Secret Indonesian menu at Wok Coco in Anaheim
Due solely to knowledge obtained through my Indonesian in-laws, I ate lunch today at Wok Coco in an Anaheim strip mall. You would never know this place has Indonesian food -- the signs and menus outside mention Chinese, Thai and Japanese dishes. From the street, it looks like just another Chinese fast-food joint. But the owners are Indonesian and, if you ask, they'll bring you the Indonesian menu. Only a few of the items include English translations, so you may need to ask.
The best items we had were rendang (beef), kangkung (water spinach), nasi bungkus (leaf-wrapped rice, chicken, beef and egg) and a spicy dish of potatoes, shrimp and peteh (stink beans). We were a little disappointed by the gado gado (an Indonesian salad), which was drowned in peanut sauce. But it was a great meal nevertheless.
221 S. Magnolia Ave., Anaheim
wokcocoanaheim.com (although the site mentions nothing about Indonesian food)
Thanks for the tip!
How does it compare with warung pojok? That's the only other Indonesian place I know of in OC (I haven't been there yet). I love indo food, but don't have a good source down here. What restaurant do you (or your in-laws) think has the best in OC? Are there others I don't know about?
I haven't been to Warung Pojok, but my mother-in-law says she finds Wok Coco more interesting. But she's from Java -- the same as the Warung Pojok owners -- while Wok Coco serves Sulawesi-style food, so that's one reason for her opinion. She does like Warung Pojok, though. I'll ask her about other OC places. I'm more familiar with the LA County places, but I'm sure she'll know about any local spots.
Just so you know, most of the small Indonesian grocery stores like ABC Indomart in Fullerton sells pre-packaged fresh food. I've seen martabak (dessert), lemper (sticky rice with chicken), and gado-gado (peanut salad). I don't usually get the fresh food because I only go there for my krupuk (fish cracker) fix, but I know they have them.
Majority of Warung's menu is from the steam tables. Due to the lack of Indo clients, Warteg Wok Coco does NOT have steam table for the Indonesian food. Actually, they stopped the steam tables all together.
English is absolutely spoken here, far better than most Korean / Thai restaurant, so feel free to converse with James (chef, husband) and Herlina (FOH, wife). Sadly, since opening, they've removed a few of the Indo dishes already, citing slow growth despite advertisement. They are actively looking to add to the menu since Ms. Chandra herself is a huge fan of the gulai otak (brain curry).
The Indonesian menu is attached. I will post the translated menu shortly.
Huge, huge thanks to the OP. I was seriously getting tired of the gross Filipino hood in Buena Park, Artesia, etc. for lunch.