A bowl of rawon with rice on the side (IDR 24,000)
Typically, rawon is accompanied by baby sprouts, salted eggs, sambal, white rice and prawn crackers. The thing I like most about Rawon Setan’s rawon is the generous cube-sized beef brisket that has been cooked over night. This result in moist beef, attached to the semi-translucent, intertwined cartilage and fat, making the overall so tender it melts in your mouth. And don’t get me started on the broth. It is so rich and flavorful that you can never resist dunking rice or prawn crackers into them.
An assortment of crackersThis is one of the places that I go solely for the food. The ambiance is almost close to none if you are a local but may be intriguing for westerners who never dined in a warung before. A small bowl of rawon cost IDR 24,000 while a bowl of rawon with rice inside the broth cost IDR 14,000 (Maybe they put less beef in the latter?) Since I am a local, I would not spend so much on a bowl of rawon that my cook at home can whip up with ease. But for tourists out there, eating at this eatery is a must if you are visiting Surabaya for its gastronomic delights.
Food: 3/5 Ambiance: 1/5 Service: 1/5 Price: $Rawon Setan Jl. Embong Malang, across JW Mariott Hotel Opens: Sun-Tues (7:30am-22:00pm), Wed-Sat (7:30am-3:30am)