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FINALLY – an ‘authentic’ Indonesian Restaurant – Warung Malang

As you know, I have been in search for that ‘authentic’ Indonesian restaurant here in Hong Kong. I have only been to two and both times have not been great. IR 1968 (read review here) was pure disappointment; Solo Restaurant (read review here) was ok but not the best. I have heard many good things about this restaurant from various Indonesian friends, including my Indonesian neighbour.

This restaurant can be found in Causeway Bay, on the second floor of Dragon Rise building. Its very ghetto and very homely – reminds me a bit of the Indonesian restaurants back in Sydney. You order at the counter, and it’s self service – i.e. you get your own food and drinks, no table service.

I wanted to try a bit of everything, so ordered the Nasi Campur – which is rice mix with tempeh strips, beef rendang which was a little stringy and hard, spicy egg (Balinese egg), and sayur lodeh (tofu, vegetables in coconut sauce) all topped with sambal (chili). I also ordered a serve of tempeh goreng, fried soy beans, and although it was a little cold, it was still tasty. The meal was surprisingly delicious, full of flavour and most importantly… authentic!

My neighbour, A, also had the same thing, but we wanted to try the gado-gado. She has also been searching for the most authentic gado-gado in Hong Kong and we may have found it! We ordered the gado-gado here in Warung Malang and I have to say – we were pleasantly surprised! The vegetables were all blanched – a mix of kang-kung, bean sprouts, cucumber, fried tofu, tempeh, boiled potatoes and sliced boiled eggs. The sauce – most authentic thus far with a hint of chili which was absolutely superb! It was fantastic – I was back in gado-gado heaven!

I ordered a glass of es campur which was refreshing. It consisted of grass jelly, cendol (which consists of coconut milk, noodles with green food colouring and palm sugar), jack fruit, palm seed and condensed milk. It was deliciously sweet and perfect for a hot summer day!

A wanted to order the es koproy (coconut) but they ran out, so she ordered ice lemon tea – which was nothing special.

The menu is quite extensive ranging from different types of rice dishes (nasi campur, nasi lemak) to noodles (bakmi goreng, bakmi ayam) to soups (beef ball soup, rawon, beef brisket) to gado-gado and ketoprak. The beef ball soup looked delicious but we were stuffed that we couldn’t fit anything else in! The food is not perfectly executed, it’s not served on a fancy plate, and although its self service, I thoroughly enjoyed it. To me, it was quite authentic, reminded me of the dishes back home (in Indonesia) and it hit the ‘right’ spots! I utterly enjoyed it and can’t wait to go back to try their other dishes.

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

2/F, Dragon Rise, 9-11 Pennington Street

Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Ph: +852 2915 7859

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