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Indonesian Bazaar in SF today - report

Han Lukito | May 8, 2004 06:55 PM

This one is now probably the biggest one in Bay Area overtaking the large San Jose location in terms of size. And the place is much bigger than their small space previously. It is inside the county fair building between Licoln and 9th inside GG park. It is held several times a year.

Tons of rarely seen cakes like kue lapis, kue pepe, tape uli, good lempers, risoles, etc. Risoles that I had did not have the ragout filling and a bit on the dry side.

There were some not so good ones like the $3 zhong zhi/ba cang (sticky rice in banana leaf with meat fillings), a spicy fish dish, and some fried sio may (batagor). As a rule, don't buy fish at these events. One exception is the bandeng presto which is milkfish that is pressure cooked until all the bones are soft and edible- the whole thing is infused with many spices. It is inside a vacuum packed plastic bag and it is superb.

Prices also vary greatly even for the same items. One vendor is $3 and a few tables down is only $1. Not to mention qualities. Same problems as before. But good stuff are plentiful.

There were many empek-empek and some looked very good.

Another vendor had pork satays that were quite good. A bit sweet but not so much.

Prices are a bit on the high side if you don't buy at the right vendors. You can easily spend $50 for two persons here.

Many interesting dishes here for sure.

I wonder if anyone else went and share their findings ?

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