Surabaya (formerly Dutch: Soerabaja, Javanese: Suroboyo) is the capital of Jawa Timur (East Java) and the second-largest-city in Indonesia. Located on northeastern Java island and along the edge of the Madura Strait. The city is known as Kota Pahlawan “city of heroes” due to the importance of the Battle of Surabaya in galvanizing Indonesian and international support for Indonesian independence during the Indonesian National Revolution. Surabaya was once the largest city in Dutch East Indies and virtually the center of trading in the nation, exceeding those of Batavia, competing with the likes of Singapore and Hong Kong.
Surabaya (Suroboyo) is locally believed to derive its name from the words “suro” (shark) and “boyo” (crocodile), two creatures which, in a local myth, fought each other in order to gain the title of “the strongest and most powerful animal” in the area.
Surabaya is a trading center of Majapahit, Singhosari and Kediri Kingdom. Nowadays Surabaya becomes a modern industrial city, economic and trading center in East Java, as well as home to the Navy. As a metropolitan city, Surabaya becomes the center of economic activities in East Java and the surrounding area. Most of the population is engaged in services, industry and trade. Many large companies are headquartered in Surabaya.
All Year Round
By plane: Surabaya has 2 big airport named Juanda Terminal 1 and Juanda Terminal 2. Terminal 1 serves domestic flights and airlines. While Terminal 2 serves international flights and international airlines like Garuda and Air Asia. Both airport are not side by side, so make sure which airport you are arriving/departing.
By train: Surabaya has 3 station serving different routes. Main train station is Pasar Turi station, and the other 2 are Gubeng and Surabaya Kota. Those 3 station serves all destination to smaller cities in Java.
By bus: The main bus station is Terminal Purabaya, serving all destinations in most cities.
Surabaya features a tropical wet and dry climate, with distinct wet and dry seasons. The city’s wet season runs from November through June, while the dry season covers the remaining five months. Unlike a number of cities and regions with a tropical wet and dry climate, average high and low temperatures are very consistent throughout the course of the year, with an average high temperature of around 31 degrees Celsius and average low temperatures of around 26 degrees Celsius.
Here are some of Surabaya best culinary :
Rujak Cingur, a marinated cow snout or lips and noses (cingur), served with boiled vegetables and shrimp crackers. It is then dressed in a sauce made of caramelized fermented shrimp paste (petis), peanuts, chili, and spices. It is usually served with lontong, a boiled rice cake. Rujak Cingur is considered traditional food of Surabaya in East Java.
Rawon, a dark beef soup, served with mung bean sprouts and the ubiquitous sambal. The dark (almost black) color comes from the kluwak (Pangium edule) nuts.
Lontong balap, literally means “racing rice cake”, which is a dish of rice cakes, fried tofu, and beansprouts, doused in kecap manis and sambal sauce. In the past, lontong balap hawkers carried their wares in a large, heavy metal urn. The heaviness caused them to have to walk really quickly while carrying it, so they looked like they were “racing”.
Tahu tek, a dish containing cut-up fried tofu, boiled vegetables (mostly beansprouts), potatoes, drenched in a peanut-based sauce. The sauce has caramelized fermented shrimp pasted (petis), chili, and garlic.
Tahu campur, a beef and offal soup, mixed with fresh vegetables, potatoes, rice cake, and tofu. The secret ingredient is the caramelized fermented shrimp paste (petis) which is mixed in just before serving.
Semanggi, a salad made of boiled semanggi (M. crenata) leaves that grow in paddy fields. It is dressed in a spicy peanut sauce.
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For you who love historical and culture trip, come to Surabaya. We’ll take you to explore many historical places and combine it with culinary trip.
Surabaya is also a home for Tripperhood and most of our tours starts here.
You are always welcome to come by and say hello.