In an unassuming street-food stall tucked away in Fremantle Markets, Fluffy Lamb churns out Indonesian charcoal barbecue that delivers big on flavour.
There are only two things on the menu at Fluffy Lamb: charcoal chicken satay, and charcoal-grilled lamb. And while owner Tony Darwinto may have a welcoming, friendly demeanour, when it comes to flavour, he’s deadly serious.
Take his sambal, fragrant with lime leaf and packing a proper chilli kick, or the house-made peanut satay. But it’s the BMW – the bone-marrow rice – that tips the scale. Richly flavoured with beef marrow, scented with turmeric and a secret mix of herbs and spices, it’s the kind of base that elevates itself to the main event.
Take the house-made peanut satay, or his sambal, fragrant with lime leaf and packing a proper chilli kick. But it’s the BMW – the bone-marrow rice – that tips the scale.
That’s not to discount the skewers, though. Nab one of the few seats in front of the grill and see Darwinto attentively turn each stick over (Indonesian) charcoal until charred and caramelised just so, then serve them piping hot on a bed of rice.
There’s a palpable sense of pride here – Darwinto clearly relishes representing the food of his homeland – that makes this simple meal into something more (keep an eye out, too, for seasonal specials). Plus the free-flowing satay sauce and sambal don’t hurt. Whether you’re fronting the grill or grabbing skewers to go, this is how street food is meant to be. What a boon to have it in Freo.