Hit the Indonesian
Was really impressed with the food there. The were sizable portions and all the food was really authentic and tasty. Only downside was that it was also incredibly unhealthy – lots of oil, sugar, salt, etc. Didn’t end up eating all that much since the food was so filling and unhealthy we couldn’t stuff much down. However, ended up with a whole bunch of stuff that I brought home to have for lunch/dinners :)~ We need more of these festivals in the City, since there’s not much good Indonesian/Singaporean/Malaysian food around!
The performing arts stage
Deep-fried meatballs and fritters
Something or other 😛
Chicken in glutinous rice
Some soup thing
Vegetarian “chicken” satay
The real chicken satay with lontong rice. OMG IT WAS GOOD!
More meatballs and dim sims
Grinding up fresh spices
Char kway teow
Sweet sticky rice dessert
Onde Onde dessert
…adding in peanuts and chocolate…
…then grated cheese and condensed milk…
…cut it up to serve…
A bit random, but whilst shopping at David Jones, the nice SA gave us
pretty Jo Malone fragrance samples, much to our delight. Woo hoo!
Ayam Goreng 99
464 Anzac Parade
Kingsford, NSW 2032
I haven’t been to Ayam Goreng 99 for what seems like ages! A common haunt back in my Uni days, I hardly ever go there anymore, sadly. A few of us headed there this evening for dinner, much to my delight – I figured since I’d already kicked off my Indonesian-eating day with the Festival, I might as well continue it through to dinner 😛 Ayam Goreng 99 is undoubtably a ‘no frills’ restaurant. Indonesian-style, there’s a box at the table where you can get your own cutlery, and you help yourself to (free) iced water in the fridge. You order quickly, the food comes quickly, you eat quickly, and you’re out the door since there’s a hoard of people waiting eagerly outside for your table. The popularity of the place really speaks for itself – it’s packed with Indonesians and the reasonable prices are worth a mention too.
We ordered a couple of dishes to share around, which meant that we could have a wider variety to tantalise our tastebuds – fantastic! I thought the Ayam Bakar (grilled chicken) was the star dish – it was moist, the meat fell right off the bone, and the flavour packed a punch. Also enjoyed the Beef Rendang, meltingly soft and tasty, albeit sadly in a small portion. The Assam Soup was spectacular. Normally a dish I wouldn’t have ordered myself, I was delighted with the prospect of trying out this new food. I really liked it! The soup was sweet yet tangy, slightly spicy, and packed with delicious tender veggies. Fantastic flavour, it’ll be on m list of choices next time I’m there.
I wasn’t a huge fan of the Bihun Goreng (Fried Noodles) and Sambal Kang Kong veggies. Both were saturated with salt, like the cook forgot he’d added salt and added a 2nd dose or something. It was pretty overwhelming and I was really thirsty afterwards, and it felt like my hair was going to fall out :X It was tasty, but the salt content is ridiculous!
So to help off-set all that SALT, a sweet dessert was in order. Chendol of course, my favourite 🙂 Slippery bright-green jelly strands swimming in a concoction of sweet gula melaka (palm sugar) and coconut cream/milk. Very sweet, chilled, and slid down the throat like a charm. A beautiful way to end a very filling dinner.
Ayam Goreng 99 inside
Sambal Kang Kong
(previous review here)
I’ve been up-and-about for about 12 hours straight now.. I’m exhausted! Heading off to bed right now. Have a great weekend everyone 🙂