In Edmonds: Deliciousness from around the world

85°C Bakery, Waroeng Jajanan Indonesian Market, Maize & Barley
May 02, 2019
Courtesy of: Maria A. Montalvo A chicken dish from Waroeng Jajanan Indonesian Market.

The dining scene in Edmonds has been expanding rapidly in the last year.

Since at least the mid-2000s, we have been lucky to have access to a wide array of food choices from all over the world, and our international cuisine options just continue to grow.

Just today, I finally visited the 85°C Bakery Café location right here on Highway 99 in Edmonds. Adding to its other locations in Lynnwood, Seattle’s International District, Tukwila, and Federal Way, the newest bakery is light and baked-goodness-filled.

You choose from their many freshly baked rolls, buns, and cakes with your own red tray and white tongs, and I can tell you, the expanse of choices makes it very difficult. I ended up with a Milk Tea Bun ($2), a Coffee Bread ($3.20), a Raisin Milk Butter Bun ($1.80), and a Salted Butter Roll ($3.20).

I cannot quite explain how remarkable it is to bite into a piece of bread that tastes exactly like a cup of coffee, let alone the bliss of salted butter in a roll. I shared the Milk Tea Bun and Raisin Milk Butter Bun with friends (since my dad always believed you bought bread for others when you got some for yourself), and I think all of us felt much gratitude for the gift of a good baker.

The fresh bread was, well, exactly as it should be – soft and airy and crispy on the outside.

Just north of the 85°C Bakery is a tiny storefront in a shallow shopping center on the east side of Highway 99, and there you will find the Waroeng Jajanan Indonesian Market. Waroeng Jajanan specializes in Indonesian street food, and a friend had recommended it when she said it was the only place that reminded her of her past travels to that region of the globe.

Because I was not as familiar with the menu, the extremely helpful staff talked us through the many options and choices, explaining how the rissoles and pastels would taste, reiterating how good the Nasi Padang tastes (my friend loves it), and helping us choose between chicken dishes.

We finally decided to share the Nasi Padang ($10.99) and the Ayam Cabe Ijo ($8.50), after trying the risoles as an appetizer ($2.75). The Nasi Padang includes both a seasoned beef and a stewed chicken together with perfectly prepared rice with a sauce all wrapped in a banana leaf.

The stewed chicken was so tender and flavorful, and each bite brought forward the flavors of coconut and spice. There is a fried boiled egg served on the side that comes with sambal Balado, which is an Indonesian red chili sauce.

It is a very large and very wonderful serving, with flavors that do not let you stop eating. The Ayam Cabe Ijo, a fried and smashed chicken served with fresh green chile and rice, was the only thing that finally distracted me because that green chili (somewhat spicy) made the salty and perfectly fried chicken taste better than imagined.

The name “Waroeng Jajanan” refers to the street stalls or shops prevalent in Indonesia with the slang term for snacks. In addition to the fantastic menu choices, the market is filled with a variety of crackers, sauce mixes, authentic sweets of all kinds, noodles and spices.

It is a very informal, market-environment with benches and a few tables, and the warm service and aromas make it welcoming. After we ate, we spend at least 20 minutes asking questions and getting a tour of the market shelves with the young man and woman working that evening.

We left very full, very happy, and with a couple of bags of chips to taste.

Barley & Maize, very new to downtown Edmonds, has a very small food menu described as influenced by French, Spanish, and West African cuisine from the Caribbean, and as I noted as being the most important, serves arepas.

An arepa could be described as a cross between pita bread and a tortilla – made with corn meal flower – and then stuffed with delicious fillings. This South American sandwich is offered at Barley & Maize with just plain cheese ($4), Pernil ($7), Pollo Ropa Vieja ($7), Fish ($8), and Tofu ($6).

The chicken (pollo), cheese, and tofu are all completely different and very good and served simply to accompany your choice of beverage. You can also get the sandwiches on a roll, but I could not imagine why, since arepas taste so good.

Maize & Barley definitely focuses its attention on an array of beer and wine, and also truly wonderful and unique sodas. Visiting both at lunch time during the week and on a Friday night, the space itself is very mellow and comfortable, with primarily communal tables and easy counter service.

All around us were enjoying beer and wine selections that they were very happy with, so we tried two of their specialty sodas, the Packless Mule and the Pinita (both for $3). The Packless Mule combined ginger syrup and lime juice and had a yummy zing, while the Pinita’s coconut milk, orange juice, and pineapple syrup blended for a refreshing, frothy beverage.

I have to note that Maize & Barley serves Tembleque ($4), my favorite dessert from childhood that I had yet to find again and could never quite make like my mom did. This coconut milk custard is delicious, with a touch of cinnamon and unexpected bits of pineapple.

85°C Bakery Café is at 22611 76th Ave. W #100 in Edmonds, in the same shopping center as the 99 Ranch Market on Highway 99. Waroeng Jajanan Indonesian Market is at 22315 Highway 99 Suite I, and is open Tuesday through Sunday (11:00 am to 8:00 pm, except Sundays 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm). Maize & Barley is at 525 Main St. in Edmonds and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and until 8 p.m. on Sunday. More information is available on their websites (maizebarley.com, waroengjajanan.com, and 85cbakerycafe.com).

 

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