On Sussex Street near Goulburn Street in Sydney, there is a very good Indonesian Restaurant. And it’s called “Shalom” – Peace be with you. You will never get a Jewish name for an Indonesian restaurant anywhere else. The owners are Christian Indonesians who have migrated to Australia. The fare is simple Indonesian home-cooked and street food like Mee Soto Ayam, Ikan Bakar, etc. Quite a cold day, so I ordered 2 soupy dishes – the classic Sup Buntut (Oxtail Soup) and Mee Soto Ayam.
The Mee Soto was well-flavoured with the right amount of cloves, cinnamon and other spices that made up the robust soup base. The noodle was a bit over drenched though, losing the al dente texture I was looking for. In the shop there was a special chilli soy sauce condiment that made a fantastic addition to the dish.
The Sup Buntut was clear but flavourful. The oxtail still had the skin on and was quite tough. But the soup was so good I drank everything.
Top off the dinner with Teh Botol – the quintessential ultra-sweet Jasmine tea from Indonesia. Could not drink it as it was too sweet (enough though it was labelled less sugar). Brought it back to the hotel and topped it with lots of ice before I can drink it.
This is actually a franchise and you can find this is multiple locations.
Shalom Indonesian Restaurant
299 Sussex Street, Sydney