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    I won't be able to visit Korea this year.
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    Hopefully, some of you can provide me with recommendations for some good eats!

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June 07, 2005



Reid - This looks great, I'll make sure I head here on my next trip to SF! So thoe things that look like fried garlic are fried shallots?


Hi, I really enjoy reading your weblogs, especially about all the foods. However this one entry reminds me of home. Next time, try the es teler. You will like it. I do!. ^-^

clare eats

mmmmmmm indonesian food......
Damm now I have major cravings... luckily I am going to my fav tomorrow night, YAY! (Hopefully I will remember the camera!)

I thought that nasi lemak was malaysian and nasi uduk was indonesian?

On the look, if they are fancy you dont want to go there! The should be clean and respectable but look kinda cheap ;)

Pity about Sydney, :(

FatMan Seoul

:o) es for ice .... as in ice kacang and ice cendol .... cute.


now this certainly looked lovely! oooo i missed tauhu telor and ayam panggang bumbu rojak! hmmmm must go for my nasi padang fix soon.

usually when i travel, i got with my instinct and will usually choose a more crowded place rather than an empty one hehehe well just to be on the safe side :p

hada wray

Just wanted to tell you that I really enjoy reading your restaurant reviews and seeing all the great food pictures... I always leave your site drooling and jealous.


Oh how I miss cendol, I ate so much of them during my trips to Malaysia. My sister who lives in Malaysia gave me an ice shaver machine for my birthday knowing how much I loved cendol and ice/es kacang. Now it's up to me to make my own cendol and ice kacang at home. Reid, now after reading this post I am definitely more motivated!

clare eats

u gave me cravings so bad, I made indo for dinner! mmmmm :)

chef 'em out

I have added your blog to my favotites folder. Your style of writing and pictures
puts the me right there.


Hi Reid,
Luckily you went by your instincts and made the right decision to eat at Indonesia Restaurant (not very creative name, though). I like how the food is neatly presented. The nasi lemak sounds wonderful. This should more than make up for the disappointing one you had at Baba Neo. :)


Hi Kirk,

Yes, those are fried shallots. You can get them at a 99 Ranch Market if you don't want to make them at home yourself.

Please visit this Indonesian restaurant. The food here is quite good.

Hi minote,

Welcome to my blog!

I'm glad you enjoy the site, and I will definitely try the es teler next time. I think I did have it before. Does it have jackfruit and coconut milk in it?

Hi Clare,

I believe you are correct, however, this restaurant served both nasi uduk and nasi lemak, so this may be an Indonesian interpretation of the dish. I didn't ask. =(

Hope you enjoy your Indonesian food. I can't wait for the photos.

Hi Fats,

=) I think you mentioned that to me once before right?

Hi babe_kl,

This was as good as it looked...well, it looked better in person! =P

I usually try to trust my instincts too, but it doesn't always work. Besides, a crowd doesn't always mean good food right? *wink* (remembers Baba Neo).

Hi hada wray,

Thank you for stopping by and leaving me a comment. I'm glad you like my site, but it's a shame that you have to leave hungry. Perhaps you can eat before you visit! =)

Hope to hear from you again!

Hi Oslo Foodie,

I like ice/es kacang and cendol too. I brought back some rose syrup so that I could make ice kacang, I just need to get some cendol so that I can make it at home. I have a lot of gula melaka here as well.

Hi Clare,

Hope your Indonesian food turned out well. Did you post your pictures so I can see? =)

Hi chef 'em out,

Thank you for the compliment and welcome to my site. I'm glad you enjoy it. I hope to hear from you again!

Hi Julia,

Yes, this meal more than made up for the fiasco at Baba Neo. I only wish the food here in the US was as cheap as the food in Singapore! *sigh*


Hi Reid,
Hey I've eaten there! My Indonesian friend Maya took me there after the end of Ramadan one year. It was excellent. Good choice!

clare eats

I did I did :)
The photos of what I made at home worked really well!

But the restaurant is closed on thursday nights... *sob* so you and I will have to wait til next time...


Hi Elise,

How are you? I was very happy that I decided to eat here. I was actually on my way to have Indian food, but I'm really glad that I stopped here. Too bad we couldn't meet up. I think I'll be back in SF around the same time next year. Hopefully we can meet up then. =)

Hi Clare,

Oooh. I'm going to go have a peek! =P


You know I completely forgot about that place! I ate there maybe a year ago and had a great meal. Some places are just off the beaten path I guess. Glad to hear you enoyed it.


Hi Amy,

I'm glad I found the place as I have been wanting to eat some Indonesian food for quite sometime.

Thank you so much for your recommendations. Maybe next time huh?


I pop once in awhile to read your review. Great photos! Yum!
If you're ever in SF again, try reviewing these two restaurants: PPQ on 25th and Clement -- garlic roasted crab set menu and San Tung Chinese Restaurant on Irving St at 12th -- great dumplings, with Mandarin/Korean flair. Keep up the great reviews!


Hi Nancy,

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and thanks for the compliment on the site.

I'll be sure to note those recommendations down. I'm always looking for new places to eat at.

Thanks again!

Sinar Indah

I just wanna give comment about "Es Cendol".
Actually the "cendol" itself isn't made of green bean flour, instead; it's made of grounded rice-flour (sometimes you can add a little starch to make the "gelatinous" texture). Some people prefer to make it pure from grounded rice flour and some would like to add starch flour.
Whatever way you do that you then would want to add extract of "pandan leaves" to add green color and to add very nice smell to it.
I hope this information will help and anyone wants to have the recipe on how to make "es cendol" or exchange Indonesian recipe, please feel free to e-mail me.



I like Restaurant Indonesia, too. FYI, they will move to Berkeley (between Shattuck and Milivia?) in August 2006 with new name, Jayakarta Restaurant. The owner told me when i visited Restaurant Indonesia for lunch.

Other indonesian cuisine that you can also try is Bamboo Village on Geary.

If you happen to visit San Francisco again and if you love ramen and udon, the best ramen noodle restaurant in San Francisco is Iroha in Japantown. They are located across the mall and it's on the second floor. It's the best ramen and noodle, you will ever try.

For Hakka cuisine, please try Dragon River on Geary. They have very good hakka cuisine at a decent price. And if you crave Singaporean/Malaysian food, you can also try Singaporean Malaysian Restaurant on Clement Street.

I also like Scala's Bistro for the italian/American food. The food is very good with downtown view. It's next to Francis Drake Hotel.


Hi all,

Thank you so much for trying my mother's cooking. We've been trying to promote Indonesia through its foods :). Unfortunately, we won't be basing the restaurant in SF anymore, just what Sophie had mentioned. We're going to move to Berkeley (2026 University Ave, Between Shattuck and Milvia). Please come and visit us if you ever around the Bay area.


yes........check this out:
great taste move to berkeley


i saw the list of menu at indonesian day. it's written "indonesian and singaporean cuisine" although what are in the menu definetely are indonesian foods. i thought it would be better if you just mention "indonesian cuisine" :-) looking forward to have the first indonesian restaurant in berkeley..!

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