[UPDATED JANUARY 2013]
Pondok Buyung has moved down the road since our last visit. The new joint still has the great no-frills Indo-resto vibe we love so much, though nothing could quite live up to the low-rent splendour of the old Pondok Buyung.
Just like in Indonesia, dishes are pre-prepared and ready to go. Pick three for $9-$10 on rice. The lovely Indo mamas will ask if you would like some curry sauce over the top, only a fool would say no.
Help yourself to traditional Indonesian Tea (gratis) and Pepsi-Max (non-gratis).
Crispy, salty dried fish, squid in a mild curry and stir fried tempeh with green and red chili.
Jackfruit curry, chicken rendang and water spinach. We splashed out another $2 for an extra choice of ika bilis, dried anchovies and peanuts, a favourite of ours. The ayam rendang was particuarly good, we love they dry Sumatran style where the sauce is reduced down to a thick paste. The rendang was only surpassed by the jackfruit which was a mind-blower.
We hope the dapper gentleman we accidentally photographed above found the party he was looking for.
[BACK AGAIN JANUARY 2013]
In 2012 a few of our very favourite restaurants closed so our 2013 new year's resolution is to spend as much time revisiting favourite places as we do trying new ones. Pondok Buyung is first on the menu.
Another raid from the bainmarie of love. A piece of fish, stir-fried tempeh and a tangy, tamarind-y side soup that we've had in a number of Indonesian joints.
The lovely big lump of spinach on the left has a flavour that transports us back to Indonesia. We try green beans and sweet potato and chicken rendang. Mr Shawn declares Pondok Buyung his favourite restaurant in Sydney.
The deserts are only $2 and delicious. Underneath is like a pandan flavoured crumpet, sweet and stodgey. On top is pandan flavoured pancake filled with some kind of palm sugar and coconut. Highly, highly recommended.
Pondok Buyung Indonesian Padang Restaurant is at 140 Anzac Parade, Kensington, almost opposite Peters of Kensington.
See our post on the old Pondok Buyung here. For more Nasi Padang goodness we also dig Warung Ita at Lakemba.
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Love this ye olde Shelley's Drinks signage next door.
The old 'Grotto' the Grotta Capri is up for lease down the road...