Right after our Jai Yun lunch with 26 chowhounds, we(my wife and I) went to the Indonesian Festivals. But we were a little slow getting there and arrived at 4 pm. I was warned about this event late and ill prepared.
There were 4 or 5 stalls that served Indonesian food. But most already ran out of the good stuff by the time I got there.
At the JAKARTA stall, I was able to buy the LEMPER which is tasty glutinous rice in the shape of cylinder with spiced chicken inside. I enjoyed this very much and ate all three of them.
Also bought the REMPEYEK which is fritters with little fishes (like anchovies). This is just OK. Not as tasty as I anticipated. It's missing the nuts.
At another stall, I bought the BAKMI GORENG with satay and eggrolls were just OK. The BAKMI is pan fried noodles with veggies and bits of meat. The satay is not Indonesian style at all. Big pieces of chicken slathered in western style sauce instead of the Indonesian peanut sauce or sweet soy sauce.
It is obviously a far cry short of the glorious Indonesian Bazaar organized by the dutch-indo in San Jose earlier this year which was also attended by a good number of chowhounds. There were many more vendors and a lot more choices and varieties. Plus it's cheaper and far better in quality. I suspect the one in SF did not allow home cooks to sell food and only allow restaurant professionals with license.
However, this festival in SF had more traditional/Indonesian festitivites such as dances, fashion shows and gifts.
Most shops were closed by 5 pm which is earlier than official closing time. Since there is not too many of these kinds of events - I am still thankful for it. Love the LEMPERS. I can eat those all day if not restrained.