Jakarta Corner, Super 88 Foodcourt, Allston
Nice beef rendang -- good beefy stock base. Mellow spicing, a shade lighter than Spice King. Beef's very tender, fairly generous portion. Very soft white rice/nasi puteh, cooked to tender Indonesian standards and topped with caramelized shallots and more gravy from the rendang. Side of cucumber pickles and a vegetable (cabbage) fritter. Spice King gets a slight edge for their yellow rice and slightly more intense spicing, but overall this is a satisfying dish that's a better value (~15% less pricewise).
Es cendol is a palm sugar & coconut milk dessert/drink with little short noodley strips made from mung bean flour coloured green. Heavy use of palm sugar here, somewhat too sweet, but unmistakably aromatic. the mung bean strips are too hard, should be slippry and soft.
Worth checking out and trying other dishes to see how good they are overall. take out menu claims that they rotate dishes every week.
There's a Turkish market across the street from the super 88 foodcourt. Small, a decent mix of Turkish groceries. Baklava (imported from Turkey) was not up to par. Filo layers logged with too much syrup. Pistacchio could be more prominent, a bit of an oily finish.