I have been going to this Indonesian restaurant since they opened their doors in Kingsford! The name is Shalom Indonesian Restaurant. To be honest, it is quite an unusual name for an Indonesian restaurant.
The menu is pretty much everything you see on the wall above the counter and you have to order and pay the food at the counter. Despite the number of pictures, the menu can actually be divided into four sauces:
- Rujak sauce: This is the default non-spicy sauce
- Hot & sour sauce: Despite the three star logo, this sauce only has a fleeting hint of hotness. I said this as a person who doesn’t like spicy sauce!
- Balinese sauce: This one is probably best suited for people who enjoy occasional hot food.
- Shalom sauce: This one is for the hard core chilli lovers!
Btw, if you are unsure about any of it, just ask to separate the sauce from the dish.
These are the four dishes that we ordered almost 90% of the time.
Beef / Fish Ball Soup – Bakso Sapi / Ikan Kuah – $5
It is a very simple beef balls in a soup. We usually order this for the little one. Add some sweet soy sauce to the warm rice and you got yourself a decent dish to feed your kid!
Deep fried tofu with peanut sauce – Batagor – $5
Although the description said ‘batagor’ (the famous fish-based dish from Bandung), it is actually not that batagor. It is just deep fried tofu that was coated with flour. I’m pretty sure there is no fish involved in it (or probably very little, hardly-visible amount).
However, I still enjoy the dish and have always been my staple when coming into the restaurant. I love the peanut and sweet soy sauce!
Fried beef ball with Hot and Sour Sauce – Bakwan Penyet – $8
This is another extremely simplistic dish. You get sliced and fried beef balls and a boiled egg with the sauce and a plate of rice.
I particularly love to combine this dish with the tofu dish above. It reminds me a lot of food in my hometown.
Grilled beef ribs with Balinese sauce – Iga bakar bumbu Bali – $12
The grilled beef ribs is probably the most decent-sized option in the menu. There are not a lot of places in Sydney that served grilled beef ribs for only $12.
Happy Soda – Soda Gembira – $3
Happy soda is actually just a combination of soda water, condensed milk and rose syrup. But when I was younger, it is pretty much my top three drinks (along with Durian and Avocado juices).
Indonesians love sweet drinks and happy soda is no different. They usually put quite a lot of condensed milk and rose syrup. However, happy soda is served unstirred. So you can adjust the level of sweetness to your liking.
The final verdict for Shalom Indonesian Restaurant
Whenever I need an Indonesian comfort food, I usually go to Shalom Indonesian Restaurant. They may not have the best décor or the fanciest of dishes, but it is the one restaurant in Sydney that felt closest to home for me.
Did you know?
There is another Indonesian restaurant that everyone in Sydney seems to love going to, called Ayam Goreng 99. It is located three shops down the road from Shalom.
Rating for Shalom Indonesian Restaurant:
7.0 / 10
Taste: 7.0 / 10
Price: $9 – $15 for main dishes
Place: 7.0 / 10
Shop 2 / 458 Anzac Parade, Kingsford 2032
+61 2 9662 4455