“Its sweet and gingery flavour instantly brought a pleasant warmth to both my tummy and my heart.“
A hot bowl of Ronde (hot ginger beverage with peanuts and rice-flour balls) is essential to keep one’s self warm while having a night-time stroll around breezy Malang. Luckily, there are many street vendors in town that offers the ginger drink. One that stands out, though, is Ronde Titoni.
Bapak Abdul Hadi founded Ronde Titoni back in 1948, and he would peddle his Rondearound Malang’s Chinatown area. In 1985, his son Pak Sugeng took over the business, and by 1988, he moved the stall to its current location on Jalan Zainal Arifin.
From the moment I saw stacks of mochi (rice cake covered with ground peanuts) when I entered the shop, I knew there and then that I would be enjoying Ronde Titoni’s signature treat. However, what I didn’t know was that they have two types of Ronde on offer: dry and soup. My curiosity piqued, I went and ordered both.
The soupy variety wasn’t too different from the ones I’ve tried in Central Java or Jakarta. Served piping hot in a small bowl, it featured peanuts, rice-flour balls, and cuts of plain bread. Its sweet and gingery flavour instantly brought a pleasant warmth to both my tummy and my heart.
Having never heard of the dry version of the delicacy, I was surprised to discover that it is in fact a piece of mochi that is served with ginger soup on the side. The chewy mochi was sweet and tasted great even without the ginger soup. Now if only we could get Pak Sugeng to open a branch in Jakarta.
Jl. Zainal Arifin
Malang, East Java
Open daily from 5pm-12am
Rp.10,000/US$0.80 per portion