Waroengs come in various shapes, sizes and forms. A waroeng mostly is a cart or a carriage on wheels, not necessarily to drive it around. A waroeng can also be the living room of a house in a suburb, to have a side income by selling things. It can also be a seperate stall.
Do not confuse it with salesmen or toekang, which only sells 1 kind of product, often also with a cart. Like for example the toekang martabak who has a cart on which he can cook his martabak. Those carts are called kaki lima. A waroeng can be recognised by its broad variety of products.
Then there are the salesman which take their merchandise from door to door.
What kinds of waroengs are there?
waroeng makan. These resemble small restaurants. Cheap meals for the common man.
-waroeng rokok, for cigarettes. These are often in a cat or stall and have an abundance of other merchandise, like soda, bread, candy, snacks, aspirine, soap, etcera.
-waroeng tegal, (warteg) for simpel and cheap warm meals. Less luxurious and smaller menu than the waroeng makan. Often uses wide banners.
-waroeng kopi, for drinks and small snacks.
-waroeng telpon, (wartel) for making phonecalls. It is like a private owned public phones .
-waroeng internet, (warnet) internetcafe.
The blend of shops and carts makes the streets look busy and crowded . Add some toekangs and some vendors and we have a picture of a typical, vibrant indonesian street.
Which can also be very tiring.......
To give you an idea of the products an can be purchased in a waroeng rokok:
Snacks like peanuts and cookies, softdrinks, crackers, candy, cigarettes, coffeepowder, soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, tissues, instant noodles, gasoline, sugar, baking oil, rice.
A lot of products are packed in small bags for one time use. Shampoo for example can be bought in a small plastic bag, enough for one wash only.
More examples of waroengs.