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Saturday Indonesian Food Fair at the Duarte Inn IS BACK ON (Jan. 17th)!

elmomonster Jan 10, 2009 07:53 AM

For those who didn't see this good news that was posted by "indocrt", who also sent me an e-mail, the Saturday Indonesian Food Fair (Pondok Kaki Lima) that happens at the Duarte Inn WILL BE BACK January 17th.

They've got all the licenses and everything else squared away, and it'll be business as usual for every SATURDAY, 10 AM - 2 PM, in the foreseeable future.

They won't be around on January 31st though -- the vendors are relocating temporarily to Hacienda Heights for a separate Chinese New Year festival.

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, then let this blog post (with PICTURES) be a primer:



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    chau RE: elmomonster Jan 14, 2009 09:36 AM

    Do you know where they will be in Hacienda Heights? I would love to try them out and HH is so much closer to me!!!! Thanks!

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      elmomonster RE: chau Jan 16, 2009 07:58 AM

      I believe it will be held on the 31st, at Wilson High School in Hacienda Heights from ten in the morning to four in the afternoon.


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      revets2 RE: elmomonster Jan 16, 2009 08:37 AM


      any recommended faves or recommended strategy which order to hit the stands?

      thanks for the great post.

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        elmomonster RE: revets2 Jan 16, 2009 01:35 PM

        It's all good. One vendor does an awesome soto betawi. His name is Adrian. It's a soup with beef tendon and other goodies. And Kristy Kup does the best gudeg!

        Also don't miss the durian milkshake!


        1. re: elmomonster
          CookieEater RE: elmomonster Jan 22, 2009 09:54 AM

          So did anyone go last week in Duarte? How many vendors are there? Where do you park?

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        anothernotch RE: elmomonster Jan 22, 2009 10:28 AM

        great news. I've always wanted to check out the food fair. I've reviewed your initial posting and wonder in you opinion, what are the must try items? Thanks in advance.

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          CookieEater RE: anothernotch Jan 27, 2009 09:09 PM

          I just went last Saturday for the first time. A lot of the stalls serve the same thing so ideally, I'd love to go back several times and compare/contrast. I tried to see if any one stall was more crowded, but I couldn't see a difference.
          I had beef rendang (a classic dish), bbq skewers (sate), and kale that was cooked in a peanut sauce. All were really good. You should definitely get some fried items, but most of the ones I saw were just sitting out getting cold. Not the ideal way to eat fried stuff. If you spot any stall that is making them fresh, you have to get it.

          Actually, a couple other items were still cold or at least not that hot (probably made the night before and heated in the chafing dishes) so you may want to do what many Indonesian families were doing, which is taking things to go.

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            anothernotch RE: CookieEater Jan 28, 2009 01:28 PM


            Thanks for the heads up. I happen to be a big fan of beef rendang so we'll have to give it a try.

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              soto i am RE: anothernotch Jan 28, 2009 06:30 PM

              Just wondering if any booth is serving soto ayam? Or padang dishes?

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                CookieEater RE: soto i am Feb 13, 2009 03:38 PM

                Not being familiar with the cuisine, I wouldn't have known if I saw it.
                Hopefully someone with more knowledge can answer your question?

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                  estone888 RE: soto i am Feb 13, 2009 04:33 PM

                  I haven't been since it reopened, but I don't recall anyone serving soto ayam, although a couple of places serve some padang dishes.

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                    soto i am RE: estone888 Feb 18, 2009 10:40 PM

                    Thanks for the info. My second favorite would be the padang dishes. Have been missing this delicious cuisine.

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