Secret Bornean Menu Hidden in a Chippie

Here's a hot tip from cant talk…eating: Hidden inside a tiny store called Little London Fish & Chips is a secret menu of Bornean food—specifically, food from Kalimantan, the southern half of Borneo.

What we have here is a fish and chips joint where the guy running the show has decided to try out dishes from Kalimantan to see if the local Kalimantan community will bite. There are some classic Indonesian dishes, like nasi goreng and Indonesian fried chicken.

The shop does rujak, which is hard to find in Los Angeles, says keepon. Sweet potato, cucumber, and other vegetables are topped with shrimp paste and peanut sauce. keepon found the shrimp paste a little overpowering, but keepon's significant other pronounced the dish very authentic.

Little London's nasi campur is completely different from the typical Indonesian version, says keepon. Here, it's Chinese-ish sausage, roasted pork, and fried chicken on top of rice. You pour broth over the lot and mix the whole thing up. "Overall, this is a very authentic, home cooked version of Kalimantan food, but whether it will appeal to your palate or not—you have to give it a try and decide for yourself," says keepon.

Little London Fish & Chips [San Gabriel Valley]
19 S. Garfield Avenue, Alhambra
626-282-4477

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