Between new ventures and chain eateries popping up, there are many legendary culinary spots that have stood against the test of time in Surabaya. Here are some of the most legendary restaurants among locals in Surabaya you should pay a visit.

Bebek Sinjay Ahmad Yani

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Bebek Sinjay originally comes from Bangkalan, Madura. But now you don’t need to rush to Madura to enjoy some, there are a couple of spots spreading out in Surabaya that offers the tasty Bebek Sinjay, like Bebek Sinjay Ahmad Yani that offers tender fried duck, with a slightly salty and refreshing taste at the same time. Complete the menu with Sambal Pencit that consists of grated unripe mango and spicy sambal uleg (red chili and shrimp taste) to add the crunchy and spicy textures. It makes Bebek SInjay Ahmad Yani one of the most sought-after culinary spots in Surabaya.

Ruko Grand Ahmad Yani Blok 151H, Jl. Ahmad Yani, Jemur Wonosari, Kec. Wonocolo, Kota SBY, Jawa Timur 60237, Indonesia

Sambal Bu Rudy

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Who knew Sambal Bu Rudy has become a primadonna among locals and tourists outside Surabaya, even her name already made positive waves to the international markets. Just look at those people selling Sambal Bu Rudy on international marketplaces like Amazon and Ebay. Established in 1995, Its unique taste makes Sambal Bu Rudy never loses her customers, she always prioritizes quality in all products, especially the chili sauce. She makes them daily to keep them fresh. Highlights for the most favorites are Sambal Udang, Sambal Bajak, and Sambal Ijo.

Jl. Dharmahusada No.140, Mojo, Kec. Gubeng, Kota SBY, Jawa Timur 60285, Indonesia

Rawon Setan

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First, Rawon Setan got its name because in the past they were only open at night and the second, the chili they serve is notoriously spicy and pungent that makes people swear and curse. A bowl of the tasty, spicy, and glorious rawon with a big tender juicy beef meat is guaranteed to hit you with a wave of comfort that keeps people coming back for more electrifying culinary experience. Don’t forget to add an extra salted duck egg to elevate the taste.

Jl. Embong Malang No.78/I, Genteng, Kec. Genteng, Kota SBY, Jawa Timur 60261, Indonesia

Penyetan Padin

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Penyetan Padin may charge a very higher price, but the guilty doesn’t just stop there. People keep coming to Penyetan Padin because they serve one of the tasty penyetan in town. The most wanted menu of course the chicken, duck, gourami, and grouper that can be served fried or grilled as you please. Complete with a zesty kick of spiciness from Sambal Mangga and Sambal Korek.

Jl. Kranggan No. 20 – 26, Bubutan, Surabaya

Soto Ayam Lamongan Cak Har

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A trusted name since opening in 1992. Starting from selling by the street vendors on the roadside, now Soto Ayam Lamongan Cak Har has a restaurant and other branches that reportedly can sell about 1,000 bowls in a day. The broth is flavorful, famous for its rich shredded chicken and other side dishes as you please like egg, skin, chicken feet, and many others depending on individual tastes. Before you at, give a little drizzle of lime and koya to add some refreshing palate.

Jl. Dr. Ir. H. Soekarno No. 220, Sukolilo, Surabaya

Soto Madura Wawan

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Opened in 2003, Soto Madura Wawan is famously known to have a savory and delicious taste that offers a thick clear broth with no fat. Not only beef, but you can also choose an egg, tripe, and liver if you crave for local fare. The soto is served in a separate bowl with the rice. The price is various depending on what kind of items you order although it’s still affordable, so be mindful of what you’re ordering.

Jl. Mayjen Sungkono No.86, Gn. Sari, Kec. Dukuhpakis, Kota SBY, Jawa Timur 60224, Indonesia

Sego Sambel Mak Yeye

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It’s not too hard to find Sego Sambel Mak Yeye, it is situated northern side of Darmo Trade Center (DTC) building and a long queue line is not hard to miss. Aside from the comforting dishes like Egg, Tofu, and Tempe, people come here for their signature Iwak Pe (stingray fish). Iwak Pe is served fried and of course, you can’t go wrong with the sambal. It’s made from chili, tomato, shrimp paste, garlic, shallot, and a pinch of salt.

Jl. Jagir Wonokromo Wetan No. 12, Wonokromo, Surabaya

Sate Klopo Ondomohen Bu Asih

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Compared to other satays, Sate Klopo is unique because it uses savory grated coconut seasoning to cover the beef or chicken skewers when grilled. This satay is served over peanut sauce and sweet soy sauce, topped with sliced shallots and chili pepper. The beef was thick and tender with a distinctive savory sensation.  Oh, another extra bonus will be the complement in the form of serundeng which is also made from coconut to add textures.

Jl. Walikota Mustajab No. 36, Genteng, Surabaya

Sego Babat Cak Yasin

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Sego Babat Cak Yasin attracts customers with the soft textures of the tripe. The tripe has a slightly salty taste, but it is made dry resulting in a crunchy texture on the outside. Complete your meal with the overflowing serundeng plus the spicy chili sauce. Be sure to arrive early to avoid a longer time to wait.

Jl. Raya Dukuh Kupang No.30, Dukuh Kupang, Kec. Dukuhpakis, Kota SBY, Jawa Timur 60225, Indonesia

Spesial Belut Bu Yuli

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The mainstay menu is Penyetan Belut (crushed eel) which can be enjoyed in a very affordable price. So the eel here will be super crispy fried and it will come with chili sauce and lalapan (raw vegetables). You can order the medium fry by request, if you prefer the moist texture. If you’re not into eel, the crispy crushed chicken and duck are also good. Expect a large crowd show up and you’ll see what all the fuss about.

Jl. Kertajaya No.173A, Airlangga, Kec. Gubeng, Kota SBY, Jawa Timur 60286, Indonesia