Any place which has been selling what are essentially fried egg-tofu ("tahu telur") and compressed rice cakes ("lontong") on a sauce based on "petis" or fermented shrimp paste since 1935 has to be doing something right.
And when that little place is still doing rip-roaring business, despite its unflattering location right next to a mortuary, it has to be serving something irresistible. And that was exactly how I found the food here - abso-bloody-lutely amazing.
Its trademark dish was "Tahu Telor Lontong" - where the mix of flavors (sweet, salty, piquant) and textures - the lovely, satiny tofu, the crisp-at-the-edges egg omelette, the "lontong" rice cake's bland texture providing a perfect counterpoint to the sharp stab of flavor from the "petis" shrimp sauce, and the little curls of crisp "keropok" fish crackers on top - all melded together in perfect harmony. I was well & truly in foodie heaven :-D
As they say here in Malang, "Depot Pak Abdulrohim tak pernah sepi" - meaning Mr Abdulrohim's eatery is never silent. With the constant parade of customers going in and out of the tiny 10-15 capacity place, it certainly holds true :-)
Depot Tahu Lontong Lonceng
Samping Apotek Erlangga
Jl. Martadinata 66
Malang, East Java