The rambling little town of Singosari below the shadows of Mt Arjuno volcano is replete with interesting small eateries. One of these was Depot 29 (Est. 1980), famous for its tasty herbal mutton soups - very much Hainanese-Chinese-influenced, with fall-off-the-bone tender mutton ribs. The mutton was delicious and the strong mutton scent was absent.
Other delicious food options we ordered there were :
- Deep-fried spongey tofu and tempe, delicious when slathered with a sauce mix of sticky sweet dark-soysauce and shrimp paste & whole "cabe rawet" - explosive tiny little green chillis;
- Nasi rawon - white rice drenched with a beef soup flavored by the dark-fleshed "buah keluak" nuts.
- Nasi campur, a rice dish which came with curried beef (very tasty), hard-boiled egg, some braised tofu and vegetables, and caramelised, crisp cassava chips. It was sensational.
- Tahu telur - a mixture of pan-fried tofu cubes with eggs, topped with a peanut-sweet soysauce gravy & crisp keripik (rice crackers). This dish was not up to my expectations as I'd had better versions of tahu telor elsewhere in Indonesia and even Singapore.
This halal restaurant served a great selection of fresh juices, and I particularly enjoyed the pure, unadulterated, nectar-sweet mango juice. The Es Dawet - a sweet, iced coconut-milk drink replete with jelly bits, was a delight.
Jl. Raya Randu Agung 83
Singosari, Jawa Timur