Batavia is an Indonesian food cart near the corner of SW 3rd and Washington in Portland, Oregon. Downtown Portland has a stunning array of cuisines to choose from, there aren't too many places offering Indonesian food. Thus, Rizky and Nella opened Batavia, a family-run food cart. Here, you'll be treated to this family's take on Indonesian flare.
|Menu (December 2011)
Since I love spicy food, I got the spicy beef satay (sate padang; $8). Usually, the meat is boiled first to get it soft, then the meat is seasoned, skewered, and grilled. Four or five skewers of juicy grilled beef go on the plate. The first few pieces of beef I had proved a bit tough to eat, putting up a fight to stay latched onto the wooden skewer. As time went on, I did have more tender pieces to enjoy. Very nice flavor here.
|Sate Padang (Batavia)
At the base of the dish lies several slices of rice cake (rice pounded into a paste and formed into a solid) that possess a smooth texture -- think a whitish-colored polenta without the grainy, mealy feeling. You'll also get a small bag of crispy shrimp chips. The dish is prepared to order, so you'll get a steaming, hearty container of yummy goodness in this chilly weather. It's a pretty generous portion, so come hungry and leave happy!
Rizky let me sample a piece of fried chicken. The chicken is also boiled first, then fried up with some type of loose breading. It has some essence of Indian spices in appearance (color) and taste. The wing was cooked very well; I made short work of that one.
|Fried Chicken (Batavia)
|Indonesian coffee or tea
|Indonesian Coffee (Batavia)