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Java's Indonesian Rijsttafel in South Slope is a Mixed Bag but a Good Deal

New York Paul Yee 7 comments

Indonesian food is rare in New York, rijsttafel especially. But the Dutch colonial feast is alive in South Slope at Java, and even if the food isn't perfect, it's a good deal for an uncommon dining experience. More

Video: The Indonesian Food Bazaar in Astoria, Queens

New York James Boo 10 comments

Taking place several times throughout the warm-weather season, the Indonesian Bazaar brings home cooks ;together for a community event that serves up New York's best Indonesian food. More

Balinese Chicken Lawar

Serious Eats Yvonne Ruperti 1 comment

Have a taste of exotic Bali in this flavor-packed dish with chicken, coconut, egg, and green beans. More

TGI Fry-Day: Crispy Bean Curd at Sanur

New York Max Falkowitz Post a comment

Sanur isn't the best Malaysian restaurant in New York, or even in Chinatown, but it's an exceptionally cheap one with a funky basement dining room that encourages lingering. This crispy tofu salad is a regular on my ordering rotation. More

Slurped: The Penang-Style Fried Cubes at Sanur

New York Chichi Wang 7 comments

We all agreed that the restaurant being in a basement was not off-putting. This could not be said of the steep and grimy stairs which lead to 18B Doyers, the restaurant portion of Sanur. Still, I would happily take those stairs again for another serving of the ineptly named "fried-cubes," certainly the most cubically shaped noodles I have ever eaten. More

Tastes of Serious Indonesian Cuisine at the Indonesian Bazaar

New York Max Falkowitz 14 comments

I kept hearing whispers from Indonesians, well-fed travelers, and fellow New York food explorers that the city's best Indonesian food can be found at an Indonesian mosque in Astoria, where a bazaar sets up in the warmer months. I haven't eaten broadly enough to know if that's true, but after this weekend's bazaar I can easily say this was the best Indonesian food I've ever had. I ate plenty of "Best X's of My Life," and even more dishes I've never seen or heard of before, all of which ranged from excellent to outstanding. More

Spice Hunting: Palm and Coconut Sugar

Spice Hunting Max Falkowitz 19 comments

Spice Hunting's tour of the world of specialty sugars has already explored earthy turbinado and rummy piloncillo; now it's time to talk about my absolute favorite: palm sugar. More

The Vegetarian Option: Upi Jaya

New York Howard Walfish 4 comments

I've long heard that for authentic Indonesian I should head up to Elmhurst and check out Upi Jaya, so on a recent January night I headed up to Queens, with Carey's exhortations to beware of shrimp paste and other hidden non-vegetarian ingredients ringing in my ears. More

Date Night: Bali Nusa Indah

New York Jessica Allen and Garrett Ziegler 4 comments

As you can guess from the name, Dutch plantation owners in Indonesia invented rijsttafel ("rice table"), in order to try a wide sampling of indigenous dishes. At Bali Nusa Indah, rijsttafel ($27) comes with 11 in all. It's a great date option because (1) everyone's bound to like something and (2) tiny tastes of a lot of things provides an introduction without commitment, like speed dating for the palate. More

Spice Hunting: Long Pepper

Spice Hunting Max Falkowitz Post a comment

We're fortunate to live in a time with more readily available spices than ever before. Imperially-controlled trade routes have been toppled; oceans can be crossed in an afternoon. But a number of flavors have been lost in the transition to a free spice trade. Long pepper is one of them, and its general absence from the modern culinary world is something of a culinary injustice we all owe to ourselves to right. More

Turmeric-Coconut Chicken and Rice

Serious Eats Max Falkowitz Post a comment

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz] This is not your typical chicken and rice dish, but it may be my new favorite. The chicken is cooked two ways: first braised on the bone in rich coconut milk, steeped in turmeric and chile; then... More

Spice Hunting: Turmeric

Spice Hunting Max Falkowitz 19 comments

Done right, turmeric an ingredient that can change the way you cook ethnic food. The aroma is intense: earthy, pungent, redolent of dried citrus peel and dusty streets soaked in sunlight. The flavor, though subtler, warms the tongue, the missing link between black pepper and chile. After tasting the real deal, one automatically understands why the food of over a billion people is stained with it. More

Grilled Baby Backs with Sweet Soy Glaze

Serious Eats Caroline Russock Post a comment

[Photograph: Caroline Russock] The following recipe is from the September 1 edition of our weekly recipe newsletter. To receive this newsletter in your inbox, sign up here! These Grilled Baby Backs with Sweet Soy Glaze from Steven Raichlen's Planet Barbecue!... More

Scenes from Masjid al Hikmah’s Indonesian Food Bazaar

New York Joe DiStefano 5 comments

Masjid al Hikmah’s Indonesian Food Bazaar and Ping Pong Tournament on Sunday was the most culturally immersive food event I’ve been to this summer. Think of it as a Church potluck fundraiser—but with everybody from Indonesian grannies to young... More

Grocery Ninja: Sambal Goreng Udang, Indonesian 'Furikake'

Wan Yan Ling 8 comments

The Grocery Ninja leaves no aisle unexplored, no jar unopened, no produce untasted. Creep along with her below, and read all her mission reports here. These are one of the most addictive snacks I've come across since Calbee Shrimp Chips—which is saying a lot, given that in my household, we go through maybe three jumbo bags of Calbee a week (and then go and run a 10K after, but that's another story). Sambal goreng udang roughly translates to "fried chile prawns" and is a traditional Indonesian dish. In the original, you bring together a rempah—a pounded, wet spice mix of shallots, garlic, fresh turmeric, galangal, lemon grass, belacan (fermented shrimp paste), shredded makrud lime leaves, lime juice, and coconut cream.... More

Bay Area Eats: Golden Mar, Seriously Good Indonesian Food

Wan Yan Ling 6 comments

Stuffed baby squid with a green pepper relish. Folks, I believe I've found the Bay Area's best kept food secret. I'm not proud, but neither am I ashamed to admit: As I shoveled forkfuls of some of the most incredible food I've had since leaving Asia, I cried. All around me, my dining companions had a sheen of perspiration on their brows, and even a couple of freely running noses. But me, the wimpy one, I was dripping hot, salty tears into the terong bumbu balado pedas (spicy, sambal eggplant dish). "What's the point?" you ask. "What's the point of a dish that's so fiery that your mouth is aflame and you can't taste a thing?" Spicy sambal eggplant.... More

Off the Beaten Path: Java Village, an Indonesian Epiphany in Elmhurst

New York Joe DiStefano 4 comments

"I might wind up eligible for honorary Indonesian citizenship by virtue of eating here so often." Java Village, the latest addition to Elmhurst's vibrant Indonesian restaurant scene in Queens, was once a Chinese take-out. Not much has been done to... More

"Less Prominent" Asian Food Recommendations From This Weekend's NYT Travel Section

New York Robyn Lee Post a comment

Bak-kut teh from Malaysian restaurant Sanur. Major Asian countries like China, India, and Japan are well represented in New York City, but what about the ones without large immigrant populations? Their food is available too; it's just a little... More

The Cartoon Kitchen: Gado Gado (Cooked Mixed Vegetables with Peanut Sauce)

Serious Eats Ed Levine 3 comments

This week's Cartoon Kitchen features Serious Eats' cartoonist in residence Larry Gonick's spin on an Indonesian vegetable dish. —Ed Levine... More

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