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

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