10815 Beechnut @ Wilcrest
UPDATE 8/2015: THE RESTAURANT NO LONGER SERVES CHINESE FOOD.
I am indebted to Zain Mohammed for introducing me to this one. Zain is a UH student who blogs about Halal places; he tipped me off to his blog recently and when I read his review of this place I headed right over. The restaurant has been in existence for around a year and a half but I just haven't been paying much attention to the restaurant scene and I had not heard of it.
I went back for another visit really craving some more of the Nasi Goreng but once I started looking over the menu again, I realized there were so many things I wanted to try it would be foolish to start picking favorites now. I wound up with an Indonesian 'meat 'n 3' dish, Nasi Padang Rendang. This had been recommended by one of the staff and the description on the menu sounded fantastic but the picture hadn't really appealed to me (there are pictures on the wall of many of the dishes). It exceeded my expectations considerably. It was a portion of tender beef rendang, cooked in coconut milk with spices, rice, of course, a vegetable curry with some variety of green bean, cabbage and jackfruit, a hard boiled egg in a spicy sauce and an anchovy sauce at 9 o'clock.
My only disappointment so far has been Tongseng, a lamb stew that I ordered on a day when I wasn't feeling very well and thought a hearty stew would be just the thing. Nothing really stood out about the dish and it got rather monotonous by the time I finished it. But clearly there are many more things on the menu here to try.
The restaurant is open 7 days a week and also serves Halal Chinese food except on Mondays.
Mama Yu is a great addition to our international food scene.
I see the Facebook pages say they take orders for Tumpeng, just this year declared the official national dish of Indonesia by the Ministry of Tourism.