IndoChili – Traditional Indonesian Recipes
Last year, while I was judging Food Republic Hawker King Challenge with Chef Daniel Koh and Chef Violet Ooi, I remembered we loved the Ayam Merah by Padang Padang at Food Opera ION Orchard. So it was run by Java Kitchen Group, which has 13 casual eateries in Jakarta, 5 nasi padang stalls in food courts. And last year, they opened a restaurant called IndoChili along Zion Road.
This 90-seater restaurant space has a touch of Indonesian flavour in its décor, which makes it feel like you’re dining in a modern Indonesian setting rather than an ethnic restaurant. Most importantly, they serve traditional Indonesian food!
Sate Ayam Madura ($7.80) is a very traditional dish among the Maduranese people. In Indonesian term, “sate” means a dish of marinated, skewered and grilled meats, served with a sauce or no sauce. At IndoChili, this light meal features charcoal-grilled chicken skewers dressed with peanut sauce. Well marinated and tender, it tastes good on its own even without the peanut sauce. I was just hoping the meat to be more chunky so as to have a fuller bite.
I have been trying alot of Indonesian restaurants lately. And IndoChili’s Tahu Telor ($8.80) is probably the best I have had so far! I always thought Tahu Telor is a no-fail dish. But it was after trying out different restaurants’ Tahu Telor, I found that a good plate of Tahu Telor is not easy to be done.
Firstly, Tahu Telor can be very oily. It can be so oily that once you bite into the tahu, oil ooze out. Secondly, the peanut sauce can either make or break the dish. But we really enjoyed our Tahu Telor for the night. It is not as oily as compared to Far East’s Lucky Surabaya, and the savory sweet peanut sauce is damn shiok. It is garnished with refreshing cucumber, bean sprout, carrot, and crispy prawn crackers.
Sop Buntat ($14.80) is one of the best oxtail soups in Indonesia. The broth is thick yet clear in colour and has no odour. The oxtails are rich, surprisingly fatty meat, yet the broth is light and fragrant with spice. Here’s a little secret, squeeze a bit of lime, add a few drops of sweet soy sauce and mix a little bit of sambal. It will give you a different punch to the hearty soup.
Ayam Bumbu Rujak ($8.80) is savoury and spicy. This East Javanese food tradition reflects the character of its people. It is very tasty and not for the faint hearted.
Adding some vegetables to the meal, we ordered Cah Kangkung ($8.80) cooked with chili and shrimp paste.
Last but not least, here is their popular ugly Betty: Ikan Bakar Kecap ($21.80). The pomfret fish is grilled with Indonesian sweet soy sauce. The fish has a mild smoky flavor and remember to have some sambal for an extra kick.
We had Pandan jelly coconut milk with palm sugar ($5.80) and Red ruby ice with coconut & jackfruit slice ($6) for dessert. If you like their Facebook page, you will get a FREE Ice Chendol with every meal purchased. There is also a small retail counter by the restaurant’s entrance, where traditional kueh lapis cakes and cookies.
Nothing fanciful here, what you have are good quality Indonesian dishes. It is definitely a place worth recommending for anyone who wants to have a good meal in town. VIEW THEIR WEBSITE HERE.
Address：54 Zion Road
Tel: 6445 1766
Thanks to IndoChili, I am giving away FIVE $20 dining vouchers, with NO minimum spending. All you have to do it to answer a simple question below and you will stand a chance!
Question: Where is IndoChili located?
Deadline: 8 May 2013 (Wednesday), 23:59
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