I have to make this a quick post because the internet is problematic here at the Freedom Institute. My interview this morning actually took place in the local McDonald’s at Sarinah department store. It was so weird. It had a Ronald McDonald clown guy entertaining the kids, and it also had a very fancy coffee bar that served delicious Indonesian coffee, far better than regular McDonald’s coffee. Also rather interesting is the fact that I was there at 9:00 AM, but all of the customers were eating hamburgers and french fries. This just goes along with the general observation that Indonesians like to have dinner food for breakfast.
Last night James and I ate at a Sundanese restaurant. It was quite tasty. I had nasi timbel komplit, which comes with rice steamed in a banana leaf, fried chicken, fried tempe, fried tofu, fried salted fish, sour vegetable soup, and raw vegetables. All for a bargain of $2.75. James had siomay Bandung, the West Javanese take on Chinese dumplings often called shumai in the US. Very good as well, but I liked mine better.