Under the name Organic Chicken Rice, the former chef of the now-shuttered Kopitiam is making Singaporean specialties for delivery on Thursdays to the East Bay communities of Berkeley, Orinda, Lafayette, Walnut Creek, Danville, and San Ramon. Chicken rice isn’t quite as good as it was in the restaurant, but it does come to your door, complete with soup and a choice of vegetable, says jmarek.
But even better is the beef rendang, which wasn’t available at Kopitiam. It’s “spicy, complex, and richly coconut-y,” jmarek says, with perfectly tender beef that reheats like a dream. “This is certainly the best delivery food in the history of Lafayette!”
For another take on rendang, check out Indonesian restaurant Jayakarta, where it’s “stringy and chewy but not tough, with a dark, very tasty and mildly spicy sauce,” says charliemyboy.
And Borobudur, another Indonesian restaurant, has a broad menu. Start with a selection of vegetable appetizers with fresh-tasting sauces, and move on to mie tek tek goreng, a spicy noodle stir-fry with egg, vegetables, and chicken. For dessert, try the roti prata manis: wedges of paratha with layers of grated cheddar, chopped nuts, chocolate sprinkles, and sweetened condensed milk. “Strangely addictive,” says Cynsa. Of course, the regular roti prata, just the bread with curry dipping sauce, is good too.
Organic Chicken Rice [East Bay]
No formal address
Jayakarta [East Bay]
2026 University Avenue, Berkeley
Borobudur Restaurant [Union Square]
700 Post Street, San Francisco