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Chowdown at Padi in San Leandro


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Chowdown at Padi in San Leandro | | Apr 19, 2014 05:57 PM

Five hounds gathered for brunch at Padi Indonesian restaurant in San Leandro.

After determining there is no longer a special weekend noodle menu, but with recommendations from the chef, we ordered from the regular menu (plus the porridge, which isn't on any menu, or the pictures of dishes above the cash register, but is, I believe, a weekend special).

Bubur Ayam Jakarta (chicken porridge)
Pempek Palembang (fried fishcake (with an egg inside))
Tumis Buncis (stir fried green beens and tempeh)
Laksa Melayu (coconut curry noodle soup)
Mie Ayam Padi (chicken noodle soup)
Ayam Penyet (smashed, fried chicken with sambal)
Sayur Nangka (jackfruit green curry)
Nasi Uduk (coconut rice)
Black rice with coconut milk desert

I was very satisfied with this brunch, even with the extreme fullness that comes from eating a few too many more spoonfuls of my favorite dishes. The only dish that was spicy was the sambal on the ayam penyet. It seems like this kitchen does a great job with subtler dishes. The chicken stock was full bodied and tasty--my favorite dish was the mie ayam padi, the chicken noodle soup that came with plenty of mushrooms, chicken bits, noodles, and fried wonton skins, with broth to pour over. The jackfruit curry was mild, coconutty, and the sort of thing I could eat for lunch frequently. I wasn't as excited about the laksa, which had a (different) mild coconut curry. The thin rice noodles (we were asked if we wanted thick, wheat noodles or the rice noodles) absorbed most of the broth and was dominated by the tofu puffs and small shrimp, which when combined with the coconut-based soup is just a much sweeter profile than I like, though I know a lot of my friends would love it.

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