For those of you who never heard of Tahu Telor, you must be non-East Javanese. For those of you who haven’t know me well yet [if you’re an introvert, you better not. I’m chatty], you probably don’t know that I’m an East Javanese [Surabaya to be exact]. So, hunting for Tahu Telor around Jakarta area and writing articles about it was something I looked forward to. To be honest, it’s quite hard to find one [in Jakarta] let alone find a yummy one. However, one of the nicest ones I ever tried is at Sate Khas Senayan! [P.S. I reviewed Sate Khas Senayan on my previous articles, kindly check them out! ].
Briefly about Sate Khas Senayan, it is easy to find anywhere as they’re expanding as fast as zombies at zombie apocalypse. They taste consistently good at any branch, which makes it easier for you to find Tahu Telor anywhere you stay around Jakarta. I went to the one at Summarecon Mall Serpong [at Gading Serpong area], and greeted warmly by the staffs. It’s a bit different with the one at Pakubuwono, since the SMS branch is an open area [which is perfect for foodgraphy, but not for the non-tropical slash sweaty people]. In less than 30 secs, I placed my order and had a gossip session with my best friend….which didn’t last for 5 minutes because our order was already on the table!
Before I describe how tasty the dish is, let me teach you some history lesson of Tahu Telor. Back in 1940, someone very brilliant living in East Java [sorry for the imprecise info] combined egg and tofu then deep-fried it. Thinking that it was quite bland, he [or she] mixed it with peanut sauce and sweet soy sauce for a kick of flavor. Thinking that it needed a bit of freshness, he [or she] put some celery and blanched beansprouts on top together with fried peanuts and kerupuk. This dish easily becomes everyone’s favorite, and every city in East Java now has their own version of Tahu Telor. For instance, in Semarang, they called it Tahu Pong where they add prawn fritters. In Magelang, they add crunchy vegetable fritter. In Surabaya, they add shrimp paste to add flavor to the sauce and boy it tastes even better than any other ones [sorry for being subjective. Pardon my taste buds].
Sate Khas Senayan creates the Magelang version of Tahu Telor and somehow I couldn’t complain because it tastes real good. The dish contains of yellow tofu, fried beaten egg, vegetable fritter, cabbage, bean sprout, whole peanut, celery, and deep-fried shallots. Overall, it tastes quite sweet from the soy sauce but balanced with the umami and hint of tanginess from vinegar. I personally rate this 8.5/10 since I’m not into sweet soy sauce, but my Magelang friends seem to savor it so much. For me, the freshness of ingredients makes it one of the must try Tahu Telor around Jakarta.