REPORT - Indonesian-Dutch Bazaar Sunday 11/11
Happy to report that this bazaar is of chowhound quality. What a treat !! So many vendors selling authentic Indonesian food, many different types - like a dream come true.
They have lots of authentic appetizers, very unique: lempers, krokets, risoles, lumpia, kue lapis, kue mangkok, on and on. And the choices are quite immense.
Beef Rendangs - excellent quality and so many people selling these.
I saw nasi kuning of the high quality, lontong, nasi uduk, Soto Betawi ,Nasi goreng, etc, etc
Still have 2 and 1/2 hours left at the end of this writing - better go for those who can still make it.
I bought the butter kue lapis that is outstanding near the entrance door for $25 for the whole cake.
Prices are reasonable.
> (NETHERLANDS SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, INC)
> ANNUAL FALL BAZAAR
>SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2001
>10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
>IN NAPREDAK HALL
>770 MONTAQUE EXPRESS WAY, SAN JOSE
>PLEASE COME TO NESO BAZAAR TO AHVE AN AFTERNOON OF GREAT FUN -
>GEZELLIGHEID - ALIAS RAME-RAME...:-)
>LISTEN TO POP MUSIC AND MUSIC FROM PACIFIC ISLANDS,
>ARTS, CRAFTS, FOOD, AND SNACKS (INDONESIAN AND DUTCH STYLE).
>DONATION : $1.50 / PERSON, CHILDREN UNDER 12 FREE
re: Melanie Wong
I think a lot of the vendors that showed up were housewifes who were doing it for fun out of their houses. I did not see any restaurant vendors there.
But these housewifes are really good at what they do. I think their whole life is probably focused on how to cook the best tasting food for their family.
I found out they had this also last July. So, they might have these a couple times a year. I definitely will post far ahead of time when I hear another one. I believe every chowhound MUST attend this food bazaars to complete their chowhound degree ! Just kidding...
Just to whet the appetite a little more:
-Satays of different kinds were present there
-Beef rendangs that are absolutely delicious-several vendors were offereing those. Tender, juicy and the right spiciness - perfect.
-The real jewels were those hard to find appetizers.
-Those lempers were great: glutinous rice stuffed with sweet chicken shreds with some aromatic spices inside. MMMMmmm.
I'm so glad you posted about the bazaar. I made it there about 11 am with my son and we promptly proceeded to chow down. I don't know the names of most of the things we ate, but the variety and quality was incredible. We ordered combo plates from several vendors as well as individual appetizers and desserts.
Needless to say, we left groaning in pleasure at the good eats.
In regards to your question about sources for these foods outside of the bazaar, the only one I found that seemed to have any commercial presence was the bakery/Dutch importer Holland's Best. They had a nifty catalog filled with Dutch/Indonesian products and they operate a bakery that produces a wide range of Dutch baked goods -- I don't have the catalog with me at the moment, otherwise I would list some of the mouthwatering choices they have. I'm kicking myself for not picking more items while I was there. See the link below for their on-line catalog. They're located in San Jose.
re: Peter Yee
Glad that you made it in time !
I am still kicking myself also for not buying more of those delicious goodies.
Those colorful kue lapis were heavenly and I only bought four little ones(50 c each) - should have bought 20 !!! Well, actually there are many more that I should have bought. I spent $50, worth every penny.
Ate the $5 Soto Betawi and they are well worth it - just incredible flavor. Still recovering from the delights.