Madura Island is not as famous as Bali. But recent development of Jembatan Suramadu (Suramadu Bridge) has been a magnet of attention to Madura as the new destination for investment and tourism.
Suramadu connects Surabaya and Madura over the sea of Selat Madura. For centuries before, people have to cross over with boat. So, Suramadu is a huge breakthrough.
Madura is not a common tourist attraction. But I’m curious to find out what interesting in the island. So I planned the short escape to Madura with a couple of friends: Carlos, Chris, dr Angga and Alex.
The entrance gate is near Kenjeran, Surabaya. We have to pay for the car toll fee. It costs us IDR 30,000 for one way trip; it means that we spent IDR 60,000 for round trip. It’s far cheaper if you ride with two-wheelers, costs you IDR 3,000 only! But I tell you what, on the day we crossed; I saw 200 meters of long queue on the motorcycle toll gate
The bridge has 5.4 kilometers long and it takes only 10 minutes ride to reach Madura. The main attraction of Suramadu is the middle section. Many vehicles turn to slow down and take pictures.
It’s forbidden to stop our vehicle along the bridge so I opened the window and started taking pictures. Hard to get a proper angle but it’s ok. Oh, it’s a bit cold and foggy right there.
Under the bridge on the Madura side, lots of people take advantage of Suramadu euphoria. Food stalls and kiosks are available, but I’m not interested.
We ride all around with empty stomach and found nothing –since we’re clueless about the island. We lost direction a few times and desperately I wish I could found KFC and ate black pepper crispy chicken (forget it!). Finally we ended up with coconut delight (at somewhere I forget). Cost me IDR 2,000 for a glass of fresh coconut water. Put extra IDR 2,000 to enjoy the whole coconut. The coconut seller is quite friendly and thought that we’re TV crews hoho..
After I made some calls to my native Madura fellow (thx Evelyn). We got a recommendation of famous Madura cuisine near Alun-alun Bangkalan, about 20 minutes ride from Suramadu.
It’s “Warung Amboina”. Well, the place is very very small but lot of people came in and out. We ordered their specialty, five Nasi Campur Madura (mix rice) and Teh Tawar (plain tea).
Interestingly, instead of took a note on a piece of paper, the owner write our order on his little desk with a little white chalk. I didn’t understand what he wrote about, it was like a code or sumthing. I’m not sure that Robert Langdon (of Da Vinci Code) could understand the code too
Nasi Campur Madura is quite a simple dish. You’ll get a plate of rice with meat, innards (jerohan), half boiled egg and coconut milk soup on top of it. The best part of Madura cuisine is the chili sambal. It’s simply grinded with salt but tastes really strong and spicy. I love the fried crispy Paru (ox-lung) but disappointed with the small portion. Ouch.
The price is quite expensive even for Surabayan like us A plate of Nasi Campur costs me IDR 13,000 and IDR 3,000 for the plain tea. Maybe some ingredients must transported from Suarabaya and it takes extra cost for that. Jie-o-meter : 6.5 / 10
Well, that’s not the end of this little escape. We went to a century old Sembilangan Lighthouse. I’ll be back with the story soon..