Following the success of its main branch on Currie Street, Pondok Daun has opened another branch at Sefton Plaza shopping centre. While smaller compared to the Currie Street branch, the selection of dishes that can be ordered is not reduced.
The Ayam Penyet served here is as good as the one at Currie Street. The fried chicken Maryland had tender flesh contrasted nicely by crisp coating. The chilli sauce topping the chicken gave it a potent spicy punch with some relief provided by the small serving of salad. Rice and a bowl of soup make the dish a complete meal by itself.
Ayam Penyet (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The vermicelli noodles in the Fried Vermicelli Noodles still retained a bit of bite and the quantity of sauce was sufficient to ensure the dish was not too dry. We opted for the vegetarian option of the dish, which had various Asian greens that retained their firm texture complemented nicely by the softer cubes of tofu. Served with the noodles were a few pieces of prawn crackers.
Vegetarian Fried Vermicelli Noodles (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Indonesian Dim Sum is the restaurant's name for Siomay Bandung, an Indonesian dish consisting of dumplings topped with a peanut sauce. The fish dumplings and tofu were fried to golden brown. A change of texture was provided by the potato and egg. The peanut sauce had a lovely degree of peanut flavour and was not watery.
Indonesian Dim Sum (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The chunks of beef in their Slow Cooked Sweet Beef with Coconut Rice were tender enough to be cut with a spoon. The sauce was a bit like a sweet version of Beef Rendang sauce. Their coconut rice had sufficient coconut flavour, and the peanuts and fried ikan bilis (dried anchovies) had a wonderful crunch to them. If desired, diners can add the chilli sauce provided to the beef for a spicy kick.
Slow Cooked Sweet Beef (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Compared to their Ayam Penyet, the Balado Sauce in the Fried Chicken with Balado Sauce was not as spicy and had a smokier taste; great for those not used to spicy food. The fried chicken Maryland was just as good as that in the Ayam Penyet and we were able to have the sauce served in a separate bowl so the crisp coating of the chicken would not be marred.
Fried Chicken with Balado Sauce (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The Fried Fish Dumpling with Tofu is a less filling version of the Indonesian Dim Sum, without the chunks of potato and hard-boiled egg. Both the fish dumplings and tofu were crispy and were cut up into bite-sized pieces for easy eating. In addition to peanut sauce, tamarind sauce was drizzled over them for some extra flavour.
Fried Fish Dumplings with Tofu (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Their Five Spice Roll (Loh Bak) had a lovely crispy exterior and the meat filling had a delectable five spice taste. The meat was minced to give the filling a soft texture while still retaining a bit of firmness. For those that desire to add some heat, the rolls can be dipped into the chilli sauce served with the rolls.
Five Spice Roll (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Diners can choose to seat in the enclosed area of the restaurant or at the tables located in front of it. Its location makes it convenient for visitors to Sefton Plaza to enjoy Indonesian food before or after they are done shopping.