Once considered the poor man’s meal, street food has become a culinary movement of its own as travelers look to the streets for the best representation of a country’s local fare.
Peel away the layers, and there is so much fun to be had, whether it is befriending the locals huddled together at the tables next to you, being the brave foreigner who tries the notoriously spicy bowl of curry, or just discovering new culinary likes and dislikes.
Yet street food is known as a cheap and easy meal, one that often has many travelers and affluent locals hesitating to cross the lines from restaurant meals to street food dishes, which is why Indonesian art director Dade Akbar took to Instagram to paint a new picture of street food.
Indonesia is a country rich with flavors, spices, and aromas wafting from wartegs, or street food carts. Wartegs sell everything from banana-leaf cones with meats and spices to nasi goreng to heartier, spicy meals of chicken and eggs and fish that can be found every which way you look.
Akbar created an account “Warteg Gourmet,” in which he prepares street food in a way that breaks the mold by presenting it as a fine-dining dish.