7 Destinasi Kilat Pematang Siantar

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Duduk di ruang tunggu, tatapku terus tertuju pada jam tangan dan halaman kantor bus INTRA….Tak pernah melihat kapan dia tiba, dari ujung halaman sebelah kanan dia berteriak memanggilku. Senangnya hati, bertemu teman lama.

Kebaikan dan kesederhanaannya masih sama seperti Bang Erwin yang kukenal di Kuala Lumpur 2013 silam. Kembali teringat ketika dia menyodorkan sekotak kue berwarna merah di atas Hop on Hop off Kuala Lumpur. Dan kini dia menghadiahkan waktunya selama empat jam kepadaku untuk menikmati Pematang Siantar.

Ayo bang, naik!”, katanya sambil memutar tas punggungnya ke arah depan. Sekejap aku meluncur di atas motor bebek Jepang keluaran era 90-an menuju kediamannya. Dia harus mengganti seragam dinas pengajar yang dipakainya sebelum berkeliling kota.

1. Warung Miso Pematang

Makan siang dulu yuk, bang! Ada yang spesial buat, abang. Yukkss!”, senyumnya menghiraukan penolakanku karena dia hanya ingin menjadi tuan rumah yang baik. Menelusuri jalan tikus yang aku tak pernah tahu lokasi persisnya, kurasakan ban belakang yang sedikit oleng. Membuatku yakin bahwa Bang Erwin ini orang yang tulus nan sederhana.

Warung Miso Pematang. Oh, inikah hidangan spesial yang dimaksud?”, gumamku. Bang Erwin bergegas memasuki resto yang berpintu depan di belakang. Sedangkan aku masih saja di pelataran, sibuk menangkap gambar. Enak luar biasa semangkuk Miso itu, campuran mie kuning-putih yang terguyur kuah sop bercampur tahu goreng, hati-ampela dan jamur seharga Rp. 17.000.

Hidangan ditutup dengan es jeruk segar….Hmmmh.
Makanan khas Siantar pertama yang  kucicipi.

2. Pedicab Monument BSA (Birmingham Small Army).

Yuk, kutunjukkan icon Siantar!”, selorohnya sambil menggenjot engkol starter motornya. Kuacungkan jempol sebagai pengganti kata setuju. Menyusuri Jalan Sudirman hingga akhirnya tiba di sebuah tugu bermahkota becak bermotor. Konon kota ini memiliki hampir 1.000 motor perang jenis ini. Oleh karenanya kamu harus mengantri untuk bisa berfoto di depan tugu.

Tokoh utama kali ini.

3. Perpustakaan Umum Sintong Bingei

Tepat di belakang tugu adalah perpustakaan umum milik pemerintah kota sedangkan di seberang kanan adalah Balai Kota Pematang Siantar dimana Sang Wali Kota berkantor.

Perpustakaan Umum Sintong Bingei. Sintong Bingei adalah ayah dari Raja Rokok Sumatera Utara Edwin Bingei Purbo Siboro.

4. Balai Kota

Balai Kota Pematang Siantar adalah bangunan Belanda berusia persis seabad.

Ornamen cicak di sebagian besar gedung-gedung besar di Siantar membuatku mengajukan pertanyaan tentangnya. Bang Erwin menjelaskan singkat bahwa cicak adalah simbol kebijaksanaan dan kekayaan bagi Suku Batak. Orang lokal menyebutnya sebagai Gorga Boraspati.

5. Hangout Area dekat Pedicab Monument

Sementara di sisi kanan tugu adalah deretan kedai kopi yang sepertinya hanya menunggu waktu untuk dipenuhi oleh para kaum millennial kota untuk ber hangout di malam hari.

Sayang aku tak sempat menyeruput kopinya.

6. Taman Bunga Kota Pematang Siantar

Sementara tepat di belakangnya adalah Taman Bunga Pematang Siantar. Sebagai Ruang Terbuka Publik Ramah Anak (RTPRA) menjadikan taman ini menjadi tempat favorit untuk menghabiskan waktu bersama keluarga selepas penat bekerja.

Tempat tepat untuk merayakan weekend para warga kota.

7. Toko Roti Ganda

Bang, sudah sore, ayo kembali ke kantor INTRA!”, Bang Erwin mengingatkanku. Aku melompat ke motor dan bergegas  menuju kantor bus INTRA. Upss….”Kenapa Toko Roti?”, aku curiga.

Jangn Ge eR, aku ga beliin roti buat abang, tapi beli buat keluargaku  di rumah”, dia tersenyum tipis. Aku tertawa terbahak melihat polahnya. Kusempatkan sejenak menikmati etalase dengan aroma harum roti yang menggoda.

Toko Roti Ganda yang legendaris sejak 1979.

Sepuluh menit kemudian, aku sudah berdiri di luar dan menunggunya menuntaskan pembayaran di kasir. Dannnn…..Ditentengnya dua bungkus roti di kedua tangannya.

Nih, buat sarapan besok di perjalanan”, ujarnya sambil menyodorkan sebungkus roti tawar dengan selai srikaya yang katanya terkenal enak. Dilarang menolaknya maka kuterima saja dengan banyak berterimakasih.

Yuk, sekarang beneran ke kantor Bus INTRA dan ga mampir-mampir lagi!”, katanya sambil tertawa. Itulah akhir petualangan kilatku di Pematang Siantar.

Thank You Bang Erwin. See you later.

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7 Fast Destination at Pematang Siantar

Sitting in waiting room, my gaze focused on my watch and INTRA bus office yard….Never saw when he arrived, from right side of the yard, he shouted to me. It was nice to meet an old friend.

His kindness and simplicity was still the same as Erwin who I met in Kuala Lumpur 2013 ago. Remembered again when he gave me a small box of red cakes on Kuala Lumpur’s Hop on Hop off. And now, he gave me four hours of his time to enjoying Pematang Siantar.

Come on, bro, ride up!“, He said while turning backpack to his chest. I Instantly glided on his 90’s Japan motorcycle towards his home. He had to change a teacher uniform which he wore before going around the city.

1. Warung Miso Pematang

Let’s have lunch first, bro! There is something special for you. Come on!“, His smile ignored my rejection because he just wanted to be a good host. Tracing the “rat path” which I never knew its exact location, I felt the rear tire was a bit shaky. It made me believe that Erwin is a sincere and simple person.

Warung Miso Pematang. Oh, is this the special dish that is meant?“, I muttered. Erwin rushed into the restaurant with its front door at the back. While I was still in the yard, busy capturing the picture. It was amazingly delicious, a bowl of Miso, a mixture of yellow-white noodles which are flushed with soup mixed with fried tofu, chicken liver-gizzard and mushroom for USD 1.3.

The dish was closed with fresh orange juice….Yummy.
The first Siantar specialty food which I tasted.

2. Pedicab Monument BSA (Birmingham Small Army).

Come on, I’ll show you the Siantar icon!“, He spoke while cranked the motor starter. I give a thumb as agree sign. Riding along Sudirman Street until finally arrived at a motorized rickshaw-crowned monument. Supposedly said that this city has almost 1,000 war motorbikes. Therefore you have to queue to be able to take a picture in front of the monument.

The main character this time.

3. Sintong Bingei Public Library

Right behind the monument is a public library owned by the city government while on the right opposite is Pematang Siantar City Hall where the Mayor worked.

Sintong Bingei Public Library. Sintong Bingei is father of the North Sumatra “Cigarette King“-Edwin Bingei Purbo Siboro.

4. Pematang Siantar City Hall

Pematang Siantar City Hall is a century-old Dutch building.

Gecko ornaments in most of large buildings in Siantar made me to asked a question about it. Erwin briefly explained that gecko is a wisdom and wealth symbol for the Batak ethnic. Local people call it as Gorga Boraspati.

5. Hangout Area near Pedicab Monument

While on right side of the monument is a coffee shop row which seems to only wait for short time to be filled by city millennials to hang out at night.

Unfortunately I didn’t have time to sip the coffee.

6. Pematang Siantar City’s Bunga Park

While right behind hang out area is Bunga Park. As a Child Friendly Public Open Space makes this park as a favorite place to spend time with family after work.

The perfect place to celebrate a weekend for city dwellers.

7. Ganda Bakery

Bro, it’s almost dark, let’s go back to INTRA office!“, Erwin reminded me. I jumped on his motorcycle and hurried to INTRA bus office. Upss ….”Why Bakery?“, I suspected.

Don’t flatter yourself, I don’t buy bread for you, but I will buy it for my family at home“, he thinly smiled. I was burst out laughing when seeing his act. I took a moment to enjoy storefronts with fragrant aroma of tempting bread.

Ganda Bakery is legendary since 1979.

Ten minutes later, I was standing outside and waiting for him to complete payment at the cashier. And then….He held two packs of bread in his hands.

This is for your breakfast tomorrow on the way“, he said while offering a packet of bread with srikaya jam which was famously delicious. It was forbidden to refuse it, so I accepted it with many thanks.

Come on, now it’s really going to INTRA Bus office and not stopping by anymore!“, He said with a laugh. That was the end of my fast journey at Pematang Siantar.

Thank You Erwin. See you later.