Must Eat in Malang: Oro — Oro Dowo Lumpur Cake

Ahmad Zaidi
2 min readNov 17, 2021
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Malang is the second biggest city in East Java, Indonesia. As the second big city, there are so many culinary heritages available here. One of my personal recommendations is Lumpur Kentang Wolak Walik. Located in Pasar Oro-Oro Dowo, this traditional cake is highly popular among the locals. You can find the stall as you enter the front gate of the market. Find a banner with Kue Lumpur Kentang written on it. There should be a flock of people waiting for their order there. Order from the seller and they will put you on the list.,112.6285122,20z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x2dd6282940000001:0x61d4b1c97788610a!8m2!3d-7.9685461!4d112.6281912

Wolak Walik means flipped. The cake is cooked from a dought that contains potatoes. As mentioned in the name, Kentang means potatoes. The dough was then poured into a circle cast iron cooker, giving it the signature Lumpur cake shape. After it is cooked, the top side is not yet cooked. So, they transfer it into the large cast-iron grill. While the top side is still gooey, they give it various toppings that you can choose. There are toppings such as cheese, date fruit, or coconut. However, if you go there and encounter a long line of buyers, just order the cakes without specific toppings. This way, the seller will give any toppings available. It is also will save you some time. From my experience, I have to wait for 30 to 60 minutes to get my cakes in a busy time. The price of the cake is IDR 5000. It is around 0.35 USD by the time I write this article.

With that amount of money, you can get soft, buttery and creamy bites. Lumpur means mud in English. This is derived to the name of the cake. The cake is as soft as mud. But I guarantee this is a good sweet mud texture. As it contains some potatoes, you will taste how soft it is. The cake is sweet and it has a strong buttery taste. It is really good when you eat it warm.

Make sure you come at 8 AM to around 1 PM. The store will be closed in the afternoon or when they run out of ingredients. If you want to have more food recommendations in Indonesia, follow me on Medium.