The Chimney Village
    Category: Forbes Life By : Ahmad Zamroni Read : 1318 Date : Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 09:27:24

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    Ahmad Zamroni / Forbes Indonesia

    A thick blanket of smoke often covers Kampung Kobong - literally the village of chimneys - that belch out from the dozens of chimneys sticking up from the smokehouses along the banks of the Kali Asin river in north Semarang. There are about fifty smokehouses here - each has at least four chimneys. 


    The smokehouses produce smoked fish popular in Semarang dishes. A variety of fishes are smoked, mostly cob, catfish and tuna. Before smoking, the fish are cut into small pieces, washed, dried in the sun and then smoked for about ten minutes. Women do most of the work, starting around sunrise and working until 5 p.m. For a day's work they'll get Rp 40,000 on average, while the owners can net a profit of about Rp 300,000 a day depending on market demand.



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