Joel lived and worked in Jakarta for two years prior to us moving to Semarang. This week his friend David visited from Jakarta and took us out to try some fried pigeon. I was surprised when the pigeon showed up head-on, but they were tasty nonetheless.
David’s son was visiting from Australia and wanted to hit all of his favorite hometown snack spots. After dinner we went searching for the kaki lima (food stand) with Semarang’s best mutton soup. The kaki lima vendor has a couple of shelves with fresh veggies and some non-refrigerated meats on sticks. He prepares each bowl individually in his only pan over a small wood fire stove. I had mutton with potato, tomato and garlic and it was awesome. His broth was some of the best I’ve ever had. I would say I’ll be back but being that this is a 3′ by 5′ cart that sits on a dark side street, I’m not sure I’d ever be able to find it again.