This tiny, hole-in-the-wall eatery in Malang (East Java) served Chinese Hakka-style noodles with an array of meatballs.
The matronly-looking Hakka proprietress prepared all the dishes herself, helped by a couple of petite-sized waitresses - petite being a requirement here as the eatery's width couldn't have been more than 6 feet across!!
What we had:
- "Mie Ujung Pandang" which were noodles topped with "jasio" (Chinese BBQ pork) and "pangsit" (wanton dumplings). The noodles were fine, stretchy and had a lovely al dente bite. The "cha-siu" which the local Chinese here called "jasio" tasted like the really old-fashioned sort we get in Singapore - where the pork was not actually correctly roast & caramelised, but rather parboiled, finished on a hot pan & tinted red. The wanton dumplings, as with any meatball dish here, suffered from too much flour-to-meat ratio;
- "Bakso campur", a mixture of pork balls, shrimp-pork-filled wanton dumplings, pork-stuffed tofu croquettes, and springy little beef balls in a clear consomme.
- "Swiekiau", which is a local Chinese interpretation of "sui kow" (水饺) shrimp dumplings in egg-flour wanton wraps, served in the same clear soup.
Sides include slivers of pickled cucumber (lovely) and pickled whole "cabe rawit" (explosive little green peppers called "prik kee noo" in Thailand and "chili padi" in Malaysia).
Personally, I thought this was the best noodle dish I'd had thus far in Malang, although my 2 Indon colleagues who brought me here said they preferred the versions at Resto Gang Djangkrik (the most popular Chinese restaurant in town).
Jl Letnan Jend S Parman
Malang, East Java
(Closed on Tuesday)