First and foremost, many thanks to the 'hounds who first posted info about this fantastic event. I always feel gulity about not giving feedback and though I don't have much time to post in a well-hought out fashion, I'll do my best.
We braved the scorching heat yesterday and brought our cousins and six year old to this event. Such a great move. The lovely vendors could not have been warmer or more inviting and were so proud to show off their specialties. We spent about $70 between the five us and basicaly tasted everything. AndI mean EVERYTHING. We sat under the tents with Indonesians who told us about the subtle differences between each vendor's offerings and translated many things for us.
The chicken satay at the second stall to the immediate right was off the charts. The blocks of satay paste that they sold ended up being in my Top Five Culinary pucrhases of the year. Just boil them up with water, chill, and VOILA a perfect satay sauce emerges. Yum. Sorry I only bought two.
The first stall to the left had fantastic fried tofu stuffed with sprouts and carrots ( better than the seemingly identical ones sold on the other side) and rectagular dumpling-skins stuffed with beef and scallions. and pan fried. Reminded me of samsa. The noodle and fish ball soup was delish as was the Chedol. We bought a refreshing spicy fruit salad from the second vendor on the right ( my fave vendor...three adorable women) that was a surprise treat. And some sort of green rice paste covered banana from the back in a coconut sauce. The sweets all looked so interesting. Most were rice based. There was one that appeared to be a congee almost with little rice balls within upon which was topped yet more thick rice paste, this time mustardy in color and resembling fruit chunkst. No clue but people were buying littte contaiers of it like it was going out of style. Also a black rice version.
The chili chicken and the kale cooked in coconut milk were delish as was a big plate of room temperature watercress doused with peanut sauce that my husband had bought.
The whole experience was delightful. I was sad that this was the last one of the year. When I voiced this to the woman form the second stall she told me that the Indonesian Christians would be having one next Saturday the 24th at a church in Woodside. She said it would be much smaller, but that the food would be "the best."
Hard to imagine any better than this!
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