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'Kolang-kaling', the fast-breaking favorite

  • Suherdjoko

    The Jakarta Post

Semarang   /   Fri, September 19 2008   /  11:52 am
A boiled aren nut is opened to reveal three sugar palm fruits, which are a key ingredient in the popular Ramadan snack known as kolak. (JP/Suherdjoko)(JP/Suherdjoko)

A boiled aren nut is opened to reveal three sugar palm fruits, which are a key ingredient in the popular Ramadan snack known as kolak. (JP/Suherdjoko) Those breaking their Ramadan fast with kolak (banana compote) will find white, opaque and thumb-sized fruit, locally called kolang-kaling, in the mix. This fruit of the sugar palm tree is soft and a bit rubbery, and adds to the flavor of many sweet snacks and drinks. Kolang-kaling, which can be made into candies of different flavors and colors, are 93.8 percent water, 0.69 percent protein, 4 percent carbohydrate, less than 1 percent of ash and about 1 percent roughage. The carbohydrate level in kolang-kaling gives the eater a full feeling, offers a natural remedy for weight loss and improves digestion. "I have no idea about their benefits or what they contain. All I know is that many people like thi...