Tipped off by the fabulous Eating in Translation blog post on food related events, my dining companion and I decided to try the once a month Indonesian Food Bazaar. We hopped on our bikes and pedaled as fast as we could, arriving just in time to catch the last half hour of this delicious event. Situated in the parking lot of the Masjid Al-Hikmah mosque, this party takes place every second Sunday during the spring and summer months. You don’t have to be religious to enjoy, all you need is a big empty stomach. For lack of choice in Indonesian restaurants, this is a place in which people can go to enjoy the food of their native land while socializing with others. Everyone was extremely friendly and willing to share their culture, friendship and food with us. Striking up conversations with the locals was easy. Here are some of our photos of the bazaar. I hope to return next month. Some things we ate- soy dumplings with peanut sauce, pork and chicken kebabs, a hot ginger/coffee type drink, colorful fruity concoctions with tapioca, rice and beef wrapped in banana leaves and indonesian empanadas.
Indonesian Food Bazaar Masjid Al-Hikmah, 48-01 31st Ave., Astoria, Queens
Astoria’s beloved Bistro33 is now open from a holiday break and showing off their new menu-you have to eat there to see it, but here are some highlights(Bistro33 1933 Ditmars Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11105, (718) 721-1933)
East Moon RIP- This business has closed and is now something else…IV (35-12 Ditmars Blvd 718-626-8180) is home to an amalgam of foods from the eastern hemisphere. This trendy Asian fusion eatery offers Japanese, Thai, Chinese, and Vietnamese. The extensive menu is grand in choice but less impressive when it comes to taste. The restaurant provides patrons with friendly and attentive service and a hip atmosphere- with neon lamps, dim lighting and flashy wall decor that looks the best in the evening hours. The food, however tasty, is missing something. The sushi salmon and yellow tail scallion rolls are acceptable albeit small. The Thai spring rolls are better portioned and palatable and the peanut sauce is the most delectable. The menu touts the shiitake mushroom and boneless duck entree- but the description should have included the bone- because there were small pieces throughout the dish- bite with caution! The crispy spring rolls were savory and hot. The perks are friendly service and fast and hot delivery. The Japanese menu offers mostly rolls and sashimi – not sushi entrees like srirashi. The Chinese menu has some entrees (szechuan eggplant), noodles and soups (wonton), the Vietnamese offers noodle dishes and the Thai menu offers appetizers and entrees. This restaurant is number 4 of a chain based in Colorado.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 4 so far )