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Simpang Asia: delicious Indonesian food in LA’s west side

I recently tried Indonesian food for the first time. Unfortunately we had little to no access to Indonesian food growing up in the midwest, so I was excited to discover a local restaurant with great reviews near me in Culver City. I’ve also had the impression that really good Asian food is hard to come by on the west side, and the really good stuff is in the 626 or West Covina area.

That all changed after I tried Simpang Asia just once. I was absolutely hooked on Indonesian food from the first bite! The modest little restaurant, located on a corner plaza with free valet parking, is attached to a small grocery store where you can find some Indonesian staples. It tends to get REALLY busy at Simpang, especially for dinner, but they are amazing for takeout and delivery too.

The kind team at Simpang Asia invited us to come by and try out some more of their dishes, so we had the ultimate Indonesian feast yesterday!

Before this visit, my go-to dish was Bihun Goreng, a stir fried rice noodle dish. This time we got to try so many new flavors and dishes! Mie Tek Tek is a street style stir fried noodle that rivaled my original favorite. So. Good.

For starters, we had a delicious Chicken Satay with peanut dressing and soy sauce. The fried tofu starter batagor had very similar flavors but was equally delicious!

Another highlight was the oxtail soup. I’ve had my fill of Korean Oxtail soup and have already extremely high expectations, and Simpang Asia’s rendition definitely did not disappoint! It was a little sweeter than the Korean style of the soup, probably from the carrots. If I’m ever sick in the future, this is going to be my #1 hot soup pick in the area.

Every dish was jam packed with deep sweet and salty flavors and my mouth was SO happy. If you’ve never tried Indonesian cuisine (or even if you’re already a fan), head to Simpang Asia to treat yourself to some seriously delicious food!

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Emily is a Los Angeles based content creator with a passion for photography, videography, and storytelling. Through @emwng, you'll find photos and videos of people, places, delicious food, and of course, her two fluffy sidekicks Kokoro and Chibi.


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