Friday, March 24, 2006
Warung Mie Ayam
Four pics instead of one? The newcomer got a little too excited here :) Well, only because I feel that it's more complete to put four of them together.
Warung (Read: Wah-Roong) is not a side-walk cafe, but has a quite similar function. People come there to eat and drink on the side of the street. And let me tell you, Jakarta has tons of warungs like this all over the place, from a small type like this to even larger ones with huge tents. Sometimes in some areas, where warungs are being put up closer and closer to the center of the road, cars are having trouble to pass because of them. Then the police will ask them to leave. It's quite easy for them to move around, so they can either sell their food door to door, or just pick a spot and stay there. Warung has become a word for any tent store on the street. Warung nasi (which sells rice), warung rokok (which sells cigarettes), and in this picture - warung mie ayam.
'Mie Ayam' means chicken noodle. It has noodle, chicken bits, green vegetables and some crunchy chips we call 'pangsit'. It's delicious when you eat it with 'sambal' (chilly sauce). That is, if you like spicy food. You may wonder how we could possibly eat in the middle of a poluted street? Well, we just don't worry too much. And our stomachs are used to it, I guess :)