There are plenty of Sundanese restaurants in Serpong area, but the one that a friend of mine recommended was Pondok Kemangi, so I was curious to go there. The building was very big with similarity like any other Bandung’s Sundanese restaurants. The place has an indoor, outdoor area, and ‘lesehan’ (sitting on the floor on mats).
Like any other Sundanese eateries, the most important side dish is the sambal (chili paste). Here you can get them buffet style: Sambal Manado, Sambal Cobek, Sambal Ikan, Sambal Dabu Dabu,Sambal Mangga, Sambal Goreng. And there’s no extra charge for the sambals (which was amazing for sambal lovers such as myself).
Kepiting Saus Padang (IDR 70.000): Crab cooked with Padang spicy sauce. The crab wasn’t that fresh, and the sauce didn’t ‘bite’. Not a very good dish.
Gurame Goreng (IDR 50.000): Fried Carp fish. The fish was just ordinary.
Genjer Cah Taoco (IDR 14.000): Yellow velvet leaves sauteed with soybean paste. Deliciously seasoned. Good dish.
Ayam Goreng (IDR 14.000): Good old style Indonesian fried chicken.
Bakwan Jagung (IDR 16.000): Fried corn cake.
Sayur Asem (IDR 16.000): Indonesian tamarind dish. Common ingredients are peanuts, young jack fruit, melinjo, bilimbi, chayote, long beans, all cooked in tamarind-based soups and sometimes enriched with beef stock. Quite often, the recipe also includes corn. For the taste, the Sayur Asem here was just standard.
Taoge Cah Ikan Asin (IDR 15.000): Bean Sprout sauteed with salty fish. Just ok, didn’t amazed me much.
In conclusion, this Sundanese restaurant didn’t really stood out among the rest of the Indonesian cuisines in town. The only thing that I liked here was the varieties of Sambals, and that’s about it.
Pondok KemangiJl. Raya Serpong Kav.201 BSD Sektor VI No.7 Serpong – Tangerang
Phone: (021) 5379226
Average Spending: IDR 100.000