Gastronomical Delights of Jakarta
Not surprisingly, there are many restaurants you can find around the various shopping
places above. While your hands are busy flipping the dresses that you want to
try on, or your eyes feast on the beautiful painting collections, your stomach
will soon remind you that it has been forsaken for quite some time. And it will
guide you, maybe unconsciously, to the closest sources of appetizing aroma of
sate or soto. Thus the existence of food courts in most of these shopping malls.
I personally like these food courts - they are fast and convenient, and most of
the time, they offer delicious Indonesian food at nice locations and environment.
However, if your authenticity meter still beeps, and you desire for more authentic
food, short of asking to be invited to your new Indonesian friends' house to enjoy
their grandmothers' cooking, you can venture into the warung or street vendors.
I must warn you though, this is certainly not for the weak stomached people. If
your home country sterile preparation of food has pampered you for your entire
life, your stomach might react with something stronger than a thunderous Wagner
opera when it encounters these food. But, if you can stomach it, you can find
some of the best of Indonesia's culinary creations on the streets, very inexpensively.
The sate on Jl. Sabang in the middle of the city, toasted bread with chocolate
sprinkles at midnight around Blok M, or somay from a mobile cart.
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