This place was mobbed with Indonesians from all over Bay Area and the smaller space (compared to San Jose) did not help either. The food was also not as plentiful as San Jose.
Some interesting findings:
-Bandeng Presto: this is a type of probably milk fish cooked in pressure (similar in texture to the canned sardines) until all the bones and flesh are edible and infused with many kinds of spices. It is much better than sardine and if you appreciate the spices, this is indeed a gem of a dish. The sambal is of excellent quality and test.
-Empek palembang is a type of fish cake with maybe slightly different cooking method and spices. It came with the sweet and spicy vinegar. Excellent quality
-I also got the bakcang (sticky rice) wrapped in banana leaf and filled with meats.
I saw many other things there but were overcame with the crowd and also meeting lots of old friends.
Any others ?
There is another one next week in San Jose which I will post shortly. Much more food offerings and much larger space that can handle those crowds with great ease. Quality comparison: both has special things that are unique so it's hard to say. If you are an adventurous kind who does not mind seeking and make a strong effort to find unusual Asian goodies, well this is the place. But do not expect relaxing atmosphere at the SF place - it is like being in a crowded Asian market.
It was held inside a Catholic church hall on Eucalyptus St close to Lowell High School and all kinds of people and non Catholic Indonesians goes there to buy and sell.
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