: Jalan Kayoon 33
Price: from 1.5USD
Opening Hours: 24 hours.
3. Rujak cingur
Rujak cingur is the most popular traditional dish from Surabaya, so you are extremely recommended to try this food. It’s called rujak cingur since it uses “cingur” (the cow’s mouth) as the main ingredient. It’s actually a type of salad made of blanched veggies (spinach, string beans, and bean sprouts), fried tempeh and tofu, sliced cucumber, and the unique “cingur.” The green salad uses spicy peanut sauce with “petis” dressing.
Rujak Cingur Genteng-Genteng Durasim
Address: Jalan Raya Genteng Durasim no.29
Price: from 0.75 USD to 1.1 USD
Opening Hours: 11 am to 5 pm
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Originated in Surabaya, rawon is the specialty in East Java. It’s occasionally eaten during wedding ceremonies or traditional celebrations. The black soup consists of broth, diced beef, and steamed rice. The dish is so dark due to the use of “kluwek,” a spice that has nutty flavor. The beef broth is simmered with some spices including the “kluwek,” shallot, garlic, ginger, lime leaves, shrimp paste, and lemongrass. It’s usually eaten with fried shallots, baby bean sprouts, chili sauce, and prawn crackers.
Rawon Kalkulator-Taman Bungkul
Address: Jalan Progo, South Surabaya
Price: from 1.1 USD
Opening Hours: 9 am to 9 pm
5. Lontong balap
Lontong balap, native to Surabaya, has a unique story behind its name. “Balap” literally means “race.” In the past, the vendors of this dish carried heavy baskets vied for getting customers in Wonokromo market. The dish is made mainly of lontong (rice cakes), bean sprouts, fried tofu, and “lentho.” It’s served with clear broth along with fried shallots, sweet soy sauce, crackers, and shell meat satay.
Depot Cak Erwin-Indrapura
Address: Jalan Indrapura no.17, Krembangan
Price: from 0.2 USD to 1.3 USD
Opening Hours: 5 am to 12 pm
6. Tahu campur
Tahu campur, originally from Lamongan, is a delicious soup dish. It includes tender beef, fried tofu, cassava balls, bean sprouts, lettuce, and yellowish rice noodles in the dish. These ingredients are mixed with hot broth and fried shallots. Tahu campur is usually eaten with prawn crackers. You can add sweet soy sauce, chili sauce, and a squeeze of lime.
Tahu Campur Kalasan H. Abd. Mahfud
Address: Pujasera Warung 16, Jl. Nginden Intan Raya No. 16, Sukolilo
Price: from 1.3 USD
Opening Hours: 9 am to 9 pm
7. Tahu tek
The famous tahu tek mainly uses medium cooked fried tofu, offering an incredible mix of flavors (sweet, savory, and spicy). Besides tofu, the dish consists of several ingredients such as lontong (rice cakes), baby bean sprouts, fried or steamed potatoes, and sliced cucumber. It’s topped with sweet peanut sauce, fried shallots, and chopped chives.
Tahu Tek Joyo
Address: Jalan Raya Sedati Gede no. 54
Price: from 0.5 USD to 1.1 USD
Opening Hours: 4 pm to 10 pm
8. Pecel semanggi
Are you craving green veggies? You should try pecel semanggi, which is native to Surabaya. It’s a type of salad that mainly consists of blanched “semanggi” leaves, bean sprouts, “turi” flowers, and spicy peanut sauce topping. This traditional food is getting rare; only sold by old ladies on Surabaya’s streets. Instead of using spoon, the locals usually use “puli” cracker to scoup the food.
Bungkul Park (Street Vendors)
Address: Jl. Taman Bungkul, Darmo
Price: from 0.2 USD
Opening Hours: in the morning (no exact hour)
9. Nasi bebek (duck rice)
Nasi bebek is simply steamed rice with deep fried duck and spicy “sambal” sauce, yet it’s so mouth-watering. It’s served with fresh veggies called “lalapan” such as cabbage, string beans, and Thai basil. You can dip the fried duck into the spicy sauce. To make the flavor even better, use your right hand while eating it. There are hundreds of duck rice restaurants where you get a great meal across Surabaya.
Bebek Goreng Wachid Hasyim Jemur Sari
Address: Jalan Jemursari 17
Price: from 1.5 USD
10. Mie pecun
Are you hot noodle lovers? Please, try mie pecun. In Indonesian, the word “pecun” stands for “Pedas Bebas Racun.” It means “the noodle is super spicy but poison free.” The dish basically uses instant noodles as the main ingredient but has a different touch. The additional ingredients like egg and green veggies are cooked together with the noodles.
Address: Jalan Anjasmoro, Sawahan
Price: from 1.1 USD
Opening Hours: 6 pm to 2 am
Don't underestimate the tasty foods of Surabaya
Surabaya is not only famous for its top destinations but also its incredible cuisine. Perhaps you are reluctant to try the foods since some basic ingredients look extraordinary such as internal organs, weird spices, and a great amount of chili peppers. However, you can’t have a bad opinion of the food if you’ve never tried it. The specialties are indeed superb and highly recommended when you discover the City of Heroes.
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