The Kaki Lima – One of Ubud’s Quirky Contradictions

I like to say that you really haven’t experienced Indonesia unless you’ve tried food from a kaki lima. The phrase kaki lima is bahasa Indonesia for five legs. Five legs comes from the two wheels and one stand of a street food cart added with the two human legs of the human food vendor to make five.

If you’ve ever been to Bali or any other part of Indonesia, the omnipresence of kaki limas on the street in-your-face (in a good way). But perhaps because of fear of lopsided competition with restaurants (in favour or kaki limas of course), sadly the kaki lima is all but non-existent in Ubud centre. Except this one.  😉

Kaki lima - Ubud Bali - 35 mm film - Bali Street Photographer
Kaki lima (five legs) food vendor on Jalan Raya Ubud on 35mm film.

Extra assignment: when you are in Ubud, try to validate or refute this ironic fact.


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