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!