The 5 Best Indonesian Restaurants in Singapore
Eat & Drink | June 22, 2017
Indonesian culinary art gets inspiration from different cuisines such as Indian, Chinese, Middle East, European and its very own ethnic foods. People of the thousand islands country use spices as major ingredients and blend them in various ways to create different lingering tastes for each dish.
In order to taste authentic Indonesian food in Singapore you can either learn to cook with a recipe from your Indonesian friend or go to one of the restaurants listed below.
See also: The 5 Best Halal Restaurants In Singapore
- Indonesian home-style cuisine from Padang, Sulawesi, and Java: As one of the oldest Indonesian restaurants in Singapore, Tambuah Mas has won people’s hearts by serving up all the basic dishes from Padang, Sulawesi, and Java. Those dishes are prepared by native Indonesian chefs and using guarded family recipes to maintain the authenticity.
- The best version of Tahu Telor: Tambuah Mas’s Tahu Telor is a dish to die for. “Fried cubed beancurd and eggs, topped with spicy-sweet dark sauce” that is all about the ingredients and cooking method. Despite simple ingredients, this dish turns wonderful in the hands of chef. Its crispy and soft texture plus its light and sweet taste makes diners feel heavenly.
- Impressive house specials: Cumi Bali Indonesian Restaurant presents to diners a dazzling array of house specials: Sate Madura (chicken satay), Cumi Bali (grilled sotong), Ikan Bakar (grilled fish), Kambing Rendang (lamb rendang), Sapi Rendang (beef rendang), and Cendol (dessert). These delicious dishes have drawn a loyal following for more than two decades.
- Sate Madura – a dish that makes people fall in love with Indonesian cuisine: Sate Madura (chicken satay) has that power. This dish has never failed to make diners say the word “yummy”. It is fantastic because the well-marinated satay is grilled to perfection, leaving it smokey and tender with a wonderful sweet and sour taste from the Kecap Manis marinade. A chicken satay stick (S$7) is generous enough to be a main course for one person.
- Halal Indonesian restaurant specializing in Padang food: When it comes to Indonesian food, there are many well-known styles. Among them, Padang-style food, the cuisine of the Minangkabau people of West Sumatra, Indonesia is one of the most famous styles. In Singapore, diners can find the best Padang food at Rumah Makan Minang restaurant, established and run by a multi-generational family, migrated from Padang.
- The most authentic version of Beef Rendang: Not many of us know that the Beef Rendang was invented by the Minangkabau. So if you want to taste the most authentic version of Beef Rendang, choose the one at Rumah Makan Minang. It is a spicy version in which the beef is prepared to be a bit chewy so that all the flavours will gradually burst in the mouth.
- Halal certified Indonesian restaurant with main focus on “penyet” food: Ayam Penyet Ria is the true world of “penyet” food where Ayam Penyet (smashed fried chicken), Bakso Penyet (smashed beefball), Bawal Penyet (smashes pomfret), Udang Penyet (smashed fried prawn), Empal Penyet (smashed beef steak), Lele Penyet (smashed catfish), Tahu - tempe Penyet (smashed beancurd & beancake), and Sayap Penyet (smashed chicken wing) are generously offered.
- One of the best Ayam Penyet in Singapore: As the restaurant’s name would suggest, Ayam Penyet is the signature dish at Ayam Penyet Ria. After cooking process, this enticing fried chicken is given a nice mash to make it tenderer and easier to eat. Ayam Penyet Ria restaurant serves both the classic version and boneless version of this dish in style of set menu. Those tasty Ayam Penyet sets come with a piece of smashed chicken, fried tempe, fried tofu as well as sambal, steamed rice and blanched vegetable.
- Addictive sambal belacan: A lot of diners come to Ayam Penyet Ria restaurant just because they really fall in love with its sambal belacan. This chilli-based sauce is extremely spicy yet addictive. The restaurant’s free flow sambal belacan is a perfect condiment to enhance flavours of chicken, beef, fish or even rice.
- Value for money foods: A generous set of Ayam Penyet is offered at the price of S$7.40. And you won’t find any items on the menu have the price tags more than S$9.00. It is a steal, considering the restaurant’s location and the given portion.
- The unique concept of Dutch Rijsttafel - a good way to explore Indonesian cuisine: For those who are new to Indonesian food, the Dutch Rijsttafel concept (literally means rice table) is the best chance to taste a wide variety of Indonesian fare at one single visit. A table filled with an array of meat, poultry, seafood and vegetable dishes plus sambals and sauces to be taken with rice, it is how a rice table meal is uniquely defined. The best part of this buffet style is that all the dishes are served up on the table at a time so that diners can feel that they are having a king feast.
- Affordable buffet: At S$17.88 per pax, your buffet lunch table will be filled with 14 different dishes such as Tahu Telor (tofu omelet), Sate Ayam (chicken satay) and Otak (grilled fishcake). For buffet diner, 20 dishes will make your meal at the price of S$28.49.
- Convenient location: Nestled on the second floor of International Building on Orchard Road, The Rice Table is convenient for any gatherings.