Video: The Indonesian Food Bazaar in Astoria, Queens

Editor's Note: Welcome to a new episode of 1 Minute Meal, a series of video snapshots documenting the places, people, and foods that make New York a vibrant food community.


Gado-Gado ladies at Astoria's Indonesian Food Bazaar. [Photograph: James Boo]

Masjid Al-Hikmah, a mosque in Astoria, is well known as a hub of New York's Indonesian Muslim community. Since 2005, however, its reputation as a house of worship has been matched by its reputation for hosting one of the city's most mouth-watering food events: the Indonesian Food Bazaar.

Taking place several times throughout the warm-weather season, the Bazaar brings Indonesian home cooks—including a merry band of women who make the city's best gado-gado on behalf of the mosque—out of the woodwork to celebrate Indonesian cuisine. In this episode, Masjid treasurer Ade Hadiz lays out the impact of the event, which has been embraced by food enthusiasts from all over New York.

Masjid Al-Hikmah

48-01 31st Avenue, Astoria, NY 11103 (map)

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About the author: James Boo has been a Serious Eats contributor since 2010. Working as a freelance journalist, he is also the founder of Real Cheap Eats and a documentarian. Check out his food-and-travel blog, The Eaten Path, for more journeys to the real meal.

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