Everybody loves to try snacks and street food when they are in another country. The street food is usually reflective of the country’s culture, lifestyle and habits. Therefore, in order to understand more about Indonesia, we need to understand Indonesia’ food culture as well.
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Indonesia is a sovereign state in Southeast Asia and Oceania. Indonesia is an archipelago comprising thousand of Island and have 34 province. Indonesia is called heterogeneous countries because each island and province/area in Indonesia have different ethnic, language and culture. This heterogeneous also can be seen from there is so many type of Indonesian foods. Each province/area from north to south, east to west have have different variety of foods.
Besides normal main course, Indonesia people also like to eat snack which in Indonesia often called as “gorengan” or kue. Gorengan is Indonesian fritter usually fried in ample of hot cooking oil. Kue in Indonesian language is used to refer to not only these kinds of traditional snack, but also all types of cake and some types of pastries. Kue are more often steamed than baked and normally have sweet taste, but some are savory. Kue are categorized under jajanan pasar(market buys) and gorengan classified as street foods. Here’s some type of traditional kue, gorengan and other Indonesian snacks:
1. Kue Lemper
Lemper is one of Indonesia traditional kue made of glutinous rice filled with chicken, fish or abon (meat floss) and wrapped inside a banana leaf. It is taste like you eating rice but in the small portion and have smell of banana leaf.
Rissole (prounanced ‘riss-ol-less) is Indonesia snack which made from batter in the same fashion as a flat pancake. Usually rissole filled with a mixture of minced meat, beans and carrots wrapped inside thin flour omelette and fried in ample of hot cooking oil. You can find this snack in all area in Indonesia.
3. Dadar Gulung
Dadar Gulung is traditional kue from Indonesia. It is made of grated coconut with coconut sugar wrapped inside thin omelette made of rice flour. The dadar(omelette) usually colored green or white yellow.
4. Kerak Telor
Kerak telor is original snack from Jakarta (Betawi) and you only can find in Jakarta or some area of java. It is made from white glutinous rice, egg ,ebi which roasted dry and on the top of it puts with sugar, chilli, salt, and the coconut which roasted dry.
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