A popular pop-up featuring Indonesian street food makes its return to an East Boston establishment Thursday, January 18. Kaki Lima will now appear regularly at KO Pies at the Shipyard (256 Marginal St.), serving a limited menu four days a week, starting today and lasting until some point this spring.
Chef Retno Pratiwi and partner Peter Gelling previously ran their pop-up at KO Pies for a spell, operating on the restaurant’s off days. Now, the menus of Australian meat pies and Southeast Asian dishes will appear alongside each other during some of KO’s normal operating hours.
Pratiwi and Gelling are fresh off a pop-up tour in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Portland, and they’ve prepared a five-item menu to kick off their new tenure at KO Pies. Dishes include ketoprak (locally made tofu with rice cake, vermicelli, and a tamarind-peanut sauce), cakwe (a Chinese doughnut with vinegar sambal dipping sauce), short rib rendang (slow-cooked West Sumatran spiced beef short rib with sauteed collard greens, spicy green chili sambal, and steamed jasmine rice), and more.
Kaki Lima will offer its menu at KO Pies on Thursdays and Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 9 p.m.