LUCKYFINDS: Round-Trip to Indonesia for $2.75
When most people think of southeast Asian cuisine, a comforting bowl of pho or phat thai initially come to mind. Next time you're in the mood to try something new, hop on a forty-minute subway ride to Elmhurst, Queens for NYC's best Indonesian grub. With approximately 18,000 islands, Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago, is made up of a myriad of indigenous cultures and foreign influences, both of which are reflected in its vibrant cuisine. Packed with intense and complex flavors, our picks below for your first Indonesian experience will add some new crave-worthy dishes to your list. Hold on tight - we're heading to the other side of the world for just $2.75:
|Sky Cafe - Jakarta|
Our first stop is Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. A historic mix of cultures - Malay, Chinese, Arab, Indian, European, and Javanese - has influences in its architecture, language, and most importantly, cuisine. Satay Ayam (left) is a popular Indonesian street food popular throughout southeast Asia. These savory beef skewers with peanut sauce, when paired with sambal, or spicy Indonesian chili sauce, become the perfect appetizer to share before the real party starts.
Mie Komplit (right) was made with indecisive foodies in mind. A hearty bowl of chicken broth soup filled to the brim with homemade egg noodles, shredded chicken, BBQ pork, vegetables, meatballs, wontons, and mushrooms, this "melting pot" is Indonesian comfort food at its finest.
8620 Whitney Ave New York, NY 11373
|Asian Taste 86 - Java Island|
Calling all fried chicken lovers! The smashed chicken (left) at Asian Taste 86 brings this late night essential to a whole other level. Paired with a spicy sauce that perfectly balances the savory, crispy chicken, you will be dreaming of this fried goodness during your next late-night bar outing.
An Indonesian food outing is not complete without devouring some infamous Nasi Goreng (right). Often referred to as the "national dish of Indonesia", this stir-fried rice dish began as a way to not waste leftover rice. Differentiated from its other Asian fried rice counterparts with its crispier texture and sweeter flavor, Nasi Goreng is best enjoyed with some sambal or vinegar.
86-10 Whitney Ave Queens, NY 11373
|Upi Jaya - West Padang, Sumatra|
Pempek (left), is a savory fishcake delicacy which is also known as "dough from heaven". Served with yellow noodles and a dark, rich, sweet and sour sauce, you will slurp down this dish with rapid speed regardless of your already major food coma.
There's no better way to end the meal than with...avocado and strawberry shakes? Don't be intimidated by the sound of this interesting concoction. Es Alpukat (right) is the ideal dessert if you are following a heart-healthy diet. The rich, creamy flesh of the avocado adds body and richness whereas the strawberry flavoring adds the perfect amount of sweetness. Don't be surprised when you are reminded of the milkshakes you used to order as a weekend treat at your favorite local diner - yum!
7604 Woodside Ave Elmhurst, NY 11373