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Indonesian Food Bazaar this Sunday at the Mosque

This is the first one at the mosque this year. I won't be able to be there, alas; would appreciate any reports.

MASJID AL-HIKMAH
48-01 31st Ave. (at 48th St.), Astoria

Would seriously recommend people get there by 12; it tends to get crowded after that.

Have fun, and toss a kind thought my way if it occurs to you.

Sep 17, 2014
geckoFeet in Outer Boroughs

Next Indonesian Food Bazaar: Church not Mosque

Yup, that's what I heard. I mentioned this in a message that I can't find now, so maybe it disappeared. Sorry!

A couple of the ladies that cook for the mosque said that at least some of the mosque people will be there (although the ladies who told me that won't be there themselves; they have another event, as do I, so I won't be there either - would appreciate any reports). I think there's also a fashion show or something like that scheduled, which might be funny or tragic, but I have no eye for that sort of thing. The batiks should be pretty, at least.

City Blessing Church
38-2 61st St
Woodside

Directions here:
http://www.cityblessing.com/CBC/Home....

Remember that these things tend to run out of food, so getting there earlier is always a good idea.

Jun 15, 2014
geckoFeet in Outer Boroughs

Next Indonesian Food Bazaar: Church not Mosque

Half news - there's supposed to be a not-at-the-mosque bazaar on June 21, but it's not at the mosque (same people as formerly at the mosque), and I don't know the location yet. Jackson Heights somewhere.

Jun 01, 2014
geckoFeet in Outer Boroughs

Next Indonesian Food Bazaar: Church not Mosque

Yeah, we were there about 45 minutes before you and *just* missed the tripe fried rice, and by the time we left, a lot more of the food was running out

The vendors had signs up indicating where the food came from, or was typical, which was a nice feature. This was a much smaller deal than the mosque bazaar, though, and had a much greater proportion of non-Indonesians.

May 18, 2014
geckoFeet in Outer Boroughs

Next Indonesian Food Bazaar: Church not Mosque

Hi, one of the ladies who usually cooks for the mosque bazaar just told me that she thinks there will be the first one of the season on June 1, but she's not sure. (And she won't be available on June 1, so she might not have been paying much attention.)

I also asked one of the people who used to run it, but he's been busy with other things and isn't involved with it, or the mosque, the way he used to be.

I'll ask other people and report back if I find anything useful.

May 17, 2014
geckoFeet in Outer Boroughs

Next Indonesian Food Bazaar: Church not Mosque

Hey, everybody, the next Indonesian Food Bazaar that I know of will be this Sat., May 17th, in the auditorium of the First Presbyterian Church of Forest Hills, 70-35 112th St., Forest Hills (duh) NY.

The flyer says it's "organized by Indonesian Foodie & Goodie NYC."

It also says: "E, F, M, R, train to 71st Ave - Continental. Use north exits to Queens Blvd. Walk 2 blocks north along 71st Ave.

It also says 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm, but they may run out of food earlier than that.

It also says:

Featured vendors:
- Foodie and Goodie Home Cooks: rice platters with iconic Indonesian dishes and made-to-order specialities [sic]
- Nina Mae Kitchen: a variety of kue basah (traditional fresh munchies)
- Bilbingka-esk [?]: Filipino treats & dessert
- Burmese Home Cooks

It also says:

All proceeds from this event will go to Ranah Orphanage in Lampung, Indonesia.

That's all that it says.

There was a cooking class at the Indonesian Consulate last Saturday, (I didn't go to that, but to a music rehearsal afterward), and they had a large printed banner hung up; photo attached.

I asked about the wording, and a couple of people there thought for a few seconds and then said that it makes more sense in Indonesian. They suggested that it might have been a computer translation.

May 06, 2014
geckoFeet in Outer Boroughs

Post-Ramadan Indonesian Food Bazaar

Hi, I just asked one of the ladies and she says there's no date set yet. I'll let people know when I hear something, but if someone hears first, please post.

Happy spring, everybody!

Apr 12, 2014
geckoFeet in Outer Boroughs

Post-Ramadan Indonesian Food Bazaar

Yay! Next Sunday at the Indonesian mosque:

Masjid (Mosque) Al-Hikmah. Sunday, Sept. 15. Officially starts at 10:00; I try to get there between 11 and 12, since it gets crowded after that.

48-01 31st Ave
Astoria, NY 11103

Nearest subway: 46 St (R)

Sep 06, 2013
geckoFeet in Outer Boroughs
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Another June Indonesian Food Bazaar

Just found out about this:

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Bank Negara Indonesia is sponsoring a Food Bazaar on June 29 at 10 am- 5 pm at Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blv., Flushing NY 11354
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That's all I know about it. I won't be able to go, alas; would appreciate any reports.

Jun 25, 2013
geckoFeet in Outer Boroughs

June Indonesian Food Bazaar

Oh, blah, I didn't know the Javanese-Surinamese restaurant had closed. Never made it over there.

I got to the bazaar a little after 10; definitely recommend getting there then. Left around 11 when it was starting to get crowded. Stuff was obviously fresher than later in the day, plus the air was cleaner and things were more relaxed. Of course, it's a bit early to eat lunch then, but this is a challenge that I'm willing to take on.

Didn't try the new Warung Kario table, either; sounds like I should have. Well, something to look forward to.

Ramadan next month; July 10th (I think) to Aug 7th or so (dates are approximate), so no food bazaars then. That church that had its own food bazaar could take up the slack, although maybe I'm kind of missing the point....

Jun 24, 2013
geckoFeet in Outer Boroughs

June Indonesian Food Bazaar

Hey, just found out that the June Indonesian Food Bazaar at the mosque will be on Sunday, the 23rd.

Official start time is either 10 or 11, depending on whom you ask. The last couple have gotten very crowded by 12, so probably best to get there early. I'm not sure I'm going to be able to make this one, and would be interested in any reports.

Boilerplate:

Masjid Al-Hikmah
48-01 31st Ave
Astoria, NY 11103

Nearest subway: 46 St (R)

Jun 06, 2013
geckoFeet in Outer Boroughs
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Indonesian Food Bazaar on Sun, May 26

Boy, I'm glad I don't know your baby sister.

I got there about 11 today, and it was already kind of crowded. 1 of the things I wanted to try (serabi oncom) was already sold out.

Did some extenstive testing, and want to state, for the record, that the best sate is the table that's always in the southwest corner of the lot (up against the gate).

However, didn't try the sate from Warung Surabaya - they were in the center as you walk in. They're from Philly; don't also come to the bazaar, but when they do, the food is always excellent, and served with Indonesian cheerfulness (yay!) and efficiency (cough cough).

May 26, 2013
geckoFeet in Outer Boroughs

Indonesian Food Bazaar on Sun, May 26

Yup, rain or shine. It did rain once, I think two years ago, so we wound up eating in the car. This is impossible if you don't drive there, though. Many, probably most, of the Indonesians get things to take out, so the rain doesn't bother them as much (except for the getting wet part).

However, the forecast calls for sun, not rain so, with any luck, this won't be an issue.

May 24, 2013
geckoFeet in Outer Boroughs

Indonesian Food Bazaar on Sat, May 18

Huh. Thanks for the, um, is "heads up" the right expression?

May 17, 2013
geckoFeet in Outer Boroughs

Indonesian Food Bazaar on Sat, May 18

Hah - you won't get the pork dishes at the mosque or, I guess, any of the peranakan dishes (= Indonesian of Chinese descent). Just a warning that the Sate Padang at the mosque is all beef muscle, no tongue or offal, which it's supposed to be. At least one of the cooks will be the same as at the mosque, but I don't know what she'll be making.

Nice list!

May 17, 2013
geckoFeet in Outer Boroughs

Indonesian Food Bazaar on Sun, May 26

That was last month's. Is it better to post there? With a new thread, people don't have to subscribe to the old one in order to get the new date.

May 09, 2013
geckoFeet in Outer Boroughs

Indonesian Food Bazaar on Sun, May 26

This is the usual monthly shindig at the mosque. It was very crowded by noonish last month; I'm going to try and get there earlier. Official start time is 11, but some people say there's stuff available by 10, but I don't know.

Masjid Al-Hikmah
48-01 31st Ave
Astoria, NY 11103

Nearest subway: 46 St (R)

May 09, 2013
geckoFeet in Outer Boroughs

Indonesian Food Bazaar on Sat, May 18

Just got word of an Indonesian Food Bazaar at a church in Forest Hills on May 18 from 12 to 3. Don't know any more about it than that. This is not the monthly food bazaar at the mosque, obviously. The flyer has pretty pictures: http://dustyfeet.com/Indonesian_Food_...

Apr 30, 2013
geckoFeet in Outer Boroughs

Indonesian Food Bazaar next Sun!

Oh, I don't know nuthin' 'bout Jakarta talk; have been in Jakarta maybe 3 or 4 days total. It seems like a very unpleasant place (kind of like LA - there are some interesting things, but the traffic and the air are horrible. and you need a car to get anywhere). I've been mostly in central Java. All the cooks I know at the Food Bazaar are Javanese, so I'm not going to ask them about food from Manado. Actually, I might; but they'll probably just laugh. Don't know anything about food from there - is that where you get those things like lemper but with tuna instead of chicken?

Apr 21, 2013
geckoFeet in Outer Boroughs

Indonesian Food Bazaar next Sun!

Bule is a kind of dangerous word (means literally "ghost"), can be mildly derogatory or even amusing but, in other contexts, can be as bad as the "n" word. I wouldn't fool around with it.

Today seemed to be empek day - never seen them there before (large fish cake with hard-boiled egg in the middle, fried, served in a thin brown sauce usually made with vinegar and palm sugar, but the one I had had some tamarind also, and not enough vinegar). They do seem to have themes - one month the theme will be rendeng, the next month, fried chicken, etc.

Apr 21, 2013
geckoFeet in Outer Boroughs

Indonesian Food Bazaar next Sun!

I didn't notice any stinginess w/gringos (at the tables where I didn't know the cooks, I mean), but they were definitely not prepared for the crush of people. It was much more crowded much earlier than it used to be which is good for them, I suppose but, as an Indonesian friend remarked when we were standing in line, "Speed and efficiency are not hallmarks of the culture." I also thought that the food was good but not always as stellar as last year (another friend - a gringo - confirmed this). I dunno.

Apr 21, 2013
geckoFeet in Outer Boroughs

Indonesian Food Bazaar next Sun!

Spring is in the air and with the warm weather comes this month's food bazaar at the Mosque Al-Hikmah. Next Sunday. April 21. It starts at 11; I try to get there before roughly 12:00 or 12:30 since it tends to get crowded after that.

48-01 31st Ave
Astoria, NY 11103

Nearest subway: 46 St (R)

Apr 13, 2013
geckoFeet in Outer Boroughs
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Indonesian bazaars, Masjid al-Hikmah, 2012

Oh, damn, I missed the tongue. Was that the stall that advertised "Sate Padang"? I got some sate Padang once (from a different stall) - it's supposed to be organ meat, but wasn't, and it had this gloppy yellow sauce on it that I didn't care for.

My favorite sate, which I haven't seen here but maybe we can create a demand, is sate buntel, which is chopped goat with onions and things, wrapped in caul fat.

Oct 09, 2012
geckoFeet in Outer Boroughs

Indonesian bazaars, Masjid al-Hikmah, 2012

I don't know about that particular sate lady, but the Indonesians here usually use the term "kambing" to refer to lamb rather than goat. They don't have lambs in Indonesia, at least not many; "kambing" means goat over there.

You can buy these amazing ketupat in small plastic bags, now - the bags have little holes in them, and they're pre-loaded with rice. You put the whole bag into boiling water for an hour, and the rice automagically compresses itself. They work really well. I've seen them at Asia Market on Mulberry St. in Manhattan and at Top Line on B'way in Elmhurst.

Oct 08, 2012
geckoFeet in Outer Boroughs

Indonesian bazaars, Masjid al-Hikmah, 2012

Pretty pictures!

And happy birthday....

(false berries on the windowpane?)

Oct 07, 2012
geckoFeet in Outer Boroughs

Indonesian bazaars, Masjid al-Hikmah, 2012

I buy the fried things just to bring home and heat up. In Indonesia, they do eat them at room temperature (for breakfast or snack), which is warmer than room temperature here, but a lot of places will heat them up if you ask.

GInger coffee is easy to make at home: boil the root for 5 or 10 minutes, and then use that broth to make coffee. Usual way to make coffee is just to put the grounds into water. Tthe Javanese drink it very sweet (of course). I sometimes make it when I mess up the roast on a batch of coffee, or just for the novelty. I don't know if it's supposed to be healthy.

I thought the standing-only tent with the table was a clever way to accomodate people who wanted to get out of the rain - people standing take up less room than people sitting.

I didn't see the gado-gado ladies, either, but I got there late. They're usually in the back. Maybe the rain washed them out?

Oct 07, 2012
geckoFeet in Outer Boroughs

Indonesian bazaars, Masjid al-Hikmah, 2012

It is - I asked what I should do about the rain, and first they said "Pray" [laughter], and then they said "Hang up your underwear" [much laughter]. I didn't get the joke, so later I asked about it, and the person I asked explained that, traditionally, the Javanese don't wear undewear (and still don't when they wear traditional Javanese dress - sarongs around the waist). I still don't get the joke, actually. But they're having a bazaar, no matter the weather.

Oct 05, 2012
geckoFeet in Outer Boroughs

Indonesian bazaars, Masjid al-Hikmah, 2012

Not so lovely, unfortunately: as luck would have it, the weather report calls for chilly and rainy. I'm thinking in terms of getting stuff to take home. I'm also having unkind thoughts about God, but I'll keep them to myself.

Oct 05, 2012
geckoFeet in Outer Boroughs

Indonesian bazaars, Masjid al-Hikmah, 2012

A Javanese friend (not one of the booth ladies, but a friend of some of them) forwarded me this this morning:

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Assalamu'alaikum Warrahmatullahi Wabarrakatuh,

Insya Allah Masjid Al-Hikmah akan mengadakan Bazaar Amal pada:

Hari: Minggu, 7 Oktober 2012
Pukul: 10.00 pagi - 4 :00 sore
Tempat: Masjid Al-Hikmah
48-01 31st Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11103
Phone: (718) 721-8881

Mohon pemberitahuan ini untuk disebarluaskan kepada teman-teman dan komunitas yang lain.

Atas perhatian dan partisipasinya, kami ucapkan banyak terima kasih.
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Roughly:

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Hey, everybody!

God willing, the Mosque Al-Hikmah will hold its fund-raising bazaar on

Sunday, 7 October 2012
10.00 a.m. - 4 :00 p.m.
Place: Masjid Al-Hikmah
48-01 31st Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11103
Phone: (718) 721-8881

Please let your friends and the community know.

Thanks to everybody for their attention and participation.

<<

This is from the mosque mailing list, so it's probably as authoritative as we can expect. Don't take the times too literally: there's an expression in Indonesian that means "rubber time....'

Oct 02, 2012
geckoFeet in Outer Boroughs

Indonesian bazaars, Masjid al-Hikmah, 2012

I try to get there as early as possible, which isn't all that early. Supposedly they open at 10. I'm there usually around 11 or 12. After that, certainly around 1, it tends to be very crowded. They start shutting down later in the afternoon, but the booth can start running out of food as early as 2, certainly by 3. There's a lot of stuff to take out; a lot of people go there just for that. I know one Indonesian gentleman who drives down from Connecticut and goes back with something like 5 shopping-bags full.

Sep 29, 2012
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