1200 E Huntington Dr
Duarte, CA 91010-2453

Indonesian Food Fair at the Duarte Inn - Saturdays only 10-2 pm

Neighborhoods: Monrovia
Cuisine: Indonesian

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  • 11/03/2017

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  • 11/18/2015

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  • 10/24/2014

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dhnoho

 North Hollywood, CA
 

Indonesian Food Fest - rain or shine

This is not a restaurant but it is a destination spot for all Indonesian food lovers.

The fair is held on Saturdays only in front of the Duarte Inn. It’s across the Ralph’s shopping center and at the end of the driveway of the shopping plaza shared with the Duarte Inn.

You will find booths with an array of Regional Indonesian dishes – ranging from the regions of Javanese, Sumatran, Menadonese. I was told that most of these vendors are accomplished cooks, caterers or folks who once owned a restaurant.

What I like about the fair versus dining at a restaurant, is you have the option of buying from different vendors as each of them offer different dishes although some may have the same dish, somehow one will taste better than the other.

We would share our meals therefore it is cheap and a way to sample all of what is offered.

I do recommend getting there early so you can sample all the selections. Parking is fairly easy, you may park anywhere in the plaza or right near the fair.

Here’s a history bit of my culinary heritage.
Indonesian cooking is also influenced by the Europeans (Portugal and Netherlands) that came to monopolize the spices. However it was the Dutch that dominated the country since the 1600’s. Then we were occupied by the Japanese during WWII which ended the Dutch ruling. Japanese occupation lasted 3 years and we finally declared independence in 1945.

Hence some of our dishes are derivatives of the many cultures.

Nasi Uduk-Tempeh-Kangkung at Indonesian Food Fair at the Duarte Inn - Saturdays only 10-2 pm

Nasi Uduk-Tempeh-Kangkung

Nasi Uduk (coconut rice), Tempeh is part of the soy bean family, Kangkung is water spinach.

Tempeh in the pic is caramelized and sauteed with sweet soy sauce and red chillies, it’s a bit sweet with the spiciness from the chilli.

Nasi Kuning  at Indonesian Food Fair at the Duarte Inn - Saturdays only 10-2 pm

Nasi Kuning

Nasi Kuning (yellow rice) is usually served at celebrations, weddings, birthdays. Items are cooked to accompany the rice such as chicken, potato croquettes, lamb satay etc.

Some cooks will top this with spicy peanuts and anchovies, picked cucumber salad, omelettes and Abon (dried shredded beef).

Satay Ayam (Skewered Chicken) at Indonesian Food Fair at the Duarte Inn - Saturdays only 10-2 pm

Satay Ayam (Skewered Chicken)

Satay (Skewered) is either Lamb, Chicken, Beef and rarely Pork, due to Indonesia being predominantly Musilm, the most popular is chicken and lamb.

The chicken satay at the fair was good, not too tough but the marinades is what makes it flavorful and the dollop of peanut sauce is delicious.

Siomay (Fish Dumplings) at Indonesian Food Fair at the Duarte Inn - Saturdays only 10-2 pm

Siomay (Fish Dumplings)

This a take off of the Chinese fish dumplings, but we partner this dish with boiled potatoe, boiled eggs and tofu and “attach” it witd the dumpling, then steamed, then lightly fried to give it a crunch.

It is again topped with peanut sauce

Ayam Bacang (Glutenous rice stuffed with chicken) at Indonesian Food Fair at the Duarte Inn - Saturdays only 10-2 pm

Ayam Bacang (Glutenous rice stuffed with chicken)

This was one my favorite snacks growing up in Indonesia, after school we would head to all the street vendors and pick our snacks. The tukangs (vendors) will already have it hot and ready for me after school.

It’s basically sticky rice filled with chicken, finely chopped carrots and steamed in bamboo leaves.

Otak Otak (fish cake grilled in banana leaves) at Indonesian Food Fair at the Duarte Inn - Saturdays only 10-2 pm

Otak Otak (fish cake grilled in banana leaves)

This is also one of my favorite snacks, It’s basically seasoned fish cake, rectangular in shaped some are about less than 1/2 foot long.

Why it is shaped in such a way, is so that it’s easily identifiable of what the item is without opening the leaves.

Risoles Ayam (chicken ragout breaded and fried) at Indonesian Food Fair at the Duarte Inn - Saturdays only 10-2 pm

Risoles Ayam (chicken ragout breaded and fried)

Also my favorite, this dish actually dates back to the 1600’s when the dutch ruled Indonesia.

Most of our sweet and savory pastries are influenced by the Dutch and Portuguese.

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