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One Taste of Eastern Java : Lontong Mie

Before I start to tell you about anything, let me say first

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR !! ūüôā

Yeah, that’s a little bit late, I know.. A lot of thing happened to my laptop lately, so I rarely post something since booting my laptop is a pain in the a** itself. ūüėź

So, last December, I went to Surabaya for Christmas time with my family, It’s been a while since last time I visited Surabaya and that was waaay before I started to do some blogging. So, last Christmas, I used the chance to taste some cuisine from Surabaya, specially the signature ones.

This time, I got a treat in a food corner in a mall there. Back then, my aunt told me about this dish called¬†Lontong Mie¬†(translated to English into rice cake noodle, seriously) and the first reaction in my mind is ‘WT*?? What’s with mixing rice cake and noodle?’ Later that I know¬†lontong mie¬†is just for the name and I don’t know how people managed to come with such name. It’s sure consist of rice cake and noodle but it has another ingredients along with them.

Let’s go with the appearance first..

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Lontong Mie Special Edition (with cingur)

Note : cingur means ‘mouth’ in Javanese. It’s cow’s mouth part which is boiled and then mixed in the dish, some people marinate it with preferred seasoning. It’s a signature protein from eastern Java.

That was the actual¬†lontong mie. It’s not just rice cake and noodle, but also came with cingur, beansprouts, crispy shallots, and sliced fried tofu..They are then splashed with sweet brown sauce made mostly with petis.¬†Petis¬†is Indonesian special seasoning (probably also available in other countries but with different name) which is made of fish/shrimps/some other seafood varieties, but commonly fishes and shrimps. It’s sweet and have unique taste. *Foreigners who come to Indonesia, specially eastern part of Java are recommended to try any dishes that come/served/mixed with¬†petis*. I live in Yogyakarta for a long time but I’m half Yogyakarta and half East Java by blood, so I love eastern Java’s cuisines a lot as well.

For this dish, the thing that gave the most flavor is the broth. Mixed everything and you could have different textures in your mouth in exactly a bite. You would have crunchy texture from the beansprouts, softness from the tofu, chewy cingur, crispy shallots, and sweet and particular petis broth. While the portion seems a little small in the picture, in fact, for an average eater like me, it made my stomach about 80% full from 20% starvation haha.

Despite the strange name, actually this dish was remarkable. Simple but rich in taste. In East Java, like Surabaya, this dish is quite popular and scattered across the city thus you can find it easily that match your own taste bud.

So, this is the first part of my story in Surabaya, and I still have some to come. Stay tuned for my next foodie story, leave comments if you have any ideas or opinions for me and my stories, and leave like if you enjoy reading my experience.

CHEERS!!



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It’s Waaaaay Beyond Normal : Warung Upnormal

Cerita bermula dari ketika teman saya memberi list tempat makan yang belum pernah kami coba di Jogja. Saat itu setelah menimang-nimang dengan baik, benar, dan matang, akhirnya kami memutuskan untuk ke salah satu tempat makan di daerah Seturan ini.

Jadi rumah makan ini namanya¬†Warung Upnormal dan saya punya persepsi sendiri kenapa tempat makan ini diberi nama seperti itu (penjelasannya di bawah nanti ya ūüėÄ ).¬†Warung Upnormal¬†ini letaknya di¬†Jl. Seturan Raya No.90, Sleman, Jogja. Nggak sulit kok untuk mencarinya. Kalau dari arah Babarsari, lurus saja ke arah seturan (arah STIE YKPN) dan tempat makan ini ada di kiri jalan agak hampir ujung¬†jalan.

Pada dasarnya ‘warung’ ini menyediakan menu makanan ala warung kopi seperti mie instan dan roti bakar yang dimodifikasi sedemikian rupa agar menjadi ala ‘kekinian’ (saya juga nggak bisa kalau disuruh mendeskripsikan apa itu ‘kekinian’). Karena pada dasarnya mie instan dan roti bakar, maka yang dimodifikasi bumbu serta¬†topping-topping-nya. Salah satu contohnya adalah Indom*e Saus Telur Asin¬†(yang saya pesan),¬†Indom*e Chili Beef (disingkat chibi), dan semacamnya.

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..nah ini yang saya pesan kala itu.

Sesuai bayangan saya, yang terhidang di hadapan saya memang benar mi instan yang diberi bumbu telur asin. Rasa telur asinnya lumayan kuat sih, gurih-gurih asin, kemungkinan besar telurnya ditumbuk dan dicampurkan ke porsi mi instan itu lalu diaduk rata. Lauk yang terhidang adalah selembar daging ham bulat kira-kira berdiameter 15cm.

Untuk menu makanan lain juga ada roti bakar dengan berbagai topping seperti nutella, green tea, keju, cokelat, dan lain-lain (ada juga yang a la barat seperti model club sandwich). Kemudian bagi yang ingin makan berat juga ada beberapa pilihan nasi goreng tapi saat itu tidak tersedia.

Nah kali ini yang akan saya bahas lebih adalah harganya. Kenapa tadi saya bilang di atas kalau tempat makan ini memang ‘upnormal’? Karena untuk seporsi¬†Indom*e¬†Telur Asin yang saya pesan tadi harganya Rp 15.500 + ppn. Mungkin harga itu termasuk standar untuk satu porsi makanan di Jogja, tapi menurut saya pribadi,¬†it’s not worth it.¬†Terlalu mahal, saya pikir. Mungkin mereka juga ‘menjual’ suasana di ‘warung’ itu juga karena tempatnya memang lumayan¬†cozy (full AC, ada¬†colokan listrik/electric outlet,¬†no smoking & smoking area, dan beberapa permainan yang bisa dipinjam sembari menunggu pesanan Anda datang. Meski begitu, seporsi mie instan dengan harga kisaran Rp 13rb – Rp 17rb itu terlalu¬†overpriced.¬†Range¬†harga menu makanannya ada di antara Rp 9rb – Rp 30rb-an (note¬†: 9rb untuk seporsi mie instan polos).

Yaaa, untuk pengalaman tak apalah sekali-kali pesan mie instan harga pasta. Kalau masalah tempat memang nggak diragukan lagi, sangat cocok untuk nongkrong terutama bagi para anak muda jaman sekarang yang ‘kekinian’, tapi bagi saya pribadi sangat menyayangkan 1 hal di atas.

Stay tuned for the next foodie experiences, and as always..

CHEERS!!



I also do some artworks (in self-practice as well, actually), if you’d like to visit, you are very welcomed to my Artstation and Patreon profile.

Patreon

Artstation

and also selling some original merchandise at Redbubble
*Sorry, get to promote everything, but, yeah, my effort on living my dream may be starting from the very bottom*

Thank you. :D*