If you want the sit-down Indonesian dining experience, you need to head up to the edge of the city limits—Aurora Avenue North and 137th Street—to Indo Cafe. Indo Cafe offers rijsttafel ("rice table" in Dutch), similar to a smorgasbord in that it encompasses a few dozen or more dishes and you bring all your buddies and everyone samples everything. Usual suspects include chicken satay skewers, spring rolls, rice balls filled with spicy beef, perkedel jagung (corn fritters), egg balado (a hard-boiled egg, deep-fried and slathered in spicy sambal oelek hot sauce), and bebotak (South African–influenced curried meatballs). The other major player on the dessert menu is es teler ("drunk ice," $5.25), one of Indonesia's national drinks/desserts. A cross between a sundae and a booze-free frozen cocktail, it's decorated with jackfruit, long fat snakes of green rice jelly, and cocopandan syrup. Sometimes they do a chocolaty rendition with Milo powder, Cocoa Puffs, Rice Krispies, Oreos, chopped peanuts, and sweetened condensed milk. Talk about opulent. MEG VAN HUYGEN
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