Name me 5 Best Indonesian restaurants. Perhaps that came with a little difficulty. While we are almost familiar with our neighbours’ cuisine such as Ayam Panggang, Sate, Tahu Telor and Nasi Kampung, Indonesian restaurants are always considered less hip and under the radar locally.

And how many can tell the difference between authentic Indonesian cuisine and our local Malay food?

For family-style Indonesian food, I have been to IndoChili for quite a few times. Its location at Zion Road is ‘risky’, beside the popular (but standard-dropping) Nasi Padang River Valley. And the previous F&B occupants do not stay long.

During my first visit, the food looked promising though service staff seemed bored at the lack of customers. But it generally got better each time I went.

The creator of the dishes is Mdm Wahyuningsih, owner of Java Kitchen Group (you see them around in food courts) who is inspired by her own grandmother and God to create Indonesian cuisine that uses a lot of herbs and spices. Many of her food are indeed distinctly stronger in flavours, generally richer and fuller than the usual street side taste.

My favourite dish here is definitely the Sate Ayam Madura ($7.80 for 5 pieces). Considered a heritage dish of Maduranese people, it consists of chicken skewer charcoal-grilled to bring out flavours and aroma.

While our Singapore style sauce is usually dryer and shorter, this Indonesian version is meaty and much sweeter, because it is first glazed in glazed in sweet soy sauce then dipped in peanut sauce. I like both versions – though I suspect some may find this version needing to get used to because it feels heavier.

Another I-think-must-have dish is the Tahu Telor ($8.80), a simple deep-fried beancurd with omelette, served with savoury sweet peanut sauce garnished with refreshing cucumber, bean sprout, carrot and crispy prawn crackers.

Few actually do this dish well – too little sauce, unsatisfactory peanut sauce, soggy beancurd, ugly egg. Plenty of reasons to make mistakes. IndoChili’s Tahu Telor manages to balance the ingredient to sauce proportion, and got the egg’s texture all right – part-crispy, part-fluffy.

Some of the other better dishes: a tradition Javanese royal dish of Tumpeng Mini ($9.80) – made of yellow rice set meal served with ayam bumbu rukak, perkede, potato peanut and pickles; a hearty thick Sop Buntu r ($14.80) oxtail soup; and East Javanese Ayam Bumbu Rujak ($8.80), a chicken thigh dish with amazing addictive gravy to sweep clean with jasmine rice.

The restaurant however, is not packed all the time, perhaps due to a lack of awareness, and some inconsistency in food during the initial days. I think IndoChili deserves to be given a second or third chance, I am glad I did – and became a convert.

Selamat Makan!

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IndoChili
54 Zion Road, Singapore 247779 (Opp Great World City) Tel: +65 6445 1766 info@indochili.com
Opening hours: 11.30am-10pm (Sun-Thu), 11.30am-10.30pm (Fri-Sat), closed on Tue

Other Indonesian Restaurant Entries
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Seribu Sari (Rendezvous Grand Hotel)
The Moluccas Rooms (Marina Bay Sands)
Bayang (Clarke Quay)
Wong Solo (Far East Plaza)

56 COMMENTS

  1. Ayam Penyet is my comfort food, it's been a personal fave since I knew learnt how to order other food other than fishball noodles; as a child.

    • As i have tasted both Singapore style & Indonesian one (this one regularly). I can say. Indonesian version less dry, spicier, & more generous of it’s sauce & side dish. Also, local Indonesia satay actually have dozens variety of them.

  2. It will be none other than Tahu Telor because simply love the sweet-sour taste and crispy-soft sensation. Of course not forgetting that it perfectly complements the other main courses! =)

  3. Tabu Telor — love the texture contrast between the crispy bits and the soft tahu, enhanced by a dollop of the sweet sauce. Sedap!

  4. Sate Ayam Madura! I always love satay from Ind, it taste so differently from local and i bet the one they served are original and authentic 🙂

  5. I love ox tail soup! It is a must to have this when i am in Indonesia. Hope i can try the one at IndoChili.. 🙂

  6. I prefer tahu telor as the deep fried tofu is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The dark sweet sauce compliments the who dish which brings out the flavour of the whole dish

  7. I love Tahu Telor! I love how this dish is created by using simple ingredients such as bean curd and egg. It is not a bad thing, but making this dish delicious with simple ingredients is impressive!

  8. I love Tahu Telor! I love how this dish is created by using simple ingredients such as bean curd and egg. It is not a bad thing, but making this dish delicious with simple ingredients is impressive! Liked and Shared! 🙂

  9. ayam penyet. there’s something special about this deliciously fried chicken that makes me hungry for it all the time!

  10. sop buntu….almost the nearest thing to the western oxtail soup..gonna bring my friends over for a taste test…she is Indonesian so she should know what standard to measure up to.

  11. Sop Buntut! I always love a hearty soup with plenty of carrots and potatoes. Not forgetting the tasty well-cooked oxtail with succulent meat that almost slips off the bone and melts in the mouth. Having tasted authentic sop buntut in Indonesia, it's been extremely difficult to find one that measures up to what locals eat everyday in Indonesia.

  12. I love Indonesian Sambal Pork Ribs. Everytime I back to my hometown I will always eat that!! But it’s very hard to find a good Indonesian Sambal Pork Ribs in Singapore 🙁 Maybe you can suggest me where I can get? 🙂

    Beside that, I love Satay Madura and Ayam Goreng too!!

    I hope I can taste good Indonesian Foods soon! 🙂

    phiawen@gmail.com

  13. My favourite dish is Tahu Telor because I like the crispy & fluffy texture of the beancurd, plus the peanut sauce is deliciously moreish!

  14. Tahu Telor – it brings back childhood memories of great grandpa taking me out on Sundays afternoon and he would order a plate of Tahu Telor to share with me without fail.

  15. Tahu Telor – it brings back childhood memories of great grandpa taking me out on Sundays afternoon and he would order a plate of Tahu Telor to share with me without fail.

  16. My favourite dish is Tahu Telor. I love the combination of egg and tahu with the sweet black sauce… yummy!

  17. East Javanese Ayam Bumbu Rujak! The combination of spices and ingredients is simply perfect! Top it of with the heart and soul of the dish – Gravy! WOW!

  18. Congrats to Wen Hao, Victoria Leong, Sophia Phia Wen, Seah Shawn for winning $25 vouchers from IndoChili Restaurant. Enjoy the delicious Indonesian delights!

  19. Hi Daniel!
    Can you review any indonesian restaurants in Singapore? 🙂 I’ve heard a lot about an alfresco one called Gurame indonesian restaurant, wonder if the food is as good as people said!
    Thank you!

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