Jakarta’s street food culture is rich, diverse, and incredibly interesting; I can’t help but think that this is the ‘heartbeat’ of the city.
Please join me on a tour of the street foods I’m familiar with in my local area; as well as introduce you to the hard working food vendors whose livelihood is invested in their recipes, cooking skills and the upkeep of their uniquely crafted food carts.
Street food originates from family recipes that have been passed down through generations, vary from region to region and are popular with Indonesians from all walks of life. Like many cities in South East Asia, eating outside and communally is very normal, due to the tropical heat and minimal kitchen facilities in many homes. Everything from breakfast foods to late night snacks are sold from warungs (covered food stalls) to charming kaki lima (meaning five feet, two wheels plus the back stand, plus two legs of the vendor) who skilfully weave their way through busy traffic. Street food offers a cheap and efficient way to fuel on the way to work and home, a substantial meal, a snack throughout the day, while providing an income for many families.
Breakfast food – Burbur Ayam (rice porridge)
Fried Foods – Gorengan
Vegetables – Ketoprak and Gado Gado
Gado Gado and Krupuk in a local Warung
(casual eating house)
Noodles with chicken broth soup – Mie Ayam
Soup – Soto Ayam (Chicken Soup)
Skewered Grilled Meat – Sate or Satay
Afternoon Snack – Jagung and Kacang Rebus
(Steamed corn on the cob and peanuts)
Warm Bread Snack – Bakpao
Sweet afternoon snack – Es Podeng
Indonesian Fruit Salad – Rujak
**We can’t say that good food safety practices are followed by any particular food vendor. Rather, we hope this post acts as an easy identifier to the familiar street cart vendors that make up the fabric of Jakarta daily life and culture; as well as shine a light on the resilient street food vendors.
What are your thoughts on the Jakarta street food culture?
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