18 September 2011

Pinangsia Noodle House ~ Indonesian - Haymarket

We're thrilled to see Pinangsia Noodle House open in Quay Street on the southern edge of Chinatown/Haymarket. This means we no longer have to waddle all the way over to Pinangsia in Kingsford for our fix of bakmi goreng, Indonesian chicken noodles.

Sadly Pinangsia has closed - sniff sniff - but they are opening up again in Kingsford - joy!

 The downside is the wonderful Silk Road has closed down, but thank Allah there's another Silk Road around the corner in Thomas Street.

The name 'Pingangsia' is inspired by the Jalan Pinangsia Raya Chinese area of Jakarta. Hence the food is Indonesian Chinese, or Chinese Indonesian, or just plain yum.

Green Sands - apple and lime flavoured shandy, this is one of our favourites when we're on the road in Southeast Asia. It tastes a bit like beer but there's nothing beer-like in the ingredients, and no alcohol.

Bakso goreng - $1.50. A big ball of deep fried manufactured meat, yum.

Bakmi goreng ala Jakarta - fried thick yellow egg noodles - $8.50. Sweet and oily, a bit hardcore for us but countered nicely by the sweet, lightly pickled vegetables.

Bakmi ayam - chicken and mushroom with thick egg noodles - $7.50 + an extra topping of roast pork for $1. Shawn's favourite. The noodles have a chicken-y, buttery flavour - unique and delicious.

Ayam goreng bumbu bali - $7.50. Fried chicken coated with thick, sweet, coconut-y sauce.


We can't visit without trying the bakso goreng, a fried ball of mystery meat - $1.80. Great in a junk-foody kind of way.

#1 on the menu - bakmi ayam - the classic dish of chicken flavoured noodles, chicken and mushroom - $7.50. Such a great value lunch, fills the tum without overdoing it. As much as we like this dish it still doesn't quite have the magic that their Kingsford store does.

Bihun ayam rebus - $7.50. The same yummy chicken and mushroom mixture but served on plain, thin, boiled noodles. Nice but the bakmi ayam remains our favourite.

Pinangsia Noodle House Menu

Pinangsia Noodle House is at QG 13 Prince Centre - 8 Quay Street Haymarket / Chinatown - bordering Central.

This end of town has become quite a goldmine for Indonesian food fiends, there's a good handful of joints that are all excellent value and all a little different: Pinangsia, Cafe Joy, ATL Maranatha and Lestari Resto. Plus there's the excellent Pondok Satay 888 in Eating World and the (Shawn's food court favourite) Pondok Selera in Dixon House Food Court and Eating World. And Rumah Makan Immanuel not far away in Ultimo... And if too much Indo is barely enough, there's about three outlets of Shalom within walking distance...

Quay Street has become cheap eats central. Next to Pinangsia is the ridiculously cheap Daily Noodle Fast Food, a few doors down is Indo student classic Cafe Joy , and the always-packed Satang Thai up near George Street. If you've got $8 and a hole in your stomach, head to Quay Street.

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  1. Just found your blog from a comment on the Sydney Morning Herald...

    If you like Indonesian noodles, you should try 'Mie Kocok Bandung' at Maroubra.

    Trust me on this one.

    Source: I'm Indonesian. And I'm not affiliated with them.

  2. Thanks Max, we'll be keen to check it out. We love good recommendations from readers. Is it mostly Bandung style - we've been plotting a return trip to Java and would love to get to Bandung next time.

  3. It's very similar to Pinangsia, except that they use minced meat(pork?) instead of diced chicken.

    And if you want to do an A-B comparison with Pinangsia, make sure you order the dry/salty version (mie yamien), not their mie kocok which is the soupy version.


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