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Bamboo Village Indonesian -- seems better

Millicent | Mar 3, 200312:39 PM

Not that it was bad before, but for some reason I can't attribute to any particular element of the meal, our dinner Saturday night seemed a lot better than our previous dinner here last summer. I just checked my post about the earlier visit, and apparently I was too lazy to describe exactly what we ate. So, it could be that we ordered better this time, and that made the difference.

Anyway, we started with the ketoprak, a salad of fine rice noodles, bean sprouts, rice cakes, and fried tofu in a peanut dressing and garnished with thin something chips (not shrimp chips, something vegetable based -- good and crispy). The dressing had a nice tang of something sour, maybe tamarind, as well as garlic. The rice cakes were dense and crumbly, as opposed to very dense and chewy like mochi.

For our main course, we had two dishes. The kangkung cah terasi was described as water spinach with shrimp paste. The greens were sauteed and had an interesting and good flavor that was not particularly fishy. The server asked if we'd had shrimp paste before, so this may put some people off. We also had the nasi hai nam komplit, which was garlic and ginger chicken that came in four components. The chicken breast was sliced and lightly sauced with an oil and soy (?) sauce mixture and topped with shredded ginger and garlic. We also got a bowl of chicken broth, a mound of really delicious garlic rice made with chicken broth, and chili sauce on the side. Although we weren't sure how to combine the elements, all were very good with fresh, subtle flavors. The only problem was that the chicken breast was somewhat overcooked, but putting it in the broth before eating it helped.

Our bill with the three dishes and a pot of ginger tea (absolutely delicious - highly recommended) came to about $38. Bamboo Village is on Geary, between Cook and Blake, across the street from the Bridge Theater.

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