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Pecal Lele at Dapoer Dago - crunchy fried catfish that comes with a tasty pecal sauce.
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I kept coming across stalls selling pecal lele (deep-fried catfish with vegetable rojak on the side) during a cycling trip from Dumai to Pekanbaru, Indonesia.
My adventure-cycling buddy Mohd Radzi Md Nor introduced me to the dish when we arrived in Pekanbaru after completing a 210km-journey from Dumai.
There, I got my first taste of pecal lele and learned to appreciate the dish as it was pretty good.
That was in June this year and back in my workplace, my colleague Zieman mentioned a makan place in Taman Tun Dr Ismail near Lorong Rahim Kajai 13.
The place is called Dapoer Dago (N 3°09’14.7”, E 101°37’21.0”) and specialises in a la carte Indonesian food from Sumatera. Pecal lele is on their menu.
“Eh Sam, engkau cuba la makan kat tempat tu, dia orang ada lima jenis soto,” she recommended.
I wasn’t interested in soto, but when Zieman told me that the restaurant also prepared pecal lele, I wasted no time in giving it a try.
I brought along Zakri “Billy” Baharuddin, my trustworthy kaki melantak (eating companion) to give the dishes a try.
There, we ordered the soto betawi (RM6.90), sop rawon (RM7.90) and pecal lele (RM6.90) while Billy had the ayam bakar (RM7.90).
Since it takes a while to prepare the dishes, we quenched our thirst with a bottle of Sosro Teh Botol (RM4).
These are sold at 4,000 Indonesian Rupiahs (RM1.08) in Indonesia and they are a treat if you love chilled tea.
I found the soto betawi to be rather strong-tasting (they used cow’s lung as the main ingredient) and my first impression of having soto is that the dish came with noodles or rice.
The soto betawi is served plain and needs some getting used to.
As for the sop rawon (beef soup), I must say Dapoer Dago is peerless.
It is one of the best I have come across and much superior compared to most of the Ayam Penyet outlets in the Klang Valley.
The sop rawon is robust, full of flavour and the portion of beef that comes with it is generous.
Okay, having said that, how did the pecal lele fare?
On the Samo-scale, I would give it an eight out of 10.
It is simply tasty and the catfish is so crunchy.
Having the pecal lele had me reliving my cycling holiday in Sumatera.
Dapoer Dago opens for lunch and dinner daily and if you love pecal lele, it is now being offered as a set lunch at RM8.90 (fried catfish, rice and a glass of tea).
This is the writer’s personal observation and not an endorsement by StarMetro.
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