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Netflix 'Street Food' series to feature food hawkers from Indonesia

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Mon, April 15, 2019  /  06:08 am

Netflix' latest culinary documentary series Street Food will feature four food hawkers from Yogyakarta to represent Indonesia in its upcoming first season which will be premiered on Apr. 26.

The first season will focus on Asia, with the filmmaker taking us to explore and listen to the stories of food hawkers from nine different countries in the region.

Throughout the season, the audience will see how these food hawkers dedicate their businesses to preserving their culture as a form of respect, as well as the cooking that resulted in the food they are selling.

Kompas.com reported on Thursday that the series chose Yogyakarta to represent Indonesia due to the food hawker vendors' dedication to preserving the traditional culture despite the age of modernity.

One of the featured food hawkers from Yogyakarta is Mbah Lindu, a 100-year-old woman who has been selling gudeg (unripe jackfruit stew) for 86 years. As the oldest gudeg seller in Yogyakarta, Mbah Lindu sticks to her special recipe which she has never changed even once over the years.

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Other food hawker vendors in the episode are also applauded for keeping the traditional way to preserve the authentic taste in their products. Owner of the local mie lethek (murky-colored noodles) factory, Yasir Ferry Istramada, is committed to making noodles the traditional way in his factory, with a wooden stove and grinding stone.

There is also Mbah Satinem, who preserves traditional Javanese recipes. She is widely known for making delicious lupis, a traditional sweet snack made of sticky rice, served with grated coconut and palm sugar syrup.

The lupis that Mbah Satinem makes is so popular that people line up to buy it from early in the morning. Arya Snack and Food, also featured in the program, presents an array of traditional confectionery in a modern way while maintaining its authentic taste.

The first season of Street Food comprises nine episodes in total. Aside from Indonesia, other countries such as Thailand, Japan, India, Taiwan, South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore and the Philippines will also be featured in the season. (dpk/mut)

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