There will be tons of authentic Indonesian food (and some dutch) that are of excellent/highest quality. All kinds of soups and snacks, satays, etc, etc. This is 100x better than going to Indonesian restaurants where you get to eat and taste a few dishes. All the dishes are on displays. The desserts and snacks were outstanding last time I went. The huge hall will be filled with vendors usually a homemaker (a mother) that do this for fun. Several stalls may offer the same types of food. So I recommend to walk around first and note the better/more appetizing vendors before making your selection. Prices are very reasonable. But I must warn you that it is very easy to overspend because the food are so good. Last time, I spent over $50 and brought home lots of goodies. It was a blast.
I think this is a must for all you chowhounds who like asian food. Indonesian food done well are absolute delight. You may get hooked for the rest of your lives.
Bring as many of your friends so you can try the various dishes. I recommend to arrive early so you can get some seats otherwise you will be eating standing.
Some of the dishes to try:
RENDANG (beef in coconut based spices)
SOTO BETAWI and whatever SOTOS looks good (SOTOS are basically soups - SOTO BETAWI is a coconut based broth with special spices)
SATAYS (beef and pork) - must try the pork satays.
LEMPER (glutinous rice with spiced chicken inside)
RISOLES (similar concept to eggroll but 10x better)
KROKET (fried ball/oval shaped mashed potatoes with meat and veg filling)
LAPIS LEGIT (layered butter cake -may have to buy the whole pie $20-30)
LAPIS SURABAYA (layered cake/multicolor)
And if you're lucky, you will find the more exotic dishes.
Here is the event detail:
Name of event: PASAR MALAM
Place: Napredak Hall
770 Montegue Expressway
San Jose, CA
I will be there at 9 am sharp and wearing a black chowhound t-shirt.