Can't get to Bali, try the next best thing Indonesian food
Having just returned from a recent trip to Indonesia, I was missing the authentic food already. My Indonesian friends pointed me in the direction to Kensington. I thought I would share their tips and my experience.
There are good Indonesian restaurants on Anzac Parade that are very casual, very tasty but nothing fancy. The top places are Clovelly Pempek (other side of Peters of Kensington), Ayam Goring 99, Pondok Buyung and Sedap Rasa which does amazing catering and present the food as decorative pieces.
Walking past the restaurants, I found that Rumah Indo's menu caught my eye. The smashed chicken and hot sambal especially. Rumah Indo Restaurant serves traditional Indonesian cuisine and has crafted their recipes from the different islands (approximately 6000 populated islands) to showcase in Sydney.
We began with the martabak, it was absolutely delicious. The savoury pastry was crispy and crunchy filled with tasty egg and shallots and we gobbled these down very quickly. Next time, I'm ordering a few more serves of these, too good.
We also tried the empek empek kappa selam – fish cakes filled with egg served with white noodles served with black vinegar sauce. The fish cake was not a favourite for me but Pepe loved it. The black vinegar sauce was something I hadn't had before but I liked it.
The star dish was Ayam Penyet, smashed fried chicken with hot sambal on top. The sambal was spicy HOT and was exactly what I wanted with the fried chicken. My only qualm was that I wanted more, next time I'm ordering a bowlful.
We tried the Es Teler – black jelly, fruits, condensed milk and shaved ice and the Es Campur – green jelly, fruits, syrup and shaved ice from the drinks menu. I loved these drinks, icy cold and sweet with cubes of sweet jackfruit.
Es Teler and Es Campur
I'd recommend trying Rumah Indo or any of the other Indonesian restaurants, the service is friendly, dishes are unbelievably cheap and deliciously authentic.