A 19th century image of warung during colonial period
A warung (old spelling waroeng) is a type of small family-owned business — often a casual shop, usually café — in Indonesia and Malaysia. A warung is an essential part of daily life in Indonesia.
There are many kinds of warung, some take the form of a small shop that sells cold bottled drinks, candy, cigarettes, snacks, krupuk and other daily necessities, while the larger ones are simply a small restaurant establishment. A warung that sells food typically sells local, Asian or western food; pisang goreng and many kinds of gorengan, nasi goreng (fried rice), and mie goreng (fried noodles) and on every menu there will be a selection of soups, sandwiches, pancakes, grilled fish and sometimes pizza.
The term can also be used to refer to many other types of shops, including the wartel (short for warung telepon, essentially a manned phone booth) and warnet (short for warung internet Internet café).
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