After landing in Surabaya & meeting our friends, we headed to Bebek Goreng Harissa for lunch. The place is recommended by my friend as it is not too far from the airport. They serve a variety of fried duck dishes with several types of sambal to choose from. We ordered whole fried duck with sambal mangga and several side dishes to share. We also ordered their sambal Thailand which they claimed to be the spiciest sambal among the other sambal they offer. It was a delicious lunch, The duck had crispy skin and tender meat. Their sambal mangga was also good, but my favorite was of course their sambal Thailand.
After lunch, we continued our journey to Malang and spent a night there. We returned to Surabaya the next afternoon. After checking in to Artotel, we decided to have dinner at Warung Bu Kris in Kayon area. Unfortunately, the place was closed that day so we went to Depot Bu Rudy instead. I’m a big fan of their sambal bawang, but have never actually been to Depot Bu Rudy in Surabaya. So that night, we feasted on various rice dishes with unlimited sambal to add as we like. Their signature nasi udang was really really good, perhaps even better than the version I’ve tasted in their long-closed branch in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta.
Just across the street from Depot Bu Rudy, I saw a sign of Caturra Espresso. So after dinner, I dragged SC there for a quick cup of coffee. We ended up ordering a cup of Picollo and Garut-sourced coffee brewed with V60. Both tasted great and their service were friendly as well.
After that, we went to Surabaya’s legendary ice cream parlour called Zangrandi. The place was so crowded that night but luckily we managed to get a table. We tried several types of ice cream they offered and my favorite is their Macedonia ice cream: simple ice cream divided into sections and filled with rhum. It was so good we went back again the next night for another cup of macedonia ice cream.
The next morning, after a quick breakfast at the hotel, we continued to Madura island by way of Jembatan Suramadu. We want to sample the famous Bebek Sinjay at its original location. It wasn’t even eleven o’clock yet when we arrived, but the place was already nearly half-full. Bebek Sinjay only offers a menu package consisting of rice with crispy fried duck, sambal pencit and a bottle of tea. The cost for that is so affordable (less than 25K if I’m not mistaken). It tasted delicious, the duck was fat, crispy and tender. Combined with the generous rice and sambal, it was easily the best fried duck I’d ever tasted.
After lunch, we’re going shopping to Tresna Art, a well-known shop for batik tulis (handmade batik) Madura. Upon arrival, we’re served with Madura’s local drinks and boiled banana. There were a lot of colorful Madura’s handmade batik to choose from. And after that we toured the Madura’s traditional house inside the Tresna Art premises. After that we decided to tried another Madura’s eatery called Tera Bulan recommended by the owner of Tresna Art. As we’re still full from previous lunch, we only ordered a portion of bebek bengal and soto madura to share. Their bebek bengal tasted quite good, but I don’t like their version of soto madura which had a red-colored spicy broth.
For dinner that night, we decided to try our luck again and went to Warung Bu Kris at Kayon again. It was still early for dinner but the place was already packed. That night we ordered some of Warung Bu Kris‘s favorites like penyet komplit (consisting of fried chicken, empal, bakwan, tahu/tempe and fried egg), nasi bok (rice topped with lodeh towel, babat paru, ikan asin jambrong, serundeng, empal suwir and sambal), nasi bebek goreng ala bu Kris, nasi rawon empal. It tasted good although, the fried duck can’t beat the one from Bebek Sinjay.
After dinner, we split with our friends who wanted to go to Sampoerna Museum, while we went to Calibre Coffee Roaster.
The next morning, we had planned to go to Pasar Atom for breakfast, but it turned out that the food stalls at Pasar Atom won’t be open until ten. So we ended up eating nasi cumi waspada. It was a simple dish consisting of rice topped with black squid dishes, it tasted a litle bit sweet, not bad but I was expecting a spicier dish. SC on the other hand, was enjoying his nasi rawon cumi very much.
After that, we went straight to Pasar Genteng to buy some snacks to take home. We returned to the hotel, checked out, and waited at the airport. Our flight was not until 2PM, so we decided to have lunch at the airport. At first I wanted to try Nasi Campur Tambak Bayan, but the place was full and several tables occupied by smoking guests, so we had some gado-gado and bakso somewhere else. Overall it was a great trip. We had good food and good laugh with good friends, and I can’t wait for our next trip again next year.