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Indonesian Festival - Report

Han Lukito | Jun 8, 200304:10 PM

Just got back from the festival. We got there late around 10:30 and missed Peter Yee and his son Andrew whom we met as they were leaving. Some of the good findings:

Gudeg complete set: stewed jackfruit in chicken coconut broth, ayam opor (chicken in coconut broth), krecek (very soft pork skin in spicy broth). This is simply AWESOME. The most unique dish and clear winner in the festival. All ingredients shined and tasted as authentic as in Indonesia. This alone makes the trip worthwhile. $7.00

Risoles: bad versions abound in this festival as many vendorw were selling. You want to press it (with napkin) and feel the softness. One vendor had too thick skin and the filling is not ragout. Another vendor had decent version. None are excellent that I found. $1.50

Kroket ragout: made mostly of beef instead of potato and excellent tasting. $1.50

Lemper: one vendor had it right. Moist and tasty rice with slightly sweet and tasty chicken fillings. Another vendor was truly awful. $1.50 each

There were many vendors selling complete set of nasi rames (combo), nasi kuning (yellow rice) and lontong cap go-meh (rice cubes with various side dishes).

Others that we bought that was not outstanding: kue lapis, es cendol and kue lopis. I clearly missed some of the previous vendors that I enjoyed very much. The booth is more expensive when it's held outside. I also saw Bamboo Village, the restaurant in Geary, who had a booth.

Good music, a live band, jumping inflatables for kids in a nice outside setting. Plenty of tables under the shade. This is a very nice outside festival - probably the best I have attended with many things going on. By 11:30, the place was quite full and you have to line up for at least 10 minutes or so to buy the good stuff. Some of these booths were clearly rolling in the dough.

Any others came ?

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