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Report: Indonesian Bazaar in San Jose Nov 16 '03

Han Lukito | Nov 16, 200303:39 PM

Happy to report that this is one of the most memorable Indo bazaar - it is one of the best IMO. Myself, Lambert, Karen and our spouses went and stuff ourselves with all kinds of things. You guys who missed this event missed a lot of chow.

Gudeg set: complete set with jackfruit stew, chicken, pork skin stew is just delicious.

Satays with peanut dressed salads (gado2) is decent.

Lempers, risoles and krokets: we got several types but it's not as good as last year's offerings.

Soto betawi is quite tasty although better if it was warm.

Spiced shrimps in banana leaf is great. Good aromatic spices, spicy.

Another tofu pepes in banana leaf is excellent. Taste like the most tender fish but it's actually tofu. Good spices inside too.

Marinated tofu (bacem) and tempeh is nice.

Desserts: centik manis is seldom seen dessert and this version lacks the coconut taste and moistness of the real thing. A small green ball coated with coconut gratings with brown sweet sauce inside is good.

Empek palembang: chewy fish cake with egg inside, the whole thing is fried and sliced into chunks. A slightly sweet garlicky-spicy-liquidy sauce is provided. Not bad but could be a lot better.

We ordered more items but I got tired writing it down. It was incredible variety of food that were shared together. This is one memorable chow for me. And the thing was that we did not even try 50% of the stuff that was there. One caveat is that many vendors offered same types of food but obviously quality varies greatly. Some are clearly head and shoulder above the rest. Nothing in the Bay Area that I know matches the sheer variety and abundance when it comes to Indonesian food - not even close. And it gets bigger every year it seems. WOW !

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