Sunday, October 19, 2014

Pondok Jawa Timur

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Pondok Jawa Timur has moved a couple of times over the years and they are now at North Bridge Road. The restaurant prides itself in authentic Javanese fare and their meticulously prepared sauces.

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Soto Madura - $6.50
I haven't actually had mee soto or anything along that line before. The closest I've had is probably mie bakso which isn't close at all haha. I was a little hesitant about trying the soup because I don't eat alot of things based on their colours. Eg: I don't eat red fruits. And the colour of the soup just looks dodgy to me. But I tried it and was surprised to find that it's actually very flavourful and tasty!

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Tahu Telor - $6.90
The highlight for me is definitely the peanut sauce. The peanut sauce here is homemade and they have three different types of it to go with different dishes.

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Gado Gado - $6.90
As a carnivore, I steered clear of the vegetables and attacked the keropok. I dipped them in the light peanut sauce and got hooked almost instantly. I started stealing the keropok quietly when everyone was deeply engaged in conversation or trying the other dishes haha. The sweet peanut sauce was so yummy!

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Sate Ayam - $8.90
My favourite dish of the lot is probably the tender and well marinated satay. Really addictive with the peanut sauce which is the nuttiest of the three we've tasted

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Mie Goreng Jawa - $6.90
Unlike the dry mee goreng we have usually, this is moister and certainly one of the better mee gorengs I've had!

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Ayam Penyet - $6.90
The chicken was very crispy but I felt that it was a tad too dry. This is one of the more familiar dishes to me, as I've never actually had Javanese food before, so I expected it to blow me away but I was slightly disappointed

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Curry Fish Head- $32.90
One of the signature items at the restaurant, I was secretly pleased that this wasn't that spicy. Instead of coconut milk, fresh milk is employed in this dish. The different flavours melded well and I really enjoyed it!

If you're looking to try authentic Javanese food, you should definitely make a trip here! Also, it was full house when we were about to leave so do make a reservation!

737 North Bridge Road
Daily : 11am-10pm



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