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Indonesian Food Bazaar

geckoFeet Apr 16, 2010 08:04 PM

This Sun, in the parking lot next to the mosque.

  1. DaveCook Apr 18, 2010 07:17 AM

    I'm not sure how that goofy address was included, but the periodical Indonesian Food Bazaar is in the parking lot behind Masjid Al-Hikmah, the (largely) Indonesian mosque at 48-01 31st Ave., Astoria, Queens. See also:


    Masjid Al-Hikmah
    48-01 31st Ave, Queens, NY 11103

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    1. re: DaveCook
      geckoFeet Apr 18, 2010 08:36 AM

      Oh, I removed the goofy address. Looked like it was some kind of automatically generated ad thing based on the content of the message, in this case the word "bazaar." I didn't notice it .when the message was posted (was it even there? I tend not to see ads). But there it was, and there was a little "remove" button, which made it go away.

      It's really annoying that something like that would be placed in the body of a message.

    2. Puppimus Apr 18, 2010 12:57 PM

      I went, it was KILLER. Can't wait for the next one. They happen there every few weeks during the summer, right?

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      1. re: Puppimus
        Jeffsayyes Apr 18, 2010 05:22 PM

        every month, I believe. I went today too. it seemed more lively than last year. great mix of people.

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          bigjeff Apr 21, 2010 08:44 PM

          wow, that's pretty early; totally missed it! next one is in 3-4 weeks?

          1. re: bigjeff
            DaveCook Apr 25, 2010 05:46 PM

            Sounds about right.

      2. bigjeff May 14, 2010 11:57 AM

        it's on this sunday, May 16, 2010!


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        1. re: bigjeff
          ratgirlagogo May 15, 2010 02:04 PM

          Thanks so much for the reminder. We love this mosque supper, we only live a couple of blocks away, and yet we only are able to make it a few times a year. Tomorrow is going to be one of those times - hooray!

        2. s
          sabrina0 May 16, 2010 06:40 AM

          sounds awesome. any specific recommendations for today?

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          1. re: sabrina0
            round2 May 16, 2010 10:18 AM

            Anyone know if there's usually anything vegetarian in the mix at the Indonesian Food Bazaar?

            1. re: round2
              round2 May 16, 2010 01:20 PM

              I can happily answer my own question - yes! And what a delicious (and large) assortment of veg options there were, among the many meat & seafood choices. This is a fantastic event - I'm definitely there each time I can make it again in the future. It didn't hurt that this afternoon was a gorgeous, perfect food fair day. Everyone there was extremely friendly & welcoming. It surprised me to find so few who appeared not to be part of the Indonesian community. Thanks to all for the well-deserved bell-ringing!

              1. re: round2
                el jefe May 16, 2010 02:53 PM

                Wow. I was there (for the first time) at about 1:30 and thought there were almost as many westerners as indonesians.

                1. re: el jefe
                  Polecat May 16, 2010 04:08 PM

                  I was there pretty much at the same time - left close to 2 - and it was my impression that the majority of patrons there were Indonesians. This was certainly the case at the central table, where I managed to coral a seat twice.

                  Good food, good vibe, beautiful day. I had some pretty good grilled fish, some even better shrimp, mixed with rice and curry, string beans, shrimp crackers. The same stall was serving up a very refreshing purple rice-based drink. Didn't catch the name. I also had a soup noodle dish w/ two types of noodles, of varying thickness, with tofu and some excellent fish balls - of a much higher caliber found than in most eateries. Topped it off with that bright green, cold, milky drink. Should have brought a pen and notepad with me, to jot down some names. Was too busy eating.

                  1. re: Polecat
                    astoriafoodie May 16, 2010 04:23 PM

                    Extreme gratitude. I got there at 5:45 today, 45 minutes late. They were still going strong. Warm and friendly people. I felt like I was at an Asian rural market and went crazy. Bought two overstuffed bags of food including: baksi, a meatball soup with noodles, vegetable fritters, rice and meat in banana leaf, an amazing salad with peanut sauce, an anchovie tempeh salad, banana sweets in banana leafs, sesame ball sweets, beef satay with peanut butter sauce (you notice a recurring gastronomic theme here?), extremely fried chicken, yuca samosas, chicken egg rolls, etc. Sorry, I don't know the proper Indonesian names, but everything was delicious. My Jamaican-American girlfriend can't stop raving. Even the Indonesian ice coffee. They're having these every month in the summer--and believe you me, I'll be back.

                    1. re: astoriafoodie
                      bigjeff May 16, 2010 06:31 PM

                      wow damn that is a good chunk of takeaway. I'm jealous; didn't make it this time but . . . . I'll be back for the next.

                    2. re: Polecat
                      Puppimus May 17, 2010 07:45 AM

                      The green drink is cendol! Pronounced "chen-doll". I love the Indonesian version. (The Malaysian version has too much stuff in it for me.) The cendol at this fair is really fantastic, but you'd better have a serious sweet tooth!

                      1. re: Puppimus
                        Polecat May 17, 2010 02:00 PM

                        Cendol, yes, thanks for that. I've tasted sweeter, actually, but this did push the limit. Gotta love that jade green color as well, like something you'd see being consumed on the original Star Trek. I'd also recommend, for anyone who hasn't been and tried it: it's also pretty heavy, milky and laden with sweet glutenous rice cakes. I'd recommend having it once you're done eating, as it's very filling.

                        It's all coming back to me now: The noodle in broth dish I had was "boso" ("baso"?), and those fish balls were probably so good because, now that I think back on it, they were probably chicken meatballs, In any event, very fresh and good.

                        1. re: Polecat
                          DaveCook May 17, 2010 08:44 PM

                          The "noodle in broth dish" may have been mie ayam pangsit and bakso, that is, chicken noodle soup with minced-chicken meatballs:


                          You can also see cendol and many other items from the bazaar in my slideshow:


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              Mr Porkchop May 17, 2010 02:03 PM

              This was legit. Can't wait for the next one.

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                mlzeats May 25, 2010 06:11 AM

                Does anyone know on which Sunday the June Bazaar will be held ?

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                1. re: mlzeats
                  cgreco May 25, 2010 01:25 PM

                  According to the very lovely gentleman, Yussef, who organizes the food bazaars at Masjid, the next one will be Sunday, June 6th. (He mans the "drinks stand" at the bazaar, he told me - so maybe DaveCook or some other of my fellow Hounds have met him already).

                  1. re: cgreco
                    cgreco Jun 7, 2010 09:17 AM

                    The Indonesian Food Bazaar at Masjid was wonderful! The next one will be July 11, so I was told by one of the lovely ladies working the satay grills.

                    1. re: cgreco
                      gsz Jun 9, 2010 11:45 AM

                      Thank you so much for the heads-up on this! We went on Sunday and it was terrific -- great food and friendly people. Some photos here if anyone's interested:


                      1. re: gsz
                        cgreco Jul 8, 2010 09:34 AM

                        The next one will be Sunday, July 18 - again, according to my new BFF Yussef, who works for the mosque.

                        1. re: cgreco
                          round2 Jul 14, 2010 09:07 AM

                          Seems to be confirmed by their website:

                          I wouldn't want to miss this one, since I missed it last month. Wondering how I can go on Sunday to both this event, and the Burmese New Year Water Festival on the Upper West Side...

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                  tukangmakan Sep 25, 2010 10:41 AM

                  Just a heads' up: the mosque's website announces another food bazaar in conjunction to the muslim day parade tomorrow (sun 9/26) at 1pm. It mentions satay as the main menu...

                  Eat on!!

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                  1. re: tukangmakan
                    tukangmakan Sep 25, 2010 10:53 AM

                    Oops. That would be in Manhattan, 41st St and Madison Ave.

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