Notable for being voted as the Best Asian restaurant in South Australia in 2014 and 2015, Hanuman serves a good range of Asian cuisine. During our visit we ordered the Crispy Soft Shell Crab, Kang Kong Greens, Braised Pork Belly and Tamarind Pork.
Crispy Soft Shell Crab (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The Crispy Soft Shell Crab was one of the items from their specials menu, consisting of pieces of soft shell crab served with a sweet, tangy and spicy sauce. The crab was fried to golden brown and the sauce complemented it nicely with a taste similar to the one used in Singaporean Chilli Crab. It normally comes as an entrée sized dish but you can "upsize" it to a main dish for a bit of an extra cost.
Tamarind Pork (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
One of the regular items from their small plates selection, the Tamarind Pork is a salad in which grilled pieces of pork are tossed with a selection of vegetables and served with a tamarind dressing. To enjoy the dish, simply drizzle the desired amount of dressing over the salad and give everything a good toss. The pork had a lovely char-grilled taste which was balanced out by the refreshing vegetables. The slightly sweet tamarind dressing helped to complete the dish.
My family loves Kang Kong (water spinach) so we went with stir-fried Kang Kong Greens for our vegetable dish. The Kang Kong was of a vibrant green colour with the right amount of bite to them, with the oyster sauce, soy sauce and garlic that the Kang Kong was cooked in heightening its flavour. It also had a few bits of chilli that you can eat with the vegetables for a bit of a spicy kick. This dish is a refreshing change from the popular Sambal Belacan Kang Kong dish that most restaurants offer.
Braised Pork Belly (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
To make my father happy, we ordered his favourite, Braised Pork Belly dish. The pork belly was tender without being too fatty with the Teochew Chinese sauce the pork was braised in bringing out its flavour. The dish also had a few pieces of bok choy to add a bit of texture to the dish.
The ambience of the restaurant had a formal feel but is still very inviting with a good amount of seating space. The restaurant is located in a serene neighbourhood, a change from the hustle and bustle of Gouger Street where most Asian restaurants are located. There is also a good amount of parking space available on the streets nearby.