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Boston’s Kaki Lima Pops Up With Indonesian Street Food in Sway

Southeast Asian pop-up dinner.

A Kaki Lima pop-up
A Kaki Lima pop-up
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Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

Kaki Lima, the Boston-based Indonesian street food pop-up, is taking over Sway for dinner on Thursday, February 4. Retno Pratiwi and Peter Gelling, the East Coast chefs and couple, are teaming up with Martin Wilda, executive chef of Sway, to dish out a five-course meal including charred eggplant, spiced pineapple, and more. Scope out the full menu below. Tickets for the 7 p.m. dinner are $75, with an additional $50 for wine pairings.

Gelling told Eater that the couple's goal is to "see a high-quality Indonesian restaurant in every city in America." Rendang Pratiwi is looking forward to making the rendang, the slow-cooked beef, because it's "something the people of Austin know about." She added, "I can't wait to see what they think of one of Indonesia's signature dishes."

The two have been looking for a permanent restaurant space in Boston, but hasn't found anything yet. Until then, they still host pop-up dinners as well as operate an outpost within Australian-inspired restaurant KO Pie in East Boston.

Udang Pacri Nanas
Shrimp, spiced pineapple, clove, salam

Root vegetables, tropical fruit, tamarind, coconut sugar

Terong Banda
Charred eggplant, macadamia, galangal, coconut milk

Slow-cooked beef, kaffir lime, turmeric, galangal, ginger

Sambal Goreng Kentang
Fried potatoes, sambal

Gulai Brussels Sprouts
Brussels sprouts, turmeric, garlic, coconut milk

Pacri Nanas
A side of spiced pineapple

Sambal Merah
Red chili, shallots, lime

Sambal Hijau
Green peppers, tomatillos, anchovies, lime

Toasted shredded coconut, coriander, galangal

Quick pickled carrots, cucumber

Nasi Putih
Steamed jasmine rice

Dadar Gulung
Pandan crepe, shredded coconut, coconut caramel, toasted coconut


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