I come bearing bad news to those who love Indonesian food.
The weekly, Saturday morning gathering of Indonesian food vendors at the Duarte Inn (called Pondok Kaki Lima) is facing the same fate as Wat Thai Temple's weekend food festival.
Last week, The State shut them down, raided the houses of the sellers. The rumor is that they were singled out not because of complaints from neighbors or the city (in fact, the mayor of Duarte comes to eat there often), but due to complaints from someone who didn't like the competition.
What a sad, sad turn of events for a place that served great food and created a mini-economy within L.A.'s Indonesian community, whom aren't numerous enough to have neighborhood enclaves like the Thais or the Filipinos.
With this, the trend is disturbingly obvious: Street food in L.A. is on its way to becoming extinct. First, Wat Thai, then taco trucks, and those bacon-hot dog carts. Now Pondok Kaki Lima.
I'm sighing with disappointment as I type this.
Here's a post on how it used to be: