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Named after Semarang, the capital and largest city of Central Java, Samrang specialises in different types of dishes that are unique to that part of Indonesia – some of which we’re sure you’ve never heard of before.
Samrang operates from a cloud kitchen so the only way you can try their food is to order delivery—a great option especially during this P2HA times.
Here are some of the more uncommon dishes you’ll find in Samrang’s menu:
Cilok is an Indonesian ball-shaped dumpling made with a blend of tapioca flour, scallions and garlic. It is typically enjoyed with spicy peanut sauce. Samrang likens the cilok’s texture to Chinese tang yuan (glutinous rice balls) or the Japanese dango, so if you love soft and chewy things, this might be up your alley.
You can get 15 pieces of the original for S$7.90 or a variant with beef fillings for S$9.90.
If you think karedok looks very similar to gado-gado, you’re not wrong. All the essential ingredients are the same; the dish is a hodgepodge of assorted raw vegetables like spinach, bean sprouts and cabbage, and also served with peanut sauce.
Whilst Indonesia has so much diversity in every region, there are some traditional foods that can be quite similar. Karedok is one of them. A serving of this is priced at S$7.90.
3. Iga Bakar
Iga Bakar is Indonesian styled beef ribs that have been marinated before they’re grilled and glazed in a sweet and spicy sauce. Great measure and precision are applied in preparing these ribs to get to the fall-off-the-bone level that we like, so carnivorous types would certainly enjoy these.
A set of 2kg ribs (about 5 ribs) is priced at S$98, or you can get them as part of Tandem Combo set for S$88 or Quad Combo set for S$148.
4. Bakso Mercun
Now this is something spice enthusiasts can get behind. Named Bakso Mercun (Bakso Fireworks), you can expect this beef balls dish to be a flavour explosion as it has been marinated with Samrang’s very own Sambal Geprek made of smashed chillies.
You can get them at S$9.90 for 12 pieces, with either steamed or fried beef balls.
5. Ubi Jahe
Steamed tapioca is not particularly uncommon, but we’re not sure we’ve ever seen any served with ginger syrup. Tapioca on its own is quite pedestrian, so we imagine ginger syrup would give the senses a bold kick much like a warm and soothing ginger tea post-massage.
You can get this for S$6.90.
Sambals also for sale
Sambals are staples in Indonesian kitchens, and Samrang crafts their own to use in their dishes above. And if you’re keen to get your hands on these potent chilli blends, Samrang also offers them for sale!
You can get a bottle of the following sambals for S$10 each:
- Sambal Semarang Original
- Sambal Semarang Original (Green Chillies)
- Sambal Geprek (Smashed Chillies)
We don’t know about you, but we’re already salivating just looking at Samrang’s photos. If you’d like to order from them, you have a few options:
- Directly via their website here. Use promo code “SAMRANGGLAZE20” to get 20% off.
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Halal status: Muslim-owned
Opening hours: Mon to Thu 11:00am – 9:30pm, Fri to Sun 11:00am – 10:00pm
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