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Indonesian-Dutch Bazaar in San Jose Report

brian j | Jun 12, 200602:05 PM

Got up early on Sunday and drove down to San Jose to check out the Indonesian-Dutch Bazaar at Napradek Hall. Cost $3/pp to get in. Grabbed multiple krokets from the first vendor as soon as we got there. There were beef and chicken krokets, as well as a sticky rice balls (shaped like a kroket) filled with ground chicken. These were interesting and tasted refreshingly of ginger. One of the best beef krokets I had was heavily flavored with cloves.

After getting some krokets in our bellies we decided to check out all the other offerings. There were around 8-10 food vendors. Some just selling small items like krokets and eggrolls, while others with full on Indonesian combo plates. We soon noticed that two of the vendors had the longest lines. I figured these people knew something I didn't so we split up and each of us got on one long line to see what we could score. When I got to the front of the line I was on I wasn't that impressed with what I saw. They were heaping large servings of Gado Gado, a cabbage and spinach salad with peanut sauce dressing, along with some premade chicken satay skewers. I decided against the combo and just grabbed another kroket.

Met up with Dana in the longer line (for Arthur's, I think). She had made friends with an older Dutch couple who were giving her advice on what to order. Finally made it to the front of the line and ordered a combo ($8) with some braised beef, yellow rice, egg, & tofu curry. Tried to tell the chef we were just interested in the beef and rice, but he didn't understand and just dumped everything on the plate. The braised beef was delicious and shreddy. Unfortunately we were only given one small chunk. The yellow rice had some peanuts and crispy shallots on top which was a nice sweet touch.

Lastly we decided to grab some satays. I couldn't find any pork satay anywhere, which was dissapointing, so we settled for chicken. There was only one vendor making fresh satays, so their's seemed like the most logical choice. There was no line for this booth, but probably because the big line for Arthur's was obscuring it. Ordered chicken satay (4 skewers for $7) and waited 10-15 mins while they were being prepared on a charcoal grill back behind the vendor. These were pretty good satay skewers. Nice peanut sauce and the chili sauce seemed homemade. Still, though, these were just satay skewers and not mind-blowing. But was quite enjoyable to sit out on the lawn in the hot sun and nibble on these while people watching.

Overall it was an interesting experience and a good time. None of the food was insanely good, but I was happy to have an opportunity to sample all the various krokets.

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