“The Ketan Susu Durian was soft and sweet without being overly sugary, especially considering that it uses condensed milk and durian as its toppings.“
A trip to Malang should always include a quick stopover in Kota Batu. Located just a stone’s throw away from Malang’s city centre, this small town is home to a number of tourist attractions, namely Museum Angkut, Batu Night Spectacular, and Batu Secret Zoon. Now, to end the trip on a sweet note, I would recommend dropping by Alun-Alun Kota Batu, where one can find an eatery known as Pos Ketan Legenda 1967.
Nestling in the western part of the area, there’s nothing fancy about this establishment – its interior is equipped with unremarkable plastic tables and chairs. Yet its iconic status in Kota Batu is beyond question.
As its name implies, Pos Ketan Legenda specialises in making sticky rice, with various toppings available to accompany it. Having been around for three generations, its reputation is carved in history, which explains why it is always teeming with customers – especially during the night-time. Having learned of its popularity, I just had to drop by and try its dishes out. While there, I ordered the Ketan Susu Durian (sticky rice in condensed milk with durian), Ketan Susu Keju Meises (sticky rice in condensed milk with cheese and chocolate sprinkles), and a cup of ginger tea. In less than five minutes, my order arrived on my table.
At first sight, they didn’t really look that appetising – perhaps largely due to the shambolic arrangement of the food on their respective small plates. Thankfully, they tasted a lot better than how they looked. The Ketan Susu Durian was soft and sweet without being overly sugary, especially considering that it uses condensed milk and durian as its toppings. There was a sense of familiarity with the taste of the Ketan Susu Keju Meises, which made it less remarkable than the other dish. The ginger tea helped out in balancing all the sweet flavours that were running amok on my palate, and it also made the cold weather in Batu more bearable.
Jl. Kartini No. 6,
Batu, East Java
T: 0813 3431 3353
Open daily from 4.30pm-4am
Price starts from Rp.5,000/US$0.40 per portion