An impressively broad Indonesian restaurant in a mall food court has a loyal following for its hard-to-find dishes.
Head down, chopsticks in hand, sweat pouring from your brow: this is how you’re likely to be found at Ah Beng Indonesia. This is especially true if you order the fantastic mie pedas jeletot, a bowl of hand-made thin egg noodles doused in fragrant spicy sauce and served with your protein of choice (we recommend the duck, its crisp skin lacquered to a glorious mahogany shine).
It’s an astonishingly inclusive menu, appropriate for halal-eaters, vegetarians, vegans and offal-lovers alike.
Ah Beng’s new digs in the rooftop dining precinct of Westfield Carousel are not what you might imagine when thinking of shopping-centre dining, which is part of what makes it so delightful. The restaurant – which operated for five years in Langford under the name Ah Beng Kopitiam – has garnered a loyal following for its hard-to-find Indonesian dishes, which go way beyond nasi goreng and gado gado.
At Westfield, the menu has gotten even longer, with a combination of snacks, curries and side items like fried chicken skin or corn fritters. It’s an astonishingly inclusive menu, appropriate for halal-eaters, vegetarians, vegans and offal-lovers alike. The sambals, whether added to or included in your dish, are complex, bright, and available to purchase to take home. If only all mall dining was so delicious.