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Enjoying Jakarta through culinary nostalgia

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 15 2008   /  10:54 am

Need an adventurous culinary experience? Put on your comfy shoes and casual clothes and head to the capital's long-standing food stalls to taste authentic Jakarta cuisines from tempo doeloe (the olden days).
Gado-gado Bonbin
If you love vegetable dishes, you can try Gado-gado Bonbin, which has delighted food lovers for 48 years, on Jl. Cikini IV, Central Jakarta. Bonbin is short for kebon binatang, or zoo, because the street was formerly called Jl. Kebon Binatang where the old zoo stood. Lanny Wijaya, 78, established the food stall in 1960 because of her passion for gado-gado. "I started the business by selling es cendol (a chilled and sweetened coconut milk drink with jellied sweets) to students in the area because the stall is near schools," Lanny told The Jakarta Post recently. "I later decided to make gado-gado to sell. ...