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Eat at your own risk: Hygiene, poor quality remain issues in Indonesian street food

Jessicha Valentina
Jessicha Valentina

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Sun, November 24, 2019  /  01:15 pm
Eat at your own risk: Hygiene, poor quality remain issues in Indonesian street food

Food vendors at Gang Gloria Glodok in West Jakarta. Jakarta alone has around 50,000 street food vendors. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

Indonesia is blessed with a plethora of street food vendors, offering a wide array of dishes at affordable prices. Jakarta alone has around 50,000 street food vendors, according to Stephen Rudgard, a representative of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to Indonesia and Timor Leste. Amid plenty of choices, street food has several issues to overcome, including hygiene and low nutritional value. Widhe Timholgit, an Indonesian living in Singapore, always makes time to eat street food whenever she is back in the country. However, four years ago, she caught food poisoning from eating local food. “I just finished my confinement period after giving birth to my youngest son,” she recently told The Jakarta Post. When she returned home, she satisfied her cravings by eating a variety of street food, including gado-gado (vegetable salad in pean...