It would be a waste if a visit to Medan is not complemented by a round of home-made Batak cuisine. One place that I would recommend for such a dining experience is RM Khas Batak Robema, which specialises in Batak dishes such as Babi Goreng (deep-fried pork), Saksang (spicy pork meat stew), and Daun Ubi Tumbuk (cassava leaves).
Founded 30 years ago by Bapak Hutabarat, this eatery is located within Kompleks Multatuli Indah and has been lauded by notable foodies including Indonesian food blogger Jenz Kwok.
From the short list of dishes that I mentioned in the beginning, their Babi Goreng and Saksang certainly shone brighter than the rest and will endear themselves to pork-meat lovers. Freshly cooked, the Babi Goreng sports a crunchy exterior and a moist yet tender meat. Most importantly, it is marinated thoroughly, which gives off a well-balanced taste from every bite.
RM Khas Batak Robema would usually serve its Babi Goreng with some sambal andaliman (Szechuan pepper sambal), and when they combine together, a lingering sambal aftertaste will arise from the pork meat.
Lastly, the Saksang here is a fantastic representation of the original Batak flavour. It uses local spices including andaliman, lemongrass, pepper, and lime – resulting in a potpourri of flavours on one plate.
Jl. Haji Misbah No. 55,
Kompleks Multatuli Indah, Medan
Open daily from 12pm-4pm
Rp.40,000/US$3 per person