Indonesian fare isn’t just nasi ambeng and ayam penyet.
After all, the Southeast Asian country is made up of 17,508 islands and over 300 ethnic groups, so it’s no understatement when we say Indonesian cuisine is one of the most diverse and vibrant ones in the world.
So perhaps it’s time to expand our knowledge on this diverse culture, and what better way to do so than to head to some truly authentic locales in town that are dishing out the real deal?
Whether you’re craving a spot of nasi padang or tahu telor, we’ve got you covered. Read on for our list of Indonesian restaurants in Singapore to get your fix from.
(Hero and featured image credit: Kintamani. All images credited to the respective restaurants unless specified. )
Tok Tok Indonesian Soup House is one of the first restaurants in Singapore to specialise in Indonesian soup dishes. The diner’s latest addition to the menu? A mouthwatering plate of Nasi Campur Ayam Bali, generously packed with eight different dishes alongside an aromatic serving of white rice. If you’re one to live for some heat in your dishes, get the Ayam Suwir, a spicy shredded chicken number that’s sure to pack a punch.
Simple, hearty, and wonderfully delicious are the first few words that come to mind when one thinks of Kintamani. Here, find unassuming plates of Indonesian and Balinese classics like the beef rendang, gado-gado and mee bakso, among a whole range of dishes. Best of all, prices are extremely reasonable too — their all-you-can-eat buffet experience (now served a la carte) starts at S$22.90 per person.
One of Singapore’s oldest Indonesian restaurants, Tambuah Mas Indonesian Restaurant has been serving plates after plates of Indonesian fare to diners since 1981. Many flock here for their version of the Tahu Telur, a glorious tower of egg-battered beancurd that’s deep-fried and served with an addictive sweet-spicy dark sauce. Other standouts on the menu include the Ikan Acar, made with a fish head simmered in a tangy assam sauce, and the Nasi Goreng Istimwa, complete with prawns, chicken satay and acar.
If you love your Ayam Penyet just as the next person (who can resist fried chicken anyway?), then your next spot should definitely be Ayam Penyet Ria. The chickens are broiled with the diner’s special blend of herbs and spices every morning, before being fried to crispy golden perfection. Pair the tender meat with their housemade Sambal Terasi and you’ll be more than just set for lunch. If you’re not one for chicken, the establishment’s Ikan Bawal Penyet, or smashed fried pomfret in English, is a great option too.
Traditional Indonesian recipes form the core of Indonesian restaurant, IndoChili. Satay is a something familiar to many Singaporeans, but the Sate Ayam Madura is a chicken skewer that’s a little different from the rest. A heritage dish of Maduranese people, this charcoal-grilled skewer is glazed with a sweet soy sauce for a candied mouthfeel, creating a wonderful contrast to the savoury meat. Other dishes like the Sop Buntut, on the other hand, is a hearty, thick oxtail soup that’s perfect for chilly days.
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