Man Shaking Wok By The Wayside

Young man shaking a wok
Shot in Jakarta, Indonesia Tetsu Ozawa

The young man was shaking a wok by the wayside in Jakarta

As I walked through the residential area in Jakarta, the number of people gradually increased. The number of motorbikes parked on the side of the road increased, and the number of people coming and going visibly increased. The man in this photo was standing by the wayside. He had a large wok in his hand and was frying something. He seemed to be frying some kind of beans, but I didn't know what they were.

The man glanced at the foreigner who suddenly appeared, then quickly turned his gaze back to the wok and continued frying. In order to stir-fry in a good proportion, he probably didn't have the time to look away. Because the number of beans he was frying was so large, it seemed to be more like a meal served in a restaurant than a private one.

By the way, here in Jakarta, as in other Southeast Asian cities, there are many food stalls here and there, and there are many small shops serving light meals. Even if you get hungry, you have no trouble finding something to eat. If you only travel to Asia, you'll feel like this is the norm, but there are regional differences in this situation.

If you travel to Central Asia or Iran, you often have a hard time finding something to eat. I've wandered around town looking for a food stall that serves some snacks, let alone a restaurant. Since Jakarta has star-studded food stalls, I would like to take some of them to the Iranian countryside, where I had a hard time finding food.


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Shooting Date

Jan 2020

Posted On

August 27, 2020


Jakarta, Indonesia


Street Photography





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