After something a little bit different in the centre of the city but not wanting to break the bank? You could try the cheap and cheerful authentic Indonesian Pondok Daun on Currie Street, sister restaurant to Pondok Bali on Pulteney Strret. The cheap and tasty food does the talking here so look past the basic and simple decor, or lack thereof, and treat them tastebuds to some Asian spices and favourites.
The extensive menu is accompanied with photos of menu items as often seen at Asian restaurants. The first category of ‘Bread’ immediately caught our attention, the first was kaya and it being one of my favourite Asian spreads, was almost an immediate choice… that was until we caught our eye on the ‘chocolate, cheese and milk’ combo.
So we had to try it not really knowing what to expect.
Chocolate, cheese and milk bread; $3.30
Much like a toastie sandwich, a lightly buttered and golden toastie with a chocolate paste, grated cheese and condensed milk wedged between. Different and strange… and surprisingly we kept going back for more. A tinge of savoury with sweetness… but it still doesn’t beat a Vegemite and strawberry jam toastie… seriously, try it!! 😛
Indonesian dim sum; $7.50
A combination of springy fish dumplings, potato, tofu and boiled egg doused in peanut sauce made up the next starter dish of Indonesian dim sum. Texturally different and interesting–the sauce was the best part, for me at least.
Five spice roll (loh bak), chicken prawn and vegetables; $5.50
A springy chicken, prawn and vegetable mince paste in the centre of layered deep fried thin bean curd skins. Delicious! Crispy and delicate on the outside with a juicy filling paired with a punchy sweet chilli sauce.
Fried cassava; $5.50
These were almost as good as hot chips… maybe even better without the extra grease. Cassava, a woody shrub native to South America is an edible starchy tuberous root, much like potatoes but more fibrous and not as ‘fluffy’ in the centre.
Beef rendang with rice; $11.80
And cause we got a little greedy, we ordered the beef rendang with rice which came with a side of veggies, sauce and a bowl of soup. Cheap and filling, but not the greatest rendang, a little on the dry side for my liking.
An easy and cheap feed, expect quick service and big portions.
94 Currie Street
Adelaide SA 5000
P 08 8212 1449