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TAIWAN FUN MAGAZINE, June 2003

Pondok Mutiara

292, FuHsing North Rd.
(02) 2504 5791
Hours: 11 am-3 pm; 5 pm-9 pm

 

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Pondok Mutiara

By Graham Norris

      While Thai restaurants continue to proliferate in Taipei, Indonesian food is a little harder to find. But one family has been serving up authentic Indonesian cuisine for 25 years.

      Pondok Mutiara is the second restaurant opened by the family of Clement Chang, who moved to Taiwan from Indonesia when he was five. His mother, Diana Lu, and brother set up the first one back in 1977.

      Thirteen years ago they moved to their current location on FuHsing North Road, near the Chungshan Middle School MRT station. Chang now runs the place with his mother. She used to do all the cooking, but has trained four local chefs, and makes sure they keep up high standards.

      If you¡¦ve ever been to Indonesia, you¡¦ll find all the dishes you liked there on the menu here. The main courses are spicy, and reasonably priced. Chicken dishes include Ayam Goreng (sweet and spicy chicken, NT$150) and Opor Santen Ayam (spicy coconut chicken, NT$150). There¡¦s also Lamb Curry (NT$230).

      Chang recommends the Ikan Pecek Bawal (deep fried pomfret and chili sauce, NT$330) and Pepesan Udang (roast spicy shrimp with chili in lotus leaf packet, NT$260). He also says one of the most popular dishes at the moment is the Kari Kepala Ikan (Singaporean curry fish head, NT$490), which is served in a similar way to hot pot.

      For dessert, try Pisang Goreng (fried banana cake, NT$120), or one of the wide selection of sweet drinks, including Es Campur (tropical fruit punch, NT$70).

     If you¡¦re driving past Pondok Mutiara, you could miss it for all the trees and shrubs growing outside. Inside the mood is relaxed, and the friendly, English-speaking staff are always happy to help you decide which dishes to choose.

 

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