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Indonesian bazaars, Masjid al-Hikmah, 2015

Thanks, Dave! Some of the dishes on the poster aren't usual at either City Blessing Church or the mosque - Nasi Uduk, which is a Jakartan specialty of coconut rice with your choice of chicken parts (I go for the various guts, myself). Soto Gobeng is a clear-broth soup (shallots, onions, lemon grass, lime leaf, galangal, etc) with beef tripe + intestine. Botok ayam = chicken (chopped, sometimes w/gizzard, mixed with coconut and spices) in banana leaf.

This looks fun!

Jun 24, 2015
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Indonesian bazaars, Masjid al-Hikmah, 2015

Yay - we get an opportunity to stock up.

Pro tip: Almost all of the things we think of as "main course" dishes that are sold pre-packaged in plastic containers can be frozen. In fact, a few of them are already frozen at the bazaar (e.g., the "gudheg" = young jackfruit w/hard-boiled egg in a sweet-ish dark sauce).

May 02, 2015
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Indonesian Food Bazaar: Feb 28

So, one of the cooks told me that the current thought is to have a bazaar at the City Blessing Church on the last Sat. of the month, as Peter Cuce reported, and another bazaar at the mosque, two weeks before that. She doesn't know whether this will actually happen, but that's what they're talking about, at least.

Apr 09, 2015
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Indonesian Food Bazaar: Feb 28

Dunno - I'll be seeing some of the ladies tomorrow evening and can ask. They might not know either, though. I was a little disappointed in the one on Sunday, since they didn't have any Easter ham. I had specifically requested some, but they just laughed at me.

There's one on this Saturday, at the First Presbytarian Church of Forest Hills. FB posting: https://www.facebook.com/IndonesianFo... The one last year had some, but not a lot, of overlap with people from the mosque, and had some different kinds of Indonesian food as well (pork, for ex., and Chinese-influenced)

Apr 07, 2015
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Indonesian Food Bazaar: Feb 28

Yay! I couldn't get to the City Blessing bazaar this weekend (Sat, right? Churches seem to be busy with other things on Sunday), so this will be good. I assume they won't be having any leavened bread.

Mar 30, 2015
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Indonesian Food Bazaar: Feb 28

Thanks, Peter. Very good to hear about the Forest Hills bazaar. Maybe there's a critical mass of the thing forming?

Mar 10, 2015
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Indonesian Food Bazaar: Feb 28

Whoa, great article and really, really nice pictures.

The turmeric drink, and the tamarind drink next to it, fall into the category of "jamu," which are herbal drinks. I like the taste of the tumeric, but you're only supposed to drink a little at a time, and it's supposed to be medicinal (and it might actually *be* medicinal, but that gets us off topic).

Unfortunately, I can't go to the March 28 food bazaar announced by Dave Cook, so please, somebody, toss a kind thought my way when snarfing down some sate or something.

According to a couple of the cooks, the talk now is of having a bazaar in the church when it's cold and at the mosque during warmer weather. But nobody knows what will eventually happen.

Mar 10, 2015
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Indonesian Food Bazaar: Feb 28

Monthly would be awesome - religious wars, maybe? With a lot people cooking for both sides....

Mar 01, 2015
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Indonesian Food Bazaar: Feb 28

Brief report: damn, it was cold walking from the subway. Not authentic Indonesian weather!

Place is much smaller than the mosque, not surprisingly (buildings are usually smaller than parking lots), and not so many vendors, but enough people thought it worth the trip that it was very crowded.

I think most people were getting takeout, although there were a fair number of things to eat there. The best saté seller from the mosque was there; her helpers were grilling outside and she did the final assembly inside. Temperature control was a bit of a problem here.

There was also an exemplary bakso (meatball soup, also containing noodles, some green vegetable thing, a couple of fried wontons, chicken bits, and a bunch of stuff to flavor). It was so good I ate the whole bowl before I remembered to take a picture, so please imagine a picture of an empty bowl.

There was also a table preparing gado-gado (steamed veggies w/peanut dressing, but the dressing was already prepared, in bulk, not like the mosque) and empek-empek (fish cake in thin sauce of vinegar and palm sugar), but I didn't try those. Unfortunately, the burbur ayam was finished by the time I asked about it, around 1:20 (breakfast or late-night snack food: thick rice gruel, thinned with highly tasty chicken broth and served with trimmings).

Got a bunch of takeout, though, so will be enjoying the stuff for a while: gudheg (young jackfruit + hard-boiled egg), pepes ikan (fish hiding in aluminum foil), cumi cabé (squid with hot green chilis that look like green beans; this is good for practical jokes), tapé ketan (fermented sticky rice; sweet and slightly alcoholic) udang pedes (ridiculously tasty spicy shrimp; also ridiculously messy to eat, since they're whole), hati ampela sambal goreng (spicy chicken guts).

There's a Thai grocery down 39th St (towards Roosevelt Ave) that sells the good kind of frozen coconut milk (from Thailand, ingredient: coconut milk. Not the Filipino kind which is thinned coconut cream). They also sell whole frozen waterbugs, which I think you grind up for a sauce, but I didn't ask. They were pretty big.

Feb 28, 2015
geckoFeet in Outer Boroughs

Indonesian Food Bazaar: Feb 28

That's why God invented the F.

Feb 27, 2015
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Indonesian Food Bazaar: Feb 28

Hi, everybody.

There's an (indoor!) Indonesian Food Bazaar on Sat., Feb. 28, at the

City Blessing Church
38-02 61st Street,
Woodside, NY 11377
Two Blocks from 7 train
off Woodside/61st St stop

The listed times are 12:00-5:00. Getting there early is always better than getting there late.

Feb 12, 2015
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Indonesian Food Bazaar this Sunday at the Mosque

I made it, too - have a stupid cold, so mostly ate soups (1 bowl of bakso = meatballs, 1 bowl of longtang lodeh = veggies in coconut milk with compressed rice cakes). Got a lot of takeout stuff, though. It was more takeout things than usual, I think, because of the weather.

As for recommendations - there's a lot of variation from bazaar to bazaar. One constant is the gado-gado stand in the back (veggies w/peanut dressing that they make up for each order). You can tell them if you want it spicy or not. In fact, the people there are very helpful in general, so if you don't like spicy things, just ask them for advice.

Oct 26, 2014
geckoFeet in Outer Boroughs

Indonesian Food Bazaar this Sunday at the Mosque

Agreed - I have an SMS query outstanding; will advise if I hear back. I'm going to trek out there tomorrow, anyway. Thanks to Dave for finding this!

Edit: Just got SMS-matic confirmation. Yay!

Oct 25, 2014
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Indonesian Food Bazaar this Sunday at the Mosque

Hey - next one is Oct 12!! I just found out last night.

Oct 02, 2014
geckoFeet in Outer Boroughs

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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