My sister kept telling me about this Indonesian restaurant in Ultimo, and finally I got a chance to go there and ordered the special dishes called the 'Ayam Lunak' (soft bone chicken). The chicken bones are edible as they pressure-cooked the chicken for several hours before shallow frying it. The fried chicken comes with salad, homemade chilli and 'Kremes' on top of it. Kremes (nothing to do with Krispy Kreme) is basically a fried rice flour and chicken stock, and it's very crispy and very yummy...
As the bones are quite soft, so is the meat (very soft). My sister commented that it's too soft for her taste so she ordered another dishes called 'Ayam Kremes', which is similar to Ayam Lunak but the chicken is not pressured-cooked before frying so it has normal texture.
'Nasi Uduk' is another dishes that I chose from the menu. In a nutshell, it's steamed rice cooked with coconut milk, and is commonly served with fried onion sprinkled on the top of the rice (just like in the picture). It's fragrant and tastes good too...
Apart from Ayam Lunak and Ayam Kremes we also tried 'Gado-Gado', a vegetable salad with peanut sauce dressing. The salad has boiled potatoes, cucumber, tofu, beans, sliced boiled egg, and tapioca crackers in it. The peanut sauce is very nice and smells good, I particularly like it since it's made from real peanut unlike other restaurants which normally use Skippy peanut butter.
For dessert they have Es Campur (shaved ice with milk, jelly and fruit), Es Cendol (rice flour served with coconut milk, sugar palm and ice cubes), and Es Pisang Ijo (banana wrapped in green batter with ice). Unfortunately I was already full after the main meal (the portion is quite generous), so I didn't get to try the dessert. But I will definitelly come again to this place!
Immanuel Cafe Restaurant
197/392 Jones St.
ph. 02 9552 2145
(eat in, pre-order, or take away)