Es doger ($4), when served at a restaurant, will usually be listed under an amophous menu heading such as "drinks and desserts." A fat straw is useful; a spoon is a necessity. It hails from the West Java capital of Bandung, a name associated with pink drinks, often colored by rose syrup but, in this case, by a bottled, tinted cocopandan syrup. Other ingredients included ice, basil seeds, red tapioca pearls, condensed milk, slivers of young coconut, avocado, and two types of tape (Tah-Peh), one made from black glutionous rice, the other, from cassava (shown below). Tape, also called tapai (Tah-Pie), is a pasty fermented food known by many other names thoughout East and Southeast Asia; the sweeter ingredients of es doger are balanced by its sour twang.
City Blessing Church, 38-02 61st St. (at 38th Ave.), Woodside, Queens
(This event — perhaps a one-off, and that accommodated several regular participants at the Masjid al-Hikmah bazaars — was held on June 21, 2014)