Los Angeles, CA 90034
- Daily 11am-0am
- MasterCard, Visa, Discover
- Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly
- Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
- Reservations Accepted
- Parking Lot Available
LA Weekly's Description
With a huge selection of Japanese candy and boxes piled neatly to the ceiling, this Indonesian grocery, with a website, is what I'd imagine a 7-Eleven in Sulawesi might look like: immaculate shelves of chile peanuts, dried squid and juice boxes of starfruit drink, kilo bags of fried shallots, and more flavors of instant noodles than you may have known existed. Neighborhood kids drop in, carefully counting dimes for their rations of Pocky sticks or Japanese bubblegum. UCLA students haul off caseloads of ramen. Simpang Asia is almost exotic in its nonexoticism.
Tips from foursquare
"You can, though, get nasi bungkus across the street from the old Indo Cafe as was pointed out to me at length when I suggested that Indo Cafe's was the only version in town!" - Jonathan Gold
Where I stock up on Indonesian groceries when I'm feeling a bit homesick, buy a box of Teh Kotak jasmine tea, and eat nasi bungkus. They've recently renovated! :)
They dont always honor the loyalty special so be careful who you ask. If they do honor it they limit what you can get. Just a heads up.
Not bad. If you like this place, you might also try Singapore Express on Lincoln in Marina Del Rey as Malay cuisine is very similar to Indonesian.
Try their nasi manteep..I love it!
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