We love celebrating Southeast Asian cuisine and culture at P’Nut and so this August we are commemorating Indonesia’s Independence. We’ve partnered with the Indonesian Consulate to offer delicious special dishes and festivities across all 11 P’Nut restaurants from August 17 – August 31.
Hari Kemerdekaan, meaning the 17th in Indonesian, is celebrated every year on the 17th of August and is the day Indonesia gained its independence from the Netherlands, back in 1945, after over 350 years of Dutch ruling. During Hari Kemerdekaann, people in Indonesia take to the streets, literally. They hold military parades, flag ceremonies, and lots of competitions, such as pole climbing, sack races and rice cracker eating competitions, to name a few. In between all the activities and games, people enjoy their day with loved over a table full of food, sharing their love for the red and white. We want to honour Indonesia by taking you back to the streets of Bali this month, serving up Indonesia’s favourites.
Our chefs have come up with five bold, special dishes – Char Kway Teow, IFC (Indonesian Fried Chicken), Gado Gado Salad (Poke-Style), (Very) Nasi Goreng and Mee Goreng that guests can try this month. They are absolutely irresistible and do Indonesia proud, featuring garlic-infused kecap manis, satay and sambal, flavours Indonesia is renowned for.
The official Independence Day activities kick off at Maroubra Park at 10am. The Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in Sydney, Heru Subolo, will conduct a flag ceremony in the park. After the ceremony, you can continue your celebrations at all 11 P’Nut locations across Sydney, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, where we will have two weeks of festivities and fun.
$5 Bintang – Beer Of Indonesia
We will have $5 Bintangs, the beer of Indonesia, at all licensed P’Nut restaurants, including five restaurants in Sydney (P’Nut Balmain, P’Nut Dee Why, P’Nut Norwest, P’Nut at The Rocks and P’Nut Zetland), all P’Nut restaurants in Brisbane (P’Nut Bulimba, P’Nut Southbank, and P’Nut Windsor Homezone) and P’Nut on the Sunshine Coast in Buddina (P’Nut Kawana). The $5 beer deal will start on the 17th and will continue until the end of the month. For our unlicensed restaurants in Sydney (P’Nut Sydney Olympic Park and P’Nut Rouse Hill) we will be offering Drinho Asian Drinks or Coconut Juice.
Chef Nut is introducing new Indonesian dishes, for a very limited time. Just for two weeks, you can try Indonesian Fried Chicken, Char Kway Teow and Gado Gado Salad, along with our menu fixtures of Mee Goreng and Nasi Goreng. To give you the most authentic aromatic experience, each Indonesian dish will be served up on a banana leaf.
NEW Dishes Just for Indonesian Independence Day – In All P’Nut Restaurants Starting on the 17th
Indonesian Fried Chicken (IFC)
You may have tried the colonel’s recipe, now try Chef Nut’s. Our cage free chicken is seasoned with a special blend of herbs and spices and then deep fried to golden perfection. We don’t just stop there, our IFC is then coated with our made-from-scratch satay sauce and topped with home-made sambal. Served with Jasmine rice.
Char Kway Teow:
A dish we bring back for every Indonesian Independence Day celebration and with a name that literally means ‘stir-fried rice cake strips.’ We wok toss flat rice sheet noodles with our garlic infused kecap manis, free range eggs and fresh vegetables. This popular favourite is a delicious mixture of sweet and savoury and a must try if you love the smoky flavours of the wok.
Gado Gado Salad (Poke Style)
Another dish with a literal meaning, Gado means ‘mix,’ so the name translates to ‘mix mix,’ this salad is Nut’s take on the popular dish. We steam fresh vegetables and then mix it with our made-from-scratch satay sauce and serve it on a bed of hokkien noodles along with a half-boiled egg. If you love our Poke Poke Salad, this salad is a must try.
Our 2 chillies rated dish and Indonesia’s national dish gets its heat from our made-from-scratch sambal, which is balanced against the sweetness of recap manis. The fried rice is wok tossed with a free range egg and served with cool cucumbers on the side for a refreshing bite. A must try if you love fried rice.
Another Indonesian favourite with 2 chillies rating. Using our made-from-scratch sambal made from wok-fried red shallots, tomatoes and chillies crushed with coarse anchovies. We wok toss the spicy paste against the sweet kecap manis along with a free range egg, hokkien noodles and vegetables. A must try if you enjoy a bit of heat.
All P’Nut restaurants will be serving up these three new delicious Indonesian dishes from the 17th until the 31st of August, so you only have two weeks to try them. We are also having a special event on the 25th of August which will make your stomach happy and your wallet happy.
Wings And Beer Bargain – Sunday 25th August
We know Aussies love a good wing deal and a cold beer Bintang and fried chicken, so we’ve created an Indonesian twist on combination by serving up Indonesian Fried Chicken (IFC) wings for 10c with $5 Bintangs. On Sunday, the 25th of August from 12pm to 8pm,you can get 10c wings when you purchase a $5 Bingtangs from licensed P’Nut restaurants or Drinho Asian Drinks/ Coconut Juice from P’Nut Rouse Hill and P’Nut Olympic Park. This event will be at all 11 P’Nut restaurants, dine in only, so be sure to mark it down in your calendars. You do not want to miss out on these 10c wings.
Come celebrate Indonesia with P’Nut, and relive your favourite Asian holiday. Be transported back to the streets of Bali with any of our Indonesian dishes and pair it with a nice cold Bintang and you may just feel like you’re on the beach of Kuta. We look forward to seeing you all our P’Nut restaurant across Sydney (Balmain, Dee Why, Norwest, Sydney Olympic Park, The Rocks, Rouse Hill, and Zetland), Brisbane (Bulimba, Southbank, and Windsor Homezone), and the Sunshine Coast (Buddina).
More About Indonesia & Australia
This year also marks the 70th anniversary of Indonesia and Australia bilateral relations. Both countries have been working closely on a range of common strategic interests in bilateral, regional and global fora. The signing of Indonesia Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) March this year reflects a deeper level of engagement in the already long-established economic relations between the two countries. Currently, there are more than 40,000 Indonesian living in NSW, Queensland and South Australia.