I love Southeast Asian flavors. Fortunately for me, there’s a new foodie spot for Chinese-Indonesian cuisine in the eskinitas of Salcedo Village. Talking Tongues is owned and managed by (KK) Gertruida Nelwan, an Indonesian who decided to live in Manila.
This is one restaurant where Rache and I agree to disagree in our foodie assessment. I love it because of its spicy dishes (they appeal to the Bicolano in me) and unique flavor, but she hates it because she feels there is something missing in its ingredients, flavor or the way the food is cooked.
I’m not sure if this is just a guy or girl thing, but let me know your own assessment of Talking Tongues…
Talking Tongues’ (TT) address along 116 Leviste St, Salcedo Village is deceiving. You won’t see it along that main street. It is actually located at the back of the building along San Agustin Street. This area is famous for office foodie spots like Sinbad and other small restos.
I was surprised with the colorful interiors of TT — filled with Indonesian paintings and its rainbow-colored chairs.
Special Fried Rice with Chicken Satay, Fried Egg or Omelette and Prawn Crackers (P210). Nasi Goreng, Sate Ayam, Telur Goreng Dadar, Kerupuk Udang Acar.
This is the most popular dish — Nasi Goreng with 3 sticks of sate. Nasi Goreng is a bit similar to the Bagoong Rice in Thai restos, which has a sweet taste and different chunks of meat. The serving size is good to share for two people.
Vegetable Salad with Peanut Sauce (P180). Gado-Gado.
I love this salad with its sweet and spicy peanut sauce. I prefer to eat it on top of a cracker.
What sets this satay apart is its peanut sauce made from Java Sauce (think Aristocrat) with Peanuts.
Fried Kwee Tiauw with Seafood (P222) Kwee Tiaw Ayam atau Seafood.
You’ll see a noticeable similarity between Pad Thai and Kwee Tiauw. It is slightly oily (as expected) because it is fried. A bit spicy and sweet, too, just the way I like it.
Extra Special Beef Rendang – 4 pcs (P288). Rendang Padang.
The beef is a bit dry, with beef crumbs covering it. I’m not sure what authentic Beef Rendang tastes like, so let me know if this is really how it is supposed to look and taste.
That day, we met up with Marge (seen here with Rache and Aidan), the sole distributor of Sigg in the Philippines. I’m still waiting for my wife to post her take on Talking Tongues. I’ll link it up so that you can have two opposing perspectives on this restaurant.