Asean Korea: Give me cookies, Cookies for Ied in Indonesia
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This July, Muslims all around the world were doing the yearly fasting month, the ninth month of Islamic calendar, Ramadhan. The first day of the tenth Month, the month of Syawal, celebrated as the day of winning, or Ied (Eid al-Fitr). This is one of the biggest holidays celebrated in Indonesia, as opposed to a few countries that celebrate Eid al-Adha more.
Previously, Ied, or Idul Fitri in Indonesian has been blogged in previous articles such as here and here. In this article, we will talk about the special food for the occassion. In Idul Fitri, one tradition that’s done usually is Silaturrahmi, the term of visiting one another’ house and shaking hands as a symbol of forgiveness. Done after doing the Ied prayer together, while visiting the houses, it’s a tradition to offer food and cookies for guests, and it’s customary to take at least one.
Originally comes frum the Dutch term ananastaart, means Pineapple tart, this snack will always be available on the table in Idul Fitri. Either round-shaped with cinnamon on top, or basket shaped, it will be fully filled by pineapple jam.
Nastar (gissasrianni.wordpress.com, resep7.blogspot.com)
Means Snow White (yes, the princess), it is believed that the name comes from the powdered sugar sprinkled on top the cookies. Firm crescent-shaped shortbread made from flour, cheese, margarine, and sugar, it is a nice treat, but be careful for the sugar!
Many Indonesian foods and snacks come from Dutch origin. That’s also true for kaasstengels. Means cheese stick, the recipe has already been modified, resulting as the firm shortbread made from flour, edam cheese, butter and egg yolk. The prices of the ingredients alone make kaasstengels suited for special occasion such as idul fitri. (seriously, butter is expensive in Indonesia. As well as edam cheese.)
Named because of its long and flat shape resembling cat’s tongue, the cookies also come to Indonesia because of the Dutch influence. Firstly made to utilizing the egg white leftover from other cookies and cakes, the crunchy and sweet cookies can be made using decorating tube or using cat tongue’s mold.
The decorating tubes also make their appearance in the making of kue semprit. Named for the way its made, squeezing dough through decorating tube, this cookies can be made from many different recipes. The most usual one is the recipe using sago flour, resulting in very crunchy cookies.
Other than cookies, the jars on the table will also be filled with peanuts or cashew nuts. The most favourite is definitely garlic-spiced peanuts, but you can also have the nuts fried with egg-batter, honey, or chili.
Those are the common snacks for Idul Fitri in Indonesia. Actually there are also many other variation of cookies and snack laid out for the visitors available. Other cookies such as egg roll peanut cookies or chocolate can also be served. Traditional snack from different area in Indonesia usually accompany all the cookies, such as tape (fermented sticky rice) with emping melinjo (gnetum gnemon crackers) in Central Java, dodol (sweet, sticky toffee), maksuba (layered cake) in South of Sumatera and others.
Left: Hard-to make layered cake, Maksuba (kaskus.co.id), Right: Combination that seems weird emping and tape (flickr.com)
Do you want to visit your neighbours and relatives in Idul Fitri? Don’t be greedy and eat all the snack provided, in the end of the day, you will have a stomachache!
Sources: kaskus.co.id, Wikipedia Bahasa Indonesia, chezlorraine.wordpress.com.