“And then I finished the rest by dipping them in plecing, which proved to be a master stroke of a decision – it provided a much-needed pleasant sweet flavour to the dish.“
I’ve always been hearing people going on about Tahu Pong. Eager to know what the buzz is all about, I ended up at one of the finest purveyors of the delicacy on Jalan Gajah Mada. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that it was just a small shop equipped with a row of tables. My initial disappointment, though, was washed away in an instant after I tasted its Tahu Pong.
The shop itself was first founded in 1950 by Pak Sutikno and his wife Ibu Ngatini. Now helmed by their daughter Ibu Marsiah, it was her daughter-in-law Putri who informed me that the joint was originally located in Kranggan. It was moved to its current site in 1972.
Tahu Pong is a Peranakan dish and is basically deep-fried tofu with no filling served withplecing (Javanese sweet sauce). As recommended by Putri, I ordered its Tahu Pong Gimbal Telur, which consists of Tahu Pong, deep-fried hard-boiled egg, and Gimbal (shrimp fritters). I first tried it without the plecing, but despite its crisp texture, I found it to be a tad on the bland side. And then I finished the rest by dipping them in plecing, which proved to be a master stroke of a decision – it provided a much-needed pleasant sweet flavour to the dish. I experimented a tiny bit by dropping some green chilli into the mix, and it only enhanced the experience even further. Despite being served without rice or noodles, I still felt replete afterwards. Before leaving, I thanked Putri for the great service, fantastic food, and her spot-on suggestion.
Jl. Gajah Mada No. 63B
Semarang, Central Java
T: 024 355 6440
Open from Monday to Saturday from 10am-8pm
Rp.20,000/US$1.60 per person