Kaki Lima literally means five legs in Bahasa Indonesia. If you look at the food cart in the first photo, you see that there are two wheels and 3 legs supporting the cart. Street vendors pull their food carts to wherever they keep them over night at the end of the day. Whether it shines or rains, they come out and sell their food on the street and they are all over Jakarta (I haven’t been outside of Jakarta yet). Many domestic helps and drivers are their customers.
This one I took pictures of is always at the location near my house and I have always thought the colors looked pretty. I finally took some photos on the way to grocery shopping the other day. I asked the owner and he was happy with it. Luckily the sun was out which is not very common here. I would not brave the food from a street vendor myself, but I would like to get some for my help at home some time.
Kaki Lima. I think it sounds so cute. All the kaki limas build the character of the city. I have been in Jakarta only for about 4 and a half months, but when I talk about the city, I cannot talk about it without mentioning kaki lima and bajaj.
I hope you enjoyed the photos.