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Rows of `kerak telor' at fair

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 3 2009   /  02:55 pm

Vendors of the Betawi omelette or kerak telor are easily the most ubiquitous participants at the Jakarta Fair in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, scattered as they are throughout the exhibition area. Kerak telor has also become a must-have menu item for visitors at the monthlong annual event, having become a rarity on usual days. Kerak telor is made from eggs and sticky rice, cooked in a pan over a charcoal fire. A mixture of fried small shrimps, onions and various spices is put on top of the rice, thus creating a unique taste. The eggs can be chicken or duck, although duck eggs are considered more delicious by foodies. Modern-day vendors of the snack are no longer dominated by native Jakartans, with many coming from Tegal (Central Java), Padang (West Sumatra), Garut and Cimahi (West Java). Yahya, from Cimahi, is one of them. He learned to cook kerak telor from a nati...