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Banana leaves, more valuable than the banana itself?

Who doesn’t like the yellow fruit which gives many benefits like potassium for the sports enthusiasts, fiber that prevents heart disease, vitamins to protect eyesight, banana for banana split, and many other benefits.

BUT, do you know that actually banana leaves are more valuable than the banana itself in Indonesia?
Why? Not because it can be used as an umbrella. It is simply because the banana leaves can be used as a pad for food. Furthermore, the food seems to taste better when served on the banana leaf.

Investing in the banana tree field might be wise as the market is everywhere.

(See this video about the banana leaf used as a food pad, it does look tastier than just using a plate, right?)

(Credits are given respectfully to the rightful owner)

Chili and Crackers, so incomplete without them

I am sure some of you, if not most, are comfortable with eating food as it is.
Steak, fried rice, fried chicken, fried fish, pizza, spaghetti, noodles, seafood, all are as they are and without asking for other condiments.

Indonesian people can eat like that too, BUT they don’t feel complete. They would feel like the food could have been better if something else is added.
So, say hello to the two most looked-for and eaten, chili and crackers.

Chili, very well-known for its spicy taste, has been pleasing the Indonesian’s tongue for centuries. Without it, the food tastes flavorless.
Crackers, very famous for its crispy texture, has always been the complement for any food, especially fried rice.

(See this commercial video about one of the most popular chili sauce brand in Indonesia)

(Even the President of United States agrees that “the bakso (meatball), the nasi goreng (fried rice), emping, the krupuk (cracker), all are delicious)

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Indonesia, still a plastic country?

“Los Angeles Prohibits The Use of Plastic Bags”
“Plastic Bags Are Officially Banned in Switzerland”
“Starting Jan 1, Italy Bans The Use of Plastic Bags”
“Most Korean Actors And Actresses Used To Have Plastic Surgery”

Wait, the last one is unrelated to this post.

I am sure some of you have heard these big news. Many countries all around the world have banned or prohibited the use of plastic bags. China, French, Rwanda, Uganda, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Australia, and some countries across India have done it very well. Supermarket like Wal-Mart are now prohibited too and has to charge the buyer for each plastic bag they use, only if.

The once very popular mean of carrying something is now banned. No wonder though because no matter how efficient it is, the plastic bag is actually used for only 25 minutes on average and needs around 100 years to degrade.

MEANWHILE in Indonesia, the daily weather forecast is “Cloudy with a chance of plastic bags”. You can bet the forecast is always right because they are everywhere, literally.

Furthermore, when shopping in a big supermarket like Carrefour or Hypermart, one full trolley translates to 10-15 plastic bags. Well, this is Indonesia. No matter how hard the government tells its people to stop using plastic bags, they are still the most convenient. The only solution is perhaps to find another convenient innovation, which is surely not the ‘Bring your own shopping bag’ thing.

(See this video about saying no to plastic bags)

(Credits go respectfully to the rightful owner)

“Finger Lickin’ Good”, not a mere KFC’s slogan in Indonesia

Who doesn’t know the KFC’s tasty slogan “Finger Lickin’ Good”? They utilize the ease and practicality of eating the fried chickens with hands rather than with a spoon and fork.
They needed to spread this slogan because people have always used spoon, fork, knife, or chopsticks to eat, and it is not easy to eat fried chickens with those things, right?

(Here’s one of the ads)

Well, in Indonesia, there’s no need to spread this kind of slogan because everybody is already doing it.
Most of Indonesian people have always eaten with their hands. Eating rice, noodle, fried chicken, salad, and any kind of food you can think of with their hands.
But, of course, they eat soup with spoon. If you are trying to fit in, just be sure to use your right hand to eat, even if you are left-handed.  Check this post to know why if you haven’t read it.

(See this video too to see it in motion)

But of course, you should not eat with your hands if you are working in the office. Indonesia’s food is full of spices and seasoning, so it will leave a smell in your hands or your nails.

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Noodle, No.1 rice replacement in Indonesia

Compared to American and European countries who are most comfortable with not eating rice and prefer bread, the Indonesian people are very fond with rice. Daily foods, whatever the side dishes are, are incomplete without rice as the main dish. Fried rice or Nasi Goreng (often abbreviated as nas-gor) is the most famous dish that can be made from rice.

So, what happens if there is no rice on the table? The famous replacement was actually a potato. Not fried potato or french fries like what you buy from McD or KFC, but ordinary potatoes. BUT surprisingly, that habit has changed. The most famous replacement is now noodles. It is very popular and well-received by all kinds of people. It comes in many variations of flavors, size, and conveniences. There’s the normal size, big size (1,5 times of the normal size), and there’s noodle that comes with a cup.

Then, there is the most popular noodles, Mi Goreng rendang for the normal size and the Indomie Mi Goreng instant cup noodles for the cup size. Explaining foods by words seems tedious and unnecessary, so see the pictures below.

(See the commercial video too)

 

And here’s the one for the cup size.

Easy, practical, quick, and delicious are everything you get from it. No wonder that the noodles are very famous in Indonesia. Ever thought about investing in one of the companies?

(Courtesy goes respectfully to the rightful owner, RamenRater.com)

Vending machine in Indonesia? Bad Idea!

Vending machine is very popular in Japan, America, and Europe. You can buy drinks, foods, daily needs, soap, tooth brush, tooth paste, soft drinks, hot drinks, ice cream, you name it. Everything can be sold in a vending machine these days.

BUT in Indonesia, vending machine is useless. Indonesian people will not buy from vending machine.

If you sell those things above, you will need to pay attention to the canvassing strategy which expands your products distribution to grocery stores spread out in almost every sides of the streets in Indonesia.

This is why vending machine is useless in Indonesia. One grocery store is guarded 24/7, and it is enough to fulfill more than half of your daily needs. (mostly the grocery store is open 24/7 because the owner lives and sleeps there). This is like the traditional version of  7 Eleven spread out all over Indonesia.

(See this video of a grocery store, it has almost everything you need)

(Credits go respectfully to the rightful owner)

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