Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Pempek Clovelly, Kensington

How was it?
Food: 7/10
Service: 5/10
Ambience: 5/10
Value: $

Whilst on the Kensington/Kingsford food tour, Lorraine introduced us to Pempek Clovelly. And ever since that day, I had been dying to go back for more!

Pempek Kombinasi
Mixed Fish Cakes $17.50

Pempek Clovelly serves Indonesian food, specialising in fish cakes!
"Pempek, Mpek-mpek or Empek-empek is a delicacy from Palembang made of fish and sago. Pempek is served together with a dark, rich sauce called cuka (cuko, lit. vinegar) and Baso Palembang. Cuka is produced by adding brown sugar, chilli pepper, garlic, vinegar, and salt to boiling water." 
Pempek Bulet 
Fish Cake Ball 

To get a taste of everything we ordered the mixed fish cakes dish. This comes with a variety of different sized and shaped fish cakes, all swimming in a sweet tamarind-like sauce.

Pempek Tahu 
Fish Cake Tofu 

Pempek Lenjer 
Fish Cake Stick

Pempek Telor/Kapal Selem
Fish Cake with Egg 

Pempek Telor/Kapal Selem 
Fish Cake with Egg 

I loved the texture of the pempek's. They were soft and chewy. I especially loved the fish cake skin, which I forgot to take a picture of (oops!). It was sweet and slightly crispier than the others! The fish cake with egg was so filling - it could have been a meal on it's own! And you can tell that it's slightly special because it costs $7.50 on it's own, whereas, the other varieties are a measly $2.50 each. But, honestly I'd probably just got for the other ones!

Gado Gado Lontong Ulek 
Vegies and rice cakes with peanut sauce $9.00 

To balance things out, I thought we'd better order some vegies. The fact that they're covered in peanut sauce is a non-issue! I'm a huge fan of gado gado, especially at Java Indonesian Restaurant in Randwick and at Pinangsia in Kingsford. Both very different, but awesome in their own way.

Gado Gado Lontong Ulek 
Vegies and rice cakes with peanut sauce $9.00 

The gado gado at Pempek Clovelly also came with rice cakes. When I first tasted it, my immediate thought was 'hmm... different'. It was a little bit different because the peanut sauce was really quite thick and goopy. It was ok for the first few mouthfuls, but afterwards I found it too sticky, thick and goopy.

I'd definitely go back to Pempek Clovelly to try some of their other dishes, especially the martabak desserts :) I think I'd probably just order one of the fish cakes next time, a noodle dish and martabak for dessert. Hehe. I haven't put much thought into it at all, I swear! So, if the holidays have put a dent in your wallet, and you're looking for a cheap eat - I would suggest you check out Pempek Clovelly (except maybe hold off on the gado gado!).

Pempek Clovelly 
198 Anzac Parade, 
Kensington NSW 2033
Tel: (02) 9697 0009
Open Tuesday & Thursday - Sunday: 12pm - 8pm


  1. Thanks for the introduction to Indonesian food - it looks so good - I must make sure to go there when I'm in the area!

  2. I fear I have never seen that many variations of fish cakes together on the one plate, but that's not altogether a bad thing!

  3. Oh my gosh, I've been dying to go back for the pempek too! Ooh I love the new banner Betty!

  4. Omg I looooooooooove pempek. There is an awesome place in Perth that does them and I've been craving some like mad - thank you so much for this post!!

  5. Love the new look blog! I remember this place on our tour - those fish cakes so so scrumptiously soft and chewy

  6. So many types of fish cake!

    Loving the new look Betty!

    Rose - where? where??

  7. Love the new banner! It's been so long since I've had Indonesian food but I love it - I'm gonna have to go and check out all of Anzac Parade's Indonesian stores for my fix :)

  8. Diggin the new stylins...esp the header! Nice.

    The fish cake with egg looks so good, what a great combo. When it comes to indonesian, I'm obessed with ayam bakar.

  9. YAY you went back! I'm so glad that you liked it. Hehe the idea of fish skins puts some people off but they'd be missing out on the goodness of Pempek! :D Love the new banner too! x

  10. I didn't know there was so many types of fish cake!! yum!

  11. Aww... after all of that, where was the pempek dessert? No fish ball ice cream or fish ball cake? :P

  12. If they have Tjendol.. try it, a wonderful drink/dessert made with coconut milk and I think pandan jelly (not sure) and some caramel......

  13. Love your new blog layout!! So fresh and cute :) I love pempek but have yet to try any in Sydney. Glad to know about this place. Will definitely visit soon.

  14. i don't think i've ever tried any indonesian food and after reading this post, i think i'll make my way to pempek!

  15. Hi Mademoiselle délicieuse: It's pretty awesome, definitely not a bad thing!

    Hi Steph: I had been thinking about it for so long! Very glad I went back, you should make the trek back as well! Thanks Steph:)

    Hi Forager: Thank you! Yes, so yummy and the sweet sauce mmm..!

    Hi Conor: I know, I never even knew that so many existed! Hehe. Thank you! Oh, I don't know where Rose's comment went... somewhere in blogosphere spaceland!

    Hi Adrian: Thank you thank you! It was great, but after a few bites, it got a bit too much, so I'd recommmend to get the eggless ones (even though I love eggs!)

    Hi Lorraine: Thanks for taking us there! Totally, those fish skins were so delicious :) Thank you! x

    Hi Iron Chef Shellie: I didn't know either until we came here! :)

    Hi Simon: Haha.. Maybe you should become their new menu consultant?!! Not sure if I'd want to try fish ball ice cream... actually I probably would ;)

    Hi Ellie: Thank you Ellie :) Yes, this place certainly offers a lot of varieties.

    Hi Panda: Yep, you definitely should! Anywhere along Kingsford is pretty good for Indo food ;)


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