The inside is so beautifully old school hole-in-the-wall it should be preserved, it should be the canteen at the Powerhouse Museum. We wanted to take a wide-angle photo of the interior but the restaurant has that vibe of being the family's lounge room as well.
The restaurant is run by the most awesomely lovely auntie and uncle, and another super nice lady who we guess is the daughter. On week nights there might be a couple of kiddies doing their homework which is +100% ambience in our books.
The place is cheeriest during the day, especially a sunny winters day when it gets some super dreamy indirect sunlight, it feels calm and peaceful, we pretend we're in a rumah makan in some small Indo town. This place is often empty but don't let that deter you, it has it's regulars, and sometimes it feels like an Indo social club, there's certainly enough turnover to keep the food fresh. The menu is brief with a handful of noodle and stir fry dishes.
The food is good and homely, nothing fancy, we love their unique and real at home cooking style. Unless you're a serious Indo food nerd like us, it's maybe not worth a trip across town for. We're rather stoked to have San San Curly Noodle in easy walking distance. It took us a couple of visits to really appreciate those curly curly noodles, but now we're hooked.
If this kind of restaurant is your cup of tea we recommend trying it sooner rather than later, you never know when auntie and uncle will retire. One of our favourite parts of dining here is the surprised look on peoples faces when they walk by and see you eating. "What, people actually eat in there?". Oh, yes they do!
Chicken noodle - $6 lunch special. Simmered chicken and mushrooms on top of noodles. There's a meaty homely 'savoury mince' flavour to this dish. Soup is served on the side. You can pour it over the noodles or have it as a side soup, or a bit of both.
The noodles are curly as the shop name implies, thin with a nice bite to them. They are different to the yellow 'bakmi' style noodles we usually find in this dish. We weren't so excited about the noodles on our first visit, but after a couple of visits we've developed a fetish for the texture and subtle flavour of these curly curly noodles. We dig.
Combination noodles - $14. Curly noodles with chicken, roast pork, mushroom, and a soy googie egg. The roast pork tastes house made, it is a little sweet and a lot awesome.
Chicken fried rice - $10 + $1 for fried egg. Can't go wrong with fried rice. It's more Chinese than Indonesian fried rice, simple and homely.
Fried chicken wontons - $5. Big crispy wontons, a must, especially after a beer.
Shantong chicken with noodle - $8 (lunch special). A big plate of those toothsome curly curly noodles with a quarter piece of chicken (thigh or breast). The chicken is fried and coated in a sweet sauce, like sweet and sour with an extra vinegar kick. It's a huge feed for the price and it's almost embarrassing to pay only $8 for it.
San San Curly Noodle is at 119 Marrickville Road, Marrickville. Phone 9568 1333. Open Thursday to Sunday.
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