This was my first trip to Surabaya and to meet up with Pak Vic a business contact that I have not met, so, it was an interesting wait at the arrival hall of Juanda International Airport, I am not sure what Pak Vic looked like and vice versa, kinda like a blind date…err..maybe not..and that made me wonder, how did we managed in the past without handphones, well it wasn’t too long ago, and now it seemed like something we cannot do without. Anyway, upon exiting the arrival hall, I gave Pak Vic a call and the conversation was something like – ‘Selamat Siang Pak Vic, oh yeah, I have arrived, I am wearing a black polo shirt standing in front of the cafe’ and in turn I was told to look out for Pak Vic in a red shirt…lucky the airport was not swamped with people in black and red shirt that day …. We had drinks at the cafe and made the necessary plans for the customers visits…
Made a few blunders with my Bahasa Malaysia/ Indonesia, I hope the customers thought that was cute and I didn’t looked too big a mongkang. Haha…anyway, after all that work, it was lunch time…We drove up to a bungalow-like building – Pondok Tempo Doeloe
Es Cianjur – Es = ice. This was like a ABC, but the ice was a bit more coarse than what we get back in KL. And in this Chef recommendation – there were the black pulut ( sticky rice), coconut, jelly, avocado and milk. Just the perfect drink / dessert after exposure to the hot Indonesian sun. Cianjur is the name of the city in West Jawa, located between Jakarta and Bandung
Gurame Pesmol – the menu described it as fried gurame cooked with yellow seasoning ( tumeric ?) Sudanese spices , chilies and tomatoes. Vic urged me to try the gravy, it was sourish but tasty and when very well with the fish, now I am not sure do I like the gurame pesmol better or the gurame bakar, life is full of hard choices !
Overall, an interesting meal . IBC or Ikan Bakar Cianjur has a few branches in Indonesia. You can read up about IBC at their official website http://www.ibcgroup.co.id/index.phpLocation : Pondok Tempo Doeloe Jl. Mayjen Sungkono No. 206-208 Surabaya, East Java.