05/06/14 10:49am

Indonesian Food, Best Banh Mi, and Our Favorite Dim Sum


The bakso at Masjid Al Hikmah’s stunningly good.

I used to live in Indonesia and am craving Indonesian food. Read about the parking-lot festival and would love to know when it will be happening next. I’ve tried calling Masjid Al Hikmah several times, but have had no luck. Do you have any idea when it will be starting up? – Suzanne C., Bayside

I too am eagerly awaiting food festival season at Masjid Al Hikmah. I’m not sure when it starts up again, hopefully soon. In the meantime though some of the sisters from the masjid operate a scaled-down version of the bazaar on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that offers bakso and other treats. You might also want to take a trip to what I like to call SEA Elmhurst to check out OK Indo and Java Village.

I enjoyed reading Jenny Miller’s post about the world’s best banh mi. For those of us who aren’t headed to Vietnam, where is the best Vietnamese sandwich in Queens?—Brian R. Astoria

For a long time Queens only had subpar banh mi. These days the best banh mi in Queens can be had at JoJu Modern Vietnamese Sandwiches in Elmhurst. Everything from their “classic” to decidedly more modern sandwiches like the Lin-Sanity—Taiwanese three cup chicken with Peruvian aji verde hot sauce—is excellent.

Do you have a favorite place for dim sum in Flushing?—James F.,  Richmond Hill

I really like Grand on the top floor of the New World Mall. They do all the classics really well and are always rolling out innovative items like flowing sand buns and ice durian dumplings.

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