Jakarta food

Jakarta street food …

Traditional Ape cakes sold along the streets of Jakarta

Traditional Ape cakes sold along the streets of Jakarta

What I most enjoy about walking around the streets of Jakarta is to get a glimpse of the many food vendors selling local dishes and cakes. For decades this culinary tradition, a common sight in streets throughout Asia, has remained much the same. Such are these typical “kue Betawi” (local cakes) like Ape, Pancong and Cubit cakes found throughout the city, are made from coconut, rice flour and the fragrant green pandan leaves, are freshly cooked and displayed in wooden pushcarts.

Traditional Pancong cakes

Traditional Pancong cakes

Vendors selling fried tofu, tempeh and sukun (breadfruits)

Fried Sukun or breadfruits sold by peddlers along the streets of Jakarta

Fried Sukun or breadfruits sold by peddlers along the streets of Jakarta

And here are more images I took in search of these culinary street delights …

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And just to get in the mood with these local dishes I had my yummy chicken noodles the famous and popular dish served in Gang Kelinci in Pasar Baru the old historic “shopping centre” of Jakarta, founded in the early nineteenth century.

Chicken noodles and Siomay (steamed fish dumpling)

Chicken noodles and Siomay (steamed fish dumpling)

Then off I go towards Jalan Veteran getting nostalgic and head to the oldest and still popular coffee shop “Ragusa Es Italia” founded in 1932 and famous for their homemade ice cream ….

The famous Ragusa Es Italia ice cream

The famous Ragusa Es Italia ice cream

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