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Warung Kampung Indonesian food stand

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It is inside JD's market on Eglinton/Beachell across from Walmart. Good street food. Nasi Goreng is made to order.

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  1. I was meaning to do a write-up for this place a couple weekends ago after I visited for a Saturday lunch. When I arrived there was already a line of people ordering food, mainly other Indonesians judging by me being able to understand what they were saying. Word travels!

    For $7 you get a lunchtray consisting of rice, a meat dish and a veggie. For an extra dollar you can get an extra item (taxes in). When you get your food, you can take it upstairs to an eating area. It's not fancy by any means, just a place to set your tray down and eat.

    Since there were four of us, I got to try several items. Overall, I liked most of it. I really like the sate ayam (chicken skewers) and the yummy peanut sauce it comes drenched in. They had two veggies the day I went : I would get the kale again but pass on the grilled eggplant. They give little containers of homemade chili sauce that is really good when mixed in with the sauce over the rice. we also had pepes udang (a shrimp dish cooked in banana leaf) and empal (sort of like beef jerky - this one was crispy, i'm familiar with a softer version). They also had curry goat and opor ayam (coconut milk chicken).

    We finally have an Indonesian place being run by Indonesians. Indonesian food typically takes a lot of preparation, many different spices and lots of time. I want them to do well so go people!!

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    1. re: sumashi

      Thank you so much for the heads-up, sumashi! Will definitely give it a try!!

      1. re: Charles Yu

        I went Tuesday. Had Tofu with herbs and green chillies wrapped in banana leaf, shrimp cooked in banana leaf in a spicy lemongrass sauce, beef rendang, chicken in a mild yellow curry sauce, grilled eggplant, veggies fritters, and cabbage cooked in coconut sauce. If you like spicy food, make sure ask for the green chillies sauce.
        It sounds like more dishes on the weekend. $8 rice with 3 items. $9 with 4 items. Mom & daughter run the food stand. Closed on Monday.

        1. re: smfan

          Seems like we each tried different things, smfan :) I haven't been back for a second visit but am interested to try their beef rendang though I make it at home. I personally love the texture of beef shank for rendang but find places here tend to use stew beef.

          Also, I heard they got rid of the 2 items for $7 option so it's only the 3 or 4 item options now.

          1. re: sumashi

            I don't think they use beef shank or dark soy sauce cause the rendang is creamy orange coloured. It is not spicy either.

      2. re: sumashi

        Sounds like a gem of a find. I take it that Indonesian food is pretty rare in Toronto?

        1. re: klyeoh

          Hi klyeoh, sorry I missed your question! Yeah, I would say proper Indonesian food is pretty rare, almost non-existent in restaurants around Toronto (or even Ontario maybe).

        2. re: sumashi

          Their standard menu: rendang (beef curry), chicken satay, pepes (steamed shrimp/mushroom/tofu wrapped in banana leaf), grilled spiced chicken or chicken curry. Plus variety of other items, e.g. fried tempeh, fritters, etc.

          Although we call it curry, the taste & spices on the beef curry are totally different than the chicken curry.
          They toned down the 'heat' on the dishes but the chili sauce on the side will do for those who like hot/spicy. However, the spices and tastes are very good and definitely not canadianized.

          The crispy beef jerky is the unique 'balado' from the Padang/south Sumatra region. It is addictive IMHO.

          On weekends they add one or two other dishes.

          Allergy alert. Indonesian satay/kebab is marinated with peanut sauce. Even if you ask the dish to be served without the peanut sauce the kebabs were in contact with peanuts. They are considering of preparing peanut free satay in the future.

          Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm.

          It is own & operated by a family from Central Java on a trial basis. If there are enough customers the business will continue.
          Please visit them.

          1. re: knusprig

            I'll be there next week, thanks

          2. re: sumashi

            Terima kasih. We will try today.

          3. Popped in on my way home from work yesterday. I had everything in the hot tray: beef rendang, curry chicken, curry goat, jackfruit. Also tried the fritters and the shrimp pepes. Price was $25 all-in (two dinners-rice,2 meat, 1 veg), 2 fritters, 1 pepe) - I think the serving containers could be a little bigger.

            Nice distinct flavours in the curries - not overly greasy. Sticky, yummy rice. I could take or leave the fritters, and the pepe was different, but spicy and tasty. I got a bag of the jerky for free, and wow, that stuff is addictive.

            Truly friendly and helpful ladies that run the place. I hope they succeed.

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            1. re: mariecollins

              What Jerky? Beef? I did not see any.

              1. re: smfan

                It was on top of the counter, to the right of the hot food. It's in a clear plastic container. We bought some but haven't tasted it yet.

              2. re: mariecollins

                Yes, i think that it is not good value for what you pay.

                Try the fresh Persian? bread in the corner of the store. Fir a buck or two it's pretty good!

              3. For those who don't speak Scarborough, that's Eglinton Ave E, 2 blocks west of Markham Rd.

                smfan, good Indonesian food is such a rare find so a very big thanks. I'll definitely make the trip. Do you think it should get added to the Scarborough Gems post?

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                1. re: Googs

                  Yes Googs if you like their food.

                  1. re: smfan

                    The Gems map isn't my personal map. It's a reflection the collective voice of that post. I don't agree with all choices, but that's unimportant. So what do YOU think?

                2. Is it open for lunch? A bit of a hike from my office, but it sounds like it's worth a try.

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                  1. re: hal2010

                    Their hours are Tuesday to Sunday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm. Monday closed.
                    Phone 416 431 4566.
                    Remember it is inside JD Market. I don't know JD's business hours. A banner outside says 'Indonesian Street Food'.

                  2. How new is this place? No matter how I enter it, by name, partial name, address, intersection, what-EVER it does not come up on DineSafe.

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                      1. re: Googs

                        I wonder how long it takes for restaurants to be put up on DineSafe. I guess you won't be going til it's up, Googs? I'm curious to know your thoughts on the food!

                        1. re: sumashi

                          My desire for good Indonesian may take over. It's weird, though, that not even JD's Market is in there. It's completely under the radar.

                      2. Finally, manage to drive down from Richmond Hill to try out the place.

                        Ordered 'Green Curry Goat', 'Beef Rendang', 'Coconut Kale', 'Fried Potato Cakes' and the 'Crispy Beef Jerky' to go.

                        Was the food worth the 30 minutes drive? Well, mostly yes than no!

                        Flavour of the curry goat was very nice and quite 'exotic in an un-familiar way'. Overall seasoning was a bit 'subdued'! Sauce was a bit too greasy and watery. I intend to reduce the sauce of the left over further, to see if it would make a difference!
                        Beef Rendang was almost perfect. Tender protein smothered with a gorgeous sauce. Great with rice especially with a bit of the lovely home made Sambal sauce!! Surprisingly 'mild' for something that looks so 'red and oily'!!
                        Co-winner, goes to both the Kale cooked in coconut milk and the Potato cakes. The former, aromatic with just the right ' creamy sweetness', it was a nice way to prepare this leafy vegetable! The potato cake was nicely seasoned and very addictive!
                        The highly touted crispy beef jerky was IMO, under-seasoned.though the crispy texture was good. They resemble more like fried Japanese fish snacks than beef jerky!!

                        Overall, the food was quite tasty and interesting. I'll try to make a return trip to try out their Satays. Looked very good and authentic but I was afraid that half the appeal of the piping hot product would be lost by the time I took them home!
                        The all lady staff were most friendly and helpful! I wish them success!

                        Pricing was a bit steep for a take-out place though. $1 for the potato cake was too much when compared to 6 Bacalhau potato croquettes for only $3.99 from the Macau Portuguese place inside the Hwy7/Kennedy food court!

                        BTW, another party was waiting behind me to order. Small world! One of them happened to be chowhounder 'Clive1'. We had a nice 'food related' chat!!.

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                        1. re: Charles Yu

                          Charles, I'm really glad to hear you liked it and made the trek out to the east end! I definitely recommend the chicken satay next time.

                          Indonesian curry is like that, more a soup. We tend to also put our rice straight into the soup so it soaks up the soup. One of my fav dishes is Soto Ayam, which is a chicken curry dish. Id you look it up, it appears more like a soup as well. I don't see it offered anywhere here but luckily my mom makes it sometimes :) Surprisingly, I found in Korea when I lived there at an underground Indo bar I stumbled across. Anyway...

                          My mom sent me a picture of a Central Java plate they were serving this past weekend. I'm not familiar with that food myself so can only pass on my mom's comments that the flavours were perfect, just like back home. Apparently they will have it Fridays to Sundays. I'll post the pic when I'm home.

                          1. re: sumashi

                            Thank you for the info on the Indonesian Curry! Learn something new every day!!
                            I was told their 'pork' satay was even better!! However, because they are renting a place inside a Halal grocery shop, they cannot advertise them in open. Just give them a call in advance and they'll prepare them specially for you!

                            1. re: sumashi

                              Here is the plate called Nasi Langgi, a specialty from Semarang in Central Java. There's chicken, shredded beef, egg, green beans, ..

                          2. Just a note : Warung Kampung has closed their stall in JD Market. They'll be opening in a new location (unknown for now!)

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                            1. re: sumashi

                              damn - please let us know if you hear of their return!

                            2. yum, this sounds good.. and sounds like they have some decent veg options. i think i may drive out there from work tomorrow :)

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                              1. re: helenhelen

                                nevermind.. just saw it is closed for now