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This is my latest offering depicting the essence of daily life, a street food vendor plying his trade in and around Jember, East Java. Food are often taken around on pushcarts and sometimes are also carried across the shoulder on a yoke, while others set up impromptu stalls balancing a board on a couple of stools. This was taken in a rather difficult circumstances and my aim was to focus just on one person and isolating the rest to make it simpler. Needless to say after much observation, the woman customer was my prime target while enjoying her yummy meal of piping hot 'bakso' or beef balls noodle soup.

'Bakso' pronounced 'buck-soh' a savoury soup is almost synonymous to Indonesia and probably the national street food, a popular dish sold from pushcarts to hungry students, housewives, midnight revellers and just about anybody who wants a satisfying snack any time of day. Inexpensive and widely available in every single neighbourhood and street corner of the country.

Like many dishes that bubble up through the masses, 'bakso' has endless variations. The meatballs - which vary in size from golf balls to tennis balls - can be made with beef, chicken or even fish. 'Sabar' means 'be patience' - most likely not a vendor's name- a clear indication as to how popular this particular 'bakso' is.

You wont be suprised to come across a puchcart boldly painted with name such as 'Bakso Tennis'

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