The Delicious Desserts of Indonesia
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Being a sweet-tooth, I have always been obsessed about all kinds of desserts from around the world. Sometimes I deliberately skip the main course of my meal just so that I can save enough space in my stomach for three or four different portions of desserts. It’s not very healthy, I know, but it has really sweetened my life (though I try hard to limit such an unhealthy practice to once a week only at the most).
During my travelling days, I have enjoyed the English trifle, Spanish flan, Portuguesse egg tart, Filipino suman and halo-halo, and many more but in the end I realize that the best desserts could actually be found right here at home in Indonesia. Most Indonesian desserts taste rich and creamy because they use coconut milk as the ingredient and being a vast diversified country,
Sekoteng: a traditional drink of
Es buah: basically different kinds of sliced fruit and black Chinese jelly soaked in coconut milk, syrup, and served with some ice.
Kembang tahu jahe: soya bean curd in black sweet ginger syrup, usually eaten hot at night.
Es kacang merah: traditional dessert from
Rujak: fresh sliced fruit eaten with sour-sweet palm sugar sauce and peanuts. It’s a “girly” thing to do, especially in the past, to hang out together for a rujak party. The girls would bring different kinds of fruit, peel and slice them, and make the palm sugar sauce by grinding solid palm sugar, chilly, and tamarinds.
Fried banana: ripe banana rolled in flour and then fried with lots of oil.
Kolak: an equivalent of sweet soup. The soup is made of palm sugar and coconut milk, sometimes with pandanus leaf for flavour. To the soup we add black glutinous rice, mung beans, tapioca pearls, banana, and other ingredients such as jackfruit, pumpkin, or cassave. Could be served either warm or cold. Kolak is very popular during the holy month of Ramadhan for Moslems when it’s served in the afternoon after a day of fasting. However, it’s usually eaten as the appetizer instead of the dessert.
Kelepon: Small greenish balls containing liquid brown sugar inside.