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Indonesia restaurant (Philadelphia) and Chinese pastry

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Indonesia restaurant (Philadelphia) and Chinese pastry

David Bresch | Sep 27, 2003 08:28 PM

I ate at Indonesia on Race in Chinatown. The atmosphere is 20th century "kitsch" but the food tasted reasonably authentic. The dishes resembled Malaysian food (as well they should).

I have never read a history of the Chinese-American pastry. They have a style all their own and I imagined they evolved in NYC's Chinatown but that is no better than a guess. They are very light, not very rich in flavor, and always made to imitate a well-known Western confection. Can anyone enlighten me as to their history?

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