Like Arcadia, Monterey Park, and Rosemead, Temple City usually draws Angelenos to the SGV for Chinese food. But one Chowhound recently discovered another reason to visit: Banana Leaf, a simple Indonesian café with a not-so-simple menu.
Will Owen has ordered a number of dishes, including some he’s never had before: beef rendang, fried smashed chicken, a pile of red chile paste, rice wrapped in banana leaf, fried peanuts with anchovies, and egg balado, whole boiled eggs with red chile paste (pictured). The iced rose-petal drink goes well with the food, refreshing the palate between bites of rich, fiery, and sweet food. The staff is nice, and the prices make it a real bargain: Will Owen's tab for two, before tip, was less than $20.
Banana Leaf [San Gabriel Valley]
5835 Temple City Boulevard, Temple City
Photo from Banana Leaf / Facebook