Even though meat dishes are common, they’re usually eaten with side dishes that are vegetarian friendly. As a family, we were already eating mostly vegetable anyway. We ate a lot of tofu, tempeh, labu (gourd), and eggs.
Jakarta can be tough to love: its choking pollution, the unpleasant mix of smell of burned trash and diesel fumes, and sea of humanity overwhelm the senses. Add to that the horrible traffic and the hectic pace of life — this is a city only the bravest and most adventurous of travelers can love.