Indonesian Home Cooking This Weekend in Astoria

It's getting warm out, which means it's the season for Indonesian chow alfresco. Masjid al-Hikmah, an Indonesian mosque in Queens, will hold its first food bazaar of the year this Sunday, April 22, DaveCook reports.

These events, which draw crowds of hungry hounds several times a year to the parking lot behind the mosque, showcase the kind of home cooking that's rarely found in New York's Indonesian restaurants. geckoFeet goes for bakso (meatballs) in noodle soup, gado-gado (vegetables in made-to-order peanut sauce), rujak (fruit salad with sweet-spicy dressing), and sweet, cooling es cendol (a coconut-based drink with wormlike bits of rice-flour jelly), among other things.

DaveCook recommends arriving by noon to beat the crowds and enjoy a larger selection of freshly prepared food. This Sunday, unfortunately, rain is in the forecast. "It does rain in Indonesia," geckoFeet notes, "but this bit of authenticity is rather unwelcome."

Masjid al-Hikmah [Astoria]
48-01 31st Avenue (at 48th Street), Astoria, Queens
718-721-8881

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