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kirkj Mar 12, 2008 03:45 PM

I've been checking out some of Jonathan Kauffman's top ten dishes of '07, and made my way to Julia's on NE 65th St. I had to try the Ayam Goreng Kremes (fried chicken w/crispies). It was a winner! A whole Cornish game hen was braised, then battered and fried to a golden crispiness. On top were crispies made of chicken juices and flour fried crisp - tasted like the best chicken skin cracklin's. They brought three sauces with it. For me a mixture of the sweet chili sauce and the kechop manis was perfect. It was a nice size for two people to share along with some rice and a salad or veg.
I will for sure be back there.

  1. Freida Mar 12, 2008 04:10 PM

    Oh, my. This is the sort of thing I live for - thanks for the rec!

    We recently tried the Cornish game hen at Pok Pok in Portland, and were disappointed - it was basically just like a small roast chicken with dipping sauces. But cracklin's - now yer talkin'!

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      Tunasa Mar 12, 2008 04:49 PM

      Another Indonesian restaurant in Seattle tried to come with the same thing but they failed miserably. When I ordered it at Julia's Kitchen for the first time, my expectation was low; however it is really good. It is the closest thing to the original Ayam Goreng Kremes in Indonesia( they called it Ayam Goreng Suharti, but I guess they changed it due to copyright issue).

      Btw what is cornish game hen? Is that some kind of wild chicken?

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        kirkj Mar 13, 2008 10:03 AM

        Here's an answer to your question:

        http://www.ochef.com/27.htm

        The family that runs Julia's spent a long time in Singapore. They may host a special Singapore night where Hainan Chicken Rice will be included! So, for PAO and anybodyelse interested, give them your e-mail for an invite.

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          Tunasa Mar 13, 2008 11:27 AM

          Thanks, is it available in some grocery store in Seattle area?

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            PAO Mar 13, 2008 11:51 AM

            They were all the rage in 40years ago. They are available, usually frozen, in many grocery stores. thanks to kirkj for remembering me with respect to the chicken rice! I'll check it out. The one problem I've had at Julia's is abysmally slow service. Real jam karet . . . Anyone else experience this?

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