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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
geckoFeet in Outer Boroughs

Indonesian bazaars, Masjid al-Hikmah, 2012

Next Food Bazaar: Oct. 7, according to one of the gado-gado ladies. I guess our pessimsm disturbed the powers of the universe. Yay!

Sep 28, 2012
geckoFeet in Outer Boroughs

Indonesian bazaars, Masjid al-Hikmah, 2012

I'm pretty sure the ladies used shrimp paste. It has to be roasted before you use it - you can wrap it in aluminum foil on put it directly on a burner or in a dry frying pan until the neighbors complain, or you can buy it already roasted (the packages say "trasi bakar" or "belancan bakar"). They also used coriander (seed, not leaf) which at least some cooks also roast before grinding (push it around a dry frying pan for a few minutes; this not only improves the flavor but also makes it much easier to grind). They also used kaffir lime leaf (aka "makrut" - that's the Thai name; the Indonesian name is "daun jeruk purut"), which they get frozen from SE Asian stores. Sometimes they grind it when they grind the other things, sometimes they grind it ahead of time. They also use palm sugar, the dark-brown kind sometime sold here as "Gula Jawa" ("Javanese sugar").

As of 2 days ago, nobody knew anything about another bazaar, unfortunately. This includes one of the board members of the mosque (who, however, had just gotten back from Indonesia something like 3 days previously and was still jet-lagged). This weather really is cold for them - in Java, they put on jackets when the temp. drops below about 80F (no exaggeration).

Sep 23, 2012
geckoFeet in Outer Boroughs

Indonesian bazaars, Masjid al-Hikmah, 2012

I asked a (Javanese) friend of some of the food ladies and she thinks that there might not be any more because people get busy, kids are in school, etc. But this is not authoritative. Will try to find out more.

Sep 07, 2012
geckoFeet in Outer Boroughs

Indonesian bazaars, Masjid al-Hikmah, 2012

Just confiming what mbak Misshii said - I asked a couple of booth-ladies tonight, and they said there might be one in September, but there's definitely nothing scheduled yet, and definitely nothing this weekend. My two best contacts are both in Java now, and they're not likely to know any more, so there's no point in e-mailing them. I just got back from there myself: it's like a whole country's worth of an Indonesian Food Bazaar!

Aug 23, 2012
geckoFeet in Outer Boroughs

Indonesian bazaars, Masjid al-Hikmah, 2012

Oh boy: bakso wars! There are usually two stands with bakso, one on the right, about two or three stands back from the entrance, right next to the entrance to the mosque, but I forget whether on the right or on the left of it. The other is on the left, almost but not quite all the way in the back.

I much prefer the bakso at Bu Sri's stand, but I won't say which one that is.

Regards from Indonesia (where there are a lot of bakso stands)...

Jun 21, 2012
geckoFeet in Outer Boroughs

Indonesian Food Bazaar this Sunday

hee hee. Some people live in the past.

Jun 08, 2012
geckoFeet in Outer Boroughs