4. Pondok Makan Bu Is
According to Istiana (Bu Is), the principle of Pondok Makan Bu Is is, “The customers are kings”. It’s the reason why when her loyal customers asked for new, different offerings, she came up with rica rica dishes. When she created rica rica ikan sidat, the customers’ response was overwhelmingly positive. If customers find the dish too spicy, she tries to add sweet soy sauce to temper it down. As a result, her customers greatly enjoy her cooking, be it chicken, egg or even eel. “In principle, sweet soy sauce is the best choice for balancing the flavour of all kinds of dishes. By adding some, my dishes can easily fit the local palate,” said Bu Is.