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Betawi latte, 'gambang' cake: Starbucks Indonesia introduces locally inspired menu

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Jakarta  /  Wed, February 26, 2020  /  04:53 pm
Betawi latte, 'gambang' cake: Starbucks Indonesia introduces locally inspired menu

Betawi latte by Starbucks Indonesia. (Courtesy of/Starbucks Indonesia/Kompas.com)

A Starbucks Indonesia branch is now serving food and beverage inspired by Betawi cuisine.

The launch of the new menu was held in conjunction with the opening of the Starbucks Community Store at Ruko Tanah Abang Blok B in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta, on Friday.

According to kompas.com, it is the first community store by Starbucks in Indonesia, third in Asia and 17th in the world. 

The Betawi-inspired menu, available only at the aforementioned location on Jl. KH Fachrudin No. 36, consists of Betawi latte, gambang cake, sarang semut cheesecake and selendang mayang pudding.

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Betawi latte is said to come from the traditional Betawi drink of bir pletok, an herbs and spices-based beverages. The expected mix of coffee and milk comes with hints of ginger, nutmeg and cloves.

Inspired by the butter and spice bread that goes by the name of gambang, the Starbucks variation differs slightly with its tender texture and a trace of cinnamon.

'Gambang' cake by Starbucks Indonesia.'Gambang' cake by Starbucks Indonesia. (Courtesy of/Starbucks Indonesia/Kompas.com)

Meanwhile, the sarang semut cheesecake, inspired by ants’ nest cake, also known as honeycomb cake, has a dark caramel flavor and a layer of cream cheese.

'Sarang semut' cheesecake by Starbucks Indonesia.'Sarang semut' cheesecake by Starbucks Indonesia. (Courtesy of/Starbucks Indonesia/Kompas.com)

Also on the new menu is selendang mayang pudding, which was inspired by the local dessert es selendang mayang.

'Selendang mayang' pudding by Starbucks Indonesia.'Selendang mayang' pudding by Starbucks Indonesia. (Courtesy of/Starbucks Indonesia/Kompas.com)

The pudding usually involves ice, palm sugar, coconut milk and rice flour cake. All elements are present in a more solid state at the Starbucks branch. (wng)

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