- Food and Cooking
Food in potty
The little restaurant in this city of more than one million inhabitants, located on theNorth coast of Java, opened its doors in April.
For customers who have some reservations to a soup with meatballs served in a 'plato-retrete', the Jamban (toilet in Indonesian) puts at your disposal a hygienic bag tovomit.
"At first I felt sick, but in the end I ate a part of food out of curiosity," says Mukodas,a 27 year-old man to a soup served in a toilet bowl.
Another client, Annisa Dhea, of 15 years, also felt repulsion but then was reassuredwhen the owner you explained that the food was "healthy and hygienic".
There are other similar restaurants, in the world in Taiwan and Russia, but coffee Jamban differs from others because it attempts to teach its customers the benefits ofpublic hygiene and the need to use the bathrooms in this Southeast Asian country.
The owner, Budi Laksono, who had worked for local authorities as a specialist in health, discussed with clients and sample with your laptop videos to convince them theregular use of toilets.
Millions of Indonesians living under the poverty line in an archipelago that has oneopen defecation free rates highest in the world, a practice that contributes to the transmission of diseases.
"This cafe reminds us that many people in Indonesia are still without bathrooms," said Laksono, of 52 years.
The owner recognizes however that their unusual initiative has arisen a great controversial in the country Muslim more village of the world.
"Many critics say that coffee is inappropriate and contrary to Islamic law," laments.