For lovers of Indonesian food, the red-letter days on this summer's calendar are the food bazaars at the Masjid Al-Hikmah mosque in Astoria, Queens. They'll take place on Sunday afternoons every month or so, and Chowhounds consider them don't-miss opportunities to experience Indonesian cuisine and hospitality.
Expect home cooking, the kind rarely found in New York's Indonesian restaurants. "I felt like I was at an Asian rural market and went crazy," says astoriafoodie, who checked out this month's event and took home a feast of vegetable fritters, fried chicken, beef satay with peanut sauce, anchovy-tempeh salad, noodle soup with meatballs, and banana and sesame sweets, among other things—all delicious. For Polecat, the standouts were shrimp curry with rice and sweet, cold, bright green es cendol, "like something you'd see being consumed on the original 'Star Trek.'" DaveCook shares an amazingly tempting slideshow at his invaluable blog.
The mood is mellow and the folks friendly and welcoming. "Good food, good vibe, beautiful day," as Polecat sums it up.
Masjid Al-Hikmah [Astoria]
48-01 31st Avenue (at 48th Street), Astoria, Queens
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