Monday, September 1, 2008

Ayam Goreng 99 - Kingsford, Sydney.

It's about time I continued on with my pursuit to review the strip of restaurants on Anzac Parade. If you haven't read or simply forgotten the last place we tried; feel free to check out the link: Tropicana. Anyway, onto Ayam Goreng 99! This is an Indonesian restaurant that specialises in...yep...ayam goreng (which translates to 'Fried Chicken'); as a regular customer here before I started the blog, I can state with certainty that they do 'it' best compared to most eateries in Sydney that prophetically advertise their takes on this particular dish.

As one of the three indonesian restaurants (Ratu Sari and Shalom) that are lined-up next to each other, Ayam Goreng 99 doesn't really stand out from the exterior - a simple and snug restaurant that can be easily overlooked without notice by a casual on-walker. But does a customer that knows of its quality and authentic cuisine really care for the exterior and atmosphere that is perceived? not really - there are some things that can slide. The same can be said about the interior - simple and clean; which means all the attention is on the food.

Here Comes The Food (no playing with it this time)

Nasi Lemak: the coconut's flagrance as it's a key ingredient in the preparation of this dish is euphoric as it wafers - causing our palate to salivate in anticipation. The rice is at room temperature and isn't soggy or hard. On its own, you could describe it is repetitive and needing something a bit more to make it perfect - that's why you need to order ayam goreng :)

Top Left: Ayam Goreng (Deep fried Marinated Chicken) - we ordered the Breast (Dada); Bottom Right: Ayam Bakar (Charcoal Grilled Marinated Chicken) - once again it's the breast (Dada). If I were to choose the favourite, it would be Dada Bakar, there's just something enjoyable and very guilty about eating the burnt bits. You know you shouldn't do it - but it's that good. A combination of: the faint taste of teriyaki, aromatic herbs are aromatic and tender chicken makes this a great dish to be enjoyed by all (or even smugly by yourself!).

Beef Rendang: it's a bit different from what I usually see at other Indonesian places - I'm normally use to eating it a bit more dry and with less oil. The meat is tender and the sauce is a bit over-powering when eaten on its own. I should have saved some rice!

Ayam Goreng 99
Address: 464 Anzac Parade, Kingsford

Opening Days/Hours: Wed-Sun, 11:30am-4pm and 6-9pm (Closed Mon&Tues!)
Ph: 9697 0030


Erique Fat Owl said...

Hi D;

Haven't been to this place for ages - I hope they're still good. Why do they have to frickin' close on mondays and...tuesdays? wednesdays? I don't know. What I know is - whenever I feel like having ayam goreng, they're always closed!

A little bit of inaccuracy there on your post - it should be nasi UDUK, not nasi LEMAK. I don't really know where you come from, but see, we Indonesians are very particular on distinguishing our food to Malaysian food (nasi lemak is Malaysian / Singaporean). Call us pompous, but that's just the way it should be, heeheehee.

Basically, nasi lemak is just rice cooked with coconut milk. However, nasi uduk is far more complex than that. Herbs such as lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves are added to make nasi uduk.

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