Stall In The Residential Area

Food stall in the residential area in Jakarta
Shot at Glodok in Jakarta, Indonesia Tetsu Ozawa

The food stall in a residential area of Jakarta was prepared with polyethylene tanks of water for use

Leaving a Chinese temple called Jin De Yuan, I walked through the city of Jakarta. Jin De Yuan was built in Chinatown, but as soon as I walked away from it, it became impossible to tell if the place I walked was a Chinatown or not. There were no red lanterns to remind us of Chinese culture anywhere, and low-rise residences are lined up on both sides of the street. I was walking in the residential area.

In the meantime, I found a stall on the side of the street. Two adults were working there. It was not very practical to run water at such a stall, so they had some polyethylene containers of water on the side of the stall. And one of the men was just washing his hands.

Indonesia is not much different from other Southeast Asian countries in terms of water supply. You should stop drinking tap water. It would be safer to buy mineral water sold at many convenience stores here and there. In that way, I was wondering what kind of water is in the polyethylene tanks on the stall in this photo. It might not be mineral water. It must be tap water.

I don't know whether the water in the plastic tank was tap water or not. However, it is sure that people who think like this are not fit to eat and drink at the street stalls in Southeast Asia.


About Glodok

Glodok is an urban village of Taman Sari, West Jakarta, Indonesia. The area is also known as Pecinan or Chinatown since the Dutch colonial era, and is considered the biggest in Indonesia. Majority of the traders and residents of Glodok are Chinese descent. The area dates back to colonial times when in November 1740, Dutch East Indies Company (VOC) designated Glodok as a residential area for ethnic Chinese. Administratively, the area is a kelurahan under the Taman Sari subdistrict, West Jakarta. Glodok is notable as one of biggest trading centers for electronic goods in Jakarta.

Where is Glodok district in Jakarta?




Shooting Date

Jan 2020

Posted On

June 23, 2020


Jakarta, Indonesia


Street Photography