"Ah, Bangka," sighed several customers who caught sight of this kwetiau kuah ikan tenggiri, the distinctive flat noodles in particular. My bowl was prepared by a new vendor at this long-running bazaar: Makanan Bangka, named for the proprietor's previous home, an island east of Sumatra. Those wistful customers may also have been reminiscing about Bangka's idyllic beaches, but my thoughts were single-minded: Ah, fish-sauce noodles in the morning. Also shown from this vendor's table: a snack mix of tempeh, peanuts, and tiny fish, and chile-decorated risoles, or croquettes. I didn't ask about the filling, but more fish would be a good bet.
If there's one qualm I have about this bazaar, it's the heat. Not the spicy heat of peppers in a made-to-order gado-gado (three chiles is plenty), and not the fire licking at skewers of satay soon to be dressed with homemade peanut sauce. A sweltering heat rises from the mosque's small parking lot, where the bazaar is held periodically during the warmer months, and tented canopies offer only just so much shade. A wise plan of action is to arrive in the relative cool of the morning, say, around 11:00; as at many similar events, a timely arrival also enables you to enjoy the widest and freshest selection of food. See much more, from many years of the bazaar, in my slideshow.
Indonesian bazaar at Masjid al-Hikmah
48-01 31st Ave. (at 48th St.), Astoria, Queens
Periodically, on a weekend, during the warmer months