Take a Lazy Night Stroll and Enjoy Jakarta

Gin Seladipura @gibicNovember 2018 ยท 3 min read


Gorengan (deep fried food), the most favorite snacks for most Jakartans. Unhealthy but tasty. In gorengan we trust.
Shot at Pasar Senen, Central Jakarta

Jakarta is located on the heart of the world's most populous island, Java. Both figuratively and literally Jakarta is the heart of Java. Or maybe more, the heart for the whole Indonesia archipelago. As the capital city, Jakarta is at the same time the center of economics, culture and politics of Indonesia. It is the home for 10 million people. It is a city with many problems, from absurd traffic jam, unhealthy sanitation, pollution, flood, to the world's fastest-sinking city due the rising of sea level.

But for a full-fledged Jakartan like me, all that problems don't matter. We have a great slogan for that: "Enjoy Jakarta". There are too many problems remain unsolved for decades, we manage to just enjoy it. Life is hard, but we will just laugh about it.

Sometimes I love to take a walk, and shot some pics. Here are some of that shot, from the night stroll of Jakarta. My attempt to capture โ€œenjoy Jakartaโ€ without the skycrawlers, malls, or anything fancy about the metropolitan area.


Kacang Rebus (boiled peanuts) cart. You could see the cart is still using that paraffin lamp, or for us Jakartan, we simply called it as: Petromax.


Kerang Hijau (green mussels) cart, many locals believe that this food is good for man stamina. You could see the word Balado at the bottom, it's a typical spice with a really strong taste. Don't even try to taste that if you have minimal experience of spicy food.


This is where the spices come from, the central market of Kramat Jati


The central market of Kramat Jati provided Jakarta with all the primary needs: fruits, vegetables, and of course, chili and other spices.


While Kramat Jati central market provide the vegetables and spices, Pasar Senen serves as the central market for snacks. This is my favorite market in Jakarta.


Snacks are ready to deliver, boss!


From Pasar Senen, we're going upper north, and we will meet this local favorite: Ketan Susu Kemayoran. The local Kemayoran guy would prefer to called it tansu, a simple abbreviation of Ketan Susu. Yes, we love to simplified things :)

Ketan susu Kemayoran 01.jpg

Indonesian language is derived from Malay language, it's a simple and straightforward lingua franca. Ketan Susu is made of, well, Ketan (sticky rice) and you put Susu (milk) on top of it. Then you have a proper Ketan Susu. We enjoy Ketan Susu with some tempeh. And of course, chili!


I'll end the showcase of this stroll with a photo of Rawa Belong Flower Market. You see that guy sitting in the center? Yes, this is his kiosk. Not so many people come to buy flowers, he looks unhappy. And that guy on the bottom right? I like his spirit. He could sleep everywhere he wants. That is the true spirits of Enjoy Jakarta.

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Wonderful tour! Your photos are great. You made me feel like I was walking along beside you!


Hi Melinda, thank you! Yes, that was the plan. I try to do a simple post that made people see and understand a little bit about this chaotic city. LOL.

I will keep this story format from now on. I really enjoy it ๐Ÿ˜


You did a great job telling the story! I'll look forward to seeing more!


Loved going on this walk with you! Your narration was perfect and really made me be able to experience it right along with you... plus.. now Iโ€™m hungry so, nice work. Also, oh my gosh the guy sleeping in the box ๐Ÿ˜‚.. that totally made my night.. thanks for sharing this!


Hi LL, glad you loved it. Actually, I was inspired by your post, and Alci's too. Looks like a fun thing to do, to take a walk and just capture some pictures.

That sleeping guy is a hard core Jakartan ๐Ÿ˜


I love markets in Asia, this one looks particularly fascinating!


Hi, thanks, man! Yeah I always love the vibrant colors of traditional market in Asia. So crowded and warm, and there are a lot of art of bargains, fascinating spectacle! ๐Ÿ˜


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Thank you guys! You guys are awesome!

ac khoo @ackhooNovember 2018

Haha... I like your 'no holds barred' presentation of Jakarta - 'Enjoy Jakarta!' And ohhh, I love - 'In gorengan we trust'; yes, I'm a goreng fan too. I wonder why here in Malaysia, we don't say 'gorengan'... but we are not short of goreng foods either... Not healthy, but wonderful! :)


May goreng foods unite us all! Gorengan policy is better than any ASEAN meeting had achieves in the past decades! LOL!!

ac khoo @ackhooNovember 2018

Hahahaha... I agree! To: Gorengan... lol :D