June Indonesian Food Bazaar
Hey, just found out that the June Indonesian Food Bazaar at the mosque will be on Sunday, the 23rd.
Official start time is either 10 or 11, depending on whom you ask. The last couple have gotten very crowded by 12, so probably best to get there early. I'm not sure I'm going to be able to make this one, and would be interested in any reports.
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Thanks for the update, gecko! Those great satay grillmeisters have always been ready at 10a on the downbeat, so I have no doubt they'll be ready promptly on the 23rd. Such wonderful people. Such great food.
Thanks for this heads up, geckoFeet. As always, I was happy to be able to get over there today, and this time with a plan to load things up to take home. It felt pretty darn hot there in the sun, so I strategized with a quick circle around the Bazaar, and selected several savory and sweet items and rode them in my bike basket home to enjoy. Was glad to be able to again score the Forbidden Rice, and a new (to me) jackfruit dish with green beans in a spicy coconut milk sauce. The heat may have cut down on the crowds, so could well be worth it to head over there at this hour.
The sun was rough today. I had my usual gado gado from the ladies in back, spicy and delicious. I also had the bakso, even on such a hot day. It's a real treat. Finally a new vendor in front, I believe Warung Kario restaurant? Their satay kambing looked excellent so I had to try it. The stand next door was offering 10 chicken satay for $5, but the integrity of Warung's kambing won me over. I was so happy with the choice. Best satay I've ever had, over rice with a fantastic cole slaw and complex vinegar and chili dipping. Of course the peanut sauce was incomparable. Can't wait for the next bazaar.
Is it just a coincidence that the new stall shares the name of the now-closed Javanese-Surinamese restaurant Warung Kario, formerly of Richmond Hill? Those premises are now home to Caribbean Suriname Restaurant, whose owner told me that his predecessors had decamped to Florida.
Oh, blah, I didn't know the Javanese-Surinamese restaurant had closed. Never made it over there.
I got to the bazaar a little after 10; definitely recommend getting there then. Left around 11 when it was starting to get crowded. Stuff was obviously fresher than later in the day, plus the air was cleaner and things were more relaxed. Of course, it's a bit early to eat lunch then, but this is a challenge that I'm willing to take on.
Didn't try the new Warung Kario table, either; sounds like I should have. Well, something to look forward to.
Ramadan next month; July 10th (I think) to Aug 7th or so (dates are approximate), so no food bazaars then. That church that had its own food bazaar could take up the slack, although maybe I'm kind of missing the point....
Oh, dear - entering the long Ramadan stretch. Maybe the good Mosque folks will have another food bazaar in mid-late August, after Ramadan is over - we can only hope! Tuti (first satay booth on the right) said she grills satay every Friday afternoon, though, outside the Mosque. I don't know if she still does. ( I couldn't go to last week's bazaar, so I'm already suffering satay deprivation!!)