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Jakarta Post

From Manado bat `paniki' to `bakwan' Malang in a cart

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, June 1 2009   /  12:56 pm

Strolling around Jakarta's streets, people can find various restaurants, food stalls, and street vendors serving Javanese and Manado cuisine. Javanese cuisine is widespread as ingredients are readily available and cheap. There is usually no pork as most Javanese are Muslim. The food is categorized into Central and East Javanese food. Both serve simple and less spicy food. Central Javanese food is sweeter. Gudeg Yogya is one of the most typical foods from Yogyakarta. It is made from young jackfruits and santan (coconut milk). It is often served with fried chicken, eggs, and tofu. Nasi kuning is common all over Java. All seasonings, such as turmeric, cinnamon, onions and garlic, lemongrass, as well as lime leaves, are pounded together. They are then mixed with coconut milk. Nasi kuning literally means yellow rice, due to the turmeric. Sweet sambal, or c...