Warteg Gang Mangga in Glodok, West Jakarta, It's the Foods That Make People Loyal

Saturday, 7 November 2020 | 13:59 WIB
  • Warteg Gang Mangga serves more complete package than common warteg out there.
    Warteg Gang Mangga serves more complete package than common warteg out there.

    Warteg Gang Mangga proves that it is always the food that makes the customer loyal.

    Kitchenesia.com - As the night drew in and a cold wind began to bite, my friends and I wandered along the unknown street to eat some warm foods. We went deeper into the residential area to find out what locals eat daily.  It was dead dark that the silvery moonlight was our only guide. There’s a slight idea in my mind to call it a day and waited for the morning to come. But nah, our pangs of hunger won.

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    We finally stumbled upon a small diner after a long, tiring wander. The diner was quite full, although the dinner time was over. Luckily, we managed to snag a table. I think I understand why this street was dark and empty. Some went to sleep on time, and the others were leaving to eat out in here.

    Warteg Gang Mangga is very easy to spot on, although you aren't specifically looking for it. It is located between two branches of Y-junction. The bright lighting and white walls juxtapose with the dark night, making it look like a light at the end of the tunnel.

    Lacks Convenience Here and There

    The owner said that Warteg Gang Mangga had been running for more than 36 years. Its success didn’t spur her on to make it a comfy and clean warteg for everyone to dine in. Still, Warteg Gang Mangga lives up to warteg’s widespread notoriety: cramped place and poor hygiene.

    The semi-open layout also causes pros and cons. The pros side is that it creates airflow in the dining room. The dining room is indeed in a clutter of smelly untidiness, but the chilly wind from outside make it way better.  

    Warteg Gang Mangga is a 24-hour diner serving Javanese humble foods, only few in its kind.
    Warteg Gang Mangga is a 24-hour diner serving Javanese humble foods, only few in its kind.

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    The same arrangement also enables some “unwanted” visitors to steal everyone’s foods. Behold the sight of stray cats are left free to walk and sit between tables. And worse yet, those irritating flies hover around the tables waiting to swoop down its prey (in other words, my foods). 

    Despite the incommodiousness this diner offers, it is still thronging with the masses. Why do people keep going back? 

    Sera B
    David Togatorop

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