Posted 27 February 2005 - 10:00 PM
Before the meal, I got a complimentary basket of shrimp chips, which had clearly been freshly fried. I started with the gado gado salad, which had various vegetables and what might have been tofu skin, in a mildly spicy peanut sauce. The veggies were all crisp and while there was a lot of peanut sauce, it wasn't too heavy or cloying. On top were crackers that Sietsema, in his VV review, said were krupau emping, made from the sliced and pounded nuts of the melinjo tree. They were savory and tasted starchy, a bit like plantains or cassava. The portion was easily enough for 2 people. I can't remember the name of the chicken dish I had as my entree, but it was 2 pieces of chicken with a dry spice rub (no sauce). It was hard to taste the individual spices--what I could taste mostly was the heat, which is not necessarily bad. Rice was $1 extra.
When I left, there was a couple (she Indonesian, he Anglo) that had come in all the way from Jersey City, which I thought was a good sign. I would definitely come back with other people so I could try more things. It's much better & I think more authentic than Bali Nusah Indah (I've never been to Borobur).
76-10 Woodside Avenue, Elmhurst (near the 74th Street E F G R V 7 stop)
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Posted 14 March 2005 - 03:13 AM
I like the beef rendang. A tofu appetizer is also really good.
bob marleycorn must die
this food left intentionally bland
and i swear that i don't have a pun
originality is a bitter