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You Must Try These Lip-Smacking Foods in Surabaya – Signature Dishes and Snacks of Surabaya

Surabaya, the capital of the Jawa Timur Province of Indonesia, is one of the best places to try out Indonesian cuisine. Among its many dishes are the following irresistibly delicious foods;

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1. Lontong Balap

Lontong Balap is regarded as being a signature dish of Surabaya. This wholesome and mouth-watering dish is made up of several elements. The base of the dish is a delicious and specially prepared brown beef soup, upon which a hearty portion of lontong; a traditional Javanese rice cake is placed. The dish is then topped off with a healthy serving of bean sprouts, Mung Bean cake, and fried tofu, making it a dish that is full or flavor. Lontong Balap is extremely popular amongst the locals of Surabaya and is widely regarded as being a perfect dish to have for lunch. While Lontong Balap is available in almost all way side stores, for a truly authentic Lontong Balap experience make sure you visit the Lontong Balap Pak Gendut. The Lontong Balap Pak Gendut is a way side food stall that opened way back in 1956 and has a reputation of serving some of the best Lontong Balap in the whole of Indonesia, let alone Surabaya.

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2. Rawon

Rawon is the perfect dish for lovers of meat and spice. Rawon is a brown beef soup that is known for its thick and creamy texture and savory and wholesome flavors. The soup is made with beef stock and several herbs, including "kluwak" which gives it its signature taste and flavor. The soup is served with succulent chunks of perfectly cooked beef and a decent portion of steamed white rice. The rich flavor of the soup is well balanced with neutral taste of the white rice, which is only further complemented by the delicious pieces of beef. A warm serving of Rawon is sure to hit the spot, especially on those days you spend lots of time out of you Surabaya accommodation exploring the city and all its attractions.

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3. Rujak Cingur

Rujak Cingur is another dish that is regarded as being unique to Surabaya and the East Java region. Rujak Cingur is a type of spicy salad known for its bold flavors and elements. A typical serving of Rujak Cingur comprises an assortment of vegetables and fruits, such as tender mangos, cucumber, kale, and jicama. These vegetable are topped off with spicy gravy that is cooked with shrimp and fish stock. The highlight of Rajuk CIngur, however, is the chunks of beef lip. The beef lip forms the protein of this wholesome salad and is actually one of the chewiest cuts of beef. The chewiness of the beef combined with the range of flavors of the vegetables, fruits, and gravy of the salad make Rajuk Cingur a dish that is highly recommended. For the best Rajuk Cingur in Surabaya check out the food stalls at the Surabaya Plaza Mall, located about 40 minutes from the Ascott Waterplace Surabaya.

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4. Tahu Tek

Tahu Tek is one of the most popular street food snacks in Surabaya. Referred to as many as the "supper omelet", Tahu Tek is an omelette that is prepared by scrambling two eggs with bean curd. Once the omelette mixture is prepared, it is deep fried so that the omelette has a crispy exterior texture and a warm and fluffy interior texture. The deep fried omelette is then sweet and savory peanut gravy and flakes of 'krupuk'; a type of deep fried crackers that are popular in Indonesia. Given that Tahu Tek is very easy to prepare and serves a delicious and wholesome snack, it is commonly sold by street vendors, food stalls, and restaurants.