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simpang asia-- anybody been recently? any good?

westsidegal Dec 3, 2013 04:22 PM

haven't been there for several years.
is it still good?

maybe a rijsttafel there would be a good substitute and location for the potluck?

  1. Ciao Bob Dec 3, 2013 04:56 PM

    Been about a year ago.
    Still excellent.

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      kevin Dec 3, 2013 05:00 PM

      Shoot, I just passed by their today.

      Was almost going to post myself.

      Someone mentioned that they had an exceptional avocado smoothie here. ??????????

      And I think the food should be quite decent.

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      1. re: kevin
        J.L. Dec 3, 2013 05:02 PM

        That avocado drink would be the ice teller at Ramayani on Westwood Blvd.

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          kevin Dec 3, 2013 05:03 PM

          is the avocado drink at Simpang good too ?????

          thanks man.

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            Ciao Bob Dec 3, 2013 05:22 PM

            Yes, it is an icy, slushy avocado and jackfruit drink. Really good at Simpang.

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              J.L. Dec 3, 2013 05:52 PM

              I've tried it at Simpang too.

              But my vote still goes to the ice teller at Ramayani.

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                kevin Dec 3, 2013 05:57 PM

                Ok, I'll go to Ramayani which is even closer to me. Can I grab just get one of those Ice Teller's to go ?

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                  J.L. Dec 3, 2013 06:24 PM


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                    kevin Dec 3, 2013 06:26 PM

                    I sure miss the Indian joint right next door,

                    What ever happened to that joint ?

                    And it had the best kulfi within a 20 mile radious.

                    Though I do miss Madhu's Dasprakash on Santa Monica, near Bundy too.

                2. re: J.L.
                  Ciao Bob Dec 3, 2013 07:19 PM

                  Never been - do you like EVERYTHING better there, than Simpang Asia, J.L?

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                    J.L. Dec 3, 2013 07:27 PM

                    Simpang has better Ayam Goreng and also better Rendang.

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          kevin Dec 3, 2013 05:01 PM

          Not to commandeeer the post way, but has anyone been to Hu's Szechuan right across the street ?

          And also does anyone know if Indo Kitchen might open up again or is that a lost cause ?


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            J.L. Dec 3, 2013 05:03 PM

            Hu's is a restaurant of last resort for me.

            Just down the street, Yamakase is the diametric opposite of that.

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              Tripeler Dec 3, 2013 05:55 PM

              "Hu's is a restaurant of last resort for me."

              Funny, I would have thought "Hu's on first."

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                kevin Dec 3, 2013 05:56 PM

                Hu's on First ?

                I think it's on National, or is it Motor ?

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                  J.L. Dec 3, 2013 06:26 PM

                  ... which brings us to...


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                  kevin Dec 3, 2013 05:57 PM

                  Diametric opposite ? Yeah, break out those Scholastic appitude words. :)

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                  nosh Dec 3, 2013 07:27 PM

                  I am a regular at Hu's for the lunch combo -- once a month sometimes more. The hot and sour soup is ok -- i punch it up with a dash of soy and hot chili oil. What keeps me coming back is the Chinese chicken salad intermediate course -- dressing a bit sweet, but it makes me feel I'm getting a healthy interlude. I alternate between three entrees: the kung pao chicken with extra sauce, the eggplant with ground pork cooked tender, and the twice-cooked pork w/out tofu, spicy.

                  I have seen orders of fried chicken wings come out that looked incredible.

                  Avoid the sweet'n'sour -- chicken or shrimp with insipid bready soft batter.

                4. J.L. Dec 3, 2013 05:01 PM

                  I go there 3-4 times a year. Last visit was 3 months ago for me. Still good.

                  I've never tried the rijstaffel at Simpang Asia. Please report back if you do go!

                  May I suggest also Ramayani on Westwood Blvd. Their rijstaffel is quite good.

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                    bulavinaka Dec 3, 2013 06:10 PM

                    We go once every month or two. Last visit was in early October. They were still good.

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                      kevin Dec 3, 2013 06:15 PM


                      Why did you think of this joint ?

                      Usually, I would think that it would be just a bit outside your geographical zone of goodness. :)

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                        westsidegal Dec 3, 2013 07:33 PM

                        geographically it's close enough to be in my zone.

                        years ago i remember having a fine rijstaffel there.
                        it had been special ordered for our group (thank you abby!)

                        (it wasn't as good at the ten rijstaffels i had in amsterdam, but for LA, suprisingly good.)

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                          bulavinaka Dec 3, 2013 08:35 PM

                          So much history between the Indos and Dutch. Amster-Jam must be the makan capital of the world outside of Indonesia.

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                        foodiemahoodie Dec 3, 2013 10:59 PM

                        Funny, I was there today. I've only been twice so I can't say if it was better or worse than before.

                        I thought it was pretty good - in fact I'm having them cater a party. My friend was impressed too. Partly because he really enjoyed it, and partly because of the humble environment.

                        I'd say the place could be kinda awesome if the meat courses were braised better. I mentioned it to the owner and she seemed opened to fixing it. (the chicken skewers were cooked perfectly).

                        I don't have a lot of experience with Indonesian food - could be they boil instead of braise. In which case it might authentic - if so, then in this case I don't prefer authentic.

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                          MaladyNelson Dec 4, 2013 05:13 PM

                          I totally agree about the meat courses, which can be a bit dry. I adore the nutty flavor of the chicken curry braised tempeh.

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                          roro808 Dec 5, 2013 10:01 PM

                          Simpang Asia -- judging from the name, is it an Indonesian restaurant? And where is it located ? We used to have one Indonesian restaurant in Honolulu, but it closed several years ago.... Would like to visit this place when I fly to LA area. Any other good Indonesian or Malaysia restaurant worth visiting?


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                            westsidegal Dec 5, 2013 10:50 PM


                            1. re: roro808
                              Servorg Dec 6, 2013 07:05 AM

                              "Any other good Indonesian or Malaysia restaurant worth visiting?"

                              Ramayani https://sites.google.com/site/herthat...

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                              anthead Dec 9, 2013 10:31 PM

                              Simpang Asia used to be pretty awesome back when they used to simply be a tiny grocery store with boxes of food to go. Then they expanded and added the restaurant and they were still awesome with jars of sambal terasi on each table.

                              In the past year or so I've witnessed a noticeable change in their food. Their nasi Padang was missing the sambal udang (spicy shrimp) the last time I checked. They haven't made their gule kambing (goat curry) in a while which used to be a Ramadan special.

                              Something's changed for sure - there's still some good stuff - the ayam penyet is delicious - if you have a high tolerance for shrimp paste like I do. The ayam rica rica is also good. Everything else is hit or miss.

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