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Bornean food in Alhambra

cant talk...eating | Dec 4, 201012:14 PM     2

Driving up Garfield today, I noticed a hand-painted sign in the window of the tiny "Little London Fish & Chips" saying "Ramah makan Kalimantan". Can't remember ever seeing an advertisement for the food of Borneo before (Kalimantan = southern half of Borneo, part of Indonesia), so I did a U-turn and checked it out.

It's basically a guy from that state trying out about 10 dishes he brought with him from Kalimantan, which will be familiar to those who've had Malay food elsewhere. He pointed out some classic dishes, including this glazed grilled pork over rice with a fried egg, and a wide rice noodle soup with chicken. Also the usual nasi goreng, friend chicken, fish balls.

He spoke decent English, so don't worry about translating (they do have two menus - a burger/teriyaki bowl menu in English, and the Indo one). I asked why the sign wasn't in English (or at least Chinese) so potential customers who didn't happen to speak Malay might stop by, and he just smiled and said he was testing the menu out for now, with the Kalimantan community in town.

Anyway, get it while you can - I didn't have time to order and wait, but hope to actually try it out soon. The operation looked authentic, and he stressed that it was all homemade, fresh food.

Little London Cafe
19 S. Garfield Ave. #A
Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 282-4477 or 282-8881

He said everything's available for take out. Looks like they're open for lunch and dinner. Report back if you beat me to it!

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