Asean Korea: Unique Food Stalls and Sellers
It’s a quest to satisfy your hunger in the middle of the night or under the scorching sun. It’s either it’s too hot, the restaurant has already been closed, or there is no mood left for cooking. In Indonesia, no worries, these unique food seller could provide yummy food to your crying stomach, anytime, anywhere. (You’ll seriously appreciating them after you go abroad and suddenly realise that there’s no mie dokdok sellers outside to holler by while you’re hungry in the middle of the night)
Angkringan come originally from Javanese word Angkring, means relaxed sitting. It’s a pushing cart seller selling many kinds of food and drinks in Central Java and Yogyakarta. Other than angkringan, it’s also dubbed as hik stall (hidangan istimewa ala kampung: special village-styled meal) or wedangan. The menu provided in angkringan is very suitable for a cheap, satisfying meal, with nasi kucing (cat’s rice, named because of the small size of the portion), oseng-oseng (stir-fried meat and vegetables), fritters (vegetable, tempeh, cassava, and many others), satay (quail egg, chicken, chicken intestine), until all kinds of kerupuk (crackers). You can also order a side drink of tea, lemonade, coffee, tape (fermented sticky rice), ginger, or milk. You can just take the food you want as you eat and pay it later. With this kind of setup, you can’t help but taking many things, resulting in higher than expected bill. The long bench for sitting encourages discussion and equality between customers, making angkringan as a suitable space for discussion.
Other than side road satay stall with enticing smell, there is also other kind of satay seller in Indonesia, the satay ladies. As the name suggest, almost all of them are women (the men ones usually have a more boring setup, one like the putu seller explained after this), these satay sellers sell Madura-styled chicken satay around the neighbourhood. The unique thing about these satay ladies is that they hoist all their equipment, including grill, skewers, coal, meat, and banana leaf to a bundle on top of their head, with their hand holding the clay stove. Famous for coming from the island of Madura, East Java, these ladies wow the children and the passerby with their stable walk and their smile, not losing to the catwalk models.
If you ever seen a traveling peddler carrying two mysterious boxes with whistling sound and suspicious steam around Yogyakarta Special Province, it’s almost certain that you see a putu seller. Putu is a traditional Javanese snack made from rice flour filled by palm sugar, molded in bamboo, and cooked by steaming it on top of holes in custom-made steamer. The whistling sound is made from the steam coming out from the holes, if it is not closed by wood pieces. The sweet hot, steaming putu is served on top of bamboo leaves, with shredded coconut.
Dawet Ayu Seller
Big pails of coconut milk filled with rice-flour cendol and a clay keg of palm sugar syrup, are the two most iconic things coming from sellers of Dawet Ayu from Banjarnegara, Central Java. The drink itself is made from a mixture of coconut milk and palm sugar syrup, filled with rice-flour cendol, all scooped with wide spoons. Sometimes the seller will stay in a certain area, with plastic chairs, waiting for costumers. A big glass is more than enough to quench the thirst in a hot day.
Mie Dokdok (Dokdok Noodles) and Es Dung Dung (Dung Dung Coconut Ice Cream)
Both mie dokdok and es dung dung carts are not that unique. It’s not easily distinguishable from other food carts. The one that make them different is the sound the sellers make when they go around the city. With the wood alarm and cymbal gung, the dokdok and the dungdung sound are made. Mie Dokdok is actually a Javanese-style fried and boiled noodles, with shreds of chicken, stir-fried egg, cabbage, with cucumber and carrot pickles. In the other hand, es dung-dung is es puter, ice made from coconut milk, usually spiced by pandan leaves and shredded coconut.
Other than the peddlers mentioned above, there are many others traveling peddlers in Indonesia, from kerak telor (egg and rice crust) seller with big wok and lots of eggs, gulali (pulled candy) seller with interestingly shaped sweets, until siomay (dumpling), bakso (meatball) and cimol (fried starch) seller with steaming pots. Not only food, the peddlers also come with other products such as vegetables, meat, toys until household necessities.
Clockwise: fruit seller (beritaazam.com), kerak telor (cirebonkuliner.com), bakso (lensaindonesia.com), household items (seputaraceh.com)
Posted on July 23, 2014, in Culturing and tagged Angkringan, aseankorea, bakso, culture, Dawet Ayu, Es Dung Dung, food, indonesia, kerak telor, Mie Dokdok, Putu, Satay, unique. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.