We hit upon a perfect combo of Indo dishes at Pondok Selera in Dixon House Food Court - sweet sate sticks, spicy bbq fish in banana leaves and a cleansing, refreshing oxtail soup.
[UPDATED NOVEMBER 2012]
We are big fans of Pondok Selera, they do cheap, excellent Indonesian street food, with a few Malaysian numbers thrown in for good measure. Every dish we have tried so far has been a winner, and there seems to be plenty of Indonesian customers that agree. There's also a Pondok Selera stall in the Eating World food court, run by the same folks. The dishes do vary between the two stalls so it is worth trying both.
Indonesian oxtail soup - soto buntut - $10.50. A light broth with strong flavours of white pepper and garlic; plus a few chunks of tender beefy meat that you can suck straight off on the bone. If oxtail sounds icky to you, don't worry, it's just like beef.
Satay chicken with rice roll - lontong sate ayam - $9.50. It's great to see sate served with chunky rice cakes as we have had in Indonesia, it turns a snack into a meal. The chook is cut into medium sized hunks (though I do prefer the Mamak \ Kampong Boy slithers) and smothered in a thick sweet sate sauce, delicious mopped up with the rice cakes.
Sliced bbq fish wrapped in banana leaves - ikan pepes - $12. We're suckers for anything wrapped in banana leaves or aluminum foil, this dish has both.
The fish is quite spicy with strong notes of tumeric and coconut and has a fair whack of chili heat. Not super hot, just right. This is a must-try.
The three dishes turn out to be a perfect combo: hot, sweet and savoury. Unlike our fiery feast at Chat Thai the other night which was a combo of hot, hot and hot. We think that ordering is almost as much of an art as cooking.
BACK AGAIN NOVEMBER 2012...
Nasi campur - $8. Three dishes on rice from the excellent bainmarie-of-love at the front. We go for some ayam goreng (fried chicken), some spicy beans and tofu puffs, and some refreshing English spinach. With the traditional splash of curry sauce on top. Awesome.
Indonesian is one of the world's most underrated cuisines in our bloated opinion. I've eaten my way from Bali to Sumatra and had as many 'wow' eating moments as anywhere in Asia, possibly more. With the world's fourth largest population spread over hundreds of islands there are regional specialties galore. We are so lucky to have a swag of excellent Indonesian street food joints in Sydney, most of them are super cheap. Get into it folks, it's bloody bagus.