Pak Gendut's Tahu Tek - Surabaya
|Tahu Tek Pak Gendut|
Tahu Tek pak Gendut
Di Daerah perumahan mayar tirtoyoso terdapat beberapa penjaja makanan yang lumayan ok, selain Sate Manyar Tampotika ada juga tahu tek pak Gendut ini. letaknya di Manyar Jaya gang V.
Knock-knock.. who's there? It's Tofu
Tahu Tek, or literally would be translated as Knock Tofu. Why the knocking? no it's not that we have to knock tofus to prepare the dish, the name comes from the way it was usually sold. It's usually dragged by a seller, in a cart with wheel or 'kaki lima' (five feet) food cart, and they would usually have a wooden instrument that is sounded by knocking it, creating the sound 'Tek Tek'. Thus it's called Tahu Tek, which in English would be a bit funny and superstitious, 'Knock on wood Tofu' anyone? :D
This stall is name Tahu Tek Pak Gendut, pak Gendut might be the proprietor's name, which is literally means fat guy. It's sells a decent Tahu Tek dish, but nothing special. I like the Pak Jayen one better, which is located about 10 minutes away from this stall, at Dharmahusada street. It's priced the same at Rp 10.000,-
It's located in a residential area near Galaxy Mall, just 5 minutes apart from the Sate Manyar Tampotika, in Manyar Jaya V street.
|Front of Tahu Tek Pak Gendut|
Located in a house alongside with a bakery shop roti in and a Satay stall. This would be a good alternative in case the Sate Manyar Tampotika were sold out when you get there.
|dining area Tahu Tek pak Gendut|
The eating area is a makeshift area that supposed to be a garage. It's long and narrow, quite strange atmosphere, and a bit hot and humid. So don't wear anything stuffy when going here. There's also a bit of mosquito that day, consider bringing some mosquito repellent. In case you're wondering, the competition, Tahu Tek pak Jayen's place is the same. Hot + mosquito infested :p
Taste wise it's fine, having ate pak Jayen's a few days before, we can make a direct comparison, and regrettably it's not as good as the pak Jayen's. The difference is mainly in the peanut sauce. The Jayen's was thicker, in greater quantity and taste spicier, not spicy hot, just mild tang and savoury. Whereas the Gendut's a bit bland, sweeter and mild, which might be good for some, a matter of preference.
|Frying Tofu for Tahu Tek|
This is the way they prepare the sauce, put in some garlic, spices, salt and pepper, along with sweet soy sauce and peanut, grind in cobek with uleg-uleg, Indonesian mortar and pestle.
|Tahu Tek peanut sauce preparation|
|Bumbu tahu tek, kacang diuleg di cobek|
Taste : 6.5 / 10
Atmosphere : 5 / 10
Service : 5 / 10
Value : 5.5 / 10
Sate Ayam Janto
Berikut foto tetangganya pak GendutSaya sendiri belum mencoba saat ke sana, tapi kelihatannya cukup ramai. Jumlah pengunjung yang memesan sate cukup banyak. Moga-moga dalam waktu dekat saya bisa mencoba dan membandingkannya dengan Sate Manyar Tampotika yang lebih dulu terkenal.
Here's another stall next to pak Gendut's. Sate Ayam Janto
I haven't tasted it yet, but seems like it's a good buy. Lots of people also ordered the satay that day. Hopefully in the near future I'll try it and make a comparison with the Sate Manyar Tampotika, which is more famous.
|Sate Ayam Janto|
|Smoky satay stall|
|Chicken Satay on the grill|