Dinner this evening was at this insanely popular highway stop in the little East Javanese town of Pandaan.
Kepiting Cak Gundul is easily located as you can't miss the long line of parked automobiles outside this perpetually crowded eatery. Its claim-to-fame? Super-sized crabs from West Papua (New Guinea) stir-fried in a sweet, red-colored sauce (doesn't taste tomatoey, more like Chinese hoi-sin sauce). It lacked the spicy edge of Singapore-style chilli crabs, but has its own unique taste & character.
Another dish we ordered was wok-braised squid in sweet, dark soysauce. Cloyingly sweet, if I may add.
The cooking (and cleaning) was inexplicably done at the *front* of the restaurant, and the ambience (pretty messy) may turn off some folks. The crabs were finger-licking good tho ;-)
Kepiting Cak Gundul 1992
Pandaan Km 48, East Java