Jakarta: Raw and Uncensored. But Mostly Raw.

Have to keep my readers guessing with the post titles, no?

Jakarta, Wahid Hasyim - , Sate à la Table

Say, have you heard of the benefits of (good) hygieneJakarta, Indonesia would appreciate if you forgot about that for a brief point in time.  Instead, street food vendors are eager to introduce you to logiene, a word that doesn’t quite exist, but nevertheless would mesh very well with many of my travels.

It was across from Jakarta’s oldest department store, Sarinah, and to the right (east) of the marker on this map where I frequently walked by this sate (kebabs) stall.  Not long before patrons would be sitting down for lunch, these two workers were busy placing raw ayam (chicken) onto the particularly frail skewers.

If it weren’t for the design of the shirt in the foreground, and the bottle of kecap manis behind said shirt, it could be almost anywhere in the world.  It’s one of those cases where seeing is believing, but ignorance helps keep the food down.  Then again, the chicken is being prepared to be grilled, so…my one slice of advice is, they tell you not to put your elbows on the table for a reason.

6 comments on “Jakarta: Raw and Uncensored. But Mostly Raw.

  1. expatlingo says:

    Perhaps keep alcohol wipes in your rucksack to wipe down all eating surfaces? Or hope that your body had been slowly strengthened by exposure?

  2. Yum! Love those sate vendors, logiene or otherwise.

  3. Looks yummy. Indonesian cuisine is usually very tasty, apart from the weird stuff from Masakan Padang. http://backpackerlee.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/indonesian-foodporn/

  4. Permen says:

    Why would you chose chicken satay rather than mutton. That’s almost a sin.

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