We’re currently in Melbourne not able to travel internationally. When
you can’t travel, what’s almost as good is finding a great
international restaurant. We were looking at local Melbourne
Indonesian restaurants when I noticed that one of the most highly
recommended was actually right in our neighborhood. That’s how we
discovered Tambo Ciek.
We walked in and saw the specials board:
Obviously this place expected you to be at least familiar with the
dishes, a promising start. Fortunately the people behind the counter
were very friendly and happy to explain the menu to us. We settled on
the two bakso and a cilok to share.
Bakso is a meatball noodle soup with vegetables. Bakso “tenis” has a
big meatball (the size of a tennis ball - thus the name) that has a
whole hard boiled egg in the middle. Bakso tetelan has small meatballs
and bits of stew meat, fat, and tendon. They both come with both rice
and wheat noodles, and greens. Each diner adds condiments like kecap
manis for sweetness, sambal for spice, and or vinegar for sourness.
Cilok are glutinous tapioca flour balls in a peanut sauce. The balls
themselves are soft and very chewy, and the peanut sauce is sweet,
savory, and spicy. I thought they were also a little fruity - Debbie
guessed tamarind, but I think it was more citrusy maybe lemon juice or
lime juice. In any case it was delicious.
There were lots of local indonesian people in there, and they sell
snacks and ingredients as well as hot food we’ll definitely be going