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Jakarta Post

Cheap eats: Crunchy fried chicken vendors rule amid high cost of living in Jakarta

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, March 16, 2020   /  07:23 pm
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Crispy and cheap: A popular street vendor offers affordable fried chicken drumsticks for Rp 10,000 (69 US cents) each.(JP/Tri Indah Oktavianti)

Its crackling, crispy skin is hard to resist. The tender meat beneath is a flavorful cure to even the most fastidious of appetites. Loved by many, fried chicken is one of the most popular dishes around the world. In Indonesia, fried chicken was popularized by the fast-food franchise Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) when it opened its first outlet in Jakarta in 1979. Twenty-two-year-old university student Eggy Darmawan was savoring his lunch: a plate of rice with a fried chicken drumstick, to which he had added chili sauce. He said this was a common meal for him as he loved fried chicken. That day, however, Eggy was not having lunch at a KFC outlet or a large fast-food restaurant chain. He was at his favorite local fried chicken stall located in an alley located along Jl. Syahdan in West Jakarta. Called Rocky Rooster, the 3 meter by 3 m stall has only four tables and 10 plastic ch...