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Life without spice: Skyrocketing chili prices hit traders, food lovers, restaurants

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    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sat, February 8, 2020   /  08:34 am
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Suradji, 58, a vegetable vendor at Paseban Market in Central Jakarta, said he was selling less chillies than usual because of skyrocketing prices.(JP/Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman)

 Spicy food-loving Mahatma Narendra, 23, was shocked to see the small portion of sambal he received with his favorite Manadonese meal, smoked skipjack tuna, at a restaurant in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta. He had noticed that the restaurant had recently begun serving smaller and smaller servings of sambal. Beyond the restaurant, the intern at a private company said he had also received less sambal from his favorite fried catfish vendor. “Usually they are very generous with the sambal but many places have started to cut back. It’s too bad because I love spicy food and less sambal means less flavor for me,” he said. His complaint reflects the impact skyrocketing chili prices are having on food lovers around Jakarta. Chili is one of the main ingredients of many traditional Indonesian meals, and spicy foods have been particularly trendy of late The price of...