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COMMUNAL PICNIC: Taste of Indonesia | Elita Rocka

July 17, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

⚠️ NEW DATE: Sunday, July 17 ⚠️

The Depanneur + The Bentway Communal Picnics 2022
Pick-up picnics in the heart of the city.

SUN Jul 17 • The Bentway Studio at Canoe Landing • 6-7pm

Pre-order online until FRI July 15, 10pm

With more than 17,000 islands populated by more than 300 different ethnic groups, Indonesian cuisine has incredible breadth, depth and variety. Home of the original “Spice Islands”, Indonesia has been a culinary destination for centuries, sharing spices like nutmeg and clove with the rest of the world while absorbing and reimagining Indian, Chinese, Arabic, Thai and Dutch influences. Indonesian food boasts many unique flavours, textures and ingredients worth exploring, and tonight Chef Elita of NaiNai Noodles shares a few distinctive and authentic Indonesian recipes.

Tahu Goreng 
This fried tofu snack is all about the delightful contrast between the crispy golden exterior and the soft, creamy interior; served with a sweet soy dipping sauce and small green chilli.

Rendang Daging (beef)
In a 2011 online poll held by CNN International, beef rendang was chosen as the number one dish of the ‘World’s 50 Most Delicious Foods’. Beef Rendang is a style of curry-like stew originating from the Minangkabau region in West Sumatra. It is characterized by a long, slow cooking in coconut milk almost like a confit. The spices used, lemongrass, garlic, chili, shallot, ginger and galangal, also have antimicrobial properties and act as natural preservatives. A popular but labour-intensive dish, it’s often reserved for special occasions.
Rendang Tempeh (vegan)
Tempeh, a traditional Indonesian food made by the controlled fermentation of soybeans into a firm cake, works beautifully with the richness of reduced coconut milk and deep & complex flavours of the rendang spices.

The meal is served with with jasmine rice, a coconut & long bean stir fry, and terong balado, a dish of eggplant glazed in a spicy chilli sambal with shallots, garlic, tomatoes and lime leaf.

Singkong Lumer
Cassava pudding made from grated cassava cooked with palm sugar, pandan leaf and topped with creamy coconut milk sauce; a luscious mix of sweet & salty.

Meat, Vegetarian or 1/2+1/2
Indonesian Picnic
$59 for 2  • $109 for 4  • for 6 $159


Chef Elita learned her craft from several generations of family chefs; her grandmother founded a popular noodle restaurant in Central Jakarta that has been a local staple for over 3 decades, and now owns a noodle factory in Indonesia. Her Mother continued the restaurant business with Elita at her hip. Those indelible experiences have inspired Elita to bring her own authentic Indonesian meals to Toronto. As a food entrepreneur, she has catered for the Indonesian embassy and has recently launched NaiNai Noodles, an Indonesian noodle bar and take out restaurant on King St. W.
IG @nainai.noodles | nainainoodles.com

Pay It Forward

At check out, you will be given the opportunity to contribute towards our Pay It Forward program to create fresh meals for the The Fort York-Spadina Community Care Program. For every Pay It Forward meal purchased, The Depanneur and The Bentway will match funds to provide a second meal to double the impact of your generosity.

2022 Communal Picnic FAQs


July 17, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Event Category:


The Depanneur


The Bentway Studio
55 Fort York Blvd
Toronto, Ontario M5V 4B3 Canada
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