Indonesian Kitchen

One could argue that Indonesian and Malaysian food are similar right? Well, for arguments sake, let’s say so, because I’m comparing everything to the delicious Malaysian lunch we had at Banana Leaf Tropical Cuisine. The bar is set high, can Indonesian Kitchen keep up?

The place itself is pretty small but doesn’t feel crowded. At the front of the shop, there’s a small but interesting display of Malaysian goodies – perfect spot to pick up some rare Malaysian spices, mixes and desserts that I haven’t seen in Canada before. I’m guessing it comes straight from the motherland as everything is in Asian writing.

There was only one waitress manning the tables when we were there for a late Saturday lunch but she was very patient and helped cater to my sis’s demands, er, I mean, requests. The food takes awhile to arrive but you know the ladies in the kitchen are working there magic, so be patient grasshopper, and you will be rewarded.

We decided to share and over ordered (as per usual).

Tea ($2 each) – nice, light and fragrant.

Lemper ayam ($3)
Steamed sticky rice with chicken wrapped in banana leaf. Perfect size to share, the lemper ayam had a subtle lemongrass flavour to it that was spot on. Yum.

Singkong goreng ($4)
Lightly spiced fried cassava. Cassava is a root vegetable, if you’ve never had it, give it a shot. These are almost like fries, just slightly heavier and more starchy.

Sate kambing and sate udang ($14)
The waitress was awesome and let us try three lamb and three shrimp skewers (instead of six of the same kind). We’re all for trying out more things! The kambing (lamb) was really good – smothered in a spicy, peanut sauce while the udang (shrimp) was in a BBQ sauce with a hint of lime. The lime was refreshing and gave it the perfect amount of tang to compliment the shrimp.

Nasi goreng special ($11)
Chicken and shrimp fried rice with Krupuk and egg (on the side for us). Those chips on the side of this dish reminded me of shrimp chips. The fried rice was flavourful, but it needed something else to give it that extra oomph.

Gado gado ($10)
Steamed veggies, tofu and boiled eggs topped with peanut sauce. Lots of vegetables and so much egg (boiled egg, ugh, I’m just complaining because I was the one that had to eat all the egg). I don’t think I would order this again as nothing stood out but it was one of the few vegetables dishes my sister could eat.

So final verdict? Indonesian Kitchen is good but it just didn’t match the intense, umami flavour of the dishes we had at Banana Leaf. It’s still worth trying out but if I had to choose just one, you already know my choice. Overall, it’s still a good spot for simple, freshly prepared Indonesian food!

Indonesian Kitchen
3917 17 Ave SE
Calgary, AB
(403) 272-7234

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