Friday, March 11, 2016

Sulaiman Resto at Pecenongan

I've heard Sulaiman, a Chinese-Muslim restaurant which name is eponymous to its chef-owner Sulaiman who comes from Xinjiang, China to Indonesia about ten years ago and creates a name of his own through his dishes that serves authentic food of his hometown. I finally got a chance to try Sulaiman Resto with my family as my brother had been raving about it a couple of days back and I'm really happy that we tried this one restaurant out. The interior of the restaurant is pretty simple with wooden furniture and white walls decorated with framed calligraphies. You can also peek a little into their kitchen to find what they're cooking.

Sate Kambing (IDR 13.800 per skewer) 
This mutton satay is one of the most famous dish from Sulaiman! Generously seasoned chunks of mutton meat grilled on a stainless steel skewer until it becomes tender and definitely not smelly. The rub on the mutton is pretty spicy, but nothing you can't handle. The oil coming out on the plate just proves how well-seasoned this dish is. This is one of the must try here as this one dish is one of the menu that stood out as its Middle-Eastern influence is very clear.

Cumi-Cumi Panggang (IDR 35.000)
This grilled squid dish is the most underwhelming dish, portion wise as well as flavor wise. The squid is rubbed with a blend of dry spices and then topped with sesame oil. The flavor of the dish was so-so as I cannot really taste the spices on the scuid.

Da Pan Jimian (IDR 68.000)
This dish might look like a pile of stir fried vegetables but the numerous slices of onion, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, shallots, garlic, et cetera, et cetera, there was wide strings of hand-cut pulled noodles. The texture is similar to kwetiau, but a lot firmer. This dish is served with chicken as its main protein and its portion was sooo huge and affordable considering the price. This dish is will be great for a rainy day as its peppery sauce will instantly deliver heat to your body.

La Zi Ji (IDR 88.000)
La zi ji translates to "spicy chicken' and you can simply see it from the amount of dried szechuan chili pepper all over the plate. This dish is my favorite of the night, this is sooo delicious! The chicken were crunchy, super juicy, and the seasoning was so spot on. The chili pepper gives a bit of spiciness and savoriness that really complement the chicken. Don't let the chili intimidates you as this one is just one super good dish.

Nasi Goreng Telur (IDR 32.000)
This is one simple Chinese fried rice topped with fried sunny side up egg. This is one good filler, I even have this without white rice (I mean... steamed white rice is just basic, right?). I also have their Lamb Fried Rice (IDR 42.000) pretty much the same fried rice mix, added with chunks of lamb. This is one of the more familiar dish and overall a good one.

Suan Rong Xin La Hua (IDR 68.000)
Stir-fried broccoli with a good amount of garlic. It is great that Chef Sulaiman maintains the color of the broccoli; its texture also remains crunchy. Simply done but it's still tasty.

Ma Po Dou Fu (IDR 58.000)
I usually pronounce this as mapo tofu, this is one tofu stew cooked with a lot of spices and of course it is topped with so many chili flakes as that is Sulaiman's signature on many of its dish. Flavor-wise it is delicious and super garlicky which I like. As the other dish were, the mapo tofu is not /that/ spicy. I really like how the spiciness of the dishes here does not burn the tongue.

Tea (Complementary)
I've never been served with this type of tea. I cannot even comment on the flavor aside from this being very fragrant, but there's no apparent flavor coming out from the tea despite having it served with hot water.

Suan Rong Shang Hai Qing (IDR 38.000)
Super fresh bok choy cooked stir-fry. Again, a simple dish executed beautifully. The one thing I'm most impressed with is how the vegetable maintain its color as if the veggies had been blanched after cooking -- which is unlikely in Chinese cuisines.

Food comes relatively fast and the portion was huge for the price, making it worth every penny. For those of you who were not comfortable entering a Chinese restaurant for its questionable 'halal' produces, you can enjoy this without hesitation. The restaurant will still also gives you the experience of eating Chinese food which you can share alongside with your family and friends on the table. The one hassle I got here is that most of the menu are written in Chinese with Indonesian transliteration but in most cases it doesn't help. We have to ask the waitstaff a lot of question before ordering a meal which takes some time. Overall I love the food here and I'm considering visiting it as soon as possible!

Sulaiman Resto
Jl. Batu Ceper No. 73
Central Jakarta 
+6221 3511757