Our love for Indonesian food is no secret around this office. With the complex meld of spices and meats that are both flavourful and cooked just right, we find it too hard to resist.
Walk away with a smile...
No. 114, Ground Floor, Block E No. 1, Jalan SS6/2, Kelana Park View, Kelana Jaya, 47301 Selangor
Tel: 019 989 0272
Parking is pretty easy if you park in Kelana Park View itself
Their chicken is occasionally dry
You know a place is really good when food reviewers eat at a place thrice before getting around to writing a review - because they’re too busy eating to bother with taking photos and notes. It was still a bit of a struggle to get the camera out the last time, but as it is our job to spread the gospel of awesome food, we present Dapoer Bandoeng to you at last!
From our first visit, we always over-ordered. There would usually be only 4 of us, but with main and side dishes so numerous, we had to take over 2 tables to comfortably house our appetites. Since we ate so much in terms of variety (and quantity!), we’ll lay them out to you in categories. First up, the rice dishes. We had the set iga bakar pedas and another set semur ayam. Iga is basically ribs and their version has the perfect balance of chewy meat and melty fat. The semur ayam was done very well as the chicken was still moist as we dug into it. The tempe tumis that they serve with this set is really good: little chunks of tempe fried with green sambal that had all of us sneaking bites in between our own main courses. Their star rice dish by far, however, is nasi bakar. It’s a bit like nasi goreng with strong ikan bilis, shallot and garlic flavors, but it’s wrapped in a banana leaf and grilled over a flame. So good you can eat it on its own!
But of course us gluttons didn’t, and got some ayam penyet, paru goreng and tahu telur. Their ayam penyet is a tad dry but the sambal topping more than makes up for it with its sweet slow-fried chillies and onions that is almost paste-like. Their paru goreng is a lot different than what you would usually get at other Indonesian places. The tough bits in between the lung meat had been softened so much by the pre-boiling process that by the time it was fried, it was as wonderfully chewy as the rest of the paru. We fell in love with the tahu telur, a magnificent tower of tofu fried with eggs and topped with a super smooth peanut sauce. The eggs are fried until delicate tendrils of crunchy bits appear at the sides, all of us fighting over the last bites.
We had to order the bakso as it was on their signage. Bakso komplit comes with pangsit (ie wantan), stuffed tofu, chicken balls and of course, bakso, all swimming in a seemingly plain soup. But stir in as much sambal and kecap manis as your heart desires, and you’ve got a great mid-day meal that won’t knock you out as much as rice will. They also serve bakmi, with chicken strips and/or chicken balls, with soup on the side. This made us miss Bakmi GM rather sorely. (Anyone want to bring this franchise over? Anyone?)
As for drinks, their soda gembira is one of the best I’ve had in KL. With more soda than milk, it’s got a great zing. Or if that’s not your cuppa, get some teh kotak Sosro instead.
So our new secret favorite lunch spot is now not-that-secret anymore! We’re already planning future visits. That tahu telur is calling us even now... 3 hours after we last ate it.