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Indonesia - Local Cantonese dim sum in Surabaya

klyeoh | Aug 26, 2011 08:37 PM

Had my first taste of Indo-Cantonese dim sum at the grand Hotel Majapahit's Sarkies Restaurant. It's halal, so all pork-based dishes were substituted with chicken.

We ordered:

- "Chong fun char siew" (腸粉). The skin was too thick & lacked the finesse of HK-style cheung-fun. It's served topped with spicy pulverised dried prawns (hae-bee) & chilli sediments - quite akin to those one finds in Malaysia. The Indonesians love their fiery chilli flavors;

- "Pangsit Udang" (har-gau/蝦餃) - well-done and tasted 100% authentic Cantonese;

- "Siomay" (燒賣). Not good - it's got something like 80% tapioca flour & 20% prawn/chicken mince, akin to the local "siomay" or "bakso" textures/tastes you get in the waroengs outside,

- "Bakpao" (chicken-meat cha-siu bao/叉燒包). Amateurish effort - the filling was tinged bright-red from coloring, and the chicken cha-siu was boiled, not barbecued, so lacked the smoky flavors;

- "Kaki Ayam" (fung-chao/鳳爪) - absolutely delish! Best dish at lunch.

- "Lo Mai Kai" (糯米雞) - over-steamed and dry.

Food's so-so. The service was polite, even if the wait-staff seemed overly submissive & hesitant. The restaurant's colonial ambiance was breathtaking though - an absolutely beautiful place.

Personally, I'd stick to local Indonesian food whilst here. Only come here if you're REALLY hankering for Chinese food!

Address details
Sarkies Sari Laut Restaurant
Hotel Majapahit Surabaya
65 Jl Tunjungan
Surabaya 60275
Tel: +62 31 545 4333

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