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Ketoprak is a typical street-food/dish. It was originally popular around Jakarta area but now we can find it in other parts of Java - altough Jakarta is still the place to find Ketoprak sellers easily.
It is similar as Gado-gado, Indonesian vegetable salad with peanut sauce, the only difference is the stuffs they mix in the peanut sauce.
It is made of ground peanut and palm sugar into a thick paste, mixed with chilli (depends ghow spicy you want yours to be!), a bit salt and garlic and also sweet soybean ketchup. Then the seller will put chopped hard boiled rice, fried tofu, boiled egg, glass noodles and kerupuk (chips).
It is sold in small stalls or carts along the street (which might made you frown to see how "clean" this stalls are!), which we can just describe to the sellers by the levelof spiciness we want - not spicy, medium, or spicy. Then the seller will make the dish portion by portion. No tissue, no hand washing, even sometimes we have to order the drink to different stalls.