You’ve Never Seen Indonesian Street Food Like This Before – Warteg Goes Gourmet

Local Indonesian food has always stimulated our senses; with bold flavours, intriguing aromas, and even the enticing sound of sate sizzling. However, local street food has never been too easy on the eyes... until now! Dade Akbar is the host of Instagram account, 'Warteg Gourmet', launched October last year.

Dade believes that just because street food is cheap, it doesn’t mean it can’t be presented in an interesting way — and thus, appreciated more. With his artsy touch, a meal from a warteg that costs 15,000 rupiah (USD $1.20) can look like a plate from a fine-dining restaurant. Take a peek below and get inspired by some of Warteg Gourmet's most popular dishes. All images and recipes are courtesy of Dade Akbar and Warteg Gourmet.

Instagram: instagram.com/warteggourmet/
Full WSJ article: on.wsj.com/1KbGSGn/


"Deep fried fish with baby spinach and cherry tomatoes, served with chili shrimp paste"

Dade Akbar

Dade Akbar

"Spicy clam épicé with sautéd bitter gourd, dried salted anchovies and sweet flatbean, infused with cilantro, parsley, shallot and calamansi puree"

Dade Akbar

Dade Akbar

"Kerupuk and hard boiled egg, with a side of steamed red rice, curry chicken thigh, stir fry ghee and water spinach."

Dade Akbar

Dade Akbar

"Deep fried kerupuk with chili paste, drizzled in sweet soy sauce"

Dade Akbar

Dade Akbar

"Sunny-side up egg with green onion, red chili and chili oil"

Dade Akbar

Dade Akbar

"Steamed rice with deep fried chicken, broccoli a drop of soy sauce"

"Spicy fried egg with steamed fragrant rice and traditional chicken soup, finished off with chopped onion leaf, parsley and black pepper"

Dade Akbar

Dade Akbar

"Corn fritter and fried mackerel with red chilli, green tomatoes, sliced shallots and a drizzle of spicy sauce."

Dade Akbar

Dade Akbar

"Tender cattle-foot cartilage in spicy curry reduction sauce, served with steamed cassava leaf, raw chili and fresh parsley"

Dade Akbar

Dade Akbar

"Savory steamed rice-flour cake with coconut milk, drizzled with green chili paste, and garnished with thyme"

Dade Akbar

Dade Akbar

"Stir-fry chili shrimp with spicy carrots and beans, served with thin crispy tempeh, chili reduction and thick soy sauce"

Dade Akbar

Dade Akbar

"Caramelised beef curry rendang infused with coconut milk and spices, served with thinly sliced carrot and steamed baby spinach"

Dade Akbar

Dade Akbar

"Sweetly marinated tofu, garnished with anchovies, sweet chili glaze and roasted ground nuts"