4 Ways Street Food Keeps Indonesian Streets Alive

24-hr street food from cradle to push carts

By Indonesia Gastronomy Network

Streetfood Culture (2021) by Nugraha PratamaIndonesia Gastronomy Network

Indonesian street food is an experience like no other

There are four unique ways in how street food and drinks offered in the streets of Indonesia. These are the 'warung tenda'  or under the tents, 'pikulan' or carried over shoulders, 'gendong' or cradled and 'gerobak' or push cart. Life in Indonesian streets are never boring.

Streetfood Culture (2021) by Nugraha PratamaIndonesia Gastronomy Network

Warung Tenda

This is a typical warung tenda you can find in busy streets. The tents usually set up in the afternoon and sells food until late in the evening. Complete meal set such as Ayam Goreng (Fried Chicken) or Ayam Bakar (Grilled Chicken) with rice and many other options are offered.

Streetfood Culture (2021) by Nugraha PratamaIndonesia Gastronomy Network

Pikulan

This pikulan or 'carried over the shoulders' would be found carried around by usually a man during daytime. Pikulan usually carries various options of snacks that would be made on the spot. Here is Kerak Telor, a famous Jakartan snack made from glutinous rice cooked with egg and served with serundeng (fried shredded coconut), fried shallots and dried shrimp as topping. 

Streetfood Culture (2021) by Nugraha PratamaIndonesia Gastronomy Network

Gendong

These are Jamu ladies that would cradle bottles of jamu and walks around an area selling jamu drinks. Usually jamu seller would be active in the mornings, so people would get Jamu as a health booster. 

Streetfood Culture (2021) by Nugraha PratamaIndonesia Gastronomy Network

Gerobak (push cart)

These push carts usually sells light foods, such as Nasi Pecel, Rujak (fruit salad), Noodles, Pao's and Bread. You can find these push carts all day. 

Indonesians will make sure you will never go hungry anywhere you are. 

Soto Ayam (2021) by Nugraha PratamaIndonesia Gastronomy Network

Indonesian street food is a festivity of its own. It has a unique selling features that can only be found in Indonesia. 

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