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Jakarta Post

London-based Indonesian ‘warung’ feels like home

  • Aditya Suharmoko


London   /   Sun, February 17 2013   /  03:15 pm

A becak pedicab finds a space inside the East West Oriental food stall in London.Erditya Arfah swallows the last bit of spicy beef rendang (beef cooked in coconut milk) and wipes the sweat off his forehead as he listens to people across his table gossiping. It feels like home.

He is in London — nearly 12,000 kilometers away from his house in West Java’s capital Bandung — where most foods are considerably less flavorful to his Indonesian pallet. That was, until he found this warung (food stall).

A small sign reading “East West Oriental” hangs in front of a two-story shop on Charing Cross Road, near the Leicester Square tube station, just behind London’s busy Chinatown.

Tucked in the corner on the second floor, East West looks like a combination of grocery store and warung. There are only three tables to accommodate 16 people with only five main dishes to c...