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6 Best Culinary Places in Banyuwangi, East Java
Posted by :Carol GilmorePosted date : September 29, 2020In FeaturedComments Off on 6 Best Culinary Places in Banyuwangi, East Java
Banyuwangi is renowned as a bit of a foodie destination, and we are not going to argue with the natives. So, the following are a few of the most common culinary places in Banyuwangi that you can visit.
Sego Tempong M’bok Wah
It is the “first” sego tempong joint in town. “Sego” is rice in the local dialect. And also, “Tempong” way to slap and describe the effect of the spicy sambal, which is the mainstay of this food, a fiery concoction of chilis, tomato, and shrimp paste. Here you’ll be served a bowl with cabbage, rice, some greens, corn, and tofu fritter alongside a generous dollop of sambal. Then it’s the point and selects for accompanying dishes, mostly fish and vegetables. We enjoyed the pindang koyong, fish at a fragrant, small sour soup flavored with belimbing sayur, by the starfruit family, and tucked into a bowl of crunchy tiny crabs, washed down with homemade temu lawak, a hot sweet beverage made from a root belonging to the ginger family. The basic sego tempong will put you back 15,000 rupiahs, add to an additional 10,000 rupiah for every side dish.
Soto Ayam Barokah PH Niti
It is not only another soto ayam combined. This place offers the traditional Indonesian chicken soup served with bean sprouts, a boiled egg, glass noodles, a squeeze of lime, and a spoonful of sambal to flavor. Here the broth is much thicker and much more coconut flavor than usual, and also, you can pick various bits of the chicken you’d like. A bowl of roasted dried coconut stays on the table to thicken the soup much more if you would like. We went to the soto ayam kampung (12,000 rupiahs) and asked for all regular meat since we are not fans of both gizzards and other whatnots. Aside from versions of soto ayam, other simple criteria such as nasi goreng and lalapan are available also.
Losari Rujak Soto
Together with nasi tempong, Banyuwangi is also famed for rujak soto a hearty, rich dish well worth a sample for those not bothered about a little tripe and sambal. Rujak is traditionally a fruit or vegetable salad dish with a thousand and one variations across Indonesia. Still, in this case, the dish is a fusion of the sour vegetable (no fruit) salad with beef soto (soup), making nearly a salad in a soup.
The dish’s crux is hand sugar smeared into crushed fresh chilies (say suppose you don’t want it to pack a pinch) and shrimp paste. A mixture of boiled veggies (sprouts, lettuce, along with something else green were in ours) is added to the foundation. That is then spooned over a bowl full of chopped lontong. Then comes the tripe–as with the chili. Ask them if you do not desire it, but the batter is beef-based, so this dish isn’t suitable for vegetarians!
Then, a kind serving of broth to pull it all together with kerupuk to soak up the sauce. The flavor is loaded with a thick spicing, and the shrimp paste adds to the entire food. Wash it down with some fruit shake or with an iced lemon tea. We paid 25,000 rupiahs to get a very filling bowl with an iced lemon juice at Losari Rujak Soto on Jalan Losari in the junction with Jalan Progo. Open for breakfast and lunch every day.
Warung Bik Ati
Since 1948, in business using branches in Bali, Warung Bik Ati is popularly known for its nasi rawon–a black beef soup with rice on the side. The soup’s deep dark color comes in the seeds of this keluak tree. These contain hydrogen cyanide. So you don’t wish to eat them! Through a fermentation process, it is melted out of the seeds making it safe to consume. The seasoning contains candlenuts, lemongrass, chillis, garlic, and shallots. Together with the flesh out of the keluak, seeds are ground up to form this soup base. Rawon can be quite heavy and thick or relatively light and watery, and in the instance of Warung Bik Ati it’s the latter.
Our bowl served with chili, mung-beans, and rice on the side was yummy. The price starts at 27,500 rupiahs. We could quickly have eaten a separate bowl, which left us looking somewhat suspiciously in the MSG branding around the bowl’s lip! Famous throughout the day, and with a central place, this is a simple one to test. Besides, they possess an air-con part of the restaurant–convenient if you struggle with the warmth. If you don’t want beef, they also have a range of poultry dishes and bakso.
Fancy a fish feast? Go to Seafood Sobo on Jalan Kepiting, where this cheery and fresh orange painted warung dishes up not just seafood, but poultry, duck, and veggie dishes from an extensive menu. Seafood is cooked Chinese style with a wide choice of sauces, be wary when you order, some foods are a portion, and others by weight and be clear as to which you desire. We “unintentionally” ordered a kilo of black pepper crab (24,000 rupiahs per 100g), also had a small surprise once we received the bill, but it was yummy.
We also tried the ayam taliwang, a hot finger-licking barbecued chicken at 35,000 rupiahs. And also, pungent udang pete belacan, prawns with stinky beans cooked and shrimp paste at 48,000 rupiahs, a feast. The service is far from brisk, and we had to wait a few times for our food, but the staff are friendly enough and talk a little English. Unfortunately, they don’t serve beer that would have gone well but do provide various juices. Should you purchase the jus timun–a cucumber juice as we did, you might like to request it!
Along the same road, we ventured into Warung Kepiting, a comparable fish place. However, the decor here’s a bit more downmarket. Expect barbecue fish and other fish standards and, of course, kepiting (crab). As you drift from 1 fish establishment to another, grab a coffee to pick you up. Cute and cozy SAE Coffee is located in between both of these places on Jalan Kepiting.
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