The five best joints in the second largest city in East Java
The past few years have seen me earning a living by writing about a food. Although it pains me to say this, I would like to think that I’ve earned my stripes and have become a qualified food writer. And as a culinary wordsmith, people have frequently asked me for suggestions on where and what to eat and drink. Well, I suppose it’s time I give the people what they want, then. This time, I’ve decided to share with you five terrific eateries in Malang that I’d gladly stake my reputation on just to prove to you that they are indeed worth a visit.
Depot Hok Lay
Established back in 1946, Depot Hok Lay is one of the oldest restaurants in Malang. This can be seen by its interior design, which is as antiquated as the joint itself. On its menu is Malang’s most iconic treat: the Cwie Mie. It also serves its signature Fosco drink as well. The noodles of its Cwie Mie posses a texture that is very soft, while you can only get theFosco – a mixture of milk and chocolate served in a Coke bottle – right here.
Puthu Lanang Celaket
The more I write about food, I’ve found that I would be less likely to declare that a certain dish is the best I’ve ever tasted. Exception to this rule, though, is the Kue Putu at Puthu Lanang Celaket. Priced at just Rp.10,000 per portion, it is without a doubt the best I’ve ever had in my entire life so far. It features a very soft texture, and packs a delicious flavourful combination of both sweet and savoury.
Pos Ketan Legenda
Kota Batu is a small town located just a stone’s throw away from the centre of Malang. Despite being small in size, Kota Batu packs quite a number of tourist attractions, including Museum Angkut, Batu Night Spectacular, and Batu Secret Zoo. Whichever that you decide to pay a visit to, your trip to Kota Batu should always end with a social to Pos Ketan Legenda. Situated right in front of Alun-Alun Kota Batu, this small shop has been around since 1967 and sells various types of delightful sticky rice.
Known for its rather chilly weather, there’s only one thing that could warm you up while you’re in Malang and that is Wedang (ginger tea). Drop by Wedang Titoni – founded in 1948 – when you’re in town, and have taste of its Wedang; it’ll bring warmth to both your tummy and your heart.
Bakso Bakar Pak Man
One of the most iconic dishes to come out of Malang is Bakso Malang (Malang-style meatballs), yet while many would choose THAT famous stall (hint: located right next to a railway line) when they are on the hunt for a bowl of Bakso Malang, I’d rather go for Bakso Bakar Pak Man. With two types of Bakso on offer – soup and grilled – the recipe behind its winning meatballs is its chewy texture, along with its flavour.