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Indonesian Dinner at Mie Jakarta

As winter approaches, let’s warm up with Mie Jakarta’s specialty, noodle soup, Indonesian style. Each bowl of soup is a meal in itself, but we’re in America, so let’s sate ourselves with additional classic Indonesian dishes. If you are what you eat, in the spirit of the election, learn more about our 44th President by tasting the cuisine that fueled his early years.

The proposed menu:

Choice of one soup per person:

Bakso Jakarta: Meatball and noodle soup with tofu

Bakwan Malang: Meatball and wonton noodle soup with fish cake and tofu

Soto Mie: Beef noodle soup with spring rolls and tomatoes

Mie Komplit: Mushroom chicken noodle with meatballs and wonton

Batagor: Jakarta style fried fish cake

Gado-Gado: Steamed vegetable salad served in peanut sauce

Perkedel: Minced meat and mashed potato patty

Lontong Sayur: Chicken and vegetable coconut milk curry

The final bill for the meal, including tax and tip, will be divided equally among the diners. The estimated cost per diner is $15-20. You will be responsible for the cost of any drinks or individual desserts that you order. Cash only.

Please only RSVP “Yes” if you will attend. If your plans change, please update your RSVP.

Public Transportation:

- R or M to Elmhurst Avenue

(from Manhattan, exit near the front of the train, walk one block down Broadway, turn left on Whitney Avenue and walk one block)

- E or F to Jackson Heights - Roosevelt Avenue or 7 to 74th Street and Broadway then one stop on the R or M to Elmhurst Avenue

Distance between New York and Jakarta, Indonesia:

10,057 miles

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  • Marjorie


    November 16, 2012

  • Sally

    Obama likes his balls big and firm. Bakso, the soup that Obama waxed nostalgic about, is composed of seemingly disparate parts, yellow noodles, rice noodles, bean sprouts, fried tofu and, of course, meatballs in a light broth. The smooth and mild beefy meatballs are like super-sized versions of the rubbery balls in a can of SpaghettiOs. This time, the USA’s isn’t bigger. Have I seen the future of our nation in a meatball? Mie komplit is served in two parts - noodles, fried wontons, chicken and vegetables in a large bowl and meatballs, tofu and broth in a small bowl. Bakwan malang is served with the dry ingredients on a plate and the broth in a large bowl. Indonesia has 17,508 islands and perhaps as many ways to eat noodle soup. Impossible to taste everything in the soup at once, liberal application of hot sauce may be the best way to integrate the multitude of flavors and textures. To taste Obama’s Proustian madeleine, check out the only Indonesian noodle house in NYC.

    November 16, 2012

  • Thomas N.

    Great. Definitely worth going back for.

    November 16, 2012

  • Andie

    Mie Jakarta was delish! I really enjoyed my Mie Komplit soup...I loved that the soup came in a seperate bowl. Loved all the extra dishes ordered (fav was the Lontong Sayur) and all the condiments (especially the jalapenos...oh yeahhhh). Thanks, Sally!! So nice to see you again and it was a pleasure to meet everyone! I hope to see you all again at a future dinner!

    November 16, 2012

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