Several weeks ago, SC & I went on a short trip with several friends to Surabaya and Malang. We landed in Juanda airport around lunch time and after a quick lunch, we headed to Malang to visit Museum Angkut+. The journey from Surabaya to Batu took more than 3 hours due to the increased weekend traffic. Museum Angkut is a transportation-themed museum, so there are plenty of antique cars & other forms of transportation we can learn about. The museum is quite large and the winding path throughout some zones added some interesting settings. You will want to stop and take pictures. We spent a good 2-3 hours there and by the time we finished, it’s already dark so we decided to have dinner in the Cheng Ho Restaurant within the museum premises. We ordered some fish dishes, vegetable stir fries, fried mushroom & bean curd. We also bought some delicacies from Pasar Apung like sate ayam, siomay and kue lekker. Overall it was satifying and after that we headed back to Malang and check in at Ibis Styles Malang Hotel to rest.
Since we only spent a night in Malang, we only have about half day to explore Malang. We decided to start from Pasar Besar Malang. My friend recommended that we try the legendary Waroeng Lama H. Ridwan at the ground floor. They serve many traditional East Javanese dishes, so we ordered some nasi rawon, nasi campur, krengsengan sapi to share. On the table, there were some delicious looking satays and we tried the sate komoh (beef satay with a sweet taste) and some high cholesterol fried items that are better left unsaid, but I assure you they were sinfully delicious.
Next to Waroeng Lama H. Ridwan, there’s a Waroeng Bu Haji Ridwan (I don’t know whether they’re related or not). We decided to order a plate of gado-gado and some tempe mendol to share. The gado-gado was a bit too smooth for my taste, but as soon as I added some chili sauce, it enchanced the flavor and really I enjoyed it.
From Pasar Besar Malang we headed to Bakpao Boldy for some steamed buns. It turned out the place is a house, not an eatery, but we can still buy the buns there. Next time I think we be better buy it at Lai Lai supermarket.
For lunch that day, we decided to try Hot Cui Mie. We found out belatedly that the cui mie served at Hot Cui Mie is a modernized version of the original cui mie. The noodle is served on a bowl shapped fried wonton skin, some fried chicken chunks and red sauce. It tasted quite good, but I think I prefer a more original version of cwie mie.
After that, we decided to stop by Depot Gang Jangkrik to try the pork version of cui mie. We ordered a portion of paikut cuimie (noodle with fried pork ribs). It was very delicious. The lightly battered pork ribs were fried perfectly, so they were still juicy inside and the noodle itself also tasted good.
Before we headed back to Surabaya, we stopped by Toko Oen, a sister restaurant of Toko Oen Semarang and ordered some ice cream, cakes and just enjoyed the ambiance. The ice cream were good, but I cannot say the same for their coffee/drinks.
Overall, we had a nice time in Malang. The weather was nice, the city and buildings are beautiful. There are still a lot of places to explore and I think we need to plan for several days in Malang alone just to be able enjoy it all.