One of my plans in Medan was to try Bataknese cuisine, and I’ve heard about several places that served Bataknese dishes such as Tabo Ba and On Do (next review). So I persuaded my friends to try it at lunch time on our third day in Medan. We went to the Multatuli Housing Complex first and after getting lost several times, we arrived at the location.
Still in icip-icip mode, we only ordered a portion of babi panggang & pulos-pulos which looked like daun ubi tumbuk (pounded cassava leaves) with additional ikan teri (tiny salted sea fish), kecombrang/honje cooked in coconut milk. We also ordered a portion of bine-bine which they explained as pepes babi. Some of us couldn’t resist to order rice to eat with. The dishes were delicious. I liked the fresh taste of the pulos-pulos and, most of all, I loved the sambal andaliman (Indonesian szechuan pepper) that accompanied the roast pork. I don’t really like the bine-bine though. The only minus point of this place is that the place looked more like a Chinese restaurant (they also serve Chinese porridge) while I was hoping to try authentic Bataknese dishes. But I think restaurants like these cater to Chinese or non Bataknese customers.
RM. Tabo Bah
Kompleks Multatuli Indah Blok D 48-49
ph. +62 61 4570673