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Jakarta Post

Jakarta is a heaven for food lovers

  • Novia D. Rulistia

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 24 2012   /  09:00 am

Street delight: A customer savors tahu gejrot, a traditional food made with fried tofu in spicy sweet-and-sour sauce with shallots and chili, at Warung Ibu Susi in Pasar Baru in Central Jakarta on Sunday. JP/NurhayatiWith a wide variety of food choices available, many Jakartans are willing to travel across the city to indulge their palate, making the culinary sector the biggest contributor to tax revenue from the city’s tourism.

Take food worshiper Lamtiur Hasibuan, 27, as an example. She spends her weekends strolling around the capital enjoying her favorite restaurants, or sampling the food of new restaurants.

“If I don’t go to one of my favorite restaurants, I just pick a random area and see what kind of food is available there, anything from street vendors to a fancy restaurant,” Tiur said.

If she finds the food delicious, no matter how expensive, it is gu...