Brilio.net – The scorching hot sun and dust scattered from vehicles passing along the Magelang road did not make this ‘Power Ranger’ give up. Not to defeat evil, but instead to sell cilok. This cilok seller attracts the attention of motorists with his striking Power Ranger costume.
At his place of sale, on the side of the road, this man often stands in a typical Power Ranger pose. The figure behind the cilok seller in the green Power Ranger costume is Juwanso. This 40 year old man sells around Jalan Magelang Km 13.5, Murangan, Sleman, precisely in front of a minimarket. Its strategic location also helps it to sell.
Wearing a Power Ranger costume is part of his daily life while selling cilok. Juwanso usually sells from 09.00 WIB to 16.00 WIB, the latest until 19.00 WIB. The sales also seem simple, namely using only motorbikes and rombong or mobile motorbike carts. To highlight its uniqueness, he put a picture of a Power Ranger on his stall and served customers in full costume.
Changed direction because of Covid-19
photo: brilio.net/Khansa Nabilah
Juwanso was not previously a cilok seller. He previously worked as a traveling vegetable seller from 2008 to 2020. However, because conditions made it impossible to sell vegetables due to Covid-19, he switched to selling cilok.
“(When) Corona had many portals (closed), I happened to be traveling around the city area. So because I couldn’t get in, I kept swerving to sell cilok to sell,” said Juwanso when interviewed by brilio.net on Saturday (1/10 ).
Juwanso was unemployed for a month because he could not enter the residential area. In fact, every day he earns his living by selling his vegetables from residence to residence. Finally, cilok was chosen as a replacement for his business. Juwanso explained that what he sells is more of ondol-ondol or Javanese cilok snacks.
“More precisely, this is Ondol-Ondol from the past. This was food when I was little too. It’s rarely sold now. Just because cilok was trendy, I wrote cilok,” he explained.
The cilok he makes doesn’t use any filling. Juwanso once made cilok with fillings such as chicken, eggs, and liver rempelo. However, buyers prefer the cilok flavored first.
“From all these considerations, customers chose to return to the original, namely ondol-ondol. So it is different from cilok from West Java. (Cilok) is originally from this area, an old snack when I was little,” explained Juwanso.