Daybreak, Jakarta. The scene: A supermarket at the Plaza Indonesia mall. What’s on offer there? Food. Powdered milk is the norm in Indonesia, and I have a hunch part of the reason is that electricity is not always reliable. Being in the tropics doesn’t help much either. Though, since it’s an expat-friendly supermarket, some dairy products are even refrigerated.
I was in the mood for some cheese. Strike number one. However, I didn’t feel like paying expat prices. Strike two. Thus, I settled for ricotta produced by Yummy, an Indonesian company that exists for the benefit of no one. A question remains though- is any part of Indonesia known for dairy? Breed some water buffaloes, and you’d be on to something…in West Sumatra.
In spite of that anomaly, let this post be a lesson for you: if a container of Yummy ricotta costs less than a similar size might in Italy, an infrequent splurge is probably worth it!
Cheese: the Achilles’ heel of the sensible budget-conscieous expat.
Do you have this “problem” in HK, Jen? It’s definitely easier to find good (foreign) cheese over there than in Jakarta. I tried a mozzarella from Carrefour too. What a shame…
Lots of cheese here in HK, it just costs a fortune.
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