There are many Chinese living in Medan so there is an abundance of warungs that serve pork. Unfortunately Jade Restaurant doesn’t serve pork so we asked Sharon Lee the Jade restaurant manager for where we could find good pork. And she was so helpful to us. She recommended us to her favorite warung, 31.
I don’t really understand what she wrote but I trusted in her taste after all she is the Manager of such a yummy Chinese restaurant! And the staff in Warung 31 also understood what she wrote too…
The resto staff also do not speak English but somehow we were able to order since we know the words for pork (babi), fish (ikan), duck (bebek), etc. It was the same in all the places we ate at. So if you do not know any Bahasa at all, I recommend bringing a phrase book, dictionary or translator.
The authentic warung (street side eatery) experience. They literally had tables and monoblocks and the kitchen was beside the street. But don’t be fooled, because their refrigerator is the expensive kind that hotels use. Wow! Housewife envy! LOL. The staff was fast and efficient and turnover of customers was high. The cook below was a sight to behold as he barked orders to his staff and quickly dished out orders! But when I asked him if I could take a picture his smile lit up his face and he said “of course!”
We got soup, peking duck, several pork dishes, vegetable and fish, but everyone’s the favorite was the pork spareribs (YUMMMY). We regret not ordering babi merah, pork char siew and pork deng-deng, which we only realized they had as we were leaving because we noticed the can where they were roasting them! Shucks!!! If I recall correctly, I think we only paid about 30 USD for everything!
Inside Warung 31 and pictures with the chef!
The chef gamely waves us good-bye as I take a parting shot and belatedly realize that they indeed served roasted pork (Babi Merah/Pork Char Siew)! Gaaaah!
- Jalan Kota Baru 2, Medan
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