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Indo Cafe at Old Sacramento - Great Indonesian

Han Lukito | Jan 26, 2004 03:34 PM

On the way home to Hayward from Lake Tahoe, we stopped by at Indo Cafe. This was our 2nd time and the dishes we chose were all great choices and shows that the kitchen is capable of turning out great Indonesian food. I am Indonesian and I consider this place a gem in my book. It is located in the Old Sacramento where many shops abound. It is a tiny little place with maybe 4 or so small tables.

We started off with the risoles which is soft crepe with ragout fillings and dusted with fine bread crumbs. This is what risoles should taste. The fillings are soft with tasty chicken and that ragout paste.

Egg Fu Yung here is superb. It is a chinese dish that is loved by many Indonesians and this place makes it really delicious. The eggs has bits of shrimps and somehow the ingredients created that sublime culinary delights that one can only find at a certain unique place. The only drawback is the sauce which is too sweet IMO but with that excellent egg fu yung, nothing else matters.

Tahu Telor is another egg dish mixed with tofus, bean sprouts, julienned vegs, crackers and a pungent sauce(shrimp paste) that may not delight everyone but in my book this dish is another example of culinary masterpiece. Slightly spicy.

Nasi Rames is a mix of different things. The beef rendang is excellent, nice spices and heat, very tender beef. For the satays we choose pork satays: tender and tasty. A mound of pickled vegs are also good complements. Goof amount of rice is provided. Great dish and execution.

Gulai Kambing is a curry based soup with chinks of tender lamb. The soup is not thin and has lots of things going on and you can really taste the curry, coconut, etc. It is awesome !

At the end we ordered Es Cendol, a coconut based drinks with green coloured jelly beans and brown sugar syrup.

I urge people to try this place out but don't deviate too much from what I have tasted unless the lady owner tells you otherwise. Tell her that you want authentic Indonesian cooking. Many of the dishes we had were not in English language or even offered in the menu.

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