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Vendors, buyers enjoy Benhil Ramadhan food bazaar

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 14 2016   /  08:42 am

For seasonal vendors that have set up a food bazaar in front of the currently under-renovation Bendungan Hilir (Benhil) market in Central Jakarta, Ramadan is not only a month to enrich religious experiences, but also a gateway to extra income, because many culinary enthusiasts flock to the market right before fast-breaking time.

It was a cheerful afternoon as hundreds of sellers and buyers cheered together to express joy upon hearing the adzan Maghrib (call to evening prayer) — a sign that the days’ fasting had ended.

A vendor selling Acehnese kolak (compote), Sari, 35, who has been selling takjil (light meals) during Ramadhan for three years in several different places in Jakarta, said that she could sell up to 70 boxes a day, earning around Rp 700,000 (US$52.5) in gross income.

“This is the first year I have run a food stall here. The number of orders is twic...