Ive neglected to report on a visit we had to Padangjaya, a little Indonesian in Elmhurst a couple weeks ago. Very bare bones (unlike Upi Jaya),4 tables, formica, small space heater only source of heat (brr),friendly people, mostly takeout trade. Food was very simple but we liked what we had - They mainly feature "nasi rames" plates, with a large plateful of rice, a fried HB egg, cut up, a curried veg and a smallish portion of meat ($7). We had our plate with rendang and with dendeng, for an extra charge (a fried beef jerky). Liked the rendang better than the version at Upi jaya, it had a deep browned coconut flavor and was tender rather than chewy which we preferred. Dendeng didnt have a lot of flavor IMO but we liked it. The small spoonful of veg, coconut curry of jackfruit, I think was pretty good.
Oxtail soup, served with ($7) or without a big pate of rice was flavorful spicy beefy broth, Sate padang (6.50) was very good, tho the cornstarch thickening of the yellow sauce in which it was served was strange.
Desserts, from a local indonesian bakery were interesting and good.
Not the pleasant dining experience of Upi jaya, and a much shorter menu, but the chow was in the same range tastewise. I regret not having the panggang (marinated grilled chicken) at either place - has anyone tried this?
86-20 Whitney Ave, up the hill from Broadway.
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