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Oct 7, 2011 07:57 PM

Indonesian Food Bazaar this Sun 10/9

... at the Al-Hikmah mosque, from roughly 11 or so on, at least until mid afternoon. I try to get there around 12 or 1, usually.
48-01 31st Ave
Queens, NY 11103

Nearest Transit:
46 St (R)

This is the last bazaar of the season.

The website for the mosque is down at present, but I got this information from some of the ladies who cook there; actually they told me a couple of weeks ago, but I forgot to post here until they reminded me tonight. Sorry about the short notice.

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

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  1. Do you know what kind of dishes are served? Cost? Indoor or outdoor? Siounds interesting though

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    1. re: SpiceJunkies

      Indonesian dishes - it varies quite a bit from month to month, although there are some constants (sate = grilled usually meat, not my favorite; gado-gado = veggies w/peanut dressing from the booth way at the back: you want this; es cendol = sweet drink w/coconut milk and brown sugar and green wormy things made of rice flour, from the booth w/the long line on the left side; you want this, too). It's outdoors, and table space is short, so people sit on the sidewalk and eat. But there's a lot of take-out too, probably most of the Indonesians take out more food than they consume there. My Javanese music teacher sometimes drives down from Middletown, CT (about 2 hours because he drives like an Indonesian; it takes me more like 2 1/2 hours, but I drive like an old lady), and goes home with a week's worth of food.

      Everybody's very friendly and will help you figure out what to get.

      1. re: geckoFeet

        @geckoFeet: thanks for the tip and info I'm in Astoria so I'm gonna check this out

    2. Wonderful, unexpected news! I'd thought the season was over, and the wait was until next May. I hope the masterful ladies will be there mortar & pestle-ing gado gado to order (and to spice level preference). Looks like tomorrow will be a gorgeous day, perfect to join in the happy crowds behind the Masjid Al-Hikmah.

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

      1. Muchas gracias for posting BEFORE the event. It seems in the past at CH we always are made aware of these events AFTER!!

        1. the crowds are light and friendly today and the selection is terrific - including the sensational gado gado. Go!

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          1. re: round2

            I concur, Just got back and the only bad part was that I'll have to wait till next summer to go again. Just a great and friendly experience all the way around. The gado gado was fantastic. I just love the old ladies making it to order in their big mortar and pestle. Satays (chx, beef, lamb) were all good. I really like the tangy spice sauce they poured over my order. The soup I had contained meatballs, 2 kinds of noodles, some rice things, some fried things, and a couple greens. It was actually a little bland, until I added the green hot sauce they had on the counter. This made it perfect. My wife stuck with the sweets, and she really enjoyed what she had. I ate more, but am a bit embarrassed to reveal how much. I think an egg roll, an empanada and a jasmine iced tea box that was perfect to counter the heat.

            Folks both eating and running the stalls were really friendly. The chefs were proud of what they were doing, and enjoyed explaining what they were cooking. I just hope I can keep track of when the season starts again next year.

            1. re: SpiceJunkies

              One of the people that runs the thing was saying that they might have one next month if the weather is "like this." I told him that everybody would be surprised if that happened, but who knows? They'd been looking for an indoor venue, but couldn't find anything suitable that wasn't too expensive. Anyway, I'll try to alert people here if something does happen next month.

              Personally, I think they should convert the mosque prayer room into a permanent bazaar. I was suggested to the priest at a church where I played organ that he should just forgo the masses and host organ recitals instead. He thought I was kidding. <shrug>

              1. re: geckoFeet

                Your VIP status there is a boon to us. Still enjoying the bounty we hauled home. Thanks for keeping us informed.

                1. re: round2

                  Oh, thanks to everybody for the thanks. I'm not really a VIP, but I play in a Javanese music group with some of the ladies. We rehearse twice a week, and they cook dinner for the group (sometimes I cook some things, too, and they're very patient with me about that, but I haven't had time to cook recently).

                2. re: geckoFeet

                  I was thinking the same thing. A food mall like in Flushing, but Indonesean (or SE Asian). Fantastic and a money maker it would be.

            2. Belated thanks for posting this. We live a couple of blocks away and always try to go if we can, but often Sundays are bad for us. If I hadn't just seen this in passing around 2:15 on Sunday we would have missed it again - it had never occurred to us that they were going to do one this late in the year. Perfect timing too, since we finally just replaced our broken refrigerator on Saturday. Guess what delicious things it's filled with now! Thanks again.