Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – The 43rd ASEAN Summit can be a momentum to introduce Indonesian specialties to delegates from abroad.
The Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy (Menparekraf) Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno took advantage of this momentum by recommending a number of market snacks that delegates could sample on the sidelines or while attending the ASEAN Summit in Jakarta.
One of them is Betawi culinary specialties with various types of sweets that tempt the taste buds, from appetizers to desserts including market snacks. It’s called market snacks because usually Betawi traditional snacks are easy to find in traditional markets in Jakarta.
“I hope that on the sidelines of the series of meeting agendas, the ASEAN Summit delegates will take the time to taste Betawi culinary specialties so that working visits to Indonesia, especially Jakarta, will be more memorable,” said Sandiaga in his statement, Monday (5/9/2023).
The following are typical Jakarta snacks that must be tasted by delegates to the 2023 ASEAN Summit:
Kerak Telor is a legendary Betawi snack that has a savory taste, soft inside and crunchy outside. This is perfect to serve as a distraction while sipping hot coffee or tea in the afternoon.
The enjoyment of the egg crust comes from the ingredients used. Where duck eggs are mixed with white glutinous rice, fried onions, and roasted prawns. Then add the spices that have been mashed in the form of red chili, kencur, ginger, serundeng, pepper, salt, and sugar.
The cooking method is also unique, namely when the egg crust mixture is half cooked, the pan used is then directed to the charcoal. This position will be left until the egg crust is completely cooked.
Selendang mayang is one of the most popular Betawi snacks. Made from rice flour added with colorful food coloring (usually green, red and white) combined with syrup, coconut milk and ice.
This dish has a sweet, savory, cold and fresh taste. No doubt making selendang mayang a perfect dessert.
Pletok beer has stuck and become one of the icons of traditional Betawi culture besides ondel-ondel. Even though the word “beer” is embedded in this drink, it doesn’t contain alcohol at all.
Precisely pletok beer is a drink that can warm and refresh the body because it is made from selected spices. Starting from secang wood, cinnamon, ginger, lemongrass, red ginger, turmeric, black pepper, pandan leaves, nutmeg, lime leaves, mace, cardamom, and cloves. Then added sugar and salt to make it taste more delicious.
As the name implies, this cake is shaped like a brown ring because it comes from brown sugar. The Betawi people usually present ring cakes on special occasions such as weddings and circumcisions. Apart from brown sugar, the ingredients used are rice flour and roasted coconut.
Not only ring cakes, rocking flowers are also often found during Betawi people’s celebrations. The name “goyang flower” is taken from its shape which really resembles a flower and the manufacturing technique is shaken until the dough is released from the mold.
The basic ingredients are simple, only rice flour is added with salt and sugar, then fried until dry and beautified with a sprinkling of sesame seeds. It can produce a savory and sweet taste.
Pandan Talam is a traditional Betawi cake that has spread throughout Indonesia. Its delicious taste and beautiful appearance make it a favorite of many people.
This cake is characterized by its shape which is similar to a lotus flower with two different layers. The bottom layer is usually made of glutinous rice dough which is white and chewy. While the top layer is made of green dough made from rice flour, sugar, coconut milk and pandan leaves.
To beautify the appearance, the cake tray is often decorated with pieces of pandan leaves, grated coconut or sesame seeds on top.
Putu mayang is a traditional Betawi snack made from rice flour and coconut milk. It looks like noodles that are shaped round.
Usually putu mayang is served with thick liquid brown sugar, giving it a distinctive sweet taste that is very savory.
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