Posted by: gargupie | May 20, 2012

Indonesian Summer Charity Bazaar 2012

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It is no secret that I love to attend ethnic festivals. No, not the street fairs with corn on a cob and bed sheet vendors, but the REAL deals – stalls and foods hosted by ethnic and cultural groups.  I was not feeling well yesterday and was afraid I could not make it to the Indonesian summer charity bazaar held by the Masjid al-Hikmah, an Indonesian mosque in Queens, NY.  It is a food-centric charity event held in the parking lot behind the mosque.  Today was a fine day for attendance, albeit a bit warm from the heat. But better to have sunshine than rain, right?

The ethnic foods are all cooked by the local people.  Menus are listed in their mother language, but the friendly folks were more than willing to explain all the dishes for you.  While lots of delicacies were fried and meat-based, which are not part of my diet, the gado gado could be made vegetarian and the sweet, coconut drinks were wonderful cooler on this warm Sunday.

It was a fun and enjoyable crowd.  Foods sold out quickly, so I was glad I stopped by to grab a chicken skewer (made on premise) and a pandan agar agar cake for my mom before foods ran out.

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  1. “Menus are listed in their mother language, but the friendly folks were more than willing to explain all the dishes for you.”
    ———- Everything was in English at almost every stand.

    “the gado gado could be made vegetarian”
    ———— gado gado can ONLY be made vegetarian.

    • Thanks for the clarification. Yes, some menus were translated, but a lot of appetizers didn’t have a menu, so I asked a lot of questions, in which they were very nice about.

      I thought I saw some dried shrimp paste in the making of the gado gado dressing?

  2. Ooh, what a wonderful festival! Thank you for sharing the pictures with us! :)


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